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Who is this former film flirt?

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• Her first starring movie role was opposite Shirley Temple and Ronald Reagan.

• She appeared in 14 films as the same character.

• She also wrote a column for the Toronto Sun.

• She first met future co-star Roger Moore at drama school in 1944.

• This self-deprecating sex symbol is Canadian actress Lois Maxwell, better known as Miss Moneypenny, the flirtatious secretary in the James Bond films. Maxwell traded double entendres with Sean Connery, George Lazenby and Roger Moore in 14 Bond films between 1962 and 1985.

• The "false" Italian Bond film that Maxwell refers to is called OK Connery or, in the U.S. Operation Kid Brother. Sean Connery's brother Neil played James Bond's brother, who fills in for 007 to defeat a crime syndicate. The film also featured Bernard Lee, who portrayed Bond's boss M in the official Bond films. The two also appeared in From Hong Kong With Love a French Bond knock-off.

• In a 2006 interview, Maxwell recalled Bond creator Ian Fleming telling her, "When I wrote Miss Moneypenny, I envisaged a tall, elegant woman with the most kissable lips in the world, and you, my dear, are the epitome of that dream of mine."

• She and future Bond Roger Moore met at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts in London, England in 1944. They remained close friends until Maxwell's death in 2007.

Medium: Television
Program: Front Page Challenge
Broadcast Date: Jan. 19, 1981
Panellist: Gordon Sinclair
Duration: 0:41

Last updated: January 19, 2015

Page consulted on January 19, 2015

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