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.

Ursula Andress (Honey Ryder)

Ursula Andress (born 19 March 1936) is a Swiss actress and a sex symbol of the 1960s. She is known for her roles as Bond girl Honey Ryder in Dr. No, for which she won a Golden Globe, and as Vesper Lynd in the 1967 James Bond parody Casino Royale. Andress was born in Ostermundigen, Canton of Bern, Switzerland, the daughter of Anna, who was Swiss, and Rolf Andress, a German diplomat who was expelled from Switzerland for political reasons. He disappeared during World War II. Andress has four sisters and one brother. She is fluent in English, French, Italian, German and her native Swiss German (Schwizertütsch).

Film information

Whilst Dr. No featured Sylvia Trench also as a Bond Girl, it’s Ursula Andress’ portrayal of Honey Ryder that most people remember as the first Bond Girl.

After arriving on Crab Key with Quarrel the night before, Bond is awoken by the sound of beautiful singing. He decides to investigate where the sound is coming from and who is singing. Ursula’s portrayal of Honey Ryder probably makes one of the most memorable entrances as she emerges from the sea wearing only a small bikini. Normal by modern standards, this was deemed racy and controversial when the film was released in 1962.

After avoiding the guards and tracing through the swamps, Bond, Honey and Quarrel rest for the evening. Bond starts to learn more about Honey but before the conversation gets too deep Quarrel spots dragon tracks. The ‘dragon’ kills quarrel when they spot it, and Bond and Honey are taken captive. And being de-contaminated from the radioactive swamps, and shown to their ‘rooms’, Bond and Honey pass out after drinking drug-laced coffee. Bond and Honey attend a dinner with Dr. No where Honey is taken away about half way through.

Honey is not seen again until the end of the film where Bond rescues her from a potential drowning, and they escape Crab Key in one of Dr. No’s boats. Felix Leiter comes to the rescue after they run out fuel, but Bond and Honey have other ideas.

Character information

Honey Ryder is a very independent woman needing no help from nobody. Resourceful and courageous, she makes it very clear that she can defend herself against any hostile or untoward threat when she first meets Bond. He is allowed to get closer when he comments that his actions are honorable.

Honey doesn’t have any parents after her father, a marine biologist, died mysteriously whilst exploring Crab Key. She tells Bond that after her father was killed the landlord where she was staying raped her. Bond is shocked to here she got her revenge by putting a black widow spider under his mosquito net, taking him a whole week to die.

Honey makes it clear to Bond that she does not need supporting. She makes a point to say that she is much smarter than Bond to which he agrees. However Honey is pleased to see Bond when he sets her free from her capture, leading to them to become lovers at the end of the film.

Other information

It is well known that Ursula Andress’ voice was dubbed in Dr No. However in spite of this, it did not stop her becoming one of the most famous Bond Girls ever. The image of her walking out of the sea wearing that bikini drastically increased bikini sales worldwide!

Zena Marshall (Miss Taro)

Zena Moyra Marshall (1 January 1926 – 10 July 2009) was a British actress of film and television.

She attended St Mary’s, Ascot and trained at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art (RADA). She worked with Ensa (the Entertainment National Service Association) during the Second World War.

Marshall’s film career began with a small role in Caesar and Cleopatra (1945), with Claude Rains and Vivien Leigh. Her exotic looks resulted in her being cast in “ethnic” roles, such as Asian women, including her role as the Chinese character Miss Taro, in the first James Bond film, Dr. No (1962).

Marshall appeared in Those Magnificent Men in Their Flying Machines (1965) as the Countess Ponticelli. Her last film credit in 1971. She also made numerous television appearances.

Film information

Miss Taro played by Zena Marshall is the fifth Villain of Dr. No. Bond is introduced to Miss Taro when he travels to Jamaica to investigate the disappearance of Strangways.

He first meets her when he visits Government House. Bond asks her for a tour around the island and invites her to his hotel.

007 catches on quickly that she is not all what she seems when she invites him up to her mountain apartment, and then is surprised to see him. This is due to her attempt to get ‘The Three Blind Mice’ to run him off the road on the journey up to the apartment. Bond gets the upper hand in the game of cat and mouse they play. Miss Taro tries to keep Bond occupied whilst Professor R. J. Dent travels to take care of him. Bond persuades her to eat out and orders a ‘car’ to take them to a restaurant. Miss Taro does not realise that the car is in fact a police car that takes her down to the station.

Character information

Miss Taro works as a secretary to Pleydell-Smith, the British foreign secretary in Jamaica. Miss Taro is another one of Dr. No agents however. Taking her orders from Professor Dent, she spies on files, conversations and top-secret information. Miss Taro then passes on this information to Dr. No.

Miss Taro does not attempt to kill Bond herself; she merely gets told what to do so that ‘The Three Blind Mice’ and Professor Dent can kill Bond. A job they fail.

Marguerite LeWars (Freelance)

Marguerite LeWars (born c. 1938 in Kingston) is a Jamaican former beauty pageant titleholder who was crowned Miss Jamaica. While serving in that capacity, she played the role of the Dr. No’s photographer in the first ever James Bond film Dr. No in 1962. This role was her only screen role and it was a matter of chance; the production crew of Dr No encountered her at Kingston airport as they were preparing for filming. LeWars was an employee there at the time and they decided to use her in the film. In the commentary of the Dr. No DVD release, LeWars reveals that makeup was applied to her face in order to make her appear partly oriental. She also states that her voice in the film was dubbed over by the filmmakers without her prior knowledge.

Film information

The Photographer played by Margaret LeWars is the third Villain of Dr. No. On assignment to photograph 007, she takes Bond’s picture at the airport just as Bond raises his hat to block his face.

After her failed attempt to photograph 007 at the airport, The Photographer takes Bond’s photograph at Puss-Feller’s establishment. Bond tells Quarrel to bring her back where he destroys the film. After learning little information from her, even under threat of her arm being broken, Bond lets her go.

Character information

An operative for Dr. No, The Photographers assignment is to take images of 007 when he arrives in Jamaica. At Puss-Fellers nightclub, Quarrel holds The Photographer by bending her arm behind her back whilst Bond interrogates her. The Photographer, like Dr. No’s other operatives are so scared to divulge any information that she would rather have her arm broken by Quarrel than talk. Bond doesn’t feel the need to take it that far, and consequently lets her go.

Eunice Gayson (Sylvia Trench)

Eunice Gayson (born Eunice Sargaison, 17 March 1928, Croydon, South London) is a British actress best known for playing Sylvia Trench, James Bond’s girlfriend in the first two Bond films (Dr. No and  From Russia with Love). Originally, Gayson was going to be cast as Miss Moneypenny, but the part went to Lois Maxwell instead.

For a number of years she played the part of Frau Schrader (The Baroness) in the London production of ‘The Sound Of Music’ at the Palace Theatre, singing two songs which were cut from the film version.

Gayson was originally to have been a regular in the Bond film series, but her character was dropped. Like nearly all of the actresses who appeared in the first two Bond films, Gayson’s voice in Dr. No and From Russia with Love was overdubbed by voice actress Nikki van der Zyl, though Gayson’s real voice can still be heard in original trailers for Dr. No.

As the first female to be seen in Dr. No, she is officially the very first actress to play a Bond Girl.

Gayson also played a major role in the Hammer Horror film The Revenge of Frankenstein and was seen on TV in series such as The Saint and The Avengers.

Decades later, Gayson’s daughter appeared in a casino scene in the 1995 Bond film Golden Eye.

Film information

Sylvia Trench has the privilege of being the first Bond Girl in the series. In fact we are introduced to Sylvia before we are actually introduced to James Bond. Bond encounters Sylvia at his local gambling club.

Whilst losing to Bond at cards, Sylvia raises the bet in a bid to win over him. When he leaves the table Bond comments “What other games do you play?” to which she replies “Golf, among other things”. Sylvia later surprises Bond at his apartment playing ‘sexy golf’. After informing her of his immediate departure, 007 changes his mind to make it an almost immediate departure after little convincing from Sylvia.

We only see Sylvia briefly in From Russia With Love when Bond tells Moneypenny he is “reviewing an old case”. When Moneypenny hears Sylvia’s comment she says, “Your old case sounds interesting James”.

Character information

Little is learnt about Sylvia Trench in Doctor No or when she reappears in From Russia With Love. The original idea was that Sylvia was to be a re-occurring character in all the Bond films, but this idea was scrapped when Goldfinger was filmed. Sylvia is a confident woman who knows what she wants and is not afraid to take risks. While Sylvia loses a large sum of money to Bond playing Chermin de Fer at posh London club Le Cercle, she is elegant in her defeat. She also believes in surprising people, and she certainly does that when she appears in 007’s apartment later that evening.