The blonde actress starred alongside GEORGE LAZENBY in 1969's ON HER MAJESTY'S SECRET SERVICE, which she hoped would stand her in good stead for the role of 007's lovelorn secretary.
Lumley, 59, says, "I would love the part more than I could say.
"In the Lazenby film I played 'the English girl' - that's how I was billed - and afterwards there was some talk that I could play Miss Moneypenny. But the call never came."
She adds, "I'm still waiting for that call, my shorthand pencil sharpened at the ready."