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Miss Moneypenny is the fictional secretary to the head of the British Secret Service. The daughter of a previous Moneypenny, the character appears in the 1967 James Bond spoof film Casino Royale and was portrayed by actress Barbara Bouchet.
After Sir James Bond is promoted to the head of MI6 following his predecessor's demise, he learns that many British agents around the world have been eliminated by enemy spies because of their inability to resist sex. He sets Moneypenny to the task of establishing a rigorous programme to train male agents to ignore the charms of women. Moneypenny recruits "Coop", a karate expert who begins training to resist seductive women. Shortly thereafter, Sir James orders that all remaining MI6 operatives (including Moneypenny) will be named "James Bond 007", to confuse SMERSH.
At the end of the film Sir James and Moneypenny travel to Casino Royale to rescue Mata Bond. They discover that the casino is located atop a giant underground headquarters run by the evil Dr. Noah, secretly Sir James' nephew Jimmy Bond, a former MI6 agent who defected to SMERSH to spite his famous uncle. Sir James, Moneypenny, Mata and Coop manage to escape from their cell and fight their way back to the Casino Director's office where Sir James establishes Vesper Lynd is a double agent. The casino is then overrun by secret agents and a battle ensues. American and French support arrive, but just add to the chaos. Eventually, the atomic pill which Jimmy was duped into swallowing explodes, destroying Casino Royale with everyone inside. Moneypenny and all of her allies then appear in heaven, playing golden harps.
Behind the scenes
- In the 1967 film version of Casino Royale, actress Barbara Bouchet plays M's current secretary and explains to Sir James Bond (played by David Niven) upon their first meeting that she is actually Miss Moneypenny's daughter. She is referred to thereafter, and in the closing credits, as Moneypenny.