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.
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. Goodnight later avoids Bond's advances, as she sees that he just has pity on her.
Her playing hard to get doesn't last long, and goes to meet Bond in his room anyway. She is then 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 spotted by Scaramanga himself and pushed into the car's boot (trunk). On Scaramanga's island, Goodnight becomes Scaramanga's new mistress and is forced to wear a bikini at all times to prevent her from carrying concealed weapons, and to bypass Q's trackers that had been sewn into all of Goodnight's clothing. She is offered all the luxuries the island has to offer as she spends the next few days sunbathing, swimming, dining with Scaramanga but also endures harassment from the maintenance man, Kra. One day she is ordered to eat lunch with Scaramanga and to her surprise and delight, Bond has arrived on the island. During the meal, Goodnight compliments Scaramanga's hospitality with a bitter tone while glaring at Bond, hinting to him that she blames him for her imprisonment and humiliation. She then quickly becomes worried when Scaramanga challenges Bond to a duel.
During the duel of the two, Goodnight is guarded by Kra. Eventually, she senses an opportunity to escape and knocks him into a pool of liquid helium. Following Scaramanga's defeat, Bond and Goodnight are reunited. Bond retrieves the Solex and the two 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).
As a British Secret Service agent who has been active for many years, Mary Goodnight is a courageous woman who can hold her own even with men. However, she is also extremely clumsy in many areas, to the point of being more of a nuisance than an asset to the agents she assists like Bond. Goodnight is also naive, inexperienced and lacking in general knowledge; for example, she does not know how a solar power plant works. Goodnight seems to like to joke around on her missions, but her sense of humour is quite sarcastic as she uses it mostly when she is angry. Despite this, her dedication more than make up for her clumsiness, making her a funny and very endearing person.
- Mary Goodnight is the Bond girl to spend the longest amount of screen time in a bikini.
- Mary Goodnight is also one of the only Bond girls to reject Bond's advances (even if its only brief). The fact this was the first woman to do so was cleverly helped by having the extras in the scene conveniently applaud at the line for something in the background.
- Britt wore different shoes in between being on the set and promotional photoshoots.