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Bond on Bond
On Sunday 07 May 2006, Andrew Marr interviewed Samantha Bond (actress, Miss Moneypenny)

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Samantha Bond
Samantha Bond aka Miss Moneypenny

ANDREW MARR: Now, from Miss Moneypenny to Lady Macbeth, Samantha Bond's performances on stage and screen always pack a punch, she has been back in the West End and she is here with me now. You've been Miss Moneypenny through four great films ...

SAMANTHA BOND: Yes, four films.

ANDREW MARR: With Pierce Brosnan.

SAMANTHA BOND: That's right.

ANDREW MARR: Would you have liked to have done a fifth, because I think he probably would have liked to have done one more wouldn't he?

SAMANTHA BOND: I think he probably would have, and if he would have done the fifth, I would have been delighted to have done it with him, but I didn't want to ... I didn't want to go on without him. ANDREW MARR: Sure.

SAMANTHA BOND: I'm a one Bond girl.

ANDREW MARR: Ahh. That's ... that's ... loyalty and fidelity for you.

SAMANTHA BOND: Well I think that's important.

ANDREW MARR: So, I'm going to come onto your new play in that case in just a minute. But staying with Bond, I suppose where you will go down in the sort of history of Bond part players, is that you're the one who kissed him. Every Miss Moneypenny up to now has been sort of passive ... The passive sort of receptacle of Bond's torn ... Not torn dresses, but sort of ...

SAMANTHA BOND: Yes ... no, no, I'm the only one who got the snog and I think that's important and I hope to hold that mantle for a long, long time. It's always sad that one has to reflect that it was in fact a fantasy sequence.

ANDREW MARR: Ahh, of course it was.

SAMANTHA BOND: So it never happened in real life.


SAMANTHA BOND: But it was a very good morning's work.

ANDREW MARR: And what about the new Bond, what about Daniel?

SAMANTHA BOND: ... Well, Daniel Craig I think is a wonderful actor. I think he's having a really rough time in the press and I don't quite know why that should be and I wish him the greatest success. I mean he's a fabulous actor and hopefully it will all go very well for him.

ANDREW MARR: And so was it a bit of a surprise when Pierce Brosnan was moved out and ... I mean I've read you said at one point that Bond is bigger than all of us.

SAMANTHA BOND: Yeah, I think Bond is bigger and I think that, you know, the powers that be made a decision. I think ... I think it's sad and I don't think Pierce was too old, I think he's getting more gorgeous as he gets older, but they did make that decision and that's what everyone has to abide by, you know.

ANDREW MARR: Sure. Now as I was saying a moment ago, you've done a great deal of theatre work as well as TV and cinema and you are just about to open in a Michael Frayn play which is a revival. But I have to say, having said ... you know having made all those secretary jokes earlier on, this is also a play about a politician who's engaged in ...

SAMANTHA BOND: Well actually it's about a politician ...

ANDREW MARR: ... adultery ...

SAMANTHA BOND: Well ... it's mistaken. It's a politician who ... They've all gone back to their Cambridge college twenty five years after they've left and I ... the part I play wasn't actually part of their college, because it was an all male college, but she was kind of the college bicycle and so she has a past with most of the men in the play, one of whom is now a member of the government. She turns to him for help, she becomes kind of embroiled in ... she tries to hide in his bedroom, he then believed that another ex.. or ex student who now works for a newspaper is going to come and reveal that she's in the bedroom and that's ... and the whole thing becomes ...

ANDREW MARR: It sounds a bit like a farce.

SAMANTHA BOND: It is a farce.

ANDREW MARR: It is a farce, which is not how we think of Michael, of course he has written other farces ...

SAMANTHA BOND: 'Noises Off.'

ANDREW MARR: 'Noises Off' ...

SAMANTHA BOND: One of the great farces.

ANDREW MARR: Absolutely, absolutely and when it comes to a long run in the West End, you'll hope it's a long run, this is very different presumably in terms of the rhythm of work ... I mean, it's physically much harder than doing film.

SAMANTHA BOND: It's the most exhausting thing I have ever, ever done. I've already ... we've only ... We've been in previews for a week and I've already had to have my skirt taken in on an inch on either side because you just run.

ANDREW MARR: The West End diet.

SAMANTHA BOND: The West End diet, get on that stage and loose weight. So I eat a lot of carbohydrate and ... but no, it's completely exhausting, but it's also kind of thrilling. I've never done anything where people just laugh all the time. You know if you're doing Macbeth you wait ... you wait ...

ANDREW MARR: They don't laugh a lot ... they don't laugh a lot in Macbeth.

SAMANTHA BOND: Not if you're doing it right, no. But this one, it's terribly funny, it's a wonderful cast ... David Hague ... I'm now going to forget everyone because it's Sunday morning ...

ANDREW MARR: No, don't let's go through them. But let's talk a little bit about Shakespeare, because Lady Macbeth was one of your parts and Shakespeare remains one of the big jobs. You've worked a lot with Judy Dench, of course on the Bond films apart from anything else.

SAMANTHA BOND: Yeah, yeah.

ANDREW MARR: And she's been a great Shakespearean actor too. Is she your sort of ultimate role model, is she who you would like one day, in the long distant future, to become?

SAMANTHA BOND: I think that's a difficult way of putting it because, Judy is Judy. I think as a role model you couldn't get a better one and the combination of work that she's done is enviable to all of us I think. I mean to have ... you know whilst she was being a leading lady at the RSC she was known to the television masses for doing sitcom.

I mean that's a huge spectrum. And what has happened in recent years with her film career is awesome. So yes, as a role model she would certainly be up there. She's a wonderful ... well she's round the corner, she's at the Haymarket, I shouldn't be plugging her, but yeah ... no ... she's a gorgeous woman.

ANDREW MARR: Well listen, very, very good luck ...

SAMANTHA BOND: Thank you very much indeed.

ANDREW MARR: ... with the new play and thank you very, very much indeed for coming in and talking to us.

SAMANTHA BOND: My greatest pleasure.

ANDREW MARR: Thanks a lot. Alright.


NB: this transcript was typed from a recording and not copied from an original script.

Because of the possibility of mis-hearing and the difficulty, in some cases, of identifying individual speakers, the BBC cannot vouch for its accuracy

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