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Dominic Cooper to play Ian Fleming


"Mamma Mia!" star Dominic Cooper is set to play James Bond creator Ian Fleming in a new TV show.

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The British actor will take on the lead role in "Fleming," a new series based on the author behind the 007 franchise. The show will be a "no-holds-barred look" at the novelist's real-life story, which is said to be as "exciting, eventful and sexually charged as his famous creation," according to a representative for the show.

Fleming worked as a journalist and a naval intelligence officer before publishing his first Bond book, "Casino Royale," in 1952. He went on to write 11 more 007 novels and two short-story collections based on his famous superspy. Cooper said of his new role, "Stepping into the shoes of the spy who not only created 007, but fantasized about being him, has to be every actor's dream."

"Fleming" will air on Britain's Sky Atlantic channel later this year.