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Fleming: The Man Who Would Be Bond

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Fleming: The Man Who Would Be Bond
DVD Cover
Country UKD.jpg United Kingdom
Directed by Mat Whitecross
Release Date 2014
Studio Ecosse Films
Distributor BBC Worldwide
Main Cast
Character Actor
Ian Fleming Dominic Cooper
Ann O'Neill Lara Pulver
Admiral John Godfrey Samuel West
Second Officer Monday Anna Chancellor
Peter Fleming Rupert Evans

Fleming: The Man Who Would Be Bond is a four-part miniseries that aired in 2014, presenting the slightly fictionalized exploits of Ian Fleming (Dominic Cooper), the author who created James Bond, during the decade leading up to his penning the first 007 novel. The series covers Fleming's life from 1938 to 1952 including his multiple affairs and his service for British Naval Intelligence during World War II.

The following weapons were used in the miniseries Fleming: The Man Who Would Be Bond:


Luger P08

German officers carry Luger P08 pistols throughout the series, including one officer (Zsolt Trill) in Lisbon who has his Luger taken from his holster by Ilsa Kovacs (Bernadett Ostorhazi). In the second episode, a French Nazi collaborator (János Füzi) draws one at the docks and holds it on Commander Fleming.

Luger P08 - 9x19mm. This is a 1917 dated handgun, thus it is a World War I firearm.
Ilsa holds the officer's own Luger on him.
A French Nazi collaborator draws his Luger on Commander Fleming.
The Luger-wielding Frenchman is shot.

Enfield No. 2 Mk.1*

Sub Lieutenant Hepworth (Harry Treadaway), the British Royal Navy lieutenant who accompanies Commander Fleming in France, draws and fires a Enfield No. 2 revolver in the second episode.

Enfield No.2 Mk.1* - .38 S&W
Sub Lieutenant Hepworth with his Webley drawn in the second episode.
Hepworth keeps his Webley drawn as Fleming recovers from the recent confrontation. Note the blade sight and unspurred hammer, identifying it as a Enfield No. 2 rather than the similar Webley Mk IV.

Webley .38 Mk IV

In the third episode, Ian Fleming (Dominic Cooper) carries a Webley .38 Mk IV when undergoing an assassination mission.

Webley Mk IV - .38 S&W. WWII production. Note words "War Finish" on the frame, under cylinder.
Fleming keeps his Webley ready in the third episode.
Fleming checks the load in his Webley revolver.
Fleming strikes a Bond-like pose.


Commander Ian Fleming (Dominic Cooper) uses what appears to be a M1911A1 pistol when training in Canada during World War II at the outset of the third episode.

World War II Colt M1911A1 - .45 ACP. This was an issued U.S. Army pistol with parkerized finish, thus the official designation of M1911A1
Fleming aims his M1911A1 during a training exercise.

Tokarev TT-33

A Russian officer in the fourth and final episode uses his Tokarev TT-33 to conduct an execution.

Tokarev TT-33 - 7.62x25mm Tokarev. Pre-1947 version.
The Russian officer has his Tokarev TT-33 drawn for an execution.

Submachine Guns

M1928A1 Thompson

Several of Fleming's elite 30 Assault Unit of British Army commanders, including Commander Ian Fleming (Dominic Cooper) himself, use M1928A1 Thompson submachine guns during training.

M1928A1 Thompson with 30-round magazine - .45 ACP. This specimen has the sling swivel relocated to the top of the stock, a modification often made to Thompsons in British service.
Fleming fires his Thompson while training with 30 Assault Unit.


Some of the German "werewolf" soldiers, including their commanding officer, that Fleming encounters in the fourth and final episode are armed with MP40 submachine guns.

MP40 - 9x19mm
A German "werewolf" major patrols with his MP40.
The German major who leads the "werewolf" soldiers has his MP40 slung over his shoulder.

Sten Mk II

Commander Ian Fleming (Dominic Cooper) and his fellow 30 Assault Unit member Sergeant Dixon (Dean Lennox Kelly) carry Sten Mk II submachine guns when they infiltrate enemy territory in search of secret plans in the fourth and final episode.

Sten Mk II (Canadian) - 9x19mm
Fleming and Dixon arrive at the secret German fortress with their Stens at the ready.
Fleming with his Sten.
Dixon fires his Sten.
Fleming and his Sten see combat.


Lee-Enfield No. 1 Mk III

British Army soldiers carry Lee-Enfield No. 1 Mk III* rifles during the third episode.

Lee-Enfield No.1 Mk.III* - .303 British
British Army soldiers with their SMLE rifles.
Fleming and Monday observe a British soldier named Branson firing his rifle at the range.
A member of 30 Assault Unit trains with his SMLE rifle.
A member of 30 Assault Unit stands with his SMLE beside Sergeant Dixon as Fleming arrives at the group headquarters.

M1 Garand

Members of the U.S. Army 1st Infantry Division are seen with M1 Garand rifles in the fourth and final episode.

M1 Garand semiautomatic Rifle with leather M1917 sling - .30-06
Two U.S. Army 1st Infantry soldiers with their M1 Garand rifles.

Karabiner 98k

Soldiers in the German Army carry Karabiner 98k rifles.

Karabiner 98k - German manufacture 1937 date - 7.92x57mm Mauser
A dead German soldier lies in the snow with his discarded Karabiner 98k rifle beside him.
A German "werewolf" soldier with a Karabiner 98k searches the Tambach fortress in search of Fleming.

Sturmgewehr 44

A few of the German Army soldiers in the fourth and final episode have Sturmgewehr 44 rifles.

Sturmgewehr 44 - 7.92x33mm Kurz
Two German "werewolf" soldiers with StG 44 rifles search the Tambach fortress in search of Fleming.

Mosin Nagant M38 Carbine

Fleming encounters Russian soldiers armed with Mosin Nagant M38 Carbines in the fourth and final episode.

Mosin Nagant M38 Carbine - 7.62x54mm R. This was modified to become the M44 which replaced it, entering combat trials in 1943, becoming fairly common in 1944.
Armed Russian soldiers approach Fleming's commandeered truck.
Armed Russian soldiers approach Fleming's commandeered truck.


Double Barreled Shotgun

Esmond Harmsworth, 2nd Viscount Rothermere (Pip Torrens) takes Ian Fleming (Dominic Cooper) hunting in the third episode. Each man is armed with a hammerless double barreled shotgun for the shoot.

L.C. Smith case hardened hammerless side by side Field shotgun - 12 gauge
Fleming and Esmond with their shotguns.
Esmond prepares his shotgun.
Esmond takes aim.

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