Contributed by: The James Bond Movie Encyclopedia by Steven Jay Rubin

Featured only once—in the sixth James Bond film, On Her Majesty’s Secret Service. Resigning from the British Secret Service when M (Bernard Lee) fails to permit him to continue his search for the missing Blofeld (Telly Savalas), Bond (George Lazenby) retreats to his own office to clean out his desk.

In the film, screenwriter Richard Maibaum’s homage to the series’ rich history, 007 pulls out three souvenirs from previous adventures: the belt and knife worn by Honey (Ursula Andress) in Dr. No, the strangler’s watch used by Grant (Robert Shaw) in From Russia with Love, and the miniature rebreather from Thunderball. He then takes out a flask and toasts a portrait of the queen.

When Moneypenny (Lois Maxwell) summons him back to M’s office, Bond learns that his resignation has turned into a much-needed vacation. What would we do without you, indeed, Miss Moneypenny?


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