He was never considered a viable option to play James Bond when Pierce Brosnan stepped down (that part eventually went to Daniel Craig), but Leonardo DiCaprio may be the perfect person to play Bond’s creator. According to the Los Angeles Times, DiCaprio’s company, Appian Way, bought the rights to make Fleming, a film based on the life of enigmatic British author Ian Fleming who made 007 a household number.
The story tells of how Fleming, who fought as a Commander of Naval Intelligence in World War II, created James Bond and all the various figures in his life that would end up playing a huge part in his stories.
Writer Damian Stevenson adds, “In England, Ian Fleming’s exploits are much better well known. Talking to people [in the U.S.], no one had any idea that M was based on a real person, Miss Moneypenny was based on a real person.” So think of Fleming as a Shakespeare in Love or Finding Neverland with some real-life Bond-like espionage and female flattery thrown in.
It’s not been reported that DiCaprio will definitely play Fleming, only that his company will make the film. I can’t see a reason why he wouldn’t play Fleming, though. He’s already portrayed Howard Hughes and we’ll see him as Teddy Roosevelt soon, and those are highly scrutinized and well-known public figures. And though the people of England may be quite familiar with Fleming the man, DiCaprio can really make a character of his own, like he did with Hughes. Plus, we’ll be able to add “English” to his repertoire of “Irish,” “South African,” and “Boston” accents.
DiCaprio is one of the busiest actors in Hollywood (according to IMDb has 7 projects he’s working on) so a start date for Fleming has not yet been decided.
6 Degrees of… Leonardo DiCaprio to Pussy Galore
DiCaprio starred in The Basketball Diaries as the F’d up son of Lorraine Bracco, who traveled to Africa to cure AIDs with an unfortunately pony-tailed Sean Connery in The Medicine Man, whose James Bond shared a stack of hay with Pussy Galore (aka Honor Blackman) in Goldfinger.