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Miss Caruso is an Italian agent seen sleeping with Bond at the beginning of the 1973 film Live and Let Die. She was played by Madeline Smith.

Film biography

After returning from a recent mission in Rome, Bond romances his Italian contact, only to be awakened by M knocking at his door at 5:47am.

As M explains the situation, Bond attempts to distract him away from the bedroom by making him an espresso. During the briefing M congratulates Bond on his handling of the "Rome affair", noting that the Italians were most impressed; their only complaint being that one of their agents, a "Miss Caruso" is missing.

As the two men talk in the kitchen, Miss Moneypenny arrives and lets herself in, only to stumble across a half-naked Caruso, who is in the process of retrieving her clothes from the hall floor. Caruso gestures for her to remain silent and proceeds to hide in the hall closet, as the bewildered secretary looks on.

Finishing his coffee, M makes for the closet to retrieve his coat. Covering for Caruso and Bond, an embarrassed Moneypenny quickly fetches the coat for him. As they leave, Moneypenny says a warm goodbye, pausing before adding "Or should I say... 'ciao, bello'?".

Crossing to the closet, 007 uses his newly repaired magnetic wristwatch to slide open the door. Taking her in his arms Bond apologizes to Miss Caruso and starts to slowly unzip her dress using the watch.

Caruso: "Such a delicate touch..."
Bond: "Sheer magnetism, darling."
―Bond unzips Caruso's dress using the watch.[src]

Trivia

  • Miss Caruso is the first Bond Girl of the Roger Moore era.
  • Madeline Smith, who played Miss Caruso, was recommended for the part by Roger Moore after he had appeared with her on TV. Smith said that Moore was extremely polite to work with, but she felt very uncomfortable being clad in only blue bikini panties/knickers while Moore's wife was on set overseeing the scene
  • In the Italian version of the movie she is a French agent and not an Italian.

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