|Monique Delacriox Bond|
|Name:||Monique Delacriox Bond|
|Spouse(s):||Andrew Bond (deceased)|
|First appearance:||On Her Majesty's Secret Service (mentioned)|
|Last appearance:||You Only Live Twice (mentioned)|
Monique Delacroix Bond is the mother of James Bond and the spouse of Andrew Bond. Like her husband, she has only a brief description in Fleming's penultimate novel, You Only Live Twice as well as a mention in On Her Majesty's Secret Service.
Monique Delacroix was born in Switzerland in the Canton de Vaud. Both she and her husband were killed in a tragic mountain climbing accident in the Aiguilles Rouges near Chamonix. Their eleven-year-old son James was orphaned. The young James Bond spends much of his early life abroad, becoming multilingual in German and French because of his mother's Swiss heritage.
In Jeffrey Deaver's re-imagined Bond setting (the 2011 Bond novel Carte Blanche) was an attempted contemporary reboot. There it states that while she pretended to be a freelance photojournalist, Monique was really a freelance Spy Hunter for MI6.
It was not until the penultimate novel, You Only Live Twice, that Ian Fleming gave Bond a sense of family background, using a fictional obituary, purportedly from The Times. The book was the first to be written after the release of Dr. No in cinemas and Sean Connery's depiction of Bond affected Fleming's interpretation of the character