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Rest in Peace, Miss Moneypenny by American Elephant
October 2, 2007, 2:55 am
Filed under: News, Pop Culture

Miss Moneypenny

Bond star Lois Maxwell dies at 80

Actress Lois Maxwell, who starred as Miss Moneypenny in a string of James Bond movies, has died aged 80.

Maxwell starred alongside Sir Sean Connery in Bond’s first movie outing, Dr No, in 1962.

She played the role until 1985’s A View To A Kill with Sir Roger Moore, who told the BBC she had been a “great asset” to the early Bond movies.

A spokesperson for Fremantle Hospital, Western Australia, said she died there on Saturday evening.

Maxwell starred in 14 Bond films as the secretary to M, the secret agent’s boss and head of the secret service. [read more]

Was there ever another Moneypenny? I certainly never noticed. It’s funny, when you think about it, she didn’t have hardly any screen time, and yet she was an essential fixture in the James Bond movies.

Rest in peace, Miss Moneypenny.

Iraq Continues Dramatic Improvement, Civilian Deaths Plummett by American Elephant
October 2, 2007, 2:06 am
Filed under: Foreign Policy | Tags: , , , ,

Staff Sgt. Cesar M. Andrade, platoon sergeant for 2nd Platoon, Company C, 1st Battalion, 1st Marine Regiment, Regimental Combat Team 6, yells out commands as he and his Marines raid an abandoned school during Operation Street Sweeper II, Saqlawiyah, Iraq, Aug. 28-30, to rid the area of the insurgency and its deadly tools.

Yesterday we learned that US military deaths in Iraq continue to fall, reaching their lowest point in 14 months.

Today Reuters reports that civilian deaths in Iraq have fallen 50 percent since last month:

Civilian deaths from violence across Iraq fell by 50 percent in September from the previous month to the lowest level recorded this year, government data showed on Monday.

Information provided by the Health, Interior and Defense Ministries showed that 884 civilians were killed in September, down from 1,773 in August.

A total of 850 civilians were wounded, the figures showed, also well down on the previous month’s 1,559.

The casualties were also the lowest recorded since Washington poured an extra 30,000 U.S. troops into Iraq as part of a last-ditch security crackdown aimed at al Qaeda and other Sunni Arab militants and Shi’ite militias across the country.

Great work by our military. May things continue to improve, and may God bless and watch over them all.

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