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- "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 the 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.
- Every Bond film except For Your Eyes Only, where it was stated that M was on "holiday" (the actor died and was not replaced until the next film, Octopussy).
|Bernard Lee - Sir Admiral Miles Messervy |
1962 / 1979
| Robert Brown - Admiral Marian Hargreaves (possibly) |
1983 / 1989
| Dame Judi Dench - Barbara Mawdsley / Olivia Mansfield |
1995 / 2002 - 2006 / 2012
|Ralph Fiennes - Gareth Mallory|
2012 / current
| Edward Fox - Unknown name || |
- In Ian 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")
- The first M's home was called "Quarterdeck," and could be seen in On Her Majesty's Secret Service.
- In Casino Royale, it is revealed that "M" is also the first letter of the Judi Dench M's name. Her home is an apartment is in London, which she shares with her husband.
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