Sean Maguire, an actor best known for his portrayal of Robin Hood on Once Upon a Time, will play Ian Fleming on the upcoming time-travel series Timeless, according to Entertainment Weekly. Fleming wrote the James Bond novels on which the long-running film franchise is based.
Maguire will appear in the series’ fourth episode, titled “Party at Castle Varlar.” The episode will see the show’s protagonists encounter Fleming while he served as an undercover British agent behind enemy lines and before he wrote about everyone’s favorite martini-loving spy.
In the episode, Maguire’s Fleming will take an interest in historian Lucy (Abigail Spencer) and her team as they chase a terrorist named Flynn (Goran Visnjic).
‘Timeless’ producers on wanting to do a spy movie
Talking with EW, executive producers Eric Kripke (Supernatural, Revolution) and Shawn Ryan (The Shield) said they wrote Fleming into the episode after they decided to feature Nazi Germany.
“We knew we couldn’t just do a war movie, so where we landed was, ‘Alright, then let’s do a spy movie,’” Kripke said. “We needed a spy in Germany to help our heroes and bring them into this world… and we turned to our historian, and he said, ‘Let me work on it,’ and then he comes running in the room an hour later and says, ‘Ian Fleming was there!’ So, quickly, we realized our World War II story was really a James Bond movie, and we had the real James Bond.”
Fleming’s time with British Naval Intelligence provided some insight into his James Bond stories. It looks like Timeless will go one step further by making Fleming truly Bond-like. It could turn out to be a great retelling of the author’s life, but only time will tell.
Creating a ‘Timeless’ adventure
Each episode of Timeless will follow the main characters as they visit a new point in history. Think Quantum Leap meets the History Channel.
“I was really intrigued by the idea of having a story engine that would allow us to tell different kinds of stories each week,” Ryan told reporters at the Television Critics Association’s press tour in July. “Our pilot, which deals with the Hindenburg, is a kind of disaster movie. When we go to World War II in Germany, that’s a spy story. When we go to Watergate in the ’70s, that’s a conspiracy story, and the Las Vegas, Rat Pack story is an Ocean’s Eleven kind of thing.”
Timeless premieres at 10 p.m. ET Monday, Oct. 3, on NBC.