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Agent Mimi is a fictional SMERSH agent who masquerades as Lady Fiona McTarry, the widow of M, in order to discredit Sir James Bond by destroying his "celibate image". The character appears in the 1967 James Bond spoof film Casino Royale and was portrayed by actress Deborah Kerr.

Film biography

Sir James Bond travels to Scotland to return M's remains to the grieving widow, Lady Fiona McTarry. However, the real Lady Fiona has been replaced by SMERSH's Agent Mimi. The rest of the household have been likewise replaced, with SMERSH’s aim to discredit Bond by destroying his "celibate image". Attempts by a bevy of beauties to seduce Bond fail, but Mimi/Lady Fiona becomes so impressed with Bond that she changes loyalties and helps Bond to foil the plot against him.

Behind the scenes

Deborah Kerr later recounted how she had been approached by director Charles K. Feldman to star in Casino Royale and was offered a sizeable sum with enormous daily costs if production exceeded the ten days she was contracted to work. In the end, production lasted for eight weeks, with Kerr spending most of her time in the dressing-room. Commenting on her resulting pay-check, Kerr noted that the large sum of money was used to build a swimming-pool at their home in Switzerland, which she humorously christened "The Charles K. Feldman Memorial Swimming Pool".[1]

References

  1. Lewis, Roger (1995). The Life and Death of Peter Sellers (in English). Random House, p.895. ISBN 9780099747000. 

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