|Died:|| Carte Blanche: 1990 |
|Relatives:|| James Bond (Son),|
Andrew Bond (Husband),
Charmain Bond (Sister-in-law)
|Behind the scenes|
|First Appearance:|| You Only Live Twice (Novel) |
|Last Appearance:|| Skyfall (Film)|
Monique Bond is the mother of James Bond and the spouse of Andrew Bond. Like her husband, the character has only a brief mention in Fleming's penultimate novel, You Only Live Twice. Although alluded to in 1995's GoldenEye and 2012's Skyfall, she has never been portrayed in film.
It was not until the penultimate novel, You Only Live Twice, that Ian Fleming gave Bond a sense of family background, using a fictional obituary, purportedly from The Times. The book was the first to be written after the release of Dr. No in cinemas and Sean Connery's depiction of Bond affected Fleming's interpretation of the character, to give Bond both a sense of humour and Scottish antecedents that were not present in the previous stories. The novel reveals Bond is the son of a Scottish father, Andrew Bond, of Glencoe, and a Swiss mother, Monique Delacroix, of the Canton de Vaud. When his parents are killed in a tragic mountain climbing accident in the Aiguilles Rouges near Chamonix, eleven-year-old James is orphaned.
In Carte Blanche, it is revealed that, while she pretended to be a freelance photojournalist, Monique was really a freelance Spy Hunter for MI6.
She resided in Skyfall Lodge before her death alongside Andrew, leaving James distraught. After that, his primary caretaker became Kincade, the gamekeeper of Skyfall Lodge. Andrew and Monique are mentioned in Skyfall. It is shown that James does not like to talk about his roots or his parents.