The loss of Miss Moneypenny

As many of you may already know, Lois Maxwell died this past weekend at the age of 80. Although her real name is perhaps not immediately recognizable – her position in film lore certainly is.

For a stretch of 14 films, Maxwell played the cynical flirt to James Bond’s suave playboy as the original Miss Moneypenny (whose first name, it turns out, is Jane), the secretary of Bond’s boss, M.

In fact, Maxwell has a specific claim to James Bond that none of the actors who played the famous superspy can match. According to The Australian,

Maxwell played Miss Moneypenny in the first 14 Bond films and was the only cast member to be in all 14, the Bond role having passed from Sean Connery to George Lazenby and Roger Moore.

Of course, on the other hand:

… it was estimated that in the films she spoke fewer than 200 words and was on screen a total of one hour.

Her last appearance as Miss Moneypenny was in A View to a Kill.

“Same old Moneypenny. Britain’s last line of defence.”

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