TARO, MISS

Entry Source: The James Bond Movie Encyclopedia by Steven Jay Rubin


Sexy secretary to British diplomat Playdell-Smith (Louis Blaazer), portrayed by actress Zena Marshall in Dr. No. Actually a spy for Dr. No (Joseph Wiseman), Miss Taro is ordered to lure Bond (Sean Connery) to her cottage on Magenta Drive in the Blue Mountains. Assassins in a black hearse will then run 007 off the road. However, the assassins are killed instead when, trying to avoid road-construction machinery, their hearse goes off a cliff. When her doorbell rings, Miss Taro is thus very surprised to greet Bond. Ordered via telephone to stall him, she consents to a tryst.

Zena Marshall was the quintessential female adversary for the original 007—voluptuous (as producers Albert R. Broccoli and Harry Saltzman required), deadly, and expendable—although instead of facing death, she is arrested by the Jamaican police. She’s the only one of Dr. No’s agents to survive the film.