The Greatest
James Bond Girls

Skyfall (2012)

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Greatest Bond Girls in James Bond Films
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Film Title/Year/Director, Bond Girl (Actress)

Skyfall (2012)
d. Sam Mendes

Eve Moneypenny (Naomie Harris)

[Note: This was the first time Miss Moneypenny's first name was revealed, although her full name was not disclosed until the film's ending. She was not really a traditional Bond girl, although she shared some romantic moments with Bond. Naomie Harris was the first African Englishwoman to portray the character of Moneypenny.]

The film opened with fellow professional and young MI6 operative Eve paired up with agent 007 James Bond (Daniel Craig) in Istanbul, Turkey. They were in pursuit of a French mercenary known as Patrice (Ola Rapace), who had just lethally wounded an MI6 agent named Ronson (Bill Buckhurst), and stolen an encrypted hard drive from the agent's laptop.

Bond took off in pursuit of Patrice on a motorbike, while Eve followed the long chase scene in a Land Rover. Eventually, the chase ended with Bond and Patrice fist-fighting atop a moving train. With a sniper rifle and scope from a strategic vantage point, Eve cautioned M (Judi Dench): "I may have a shot. It's not clean." With no time left as the train approached a tunnel on a long bridge, M ordered: "Take the shot. I said take the shot" - although Eve was worried: "I can't, I may hit Bond." M fiercely commanded: "Take the bloody shot" - and with a misjudged firing, Eve hit Bond by accident. [It was unclear where the bullet struck him.] He fell backwards off the train into a river far below. Eve announced: "Agent down." Bond's body sank into the deep water, and it was presumed that Bond was dead.

The computer drive contained the identities "of almost every NATO agent embedded in terrorist organizations across the globe." And then, a "major terrorist attack" in London was interpreted as a "possible 'cyber-terrorist assault' on the British Secret Service." In MI6's new underground base ("part of Churchill's bunker" with tunnels), established as an emergency measure, Eve once again met up Bond, who had miraculously survived and reappeared for duty. Eve told Bond that she had been temporarily reassigned from field work in Istanbul, to office work ("Something to do with killing 007") - she was assisting the new Chairman of the Intelligence and Security Committee Gareth Mallory (Ralph Fiennes) in the transition. An unidentified cyberterrorist threatened to reveal five agent names each week, putting their lives in danger.

Bond was sent to Shanghai, China on the trail of the mercenary killer Patrice - he successfully completed his mission by dropping the assassin from the top of a skyscraper, after he watched him shoot an individual in a nearby apartment. At Bond's luxurious hotel, red-dressed Eve arrived (posing as room service) with new information:

"Whoever stole the list has already decrypted it. They posted the first five names on the Web...They're posting five more next week, and the week after. It's some kind of sadistic game."

She watched him as he was about to shave "the old-fashioned way" with a straight-edged razor - he handed her the razor to slowly and personally shave him. He had already been informed by M about the list, so he asked "the tantalizing question" about what she was really doing there. She seductively explained that her "official directive was to help in any way I can." He suspected she was spying for bureaucratic Mallory, but nonetheless started to unbutton the front of her blouse. After shaving his vulnerable neck, she stated: "That's better. You look the part now....Old dog, new tricks." [Later, when she revealed her identity as Moneypenny, it could then be conclusively assumed that they didn't have sex together.]

They both were prepped and costumed for their next assignment at a floating Macau casino, where Bond was to cash in Patrice's chip while posing as the assassin - payment for his completed hit. Wired to Bond and already in the casino was Eve, whom he told: "You look beautiful in that dress." Eve helped Bond when he was attacked by three burly bodyguards. She knocked the third attacker (Roger Yuan) unconscious. She was entrusted with the case of money and told to bet it all on red at the roulette table.

She again met up with Bond during the Ministry's inquiry into MI6 when M faced harsh questioning. Eve was in the audience when villainous Silva (Javier Bardem) entered, disguised as a policeman, and opened fire on attendees. She bravely helped defend M to escape and to evacuate the room.

In the epilogue, Eve spoke to Bond on the rooftop of the new MI6 headquarters, telling him that she had declined returning to active service ("You said it yourself. Field work's not for everyone"), and that she would remain in a desk job. Eve presented Bond with a box, willed to him by the deceased M, which contained a porcelain, flag-draped bulldog statue from her desk. Eve added: "Maybe it was her way of telling you to take a desk job."

As the two entered the outer MI6 office with a coat rack and desk, Bond asked for her proper introduction: "We've never formally been introduced." She replied: "Well, my name's Eve. Eve Moneypenny" - she was the familiar MI6 secretary.

Skyfall (2012)

Unidentified - Bond's Lover (Tonia Sotiropoulou)

After Bond had been presumably killed by Eve's sniper bullet, atop a train in Istanbul, Turkey, he reappeared in a Turkish beachside shack (peaceful waves splashed gently in the background). He was making love against a wall, seen in silhouette, to an unidentified, nude dark-haired woman who spoke no dialogue.

After sex, he was sipping from a Heineken beer bottle, as she laid on the bed next to him, and gently rubbed his chest.

Skyfall (2012)

Severine (Berenice Marlohe)

In Shanghai, China, Severine (Berenice Marlohe) first appeared as a mysterious femme fatale, dressed in black, and in the apartment of an art connoisseur who had just been gunned down by French mercenary Patrice (Ola Rapace) from an adjacent skyscraper. Bond believed that she was an accomplice to the murder. When Bond redeemed Patrice's casino chip (payment for the hit) at a floating Macau casino, he again saw the slinky dark-haired brunette on a staircase.

The mysterious woman in a backless dress noticed that he had been paid 4 million euros and came up to him and sexily asked for a drink. He introduced himself in the customary way: "Bond, James Bond," and she identified herself as Severine - she was followed closely by three controlling bodyguards.

At the bar, they engaged in seductive talk about the concealed weapons they both carried (she had a Beretta 70 strapped to her thigh). She asked why he had killed Patrice, and he replied: "I want to meet your employer." After a long drag on her cigarette, she warned: "Be careful what you wish for." He told her: "You put on a good show."

He identified the tattoo on her wrist from the Macau sex trade. She had been abducted at age 12 or 13 and sold into the business as a prostitute. He sensed she was desperately afraid of her present captor and "pretending not to be." He offered to try and help her escape: "Bring me to him," and promised he was capable and willing to kill her unidentified employer, who was holding her against her will. She warned: "When I leave, they're going to kill you. If you survive, I'm on the Chimera. North Harbor. Berth seven. We cast off in an hour." She wished him luck and left.

Later that evening, after Bond had survivied against her menacing bodyguards in the casino, he joined Severine on her boat, literally, while she was taking a steamy shower ("I like you better without your Beretta"). She replied: "I feel naked without it." They kissed under the flow of water before having sex together.

Severine's sail-equipped yacht approached her employer's foggy and deserted island - located off the coast of Macau. Severine and Bond were bound with their hands behind their backs, and led into the compound by the yacht's crew. The hideout was abandoned, and full of crumbling buildings. After Bond was introduced to villainous blond-haired cyberterrorist Raoul Silva (Javier Bardem), the two came outside where Severine was still bound by her hands, with clear evidence that she had been beaten. She was in front of a large broken down and deteriorating statue.

Silva forced Bond to demonstrate his marksmanship skills, by shooting at a small shot glass (with vintage Macallan whiskey) balanced on Severine's head. When Bond shakily aimed his pistol, Silva sighed and taunted: "Oh, I can't believe it. I can't believe it. Did you really die that day? Is there any, any of the old 007 left?"

Bond shot first - and missed (probably deliberately). Silva then aimed and quickly shot Severine in the head - and killed her. He quipped: "I win. What do you say to that?" Bond quipped: "It's a waste of good Scotch."

Death of Severine

Greatest Bond Girls in James Bond Films
(chronological, each Bond film a separate page)
Introduction | Dr. No (1962) | From Russia With Love (1963) | Goldfinger (1964) | Thunderball (1965)
You Only Live Twice (1967) | On Her Majesty's Secret Service (1969) | Diamonds are Forever (1971) | Live and Let Die (1973)
The Man with the Golden Gun (1974) | The Spy Who Loved Me (1977) | Moonraker (1979) | For Your Eyes Only (1981)
Octopussy (1983) | A View to a Kill (1985) | The Living Daylights (1987) | Licence to Kill (1989)
GoldenEye (1995) | Tomorrow Never Dies (1997) | The World is Not Enough (1999) | Die Another Day (2002)
Casino Royale (2006) | Quantum of Solace (2008) | Skyfall (2012) | Spectre (2015) | No Time to Die (2021) | Unofficial Never Say Never Again (1983)

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