Dominic Cooper: playing Ian Fleming could make me the next James Bond

The actor who plays the 007 creator in a Sky Atlantic drama alongside Sherlock's Lara Pulver admits it could be the perfect audition for the role once Daniel Craig vacates it

Actor Dominic Cooper has admitted that playing Ian Fleming in an upcoming Sky drama could be a step towards him becoming the next 007.


Cooper, who stars in Fleming, Sky’s biopic about the James Bond creator, said the film’s producer Douglas Rae had told him that taking on the role would be a “really big audition to play the next James Bond.”

However, asked if he would like the part he was equivocal. “No, yes…I don’t know,” said the History Boys star, with a laugh.

Cooper said he was also drawn to the role of Fleming because it presented “an astonishing story of a man’s life that I knew very little about.

“He lived a completely packed existence and was very complex, a lonely man who created one of the most successful books and franchises ever written.”

Speaking at Sky’s launch of its upcoming drama season, Rae joked that while the role could be seen as an audition, Cooper was in fact chosen for the part because he “had the best bottom of anyone.”

Cooper stars alongside Sherlock’s Lara Pulver, who plays a woman who first fell for Fleming in 1939 while she was married.


Widowed during the war, she was expected to marry him but he decided to remain single.