Portrayed By:Benard Lee, Judi Dench
Benard Lee as M.


[edit] Background

M is James Bond's boss in the novels and films, in almost all films and every novel M has had the assistant Miss Moneypenny and chief of staff Bill Tanner.

[edit] In the Novels

In the novels, M is portrayed as liking Bond and even bends the rules for him on multiple occasions. In Fleming's final novel Bond attempts to assassinate M while under the influence of Soviet brainwashing, instead of punishing Bond he is ordered to be rehabilitated. This is one of the many times M aids Bond in the novels, although not portrayed as frequently in the films this gives us hints as to the true character of M.

[edit] Robert Brown as M

Brown first appears in the Bond films in the movie Octopussy, however it is never stated if Brown is meant to replace the original M or if he is to still act the same character. However there is some evidence to suggest that he is a different character, as in the Pre-Title credits to The Living Daylights he is shown to be wearing the Rear Admiral insignia. Yet the original M was a Vice Admiral, if it is to be the same person M would have to have been demoted. This leads to belief that Brown was intended to be a "New Bond". Brown is very tough on Bond in the films, he revokes his license to kill immediately after License to Kill. This change in mood leads us to believe that Brown played a new M.

Featured In

[edit] Judi Dench as M

Dench first appears in the film Goldeneye and quickly shows her utmost dislike for Bond. Whom she calls "Sexist, misogynist dinosaur, a relic of the Cold War". Tanner her chief of staff states that she is the Evil Queen of Numbers. This suggests that she relies more on statistics rather than impulse and instinct, tools that Bond frequently uses. However as the series progresses she begins to show a rising level of affection (That many call almost maternal) for Bond. In the movie The World is Not Enough she states that Bond is "The best we have... but I would never tell him"

In Casino Royale and Quantum of Solace we see M in a new light. She is more of a eager spymaster rather than an analytical administrator. Instead of being cruel and harsh on Bond she is understanding of his mistakes and guides him through many things. She is also shown to reveal some more personal details to him and does not overreact to him breaking into her house. This leads us to wonder at what point in the story she gained a dislike for Bond.

Featured In Movies


  • James Bond 007: Everything or Nothing (2004)
  • GoldenEye: Rogue Agent (2005)
  • Quantum of Solace (2008)

[edit] Games

M is in many of the James Bond games, they are voiced by the current actor of the time and are usually used in Mission Briefing stages of games.

Last edited by Lifesapper on 26 November 2008 at 03:34
This page has been accessed 2,577 times.