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Miss Moneypenny is the secretary of M. Although she always plays a small part in the movies, her platonic relationship with Bond has always been highlighted.

Since she first appeared in 1962, the role of Miss Moneypenny has always been included in the Bond films with the notable exceptions of Casino Royale and Quantum Of Solace. She was reintroduced in Skyfall.


Moneypenny - James Bond Wiki

Moneypenny - James Bond Wiki

Moneypenny - James Bond Wiki
Lois Maxwell

1962 / 1985

  • She was born Lois Hooker in Kitchener, Ontario, Canada on the 14th of February 1927.
  • The first and longest-running actress in the role, she appeared in all of the early movies from Dr.No to A View To A Kill, during 23 years.
  • She boasts a total of fourteen Bond films under her name, alongside two different M actors and three different Bond actors.
  • In addition to her Bond films, Lois Maxwell also portrayed Moneypenny in a 1967 made-for-TV special (produced by EON Productions) entitled Welcome to Japan, Mr. Bond. This special is included in the 2006 special edition DVD release of You Only Live Twice.
  • She also won a Golden Globe for "Best Newcomer" for her performance in the Shirley Temple comedy That Hagen Girl in 1947.
  • She was enrolled at the prestigious Royal Academy of Dramatic Art where she became friends with a fellow student, who was none other than Roger Moore. Both retired from the Bond series after A View To A Kill.
  • Originally, Maxwell was offered either Moneypenny or introductory Bond Girl Sylvia Trench for her role in Dr. No. When she found out that the role of Trench had a scene where she wore nothing but a pajama shirt, she decided to go with the role that she ended up defining in the series.
  • Lois Maxwell passed away on 29 September 2007. Read more here.

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Caroline Bliss

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Caroline Bliss

1987 / 1989

  • Caroline Bliss was born on 12 July 1961 in England. She isthe granddaughter of composer Sir Arthur Bliss.
  • She chose to wear glasses to distance herself from her predecessor.
  • She has considerably less screentime in Licence To Kill than previously, due to Bond not leaving the Americas in that film. However, her role proves crucial when she worries about Bond's life as he is about to be arrested by MI6 agents in Isthmus. She alerts Q and most likely begs him to come to Bond's help in Isthmus, unbeknownst to M.
  • She has been friends with her successor in the role of Miss Moneypenny, Samantha Bond, ever since they both were eleven years old. Casting director Debbie McWilliams was unaware of this when replacing Bliss with Bond. Not expecting to return after the departure of Timothy Dalton anyway, Caroline harbored no ill feelings towards her friend, saying: "I am just glad it has gone to someone I love and who needs the money!".

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Samantha Bond

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Samantha Bond
1995 / 2002

  • The ironically named Samantha Bond was born on 27 November 1961 in London, England.
  • She replaced Caroline Bliss for the role of Moneypenny in GoldenEye. Many fans of the Bond / Moneypenny tandem say that no other couple portrayed the relationship between 007 and Moneypenny as well as Pierce Brosnan and her.
  • In an interview with BBC 4, she said that along with Brosnan departing from the role of 007, she also retired from her role.
  • She is the only Moneypenny to have kissed Bond instead of him kissing her, though it was not real, she used Q's virtual reality glasses in Die Another Day.
  • As said above, she has been friends with Caroline Bliss since both of them were eleven years old.

The role of Moneypenny wasn't included in Casino Royale although there was a reference to her in a dialogue between Bond and Vesper Lynd (Eva Green) :

  • Vesper: I'm the money.
  • Bond: Every penny of it.
Moneypenny didn't appear in Quantum Of Solace either.

Moneypenny was also played by British actress Pamela Salem in the unofficial Bond film Never Say Never Again in 1983.

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Best lines:

  • Moneypenny: Flattery will get you nowhere... but don't stop trying. (Dr.No)
  • Moneypenny: You never take me to dinner looking like this James. You never take me to dinner period. (Dr.No)

  • Moneypenny: Oh! The only gold I know of is the kind you wear, you know? On the third finger of your left hand. (Goldfinger)

  • Moneypenny: A a ring.
  • M: (on intercom) Miss Moneypenny. Give 007 the password we've agreed with Japanese SIS.
  • Moneypenny: Yes, Sir. We tried to think of something that you wouldn't forget.
  • Bond: Yes?
  • Moneypenny: I... love... you. Repeat it please, to make sure you get it.
  • Bond: Don't worry, I get it. Sayonara. (You only live twice)

  • Bond: Anything you want me to bring you from Holland, Moneypenny?
  • Bond: Would you settle for a tulip?
  • Moneypenny: (Longingly) Yes! (Diamonds are Forever)

  • (Bond arrives in the office with a bunch of flowers and tries to throw his hat on the opposite coat rack but sees a small desk with a typing machine and a young woman turned against the wall instead)
  • Bond: Well, I must say you've become more beautiful everyday!
  • Moneypenny: (not really pleased) Hi, I'm over here.
  • Bond: Of course you are!
  • Moneypenny: And this is Penelope Smallbone, my new assistant.
  • Bond: Smallbone? What can I say Moneypenny, except she is as attractive and as charming...
  • Moneypenny: As I used to be?
  • Bond: I didn't say that.
  • Moneypenny: Uh uh, you're such a flatter James...
  • Bond: No, Moneypenny, you know I never has been. I never will be anybody but yours!
  • Moneypenny: So you've told me.
  • (Bond offers Moneypenny a flower)
  • Bond: Welcome to Universal Exports!
  • (offers the whole bunch of flowers to miss Smallbone)
  • (Octopussy)

  • Moneypenny: I didn't know you were a music lover. Any time you want to come over and hear my Barry Manilow collection... (The Living Daylights)

  • Moneypenny: Someday you'll have to make good on your innuendos. (GoldenEye)

The role of Miss Moneypenny wasn't included in Casino Royale although there was a reference to her :
  • Vesper: I'm the money.
  • Bond: Every penny of it.

Moneypenny was reintroduced in Skyfall. A MI6 field agent named Eve is seen throughout the movie. After a misdjudged shot on Bond, she gives up to field action to become a secretary. Her full name is revealed at the end of the film : Eve Moneypenny.
Some of her best lines :

  • Eve: She's ready for you.
  • Bond: I'm sorry, have we met before?
  • Eve: I'm the one who should say sorry.
  • Bond: It was only four ribs. Some of the less vital organs. Nothing major.

  • Bond: (about getting shot) In your defense, a moving target is harder to hit.
  • Eve: Then you'd better keep moving.

  • Eve: Cut-throat razor. How very traditional.
  • Bond: Well, I like to do some things the old-fashioned way.
  • Eve: Sometimes the old ways are best.

  • Eve: (about Séverine in the Macau casino) She's pretty.
  • Bond: Now, now!
  • Eve: If you like that sort of thing.
  • Bond: I'll keep you posted. (puts his earpiece into her glass)

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