Dominic Cooper To Play James Bond Author Ian Fleming In New 4-Part Drama For BBC America

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James Bond is getting a tribute at the upcoming Oscars, and on Thursday BBC America announced they're co-producing a new drama -- "Fleming" -- around the legendary character's creator, Ian Fleming.

British actor Dominic Cooper ("The Duchess," "Captain America: The First Avenger") will star as the naval intelligence officer-turned-Bond author in the four-part drama, co-produced by BBC America and Sky Atlantic.

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"Stepping into the shoes of the spy who not only created the enigmatic character of 007, but who fantasized about being him, has to be every actor's dream," the actor said in a statement.

Fleming's first Bond novel - "Casino Royale" - was published in 1953, and the series will dramatize the author's life as "a charming, sophisticated maverick whose dilettanti, pleasure seeking life was turned around by WWII and led to the creation of the best known spy the world has ever known," the network said in the release.

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The series will shoot in Britain and Budapest in early 2013.

A premiere date has not yet been set.

-- Jolie Lash

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