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Fictional secretaries, real skills

By Ann Hoevel, CNN
updated 12:03 PM EDT, Fri April 26, 2013
James Bond's boss, M, had one heck of a secretary. Miss Moneypenny, played by Lois Maxwell in most James Bond films of the 1960s and '70s, was actually a lieutenant, a rank that was necessary for her to be able to read all the top-secret reports involving British super-spies. Information management and presentation development is <a href='http://www.administrativeassistants.com/duties/' target='_blank'>still a highly sought skill</a> for administrative assistant positions. James Bond's boss, M, had one heck of a secretary. Miss Moneypenny, played by Lois Maxwell in most James Bond films of the 1960s and '70s, was actually a lieutenant, a rank that was necessary for her to be able to read all the top-secret reports involving British super-spies. Information management and presentation development is still a highly sought skill for administrative assistant positions.
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Miss Moneypenny: Generating reports
Joan Holloway: Executive assistance
Judy, Violet and Doralee: Office morale
Janine Melnitz: Gatekeeping
Tess McGill: Research, money management
Andy Sachs: Multicultural ettiquette
Marc St. James: Presentations
Pepper Potts: Event coordination
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STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • It's Administrative Professionals Week, a time to appreciate all they do
  • Many prefer the term "administrative assistant" to "secretary"
  • The people who fill these rolls well are efficient, organized and discreet
  • Popular culture has seen many examples of indispensable admins

(CNN) -- Administrative Professionals Week is coming to a close, and though the term "secretary" is fraught with negative meaning for some, there have been stellar examples of efficiency, smarts and loyalty shown by administrative assistants both in real life and on the silver screen throughout the years. From Moneypenny to Holloway, these folks know how to get the job done.

What does it take to be a great administrative assistant? Information, operations and human resources management, for a start. Take a look at the gallery above to view famous clerical standouts and their specialties.

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