Lois Maxwell (Miss Moneypenny)

Lois Maxwell(14 February 1927 – 29 September 2007) was a Canadian actress.

Miss Moneypenny played by Lois Maxwell appears in fourteen James Bond films from Dr No up to and including A View To A Kill. In Dr No, Miss Moneypenny establishes the relationship with Bond that would remain for the next twenty-three years. In From Russia With Love, Miss Moneypenny still attempts to seduce James Bond but to no avail.

Moneypenny furthers her attempts to get Bond to visit her by promising to bake him a cake in Goldfinger, but Bond politely declines however when he tells her he has a business appointment. After telling him that’s the flimsiest excuse he has even given, M calls through on the radio telling Moneypenny that Bond is dining with him tonight, giving her renewed hope.

Miss Moneypenny continues her flirts with Bond in Thunderball, although is caught out by M when she refers to him as ‘the old man’. In You Only Live Twice, Miss Moneypenny tries to trick Bond into repeating his Japanese SIS codeword (“I love you”) to her, but Bond gets wise to the plan. Moneypenny gets some comfort however in following M’s orders to tell Bond to report whilst Bond enjoys a romantic moment with Kissy Suzuki.

On Her Majesty’s Secret Service showcases perhaps the most important and impressive Miss Moneypenny scenes for Lois Maxwell. After telling Moneypenny to hand in his resignation into M, Bond is upset and disappointed when M approves the memo without comment; that is until Moneypenny advises him to read the memo – two weeks leave. In an emotional scene at Bond’s wedding, Bond throws his hat at a crying Moneypenny before leaving for his honeymoon. Diamonds Are Forever sadly features only a small scene with Miss Moneypenny. Appearing as a customs officer at Dover, Moneypenny works with Bond to take on the identity of Peter Franks. When asked if he can bring her anything back from Holland, Moneypenny replies to Bond, “A diamond, in a ring” leaving him to comment “would you settle for a tulip?”

Live And Let Die only features Miss Moneypenny in a short scene where she helps Miss Caruso hide from M in Bonds closet. After she thinks she has a chance in The Man With The Golden Gun after Bond calls her ‘darling’, she sulks into M’s office when Bond is only trying to get information from her. Once more Miss Moneypenny is barely seen in The Spy Who Loved Me who appears in two extremely short scenes. Sadly, once again Moonraker fares badly for Miss Moneypenny who appears in only a couple of very small scenes. For perhaps the first time Moneypenny flirts with Roger Moore’s James Bond in For Your Eyes Only, like the excellent scenes with Sean Connery’s Bond.

Octopussy marks the penultimate appearance of Lois Maxwell’s Miss Moneypenny. Bond is treated to a delight when he sees the beautiful Miss Penelope Smallbone, Moneypenny’s new assistant. Bond amusingly covers his interests in Miss Smallbone by not too convincingly telling Moneypenny how beautiful she also is. Unfortunately A View To A Kill marks the last appearance of Miss Moneypenny played by Lois Maxwell. She does however end her famous participation in the Bond series by accompanying Bond, M and Q to the horse racing at Royal Ascot where she gets perhaps too involved in the racing!

Character information

Secretary to M, Miss Moneypenny is always happy to welcome Bond for his meeting with M. Since Dr No, Miss Moneypenny has held a special relationship with Bond, flirting with him at any opportunity, hoping the world’s most famous secret agent will succumb to her charms.

Lois Maxwell is the classic Moneypenny. Her scenes with Bond are comical and always welcome in the film. Bond enjoys her numerous flirtations, however their relationship never goes any further. Her portrayal of Moneypenny is loyal, caring, hoping (!) and a very good friend. She is always the first person to help Bond if she can, and does so on many occasions.

Caroline Munro (Naomi)

Caroline Munro (born 16 January 1949) is an English actress and model known for her many appearances inhorror, science fiction and action films of the 1970s and 1980s.

Film information

Naomi is the seventh villain of The Spy Who Loved Me. This stunning beauty escorts James Bond and Major Anya Amasova from their Sardinian hotel to meet Karl Stromberg. After returning to their hotel, Stromberg orders the assassination of the two spies.

After Stromberg’s Motorbike and a car containing Jaws and some henchmen fail to stop Bond in his Lotus Esprit, Naomi appears on the scene in Stromberg’s Helicopter. The alluring Naomi plays a seductive but dangerous game of cat and mouse climaxing in Bond destroying the helicopter when he fires a surface-to-air missile from the underwater Lotus.

Character information

With a curvy figure Naomi proves an attractive but deadly assistant to Stromberg. Taking a liking to Bond she subtly flirts with him on their way to Atlantis, and clearly enjoys every minute in the game they play where she tries to kill Bond (and Anya) in his Lotus.

Barbara Bach (Major Anya Amasova)

Barbara Bach (born Barbara Goldbach, August 27, 1947) is an American actress and model. She is married to former Beatle Ringo Starr.

Film information

Major Anya Amasova played by Barbara Bach is the main Bond Girl of The Spy Who Loved Me. While M recalls Bond from his mission, M’s opposite number in the KGB, General Gogol, is doing the same for Agent XXX, aka Major Amasova.

Anya meets Bond during the show at the Pyramids, but they formally introduce each other at Max Kalbas club where they meet to bid for the microfilm.

For most of the film Bond and Anya have the same mission objectives and try to achieve the same goals. Anya sometimes leads, sometimes follows Bond. They travel from Kalbas club to Egyptian ruins and ride a boat to Cairo. After meeting with M and General Gogol at the MI6 Egyptian HQ, Anya and Bond agree to actually work together.

After travelling to Sardinia, Anya accompanies Bond to meet Stromberg posing as his wife. However after Anya finds out that 007 killed her lover, another Russian agent, she tells Bond that revenge will be hers.

Bond rescues Anya from Atlantis after being taken by Stromberg when Captain Carters submarine is captured by the Liparus. As the mission reaches its end, Bond manages to convince Anya not to kill him but to join him in bed instead.

Character information

Major Anya Amasova is an excellent character. Agent XXX, the KGB’s best agent provides a perfect match for 007 in every sense. Throughout the film Anya and Bond play a game of trying to outsmart each other. Anya is equally as intelligent as 007, and in some scenes even smarter.

The introduction of Major Anya Amasova into The Spy Who Loved Me launched a new style of Bond Girl. Anya was by no means dependent on Bond as she was totally independent. Unlike some previous Bond Girls, Anya was an extremely useful ally to Bond, who without her assistance 007 probably would not of been able to complete his mission.

Anya uniquely provides an interesting twist when she finds out 007 is the killer of her lover, Russian agent Sergei Barsov. Anya tells Bond that once the mission is complete she will take her revenge by killing him. As per her warning Anya does come close to killing Bond at the end of the film, but Bond manages to convince her otherwise.