Born Lois Hooker in Kitchener, Ontario, Canada, on February 14, 1927, actress Lois Maxwell began her career as a young girl on Canadian radio. In 1942, she joined a Canadian military unit and went to Britain to entertain troops. When it was discovered that she was underage, she stayed in England and enrolled at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art. Following the end of World War II, with quite a bit of stage experience behind her Maxwell moved to Hollywood, where she was put under contract with Warner Bros.

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LEFT and CENTER: Late 1940s studio portraits of Lois Maxwell. RIGHT: Mod late 1960s shot

Maxwell starred in a number of routine Hollywood programmers but left southern Calfornia at the end of her contract in 1949 to go to Italy to star in films and commuted back and forth from England. While never a huge star, she found good roles in such films as The Woman's Angle (1952; with Cathy O'Donnell and Joan Collins), Satellite in the Sky (1956; with Kieron Moore), and High Terrace (1956; with Dale Robertson).

In 1957, she married television production coordinator Peter Marriott, and the couple welcomed a daughter in 1958 and a son in 1959. Sadly, Maxwell's husband suffered a massive coronary in 1961 and was too ill to continue his career. With a young family to support, she beat the bushes looking for more work. A chance meeting with Terence Young, who had directed one of Maxwell's early pictures, Corridor of Mirrors (1948; with Christopher Lee), eventually led to her being cast as Miss Jane Moneypenny in Dr. No (1962; with Sean Connery and Ursula Andress). An instant fixture, she remained with the series for fourteen films, through A View to a Kill (1985; with Roger Moore and Christopher Walken).

the films of lois maxwell

The Big Punch (1948)

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LEFT: From the Warner Bros. programmer The Big Punch with Wayne Morris. RIGHT: With love interest Gordon MacRae

Scotland Yard Inspector (1952)

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From the British mystery Scotland Yard Inspector

Torpedo Zone (1954)

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Maxwell portrays Lt. Lily Donald in the Italian war film Torpedo Zone

Satellite in the Sky (1956)

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With Kieron Moore in the British science fiction flick Satellite in the Sky

High Terrace (1956)

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With Eric Pohlmann in the mystery High Terrace

Passport to Treason (1956)

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LEFT: From the mystery Passport to Treason. RIGHT: With Rod Cameron

Face of Fire (1959)

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From the Allied Artists drama Face of Fire

From Russia With Love (1963)

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Maxwell in her second outing as Miss Jane Moneypenny in the James Bond adventure From Russia With Love. Interestingly, Maxwell was originally cast in the part of seductress Sylvia Trench before the casting switch

Goldfinger (1964)

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With Sean Connery in the James Bond adventure Goldfinger

Operation Double 007 (1967)

Lois Maxwell and Neil Connery

Maxwell and Neil Connery starred in the Italian 007 knockoff Operation Double 007, which once aired on Mystery Science Theater 3000

You Only Live Twice (1967)

Karin Dor, Mie Hama, Sean Connery, Akiko Wakabayashi, and Lois Maxwell

From the fifth Bond film You Only Live Twice with Karin Dor, Mie Hama, Sean Connery, and Akiko Wakabayashi

The Saint (1962-1969 Syndicated TV Series)

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LEFT: With Roger Moore in a 1966 episode of The Saint titled Interlude in Venice. RIGHT: With Roger Moore and Quinn O'Hara

later years

After the death of her husband in 1973, Maxwell and her children relocated to her native Canada, settling in Ontario. While still maintaining her acting career, she also went to work as a columnist for the Toronto Sun and for a time worked for a crowd-control barrier company. Her acting career slowed after her last Bond film, A View to a Kill, and she officially wrapped her career in 2001, after suffering a life-threatening blood clot and a cancer diagnosis. She left Canada and moved to Perth in western Australia to live with her son. After a bout with lung and vascular disease, Lois Maxwell passed away September 29, 2007, at the age of 80. She was survived by her son and daughter.

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The Fourth Angel (2001) with Jeremy Irons, Forest Whitaker, Jason Priestley, and Charlotte Rampling
Hard to Forget (1998) with Chad Everett
Lady in the Corner (1989) with Loretta Young, Brian Keith, and Bruce Davison
Martha, Ruth & Edie (1988) with Andrea Martin
Rescue Me (1987) with Ted Shackelford
Phyllis A View to a Kill (1985) with Roger Moore, Christopher Walken, Tanya Roberts, Grace Jones, Patrick Macnee, and Desmond Llewelyn
The Blue Man (1985) with Karen Black
Peep (1984) with Donald Harron
Octopussy (1983) with Roger Moore, Maud Adams, Louis Jourdan, and Desmond Llewelyn
For Your Eyes Only (1981) with Roger Moore, Topol, Lynn-Holly Johnson, and Desmond Llewelyn
Mr. Patman (1980) with James Coburn and Kate Nelligan
Lost and Found (1979) with George Segal, Glenda Jackson, Maureen Stapleton, Hollis McLaren, Paul Sorvino, and John Candy
Moonraker (1979) with Roger Moore, Lois Chiles, Richard Kiel, Corinne Clery, Bernard Lee, and Desmond Llewelyn
The Spy Who Loved Me (1977) with Roger Moore, Barbara Bach, Curd Jurgens, Richard Kiel, Caroline Munro, Bernard Lee, George Baker, and Desmond Llewelyn
Age of Innocence (1977) with Honor Blackman
From Hong Kong with Love (1975) with Mickey Rooney, Clifton James, and Bernard Lee
The Man with the Golden Gun (1974) with Roger Moore, Christopher Lee, Britt Ekland, Maud Adams, Herve Villechaize, Clifton James, Bernard Lee, and Desmond Llewelyn
Live and Let Die (1973) with Roger Moore, Yaphet Kotto, Jane Seymour, Clifton James, Julius Harris, Geoffrey Holder, David Hedison, Gloria Hendry, and Bernard Lee
Endless Night (1972) with Hayley Mills, Hywel Bennett, Britt Ekland, and George Sanders
Diamonds Are Forever (1971) with Sean Connery, Jill St. John, Charles Gray, Lana Wood, Jimmy Dean, Bruce Cabot, Bruce Glover, Bernard Lee, and Desmond Llewelyn
On Her Majesty's Secret Service (1969) with George Lazenby, Diana Rigg, Telly Savalas, George Baker, Bernard Lee, Desmond Llewelyn, Virginia North, and Joanna Lumley
You Only Live Twice (1967) with Sean Connery, Karin Dor, Donald Pleasence, Bernard Lee, Desmond Llewelyn, and Charles Gray
Operation Double 007 (1967) with Neil Connery, Daniela Bianchi, Adolfo Celi, Bernard Lee, and Anthony Dawson
Thunderball (1965) with Sean Connery, Claudine Auger, Adolfo Celi, Luciana Paluzzi, Martine Beswick, Bernard Lee, and Desmond Llewelyn
The Ambassadors (1965) with Bethel Leslie
Goldfinger (1964) with Sean Connery, Honor Blackman, Gert Frobe, Shirley Eaton, Harold Sakata, and Bernard Lee
From Russia with Love (1963) with Sean Connery, Daniela Bianchi, Pedro Armendariz, Lotte Lenya, Robert Shaw, Bernard Lee, and Martine Beswick
The Haunting (1963) with Julie Harris, Claire Bloom, Richard Johnson, and Russ Tamblyn
Come Fly with Me (1963) with Dolores Hart, Hugh O'Brian, Pamela Tiffin, Lois Nettleton, Dawn Addams, Karl Malden, and Robert Easton
Dr. No (1962) with Sean Connery, Ursula Andress, Joseph Wiseman, Jack Lord, Bernard Lee, Anthony Dawson, and Eunice Gayson
Lolita (1962) with James Mason, Shelley Winters, and Sue Lyon
The Unstoppable Man (1960) with Cameron Mitchell
Face of Fire (1959) with Cameron Mitchell, James Whitmore, Bettye Ackerman, and Royal Dano
Kill Me Tomorrow (1957) with Pat O'Brien
Time Without Pity (1957) with Michael Redgrave, Ann Todd, Peter Cushing, and Joan Plowright
High Terrace (1956) with Dale Robertson and Lionel Jeffries
Passport to Treason (1956) with Rod Cameron
Satellite in the Sky (1956) with Kieron Moore
Torpedo Zone (1954) with Renato Baldini
Aida (1953) with Sophia Loren
Man in Hiding (1953) with Paul Henreid, Kieron Moore, Bill Travers, and Kay Kendall
Twilight Women (1952) with Laurence Harvey
Scotland Yard Inspector (1952) with Cesar Romero
Ha da venì... don Calogero! (1952) with Barry Fitzgerald
The Woman's Angle (1952) with Cathy O'Donnell, Joan Collins, and Dana Wynter
Viva il cinema! (1952) with Marilyn Buferd and Walter Chiari
Lebbra bianca (1951) with Sophia Loren
Tomorrow Is Too Late (1950) with Pier Angeli and Vittorio De Sica
Kazan (1949) with Stephen Dunne and John Dehner
The Crime Doctor's Diary (1949) with Warner Baxter, Stephen Dunne, Adele Jergens, Robert Armstrong, Don Beddoe, and Whit Bissell
Love and Poison (1949)
The Dark Past (1948) with William Holden, Nina Foch, Lee J. Cobb, Adele Jergens, Stephen Dunne, Berry Kroeger, and Steven Geray
The Big Punch (1948) with Wayne Morris and Gordon MacRae
Corridor of Mirrors (1948) with Christopher Lee
That Hagen Girl (1947) with Ronald Reagan, Shirley Temple, Rory Calhoun, Conrad Janis, and Penny Edwards

Adventures in Rainbow Country, 1969 CBC TV series. Maxwell portrayed Nancy Williams
Stingray, 1964-1965 syndicated TV series. Maxwell lent her vocal talents to this series, produced by Gerry Anderson

Alfred Hitchcock Presents, episode If the Shoe Fits, originally aired February 14, 1987
The Edison Twins, episode Let Them Eat Cake, originally aired May 4, 1985
The Persuaders!, episode Someone Waiting, originally aired February 25, 1972
UFO, episode The Man Who Came Back, originally aired February 3, 1971
UFO, episode The Cat with Ten Lives, originally aired September 30, 1970
Department S, episode The Ghost of Mary Burnham, originally aired February 18, 1970
My Partner the Ghost, episode For the Girl Who Has Everything, originally aired December 7, 1969
The Saint, episode Simon and Delilah, originally aired March 24, 1967
Gideon C.I.D., episode The Millionaire's Daughter, originally aired November 20, 1966
The Saint, episode Interlude in Venice, originally aired October 7, 1966
The Baron, episode Something for a Rainy Day, originally aired February 17, 1966
Ghost Squad, episode Party for Murder, originally aired March 14, 1964
The Avengers, episode The Little Wonders, originally aired January 11, 1964
ITV Play of the Week, episode The Touch of a Dead Hand, originally aired July 16, 1963
Zero One, episode The Marriage Broker, originally aired December 5, 1962
No Hiding Place, episode Nina and the Night People, originally aired April 21, 1961
Alcoa Presents: One Step Beyond, episode The Room Upstairs, originally aired March 21, 1961
Danger Man, episode Position of Trust, originally aired October 23, 1960
Rendezvous, episode The Dodo, originally aired May 18, 1960
O.S.S., episode Operation Orange Blossom, originally aired October 24, 1957
Sailor of Fortune, episode Port Jeopardy, originally aired June 22, 1957
ITV Play of the Week, episode Heaven and Earth, originally aired March 6, 1957
Rheingold Theatre, episode One Can't Help Feeling Sorry, originally aired October 29, 1956
Rheingold Theatre, episode Someone Outside, originally aired October 22, 1956
The Adventures of Aggie, episode Monk's Prior, originally aired September 24, 1956
Rheingold Theatre, episode A Fast Buck, originally aired January 2, 1956
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