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Mary Goodnight is a fictional inexperienced field operative and the main Bond Girl in the 1974 James Bond film The Man with the Golden Gun. Portrayed by Swedish actress Britt Ekland, Goodnight is based on the literary character who appeared in several Ian Fleming's novels.

Film biography

Mary Goodnight is a Secret Service staffer, more ditzy than in the novels, who assists James Bond when he is following Andrea Anders in Hong Kong. Very quickly it is established that she has as-yet unfulfilled desires toward Bond.

Bond: "Now, Goodnight, would I do that to you? [Speaking of cheating on her.]"
Goodnight: "Yes, James, you bloody well would!"

After Goodnight shows Bond where Miss Anders is staying, she hopes to spend the evening with Bond, but 007 declines, as he has his meeting with Hai Fat.

Later in the film, Goodnight is embarrassingly pushed into the wardrobe of Bond's hotel room when Miss Anders enters Bond's bedroom. Goodnight falls asleep in the closet as Anders and Bond have sex; after Anders leaves, Bond wakes Goodnight and condescendingly tells her "Your turn will come, I promise." After this event, Goodnight becomes cold in her attitude towards Bond, particularly when interacting with him in Scaramanga's presence.

Goodnight: "(after being asleep in the wardrobe for two hours.) What time is it?"
Bond: "Twoish."
Goodnight: "Two? You mean I've been asleep in there for two hours?"
Bond: "I was just finishing business."
Goodnight: "Business? I'm resigning in the MORNING!"

At the meeting point with Miss Anders, Goodnight takes control of the Solex, but whilst placing a homer on Francisco Scaramanga's AMC Matador, she is pushed into the car's boot (trunk) by Scaramanga himself. Bond meets up with Goodnight on Scaramanga's island. She is present during the meal where Scaramanga proposes to Bond to confront him to a duel.

During the duel of the two, Goodnight is guarded by his maintenance man Kra. Eventually, she knocks him into a pool of liquid helium. Bond and Goodnight manage to escape and after dealing with Nick Nack, Goodnight manages to finish what she started with Bond aboard Scaramanga's personal Chinese Dhow (slow boat from China).


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