Dominic Cooper: I want to play James Bond

The star of Fleming tells all about playing the spy who failed and filming sexually awkward scenes with Lara Pulver

The name’s Cooper. Dominic Cooper. Star of Sky Atlantic’s glamorous new series about the creator of James Bond, Ian Fleming. 


Set in the years leading up to the publication of his first 007 novel, Casino Royale, Fleming charts the love affair between the womanising writer and his long-time lover Lady Anne O’Neill (Sherlock’s Lara Pulver) against the backdrop of the Secret Service, international conflict and the opulence of high society London in the war-time years.

So, would Cooper make a good spy himself? “No, I’d tell everyone.”

What about playing a spy, say, Mr Bond after Daniel Craig hands over his licence to kill? “Absolutely. Get me in there sharpish.” You heard it here first… 

Back in his heyday, Fleming – like Bond – was something of a ladies’ man, which for Cooper meant filming plenty of passionate sequences with Pulver. “You know that it’s not gratuitous sex for no reason other than to show a bit of flesh. It’s to underline who these people are and what their inner workings are. You’re not giggling, going, ‘This is going to be embarrassing – willies, willies, bottoms, fannies.'” 

Yes, Dominic Cooper really did say the word “willies”. To see more, take a look at his full interview:

Fleming is on tonight at 9:00pm on Sky Atlantic.