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Background:

  • "M" is a code letter for the head of the British Secret Intelligence Service, also known as MI6. In short, M is James Bond's boss.
  • The title "M" is believed to have been created by Ian Fleming from the first real-life head of Her Majesty's Secret Service, Mansfield Smith-Cumming, who used his initial "C" to indicate when he had signed a paper. Other influences on the character include Admiral John Godfrey, Fleming's superior in British Naval Intelligence during World War II. The "M" might also be an abbreviation for Minister, refering to the title of the MI6 head. In Ian Fleming's last novel, The Man with the Golden Gun, it was revealed that M's real name is Vice Admiral Sir Miles Messervy KCMG.

Appears in:

  • Every Bond movie except For Your Eyes Only, where it was stated that M was on "holiday" (the actor died and was not replaced until the next movie).

Actors:

Bernard Lee - Sir Admiral Miles Messervy

  • The first M, Lee is also the longest-running actor in the role, appearing in the first 11 films from Dr. No (1962) to Moonraker (1979).
  • At age 70 in Moonraker, he is the oldest male actor to have portrayed M to this day.
  • Seems to show distrust in Connery's Bond at first but then becomes closer to him professionally, to the point of exchanging snarks with him and Roger Moore's Bond.
  • Bernard Lee passed away in 1981 around the time of filming For Your Eyes Only. Out of respect for him, his character was put on holiday and his lines were transferred to Minister of Defense Sir Frederick Gray and Bill Tanner, who gave Bond his mission orders.
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Robert Brown - Admiral Marian Hargreaves

  • Had little to no sense of humor in his films.
  • He is the only M to have James Bond's license to kill revoked, seemingly showing no sympathy or regret in Licence to Kill. However, the quote "God help you, Commander!" right after Bond's escape softens this, showing that he cares about his best agent after all.
  • It is never stated on screen whether Robert Brown's character is intended to be Sir Miles Messervy (Bernard Lee's character) or a promoted Admiral Marian Hargreaves, the role played by Brown in The Spy who Loved Me, but his name is mentioned in the drafted screenplays.
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Dame Judi Dench - Barbara Mawdsley / Olivia Mansfield

  • The first and, to this day, only woman in the role, Dame Dench appeared in GoldenEye for the first time.
  • She is also the oldest actor to portray M to this day, since she was 71 in Casino Royale. She was 77 at the time of Skyfall, when she retired from the role.
  • Her M from the Craig era seems to be a different one than the one from the Brosnan era. In the original continuity, her name is Barbara Mawdsley, as said in the original GoldenEye screenplay and Raymond Benson's novels. Her name in the Craig films continuity reboot is Olivia Mansfield (as seen on the box containing her porcelain Union Jack bulldog in Skyfall) and is mistaken as "Emma" by Kincade in Skyfall.
  • Although she has shown disdain towards Bond's behaviour, she does however show support as she wants him to come home alive in GoldenEye.
  • She dislikes many of Brosnan's Bond's antics as clearly stated in GoldenEye and her other films. She has him stay in captivity in Hong-Kong in Die Another Day.
  • Her character has been given more screentime in each of her movies, and thus more involvment in the plots and more interactions with Bond than any other M actor before her.
  • She is the first M to face political pressure to retire in a movie (in Skyfall, more precisely).
  • She is shown to genuinely care about Bond, almost like a mother would be with her son. This "surrogate mother" role was further explored in Daniel Craig's films, ending with her death in Bond's arms in the Bond family chapel in Skyfall.
  • She is the first M to die in a Bond movie, at the end of Skyfall.
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M - James Bond Wiki


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Ralph Fiennes - Gareth Mallory

  • He is introduced in Skyfall as a veteran of MI6 in Northern Ireland and the Chairman of the Intelligence and Security Committee. His position gives him the authority to regulate MI6.
  • He was once a hostage held by the IRA.
  • He is ordered to force Judi Dench's M to retire in the first half of Skyfall.
  • He is promoted as the new M after the death of Judi Dench's character at the end of Skyfall.
  • Ralph Fiennes is the youngest actor to potray M to date, he was 50 at the time of Skyfall.
  • His appointment as M marks the return of the head of MI6 into the "Universal Exports" offices once occupied by Bernard Lee and Robert Brown.
  • Before the release of Skyfall, Fiennes stated that he could not say anything specific about the role other than that it was a "really interesting part which is really quite fun".

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Edward Fox

  • Appeared in the uncanonical Bond Movie Never Say Never Again.
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Trivia:
  • In Fleming's novel On Her Majesty's Secret Service, it is revealed that M's salary as head of the Secret Service was 5000 pounds a year (that was considered a lot of money in the early 60's) and an additional 1500 pounds as his naval pay (as a retired "Vice Admiral")
  • In Casino Royale, it is revealed that "M" is also the first letter of the current M's name. Her home is an apartment is in London, which she shares with her husband.



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Figured I'd try somthing new, rather than just use Bond's quotes.

62 Happens to be 3 am, when do you sleep 007?
63 Thank Miss. Moneypenny thats all, thats all.
64 She' is me Miss. Moneypenny, 007 is dining with me tonight.
65 Well now THAT we're all here!
67 Tell him to come below and report.
69 This department is not concerned with your personal problems.
71 There is no year for sherry, 007
73 (M's spoon latchs onto Bond's magnetic watch) Good God.
74 Oh shut Q, Q shut up.
77 Well done James.
79 (Bond's dart hits the picture in the office) Oh Thank You!
83 Remember 007, your on your own.
85 You have 35 mins to get properly dressed 007.
87 Oh Blast!
89 God help you Commander!
95 You don't like Bond, you don't like my methods, you think I'm an accountant, a bean counter more interested in my numbers than your instincts.
97 (Captain asks "hell is he doing") His job!
99 Remember 007, shadows always remain in front or behind, never on top.
2002 Well, it seems you've become useful again.
2006 Who the hell do they think they are? I report to the Prime Minister and even he's smart enough not to ask me what we do. Have you ever seen such a bunch of self-righteous, ass-covering prigs? They don't care what we do; they care what we get photographed doing. And how the hell could Bond be so stupid? I give him double-O status and he celebrates by shooting up an embassy. Is the man deranged? And where the hell is he? In the old days if an agent did something that embarrassing he'd have a good sense to defect. Christ, I miss the Cold War.
2008 Bond....I need you back
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