The man with the golden pen


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Written by Mark Burgess

Directed by Simon Downing


Kick In The Head follow up recent successes with Old Herbaceous, Fagin?, Three Men in a Boat, Choice Grenfell and Much Ado About Falstaff with a play dedicated to the man who gifted us 007.


Ian Fleming, creator of Secret Agent 007, stands before the audience with a Martini in hand and a terrified look in his eyes. At 42 he is about to do the thing he most fears - he is getting married.

Who does he turn to for help?     Bond.     James Bond.


It is 1952 and Fleming is putting the finishing touches to the first Bond book, Casino Royale and Bond is with us; the alter ego, an icon of class and everything Fleming aspired to...

“Looking out of my window as the rain lashed down during one of those grey austerity-ridden days in post war Britain, I made two of the biggest decisions of my life; 

one, never to spend winter in England again; 

two, to write the spy story to end all spy stories.”

And that is exactly what Ian Fleming did.

3 Oct 2020 Phoenix Theatre & Arts Centre, Bordon, Hants

7 Oct 2020 The Hawth, Crawley, West Sussex

8 Oct 2020 The Acorn Theatre, Penzance, Cornwall

9 Oct 2020 Brixham Theatre, Brixham, Devon

11 Oct 2020 Vera Fletcher Hall, Thames Ditton, Surrey

14 Oct 2020 South Hill Park Arts Centre, Bracknell, Berks - matinee & evening

15 Oct 2020 Cryer Arts Centre, Carshalton, Surrey

13 Nov 2020 Cranleigh Arts Centre, Cranleigh, Surrey

14 Nov 2020 Southwold Arts Centre, Southwold, Suffolk

27 Jan 2021 Riverfront Theatre, Newport, Wales 

Further dates to be announced soon!


“This show is utterly compelling”

The Stage

“convincing and fascinating….

The words given meaning by a pause,

a stance or a knowing look over a sip of Martini…”

Brighton & Hove Argus

“An extremely stylish and entertaining piece, 

capturing the essence and spirit of Ian Fleming... 

The play succeeds admirably both as entertainment 

and as an insight into an extraordinary man” 

Ajay Chowdhury - the Ian Fleming Foundation

Ian Fleming image courtesy of Paul Baack