M (Robert Brown)
M played by Robert Brown
Born in Swanage, England on 23rd July 1921
Died 11th November 2003
Starred In Octopussy (1983), A View To A Kill (1985), The Living Daylights (1987) and Licence To Kill (1989).
After giving Bond his briefing in Octopussy, we see him unusually venturing out of the office when he meets Bond in West Berlin. In A View To A Kill, Sir Frederick Gray is initially concerned about MI6 launching an investigation into Max Zorin. M however gives Bond his permission. This is something he regrets later when he exclaims at Bond for the amount of damage caused by his reckless antics to follow the Eiffel Tower assassin, May Day, without generating any leads.
In The Living Daylights, M organises a training exercise for all of his 00 agents. He is seen giving a briefing inside a plane high above the Rock of Gibraltar. Later M scoffs at Bond's feelings that the mission to kill General Leonid Pushkin could be more than it seems, telling him that if he is not willing to take on the assignment 009 will replace him.
Licence To Kill marks the last time M is played by Robert Brown. M is very abrupt and harsh with Bond when he confronts him about the neglect of his duties, due to his investigations into Felix Leiter's mutilation. After M harshly criticises Bond for lack of professionalism and objectivism, Bond hands in his resignation, where M quickly remarks, "Were not a country club 007"! When M confirms Bond's decision, he revokes his licence to kill, and demands he give back his weapon. Bond manages to jump over the railings and escape through the garden below. M stops one of his agents shooting him, telling him there are too many people around, exasperatedly commenting "God help you, Commander".
Robert Brown's portrayal of M is once more like the portrayal by Bernard Lee. However M would now be a lot more formal, and straight to the point with no tolerance for any of Bond's antics. He does have a respect and fondness for his 00 agents however, as he tells them that he knows they won't let him down during the training exercise on Gibraltar. §