Lois Maxwell 1927-2007

Lois Maxwell was born in Kitchener, Ontario. After serving in the Canadian Army during WWII she studied at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts in London where she met future co-star and friend Roger Moore.

After an early career that included a Golden Globe and appearances alongside Shirley Temple and Ronald Reagan, Lois settled in England and made guest appearances in The Saint alongside her old friend Roger Moore. She also appeared in the classic chiller The Haunting and Lolita.

It was of course her role as Miss Moneypenny in the James Bond series that she will be best remembered for. She appeared in fourteen films and acted opposite three James Bonds (Connery, Lazenby, Moore) before being replaced by Caroline Bliss for 1987's The Living Daylights.
Despite only having a small role in each film her charm and humour made a lasting impression and, as much as Sean Connery was James Bond, Lois Maxwell was Miss Moneypenny.

Like Bernard Lee and Desmond Llewelyn, Lois became a beloved fixture in the series. No one will ever quite replace Connery, Lee or Llewelyn and the same can be said of Lois Maxwell.

For James Bond fans the world over she will never be forgotten and always be the original and best loved Miss Moneypenny.


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