MI6

Dr. No (1962)

M
M
Played by Bernard Lee
M is the head of British Intelligence (MI6) and James Bond’s boss. In the first Bond movie, M assigns Bond to Jamaica to investigate Dr. No and Crab Key, and also orders him to switch his handgun from a Beretta to the Walther PPK.

 

Major Boothroyd
Major Boothroyd
Played by Peter Burton
Major Boothroyd’s character is the precursor to the well-known Q of Q Branch, and originally only advises Bond on his firearm choice in Dr. No. He moves Bond away from his weak Beretta to the well-known Walther PPK.

 

Commander John Strangways
Commander John Strangways
Played by Timothy Moxon
The British MI6 Agent in Jamaica investigating the activities of Dr. No, Strangways makes a fatal mistake by informing his friend Professor Dent of his findings. Dent, a double agent for Dr. No, arranges to have Strangways assassinated by “The Three Blind Mice.”

 

Moneypenny
Moneypenny
Played by Lois Maxwell
Lois Maxwell’s Moneypenny is first featured in every film from Dr. No up to A View To A Kill. As M’s personal secretary, Moneypenny welcomes Bond home from his missions, and in their first encounter, complains that 007 never dresses up in a tuxedo for her.

 

From Russia with Love (1963)

Moneypenny
Moneypenny
Played by Lois Maxwell
Moneypenny returns in the second Bond movie, again flirting with Bond and saying it will be a miracle if a tardy 007 can explain where he has been all day.

 

M
M
Played by Bernard Lee
M sternly reviews the danger of the missing cipher machine the Lektor and about the Russian cipher clerk Tatiana Romanova. He also presses 007 to pay attention to Q’s gadget briefcase, which is now standard issue to all 00 agents.

 

Q
Q
Played by Desmond Llewelyn
One of the most beloved characters of the franchise, Q is MI6’s gadget man. Q had the distinction of being portrayed by the same actor, Desmond Llewelyn, for almost 35 years, starting in From Russia With Love, where he reviews the functionality of a gadget-laden briefcase.

 

Goldfinger (1964)

M
M
Played by Bernard Lee
M debriefs Bond after Jill Masterson is found dead covered in gold paint. He warns 007 to be objective and if he cannot, that he can be replaced on the Goldfinger mission with 008.

 

Moneypenny
Moneypenny
Played by Lois Maxwell
Although they are told to cut their interaction short by a stern M, Moneypenny tells Bond that the only gold she knows about is the kind you wear on the third finger of your left hand, coyly trying to coax Bond on a date.

 

Q
Q
Played by Desmond Llewelyn
In one of his most memorable appearances, Q introduces 007 to the best Bond car of all, the Aston Martin DB5. Q insists that although Bond quips that an ejector seat is some sort of a joke, the feature is something he takes pride in, stating that he “never jokes” about his work.

 

Thunderball (1965)

Moneypenny
Moneypenny
Played by Lois Maxwell
In a break from their normally flirtatious relationship, Moneypenny has no time to talk with James before the Thunderball meeting, telling him to go to the conference room where every “00 man” in Europe has been rushed in for something “pretty big.”

 

M
M
Played by Bernard Lee
M leads the meeting with all 00 agents, the foreign secretary and members of the military to outline operation Thunderball, and their plans to stop Largo’s nuclear ambitions.

 

Q
Q
Played by Desmond Llewelyn
Q visits 007 in Nassau, Bahamas to give him various gadgets on his mission investigating Operation Thunderball. He is seen in the movie with a memorable outfit: a loud and awesome pineapple Hawaiian shirt with a straw fedora.