Jane Moneypenny is an agent with the British Secret Service.
In truth, she is primarily the personal secretary and assistant to M, legendary head of the British Intelligence organization best known as operating the 00 program. While she is friendly to and cares deeply for each of the Double-O agents, there is no secret that she holds a particular attachment to 007, James Bond.
In the tales of that agent, chronicled by Ian Fleming first and then several others to follow, Miss Moneypenny, for no one ever dared use her first name, was forced by duty and convention to remain stolidly at her desk and pine and fret the state of her agent. And the end result of this concern was invariably friendly banter and teasing wooing but always love remaining unrequited.
Then a set of diaries written by the woman during the early to mid 60's were passed to her niece on the tenth anniversary of her death. These intimate writings told of a far different Miss Moneypenny, a woman of great bravery and steely resolve. Her devotion to the Service and to her boss, M, remained true but, according to these journals, there were several times when her concern or her determination pushed her away from the desk and out into the cold world of espionage.
Whether it was to aid an endangered Bond or to go it alone, Jane Moneypenny proved she was as tenacious as Bond. And while she might be as dangerous in the field as he, she would prove over again that her intellect and her tenacity made her a deadly weapon in her own right.