Three weeks after he retired from MI6, James Bond married Eve Moneypenny. Eve moved into James’ London flat and the two were fabulously happy. Most people had assumed that James would marry a supermodel, or an exceedingly rich and beautiful woman.
However, James Bond had always been in love with Miss Moneypenny, and she with him. Moneypenny was the woman who was always there for Bond. She was the only real friend, male or female, that Bond had ever had.
Of course, Bond had made love with countless woman over the years, but he had never really been in love with them. All those women were seduced by 007, the fearless man with nerves of steel and no doubts.
Unlike the other women, Moneypenny had seen the real Bond. The one he hid from the world. When “M” was away, James and Eve spent hours in the office talking about all the demons that tormented Bond. He confided his guilt about the many people he had killed, the destruction he had caused; even the many women he had seduced and then left behind. He questioned whether or not it was really for a good cause. Eve Moneypenny was always there to reassure Bond. She was there to pull him up when he was at his lowest.
Unlike Bond, Moneypenny did not retire. She had started in MI6 as a secretary, but eventually rose to become Director of All European Secret Operations. Moneypenny often worked late into the night, directing her spies throughout the world.
James loved his new role. He was a gourmet chef and always had a romantic dinner waiting for Eve whatever hour she returned home.
One day a new agent at MI6 made a pass at Eve Moneypenny. She laughed it off, and explained that she was a happily married woman.
“Well, your husband, Mister Moneypenny, is a lucky man.”
“Yes he is”, answered Eve with a smile. “And by the way, his name is not Moneypenny. His name is Bond, James Bond.”