Samantha is probably best known as Moneypenny from the 007 films – or, specifically, the Moneypenny who ‘snogged’ Pierce Brosnan’s James Bond in Die Another Day. She also locked lips with Sean Bean on stage in Macbeth and ended up with a blister. So come on Sam, who’s the better kisser? 'Oh Pierce was fun. The kiss was great,' she says.
'It took all morning. Normally when you do a scene like that they have a closed set so you kiss in front of a skeleton staff. However, because it was cinematic history – no one ever expected James Bond to kiss Moneypenny – the whole of Pinewood stopped filming and came to watch.'
Then I tell her I’d prefer to kiss Sean Bean. 'No, I’d go for Pierce Brosnan any time. When I was appearing in Macbeth, I was interviewed on Woman’s Hour. I’d been discussing the play and Jenni Murray, the presenter, started talking about who you’d sooner kiss, the bit of rough or the gentleman? Some people like a bit of rough but I like my gentleman.' Which makes your husband? 'A gentleman,' she says.
What happened when Ms Bond met Mr Bond for the first time?
Oh it was astonishing. Those gorgeous eyes. I actually met him [Pierce Brosnan] first at a party at Pinewood Studios. I was with Judi Dench, standing in between two beautiful Bond girls from GoldenEye. Later, he ended up driving me around in one of those golf buggy things shouting ‘Bond! Hang on!’ It was very memorable. Did you have a favourite Bond movie before you started playing Miss Moneypenny?
I’d never seen a Bond film at the cinema before being in one. Now I’d say Dr. No is my favourite because it’s the only one I can remember.
Obviously many women would kill to be near James Bond (pun intended). Have you met any other Bonds besides Pierce Brosnan?
Pierce is obviously my favourite as I’ve played Miss Moneypenny in all four of his Bond films [GoldenEye, Tomorrow Never Dies, The World is Not Enough, Die Another Day] but yes I’ve met other Bonds. I know Timothy Dalton and I met Danny Craig years ago in the theatre when he was about 24. I also worked with Roger Moore for the London 2012 bid.
What was it like filming the James Bond movies? Do you have any favourite moments?
Well, despite Miss Moneypenny still being the smallest part I’ve ever played, the films were huge fun and we had great parties. My favourite filming moment has to be in Die Another Day when Miss Moneypenny finally gets to kiss Bond. I had to do it in front of 75 people which was slightly disconcerting. I really couldn’t help it that we had to do retake, after retake, after retake… yes girls, it was everything you imagined.
Great find, Eaz - I love Samantha. I'd love to see her and Pierce in another film together but as has already been said above, I think people would struggle to see past the 'Bond and Moneypenny' thing.
So I'll gently rise and I'll softly call, goodnight and joy be with you all.
Samantha Bond: "Pierce Brosnan is a better kisser than Sean Bean"
07:00, 3 May 2015 By Emma Jones
Classy English actress and on screen smoocher Samantha Bond, 53, on 007, hanging with best gal pal Maggie Smith, and being rather superstitious...
You played the ultimate Bond girl, Miss Moneypenny…
Right, this will be brief…
Do you not enjoy talking about it?
It isn’t that, it’s just I haven’t made a James Bond film in 17 years, and if you roll all my screen time into one it would be the smallest role I’ve ever done. So although I’m proud to have done them, I had a hoot, and yes, Pierce Brosnan is a great kisser, better than Sean Bean. But I don’t know what else to say.
You must have known it would be a role you’d always be associated with?
To be honest, I’d never seen a Bond film in a cinema and I had no idea of the scale of what I was getting into. I didn’t know it was a global thing. I thought he was just a British spy person.
Do you still get recognised for it?
Men of a certain age will get dewy eyed. I was their Moneypenny. People are always immensely polite. I get asked for selfies, I don’t mind now I’ve mastered holding the phone at a proper angle.