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Here is a list of the major characters that are embodied by Franchise/JamesBond and its various incarnations and important roles.
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[[folder:Characters from Specific Films]]
[[index]]
* ''Characters/DrNo''
* ''Characters/FromRussiaWithLove''
* ''Characters/{{Goldfinger}}''
* ''Characters/{{Thunderball}}''
* ''Characters/YouOnlyLiveTwice''
* ''Characters/OnHerMajestysSecretService''
* ''Characters/DiamondsAreForever''
* ''Characters/LiveAndLetDie''
* ''Characters/TheManWithTheGoldenGun''
* ''Characters/TheSpyWhoLovedMe''
* ''Characters/{{Moonraker}}''
* ''Characters/ForYourEyesOnly''
* ''Characters/{{Octopussy}}''
* ''Characters/AViewToAKill''
* ''Characters/TheLivingDaylights''
* ''Characters/LicenceToKill''
* ''Characters/{{Goldeneye}}''
* ''Characters/TomorrowNeverDies''
* ''Characters/TheWorldIsNotEnough''
* ''Characters/DieAnotherDay''
* ''Characters/CasinoRoyale''
* ''Characters/QuantumOfSolace''
* ''Characters/{{Skyfall}}''
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'''[[TryToFitThatOnABusinessCard Commander James Bond, 007, Licence to Kill]]'''

The James Bond actors each had a different version of the character. An overall discussion of the whole character of Bond is a subject that has had entire books dedicated to it.

[[folder:All Bonds]]

%%* AntiHero
%%* {{Badass}}
* BadassBaritone: Creator/PierceBrosnan being the only exception.
* BadAssDriver: One of cinemas best and most iconic.
* BadassInDistress: He's captured or held at gunpoint at least once every movie, but always manages to keep his cool and find a way out.
%%* BadassInANiceSuit
%%* BadassLongcoat
%%* BondOneLiner: Well, yeah.
%%* TheCasanova
* {{Catchphrase}}:
--> "Shaken, not stirred."
--> "Bond. James Bond."
%%* CharacterTitle
%%* TheCharmer
%%* ChickMagnet
%%* CombatPragmatist
%%* CulturedBadass
%%* DeadpanSnarker
* DestructiveSavior: Dalton, Brosnan, and Craig especially.
* DrinkOrder: He loves his vodka martinis.
* GeniusBruiser: Took a first in Oriental languages at Cambridge.
%%* GoodIsNotSoft
%%* TheHero
%%* JerkWithAHeartOfGold
%%* MrFanservice
* OfficerAndAGentleman: Has the grade of Commander. ''Film/YouOnlyLiveTwice,'' ''Film/TheSpyWhoLovedMe,'' and ''Film/TomorrowNeverDies'' all featured him in his Royal Navy uniform.
%%* OneManArmy
* TheOtherDarrin: The [[LongRunners long-running]] nature of the series meant that this trope was pretty much inevitable.
%%* SharpDressedMan: Hoo, boy...
* TallDarkAndHandsome: The only one under 6 feet is Daniel Craig, and he makes up for it in HeroicBuild.
%%* TuxedoAndMartini
%%* WaistcoatOfStyle
* WeaponOfChoice: The legendary Walther PPK normally equipped with a suppressor. Different Bonds had a preference for different calibres; Connery, Dalton and Brosnan carried it in .32ACP, while Moore and Craig opted for the .380ACP version. Later in ''Film/TomorrowNeverDies'', Brosnan's Bond gets a brand new Walther P99 which is used up until ''Film/CasinoRoyale''. Then in ''Film/QuantumOfSolace'' and ''Film/{{Skyfall}}'', the PPK returns due to "artistic reasons".
%%* WouldHitAGirl

[[/folder]]

[[folder:Sean Connery]]
'''Creator/SeanConnery'''

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As the first cinematic Bond[[note]]but not the first person to play him -- that title goes to Barry Nelson in the 1954 TV movie ''Casino Royale'', while the first person to play a British Bond was Bob "I'll have a Q, Bob" Holness in a 1956 South African radio version of ''Moonraker''[[/note]], Connery is perhaps the best known. When people think of Bond, they often think of his distinctive accent and his suave sophistication. In fact, it was due to Connery's portrayal that Bond was canonically established as half-Scottish. First to employ the BondOneLiner, naturally.

* BraveScot: Creator/IanFleming approved of the portrayal so much that he actually made Bond's Scottish ancestry canon in [[Literature/JamesBond the novels]].
%%* CarpetOfVirility
%%* TheCasanova
%%* CoolCar: Aston Martin DB 5.
* DisposableWoman: Sean loves 'em and leaves 'em, sometimes in a coffin.
%%* DoubleEntendre
* ForcefulKiss: His courtship is anything but subdued.
%%* FourTemperamentEnsemble: Choleric.
* GoodIsNotNice: Connery's Bond isn't exactly a pleasant chap, but he's incredibly charming and still a good guy.
* HandsomeLech: Domino and Tatiana are the only women he shows much affection to. The others are merely rides in the hay. He was quite good with the two girls in Japan, Aki and Kissy. He seems happy to marry either of them, and is actually a little disappointed when he learns his marriage to Kissy is a sham.
%%* HeroicBuild
%%* MrFanservice: "Oooh, James!"
%%* NiceHat
* NoIndoorVoice: A fairly restrained version. It's not so much that he shouts a lot, but his voice certainly packs a lot of baritone power.
* OohMeAccentsSlipping: Connery attempted an English accent in ''Film/DrNo'' before NotEvenBotheringWithTheAccent. By then Fleming had confirmed the character as being Scottish because of his portrayal, so it didn't really matter.
* ThePornomancer: Even by Bond standards. He's also the only Bond to make a lesbian heterosexual.
* RatedMForManly: He is often described as the "manly" Bond.
%%* SmokingIsCool
[[/folder]]

[[folder:George Lazenby]]
'''Creator/GeorgeLazenby'''

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Lazenby was an obscure actor and an obscure Bond. He only appeared in one movie, ''Film/OnHerMajestysSecretService''. However, it is well liked among hardcore Bond fans and casual viewers alike. The film is widely ''assumed'' to be bad, since if it had been good, Lazenby would have made more, right? Well, not really. Lazenby's problems were primarily behind the scenes, and the fact that he was replacing Connery made it a no-win situation with some critics, but most of that criticism has faded with time. The film is well regarded these days among those who have seen it. Lazenby says that he didn't return because he was given advice not to. Apparently his agent told him that the Bond franchise was on its way out, but [[CashCowFranchise boy was that wrong]]. Lazenby fired his agent soon afterwards.

%%* {{Badass}}
* CartwrightCurse: George Lazenby's loss is the most tragic in the series (save for Vesper in ''Film/CasinoRoyale'').
* TheCasanova: He seduces an entire RESORT of beautiful women.
* TheCastShowOff: George Lazenby is the '''only''' Bond Actor to date who is an ''actual'' Martial Artist (Black Belt in Shotokan-Ryu Karate, to be exact), not to mention being a former student and friend of BruceLee himself. This he gets to spectacularly show off on several occasions throughout his turn as 007.
* ChivalrousPervert: Played straight this time: Tracy starts out as suicidal and emotionally unbalanced, but Bond gives her a reason to live.
* CombatPragmatist: Even more so than Connery, and possibly to Craig's levels. When Lazenby's Bond fights you, you're in trouble.
* ContinuityNod: "This never happened to the other fella."
* FakeNationality: Lazenby is Australian.
%%* FourTemperamentEnsemble: Phlegmatic.
* HeartbrokenBadass: After [[spoiler:Tracy's death.]]
%%* ManInAKilt
* ManlyTears: After [[spoiler: Tracy's death, and damned if they aren't deserved.]] It cuts away just as they're starting, though.
* TheOtherDarrin: No other Bonds went through much controversy upon announcement, except for Daniel Craig more recently. George Lazenby was compared to Sean Connery constantly.
[[/folder]]

[[folder:RogerMoore]]
'''Creator/RogerMoore'''

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Moore tended to play his Bond [[LighterAndSofter more for comedy]], but he did do it pretty serious at times, as in ''Film/ForYourEyesOnly''. He probably hung around too long, and was older than Connery when he took over the role, and is tied with Connery for the number of Bond movies made. He's perhaps the most [[BaseBreaker polarizing]] actor on this list, since two of his movies--''Film/TheSpyWhoLovedMe'' and ''Film/ForYourEyesOnly''--are among the most well-received Bond flicks, while ''Film/TheManWithTheGoldenGun'' and ''Film/AViewToAKill'' are considered among the worst.

* AwesomeDearBoy: Moore loved playing Bond enough to star in a record of 7 movies over 12 years. There were other reasons for maintaining him in the role though.
* BadassBookworm: Roger Moore's character compensated for not being as tough as Sean Connery by acting like 007 had an IQ in the excess of 200 and expertise on every subject in the world.
* BadassGrandpa: He was the oldest and longest running actor in the series, starting at the age of 46 and ending at the age of 58.
* BerserkButton: People who take ''pleasure'' in senseless murder, especially that of women and innocents. Scaramanga and Zorin both found that out the ''hard'' way.
* BewareTheNiceOnes: When you push him to far, he's completely ruthless and won't stop till the person that's pissed him off is dead.
%%* TheCasanova
* CharacterDevelopment: Bond is a royal jerk in ''Film/LiveAndLetDie'' and ''Film/TheManWithTheGoldenGun'', but he's mellowed out by ''Film/TheSpyWhoLovedMe''.
%%* CoolCar: ''Lotus Esprit''.
* TheDandy: Roger Moore loves his clothes, and used his own tailors for his version of Bond. Also, the tradition of Bond wearing a tuxedo in the gunbarrel sequence started with him.
* DisposableWoman: Roger Moore's Bond is even more heartless than Sean Connery's version in his early films. He improved as time went on, and by ''Film/ForYourEyesOnly'' he probably had as healthy a relationship with women that he's ever had (a 16 year old girl trying to seduce him notwithstanding).
* DoesNotLikeGuns: Roger Moore kills a ridiculous amount of bad guys on screen. 167 according to at least some counts. However, he only rarely does so using a gun. He prefers to toss them off buildings or use elaborately odd weapons like a explosive air pellet. That said, he's also actually shot the BigBad on at least two occasions, something other Bonds have not done.
%%* DoubleEntendre
%%* EvilCounterpart: Scaramanga.
%%* FourTemperamentEnsemble: Sanguine.
* GentlemanSnarker: The most comedic Bond, in fact.
* HandsomeLech: His courtship was pretty shady in his first two films, but by ''Film/TheSpyWhoLovedMe'' he'd [[ChivalrousPervert become a lot more gentlemanly]].
%%* {{Jerkass}}: In his first two films.
%%* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: Every subsequent film.
* MoodWhiplash: Like Brosnan's Bond movies would be, Moore's Bond movies were interlaced with some very serious scenes and some very silly scenes.
* ObfuscatingStupidity: Roger Moore's James Bond was always playing nicer than he really was, as his many cold-blooded executions across his movies proves.
* OlderAndWiser: Especially in ''Film/ForYourEyesOnly'', where he warns Melina about the double-edged nature of revenge, speaking as though from experience (having avenged [[Film/OnHerMajestysSecretService his wife]] by killing [[LawyerFriendlyCameo Blofeld]] in the pre-titles sequence, this was likely intentional).
* OlderHeroVsYoungerVillain: With Max Zorin and May Day in ''Film/AViewToAKill''.
* OlderThanTheyLook: RogerMoore is three years older than Creator/SeanConnery, and looked about 10 years younger when he was cast as Bond at 45.
* {{Omniglot}}: Is shown to know more languages than the other Bonds.
%%* QuintessentialBritishGentleman
%%* StiffUpperLip
* TookALevelInKindness: Starting in ''Film/TheSpyWhoLovedMe''.
%%* TheTrickster
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Timothy Dalton]]
'''Creator/TimothyDalton'''

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Nothing will start an argument among Bond fans as quickly as praising Timothy Dalton, [[LoveItOrHateIt the Marmite of Bond actors]]. He began the trend of portraying Bond [[DarkerAndEdgier with a darker tone]], and is still considered the darkest of all of them (rivalled only by Daniel Craig), which some felt was needed after the sometimes overly comedic Moore films. He was also [[AscendedFanboy a fan of the books]] and tried to create Ian Fleming's Bond on-screen twenty years before Daniel Craig and the Bond producers ever thought of doing so. At the same time, he has also been praised for having the most realistic love scenes. The producers actually considered him for ''Film/OnHerMajestysSecretService'', but he felt he was too young at the time, and didn't want to be the one that replaced Connery.

%%* TheAtoner
* BerserkButton: Hurting his friends is the best way to make him angry.
%%* BloodierAndGorier: ''Film/LicenceToKill''.
%%* ByronicHero
* TheCharmer: Oddly not as much a ChickMagnet as his predecessors. To compensate, however, he tends to form closer attachments with women than the others, especially his predecessors.
%%* CoolCar: Aston Martin V8 Vantage Volante in ''Film/TheLivingDaylights''. Even better, Cool Cello Case.
* CursedWithAwesome: Dalton's character seems awfully annoyed that he has a fabulous life of impossibly beautiful women and world travel.
* DarkerAndEdgier: Differed ''very much'' from Roger Moore's version.
%%* FourTemperamentEnsemble: Melancholic.
* GrumpyBear: In ''Film/TheLivingDaylights'' but slowly mellows by the end of the film.
* HeartbrokenBadass: In ''Film/LicenceToKill'', to the point where he's highly reluctant to have Pam and Q help him on his mission to take down Sanchez.
* HoneyTrap: One of the few occasions that Bond is explicitly identified as being such.
* ItsPersonal: Sanchez destroyed Felix Leiter's life almost completely. Bond is NOT pleased.
* KnightInSourArmor: More than the previous versions, takes a cynical view toward his missions and his MI6 superiors. That still won't prevent him from doing the right thing, whether part of his assignment or not.
* ManipulativeBastard: Dalton's Bond is essentially Iago to [[BigBad Sanchez's]] Othello in ''Film/LicenceToKill''.
* PromotedFanboy: Dalton was strongly influenced by the first three Bond films and drew heavily from the books for his portrayal.
* RoaringRampageOfRevenge: ''Film/LicenceToKill''. No mission, just a [[ItsPersonal personal revenge]].
%%* RogueAgent: In ''Film/LicenceToKill''.
* ScrewTheRulesImDoingWhatsRight: Although all the Bonds are willing to disobey orders to do what's necessary, Dalton's Bond seems more inclined to take ethical and moral objections to some of his orders. He merely wounds a sniper instead of killing her in ''Film/TheLivingDaylights'' because he can tell at a glance that she's inexperienced and out of her depth rather than being a professional. In the same movie, he's reluctant to assassinate General Koskov because he respects the Soviet and doesn't believe that he's a murderous psycho, only agreeing out of honour ("If it ''must'' be done, I'll do it."). His RoaringRampageOfRevenge in ''Film/LicenceToKill'' is prompted his disgust that his superiors and the American authorities aren't going to do anything to avenge Felix Leiter, but the fact that Leiter's wife was brutally murdered as well ''really'' seems to outrage him.
* TenMinuteRetirement: ''Film/LicenceToKill'', where he goes AWOL to pursue revenge on [[BigBad Sanchez]].
* TurnInYourBadge: In ''Film/LicenceToKill'', as a result of his RoaringRampageOfRevenge.
* WarriorPoet: Bond has at least one lengthy dissertation about how he hates his job and it would be doing him a favor to fire him.
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Pierce Brosnan]]
'''Creator/PierceBrosnan'''

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Brosnan is the other person whom people think of when they imagine Bond these days, especially among viewers who came of age in TheNineties and ''Film/GoldenEye'' was the first Bond flick they saw. He was supposed to appear in ''Film/TheLivingDaylights'', but the production staff of ''Series/RemingtonSteele'' decided to pull a fast one on EON Productions. Brosnan was just what the franchise needed after the six-year hiatus due to legal issues. He rates second on the Bond poll. He also scores points for looking the most like Bond as Ian Fleming described him (Black hair that falls into a comma over the right eye, cold blue eyes).

* TheAce: Has a habit of upstaging people (but usually the villain) at whatever their skillset is. No matter what they can do or how long they've been doing it, Bond will do it better than them with no prep time or practice.
%%* TheAtoner
* {{Badass}}: Out of all the Bond's he has the highest bodycount. He may seem like an affable IdleRich playboy but he's also a highly competent agent who actually does good surveillance work and can find unique solutions to problems which is demonstrated in Tomorrow Never Dies with his use of a clothes line to cause a helicopter to crash.
* BadAssDriver: One of the franchises best, a prime example being his remote control back seat run through a parking lot in Hamburg in his BMW during Tomorow Never Dies.
* BerserkButton: Betrayals and killing people he cares about. Elektra King and Elliot Carver paid with their lives when they slammed down on this.
%%* CarpetOfVirility
* TheCharmer: Like his predecessor, mostly he focused on one girl at a time.
* CheshireCatGrin: When Pierce Brosnan's Bond smiles at you, you know you're in trouble.
%%* ChivalrousPervert
* CompositeCharacter: Of Moore's snarky British gentleman and Dalton's gritty secret agent, with a hint of Lazenby's vulnerability and Connery's masculinity.
%%* CoolCar: Various BMW models. And an Aston Martin once again in ''Film/DieAnotherDay''.
* DeliberateValuesDissonance: Brosnan's Bond is the same arrogant chauvinist that Connery's and Moore's were, but the world around him is a lot more forward-thinking and fed up with his politically incorrect attitude.
%%* DoubleEntendre
%%* DrowningMySorrows: In ''Film/TomorrowNeverDies''.
* EightiesHair: He kept his poofy ''Series/RemingtonSteele'' hair (but toned down a bit) for ''Film/GoldenEye''; in fact, the easiest way to tell that he only filmed one gun barrel scene for his run as Bond is his big hair. He changed to a more modern style by the time ''Film/TomorrowNeverDies'' rolled around.
* FakeNationality: Pierce Brosnan is Irish.
%%* FourTemperamentEnsemble: Choleric.
%%* TheHero
* HurtingHero: Throughout the Brosnan films, it's clear that Bond is not a happy man.
* [[FountainOfExpies Iconic Characters]]: For movie audiences who first saw Bond in the 1990s, when Bond is mentioned, this incarnation has about as much recognition as the classic Connery original. Also because the generation that grew up with Brosnan as Bond also coincided with the branching of the franchise into [[TheMerch popular spin-off video games]], thereby increasing his exposure.
* HiddenDepths: Like all Bond incarnations, he's a playboy. Unlike many of them, he's one of the few who is actually good at the more mundane aspects of spying such as surveillance and breaking in and entering.
* ItsPersonal: 006, Elektra, and Elliot Carver all get under Bond's skin.
* JerkassFacade: Natalya calls him out on it in ''Film/GoldenEye''.
--> '''Bond:''' It's what keeps me alive.
--> '''Natalya:''' It's what keeps you alone.
* KickTheSonOfABitch: Subjects this to Elektra King
* LackOfEmpathy: Subverted. Though he seems callously aloof when it comes to killing, Trevalyan strongly implies that Bond is haunted by all the men he's killed.
* LoveHurts: Paris Carver and Elektra King.
* MoreDakka: Pierce Brosnan expended more ammunition than all other Bonds combined. When he is in action, he was mostly seen with an automatic weapon.
* MoodWhiplash: The Brosnan films have some of the darkest moments in the entire series; for example Bond's execution of [[spoiler: his own lover Elektra King]]. Yet mixed in with this a dependency on puns and gadgetry.
%%* NewOldFlame: Paris Carver.
* ObfuscatingStupidity: What he normally does. When he drops the act, run like the wind.
* OneManArmy: He kills more people on-screen than any other Bond by a wide margin. His personal kill count in ''Film/GoldenEye'' alone was 47.
* ParentalAbandonment: ''Film/GoldenEye'' was the first film to mention his parents' death when he was a child.
* PerpetualFrowner: When he's serious.
* PerpetualSmiler: He's usually got a boyish grin on his face... although [[StepfordSmiler it's rarely genuine]].
* PreMortemOneLiner: Every villain in his movies is dispatched with one. He also delivers an utterly ''chilling'' one to the man who [[spoiler: murdered Paris Carver]] in ''Film/TomorrowNeverDies''.
--> '''Dr. Kaufman:''' [[DirtyCoward Wait! I'm just a professional doing a job!]]
--> '''Bond:''' [[TranquilFury Me too]].
* ProductPlacement: Dressed almost exclusively by Brioni (which resulted in a really obvious shot of packaged shirts in ''Film/DieAnotherDay'').
* PromotedFanboy: Pierce Brosnan decided to become an actor after his parents took him to see ''Film/{{Goldfinger}}'' as a child, and has also mentioned being influenced by Roger Moore's performance in ''Series/TheSaint''.
%%* PungeonMaster
* RealLifeRelative: His wife Cassandra Harris played Countess Lisl von Schlaff in ''Film/ForYourEyesOnly''. She even hoped that someday he'd get to be Bond. Unfortunately, she passed away before it came true.
* ShootTheDog : Willing to kill former lover [[spoiler:Elektra. But then again, she is the villain and had just tried to break his neck.]]
%%* ShutUpHannibal
* TechnicallyASmile: Easily his most ''frightening'' expression.
* TranquilFury: If a villain's ''really'' gotten under his skin, the flippant attitude totally disappears.
* WhatTheHellIsThatAccent: Brosnan's English accent is... inconsistent to say the least. [[TropesAreNotBad Having said that,]] [[FridgeBrilliance it makes sense for a half-Scottish half-Swiss character who's lived in England for several decades.]]
* [[WhenSheSmiles When He Smiles]]: But when it is, oh ''James...''
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Daniel Craig]]
'''Creator/DanielCraig'''

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When [[{{BaseBreaker}} Daniel Craig]] was cast as 007, he got a lot [[TaintedByThePreview of]] [[TheyChangedItNowItSucks flak]] from the press. He was blond. He was short [[note]]Well, 5'10". The other Bonds were all over 6 feet[[/note]]. He wore a life jacket on a speedboat ride to the announcement. A "Craig Not Bond" movement started up. Then ''Casino Royale'' came out, nobody even remembers the furor anymore.

%%* TheAlcoholic
%%* TheAtoner
* {{Badass}}: He walks straight in the front door of enemy strongholds to capture targets, engineers [[DeathByIrony ironic deaths]] for a number of his enemies, and jumps 50 feet into moving trains [[BadassInANiceSuit only to stop for a second to straighten his cuff-links]].
%%* BadassBeard: In ''Skyfall''.
%%* BadassDriver
* BeardOfSorrow: Grows one in ''Skyfall''.
* BerserkButton: Destroying the things he cares about. [[spoiler:In ''Film/CasinoRoyale'', it's the death of Vesper Lynd. In ''Film/{{Skyfall}}'', [[CoolCar it's his Aston Martin DB5.]]]]
* BlueBlood: ''Film/{{Skyfall}}'' reveals his family owned a large estate in Scotland, complete with an OldRetainer.
* BondOneLiner: {{Lampshaded}} in ''Film/QuantumOfSolace'' when M realizes exactly what Bond means when he says someone was a Dead End.
* BraveScot: Fleming was so impressed by Connery that he canonically established Bond as a Scot. ''Skyfall'' confirms on screen that Bond was born in Scotland.
* BruiserWithASoftCenter: Despite a rough exterior, Daniel Craig's Bond still has a human side, as expressed with Vesper, Mathis and Camille.
* ByronicHero: Craig's Bond is a cold-blooded killer with severe emotional issues and a penchant for revenge, who broods over the morality of his job and losing his loved ones.
%%* CartwrightCurse
* TheCharmer: He is capable of seduction at will.
* CombatPragmatist: Notably so. No Bond fights fair, but Craig's employs everything from knives to nail guns to fire extinguishers. Probably reaches its apogee in ''Film/QuantumOfSolace'', in which in the space of one 35-second fight, he puts his knife-wielding opponent through two glass doors, pummels him with two different improvised blunt instruments, and finally stabs him to death with a pair of nail scissors.
* ConvenientlyAnOrphan: One of the major reasons he got recruited, according to M.
%%* CoolCar: The modern Aston Martin DBS V12, and the classic Aston Martin [=DB5=].
%%* CowboyCop
* DarkerAndEdgier: Unlike his bubblier predecesors, he's a ByronicHero with an even bigger penchant for {{revenge}}.
* DarkAndTroubledPast: Lost his parents at a young age, only to soon be recruited by MI-6 as a potential field agent.
%%* DentedIron: In ''Film/{{Skyfall}}''.
* DrowningMySorrows: Drinks heavily in ''Skyfall'' after falling a depression over M abandoning him.
%%* FourTemperamentEnsemble: Melancholic.
%%* GeniusBruiser
%%* GuileHero
* HeartbrokenBadass: After [[spoiler: Vesper dies in ''Casino Royale''.]]
* HeroicBuild: An extremely muscular man, as his numerous {{shirtless scene}}s can attest.
%%* {{Hunk}}
* HurtingHero: Loses numerous friends, family and lovers over the course of his career.
* HoneyTrap: Seduces Solange Dimitrios to get info on her assassin husband in ''Film/CasinoRoyale'', and then paper pusher Strawberry Fields to keep MI-6 off his back in ''Film/QuantumOfSolace''.
* IcyBlueEyes: Which make him look even more stoic/cold-blooded, just like the literary version.
%%* ItsPersonal
* JackOfAllStats: He's athletic but can't match the LeParkour skills of his quarry and has to use his brain, working the environment, to make up the difference.
* KnightInSourArmor: Takes a grim view of his job, as he considers murder his "employment," but refuses to let that shake his incredible loyalty to his country, MI6, and M.
* MadeOfIron: Daniel Craig's Bond gets beaten up more than any other of his kind, jumps from dangerous heights and survives a heart attack but ends up fine & kicking arse the next minute.
* ManlyTears: The '''only''' Bond to date to shed tears ''onscreen,'' in response to [[spoiler:the death of M, the closest thing he had to a mother left in this world.]]
* MoreDakka: Uses a Heckler and Koch UMP in ''Quantum of Solace'' and the 500 Nito Express hunting rifle in ''Skyfall''
* MrFanservice: Has a surprising amount of {{Shirtless Scene}}s. Also [[LampshadeHanging lampshaded]] in ''Film/CasinoRoyale''.
-->'''Vesper:''' I'll be keeping my eyes on the money, and off your perfectly formed arse.
-->'''Bond:''' You noticed.
-->'''Vesper:''' Even accountants have imaginations.
%%* OneManArmy
%%* ParentalAbandonment
* PerpetualFrowner: Even when he smiles, he looks unhappy.
* PlatonicLifePartners: With his boss M (Judi Dench).
* RatedMForManly: One of the manliest Bonds after Sean Connery.
%%* RoaringRampageOfRevenge
* RogueAgent: Briefly in ''Film/QuantumOfSolace''.
%%* ScrewTheRulesImDoingWhatsRight
%%* SociopathicHero: Especially in ''Film/CasinoRoyale''.
* TheStoic: His Bond is more emotionally reserved than in other incarnations.
* TurnInYourBadge: Subverted. Bond just ignores orders he doesn't like.
* WhatHaveIBecome: According to the DVD commentary in ''Casino Royale'' after he killed Obanno and his bodyguard he looks himself in the mirror while he changes his shirt asking to himself these exact words.
* VigilanteMan: He has shades of this.
%%* WhenHeSmiles: Near the end of ''Film/CasinoRoyale.''
[[/folder]]
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'''Supporting Characters'''

The books and movies have several recurring characters, many of whom appear in every installment.

[[folder:M]]
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'''M'''

James Bond's boss, the head of [=MI6=]. Played by four different actors to this day.

* AlliterativeName: The original M was ([[BritsWithBattleships Admiral]] [[KnightFever Sir]]) Miles Messervy.
* AllThereInTheManual: Assuming Robert Brown's M was Admiral Hargreaves, Judi Dench's M holds the distinction of being the only M whose name is not revealed in the entire film series (she apparently didn't like it, since her response to Bond about to say it was "Utter one more syllable and I'll have you killed). A prop from the end of ''Skyfall'' reveals that her name is [[spoiler:Olivia Mansfield]].
* AnyoneCanDie: [[spoiler:Judi Dench's M at the end of ''Skyfall''.]]
* BaitAndSwitchTyrant: [[spoiler:Mallory at first seems like a {{Jerkass}} ObstructiveBureaucrat, then proves himself to be a {{Badass}} ReasonableAuthorityFigure near the end of the film, paving the way for him to become the new M]].
* {{Badass}}: [[spoiler:Mallory before he was appointed to the position and Judi Dench's M who finds a creative way of alerting Bond to her location when kidanpped in The World Is Not Enough]]
%%* BigGood
* TheChainsOfCommanding: [[JudiDench Judi Dench's]] needs to make the hard decisions, no matter what her personal feelings are. Best exemplified in {{Film/Skyfall}} when she orders Eve to take a shot that endangers Bond's life.
%%* CodeName
* CoolOldLady: [[JudiDench Dame Judi Dench's]] take on the character.
%%* DaChief
* DeadpanSnarker: Bernard Lee's M can really get in some good jabs when he wants to. Judi Dench's as well.
%%* DistinguishedGentlemansPipe: Bernard Lee.
* ImperialStormtrooperMarksmanshipAcademy: JudiDench's M is, by her own admission, a terrible shot.
* IronLady: [[JudiDench Judi Dench's]] M, in the Daniel Craig movies in particular.
* HeroAntagonist: Robert Brown becomes this in ''Film/LicenceToKill'' when he tries to stop a [[RogueAgent rogue and increasingly reckless]] Bond.
%%* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: All of them.
* LegacyCharacter:
** The first M (Admiral Sir Miles Messervy) was Bernard Lee. As he died before ''Film/ForYourEyesOnly'', [[TheCharacterDiedWithHim M is absent]] and Bond is briefed by the Minister of Defence and Bill Tanner. (a painting of Lee even appears on the MI6 headquarters during the Brosnan years).
** In ''Film/{{Octopussy}}'', Robert Brown is the new M. (possibly Admiral Hargreaves, the government official Brown played in ''Film/TheSpyWhoLovedMe'')
** In ''Film/GoldenEye'', JudiDench took over the role ([[RealLifeWritesThePlot inspired by the MI6 being lead by a woman at the time]]), and remained there in the Daniel Craig years despite the ContinuityReboot.
** [[spoiler: Dench dies in ''Film/{{Skyfall}}'', but in the film's ending, Gareth Mallory (Ralph Fiennes) becomes the new M.]]
* MomentKiller: Bernard Lee's M constantly interrupts Bond and Moneypenny's flirting.
%%* NoSenseOfHumor: Robert Brown.
* NoodleIncident: In ''Film/FromRussiaWithLove'' M and Moneypenny are listening to an audio recording sent to them by Bond. When Bond starts to mention an embarrasing incident involving M in Tokyo, M ''immediately'' pauses the recording and dismisses Moneypenny from the room.
* ParentalSubstitute: Judi Dench takes on a motherly ToughLove role to Bond throughout the Daniel Craig years.
%%* PowerHair: Judi Dench.
* PropheticName: Besides possibly Hargreaves, all of the canonical people holding the title have last names and sometimes first names as well starting with "M".
* PunnyName: "[[spoiler:Olivia Mansfield]]" appears to be a pun on "[[spoiler:I live in a man's field]]".
%%* ReasonableAuthorityFigure
* SpellMyNameWithABlank: Eventually his full name was revealed, but at first it was given as M**** M********.
* VitriolicBestBuds: Lee's M and Connery's Bond, for all their bickering, were still clearly friends (to the point that they once [[NoodleIncident apparently wingmanned for each other in Japan]]). This is most obvious in ''Film/{{Thunderball}}'', where M repeatedly defends Bond in front of his doubting superiors.
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[[folder:Moneypenny]]
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'''Miss Moneypenny'''

M's secretary, who has a not-so-secret crush on Bond. Played by four different actresses in the official films : Lois Maxwell (the longest-running, 1962-1985), Caroline Bliss (1987-1989), Samantha Bond (1995-2002) and Naomie Harris (2012-).

%%* ActionGirl: Harris' Moneypenny.
* {{Badass}}: [[spoiler:Graduates to this in 'Skyfall'', where she starts out as a field operative.]]
* CastingGag: The Brosnan era Moneypenny actress was named Samantha '''Bond'''.
* TheCutie: [[http://bondgirls4ever.files.wordpress.com/2012/01/carolinebliss005.jpg?w=370&h= Caroline Bliss's]] Moneypenny, helped by the fact that she has blond hair and is a {{Meganekko}}.
%%* DeadpanSnarker
%%* TheOtherDarrin
* RaceLift: The new Moneypenny in ''Skyfall'', played by Naomie Harris.
* RetiredBadass: The Naomie Harris incarnation of Moneypenny decides that she isn't cut out for field work after the events of ''Film/{{Skyfall}}'', so she takes a transfer to become M's secretary.
* SassySecretary: The original and the best.
%%* SexySecretary
* {{UST}}: With Bond, much to her dismay. Though in ''Film/GoldenEye'', Moneypenny goes to work from a date, [[WereStillRelevantDammit and states she can sue Bond for sexual harassment]].
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[[folder:Q]]
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'''Q'''

Codename for "Quartermaster". He is the man who gives Bond all those wonderful toys. Played by Peter Burton in ''Film/DrNo'', before being played by Desmond Llewelyn for a ''very'' long time--[[Film/FromRussiaWithLove 1963]] to [[Film/TheWorldIsNotEnough 1999]], in seventeen of the eighteen pictures released during that time.[[note]]''Film/LiveAndLetDie'' didn't feature the character at all.[[/note]] When Llewelyn died in 1999, the character had already retired in ''Film/TheWorldIsNotEnough'' and one of his subordinates became the new Q, played by Creator/JohnCleese, in ''Film/DieAnotherDay''. The character did not appear in ''Film/CasinoRoyale'', nor did he in ''Film/QuantumOfSolace''. He was reintroduced in ''Film/{{Skyfall}}'', this time played by a much younger actor, BenWhishaw.

* BreakTheHaughty: In ''Skyfall'', Silva shows Q that he's not quite as smart as he think he is.
* CatchPhrase:
-->"Now, pay attention, 007"
-->"Now this, I'm particularly proud of"
-->"Grow up, 007!" (Brosnan years)
%%* CodeName
%%* CoolOldGuy: As played by Desmond Llewelyn and JohnCleese.
%%* DeadpanSnarker: Ben Whishaw especially.
%%* GadgeteerGenius
%%* HollywoodNerd: As played by BenWhishaw in ''Film/{{Skyfall}}''.
%%* HollywoodHacking: In ''Film/{{Skyfall}}''.
* InsufferableGenius: In ''Film/{{Skyfall}}'' the incoming Q shows disdain for field agents like Bond, believing his computer and hacking skills are more valuable for espionage in the modern age, although he does admit that "every now and then a trigger has to be pulled." He also mocks the idea of fantastic gadgets like an "exploding pen", instead opting to give Bond simple, (but useful) gadegts instead.
* JustAKid: Bond's opinion of the new Q in ''Skyfall''.
* LegacyCharacter: Like M. John Cleese's Q was previously the assistant to the old Q. Ben Whishaw's Q is explicitly mentioned by M to be the new Quartermaster.
* MadScientist: He shows elements of this occasionally.
%%* MissionControl: In ''Film/{{Skyfall}}''.
%%* MrFixit
* NotSoDifferent: Ben Whishaw's Q and Daniel Craig's Bond. They are both very talented but they both started out in MI6, without that much experience, which makes people question if they are too young to be in their positions.
* OldRetainer: Desmond Llewelyn's Q was the sole element that made the transition from the classic ColdWar-era films to the Brosnan films.
%%* PassingTheTorch: In ''Film/TheWorldIsNotEnough''.
%%* TheSmartGuy: In ''Film/{{Skyfall}}''.
* SnarkToSnarkCombat: Any scene they share with Bond.
* TeethClenchedTeamwork: He and Bond argue quite a bit, but Q's gadgets have saved Bond at least once a movie.
* TooCleverByHalf: Ben Whishaw's Q, with tragic results. Possibly because he's so young and inexperienced.
* VitriolicBestBuds: Llewelyn's Q and Bond really do care about each other, as seen in ''Film/OnHerMajestysSecretService'', ''Film/LicenceToKill'', and ''Film/TheWorldIsNotEnough''. Whishaw's Q and Craig's Bond seem to be shaping into this, shaking hands at the end of their first scene together. They all but say to each other "I respect you now because you held your own in our verbal bout."
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[[folder:Felix Leiter]]
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'''Felix Leiter'''

Bond's friend in the C.I.A.

* AnArmAndALeg: He gets his leg fed to a shark in ''Film/LicenceToKill''. Perhaps as a result, he never appears again until the Daniel Craig reboot and is substituted by another American agent, Jack Wade, in the Brosnan era.
* BlackAndWhiteMorality: In the book of The Man With The Golden Gun he criticizes Bond's slight admiration for Scaramanga, saying that as far as he is concerned, an enemy is just an enemy. He also takes exception to the CIA [[DealWithTheDevil working with Greene]] in ''Film/QuantumOfSolace''.
%%* CoolShades: In ''Film/DrNo''.
%%* DeadpanSnarker: David Hedison and Jeffrey Wright.
%%* FriendOnTheForce: In ''Film/DiamondsAreForever'' and ''Film/LiveAndLetDie''.
%%* TheGenericGuy: In ''Film/{{Thunderball}}'' and ''Film/TheLivingDaylights''.
* HandicappedBadass: In the later novels, after being partially eaten by a shark in ''Literature/LiveAndLetDie.''
%%* HeroOfAnotherStory: Most notably in ''Film/DiamondsAreForever'' and ''Film/LicenceToKill''.
%%* TheLancer
* TheOtherDarrin: Leiter has been played by a different actor in almost every one of his appearences, the only exceptions being David Hedison (in ''Film/LiveAndLetDie'' and ''Film/LicenceToKill'') and Jeffrey Wright (in ''Film/CasinoRoyale'' and ''Film/QuantumOfSolace''). The latter was the first time he was played by the same actor in two consecutive films and [[RaceLift the first time he was played by a black actor]] in the official series (not counting ''Film/NeverSayNeverAgain'').
* OvershadowedByAwesome: A subversion for the most part, since his job is usually to provide CIA support for Bond while MI6 handles the mission. It's played straight in ''Film/LicenceToKill'' and the Daniel Craig films, however.
* RaceLift: Beginning with ''Casino Royale'', Felix is black, whereas he was white before.
%%* ReasonableAuthorityFigure: See FriendOnTheForce.
* SpotlightStealingSquad: Notably averted. Since the producers didn't want him to become an EnsembleDarkhorse (for American audiences especially), they deliberately recast the role in every film he appeared in (except for ''Film/LicenceToKill'', where a familiar Leiter was considered crucial for the story to work).
* TraumaCongaLine: In ''Film/LicenseToKill'' Felix not only loses his legs, but his new wife is raped and killed. Needless to say, this is Felix's last appearance in the 007 franchise until it was rebooted with ''Casino Royale''.
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[[folder:Bill Tanner]]
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'''Bill Tanner'''

M's Chief of Staff in the MI6.

%%* BritishStuffiness.
* ButtMonkey: A mild one in the Craig films.
%%* NumberTwo
* TheOtherDarrin: Played in various films with roles of varying importance by Michael Goodliffe, James Villiers, Michael Kitchen and Rory Kinnear.
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[[folder:General Anatol Gogol]]
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'''General Anatol Gogol'''

The head of the KGB in ''Film/TheSpyWhoLovedMe'', ''Film/{{Moonraker}}'', ''Film/ForYourEyesOnly'', ''Film/{{Octopussy}}'', and ''Film/AViewToAKill''. In his final appearance in ''Film/TheLivingDaylights'' the character has become a post-Glasnost envoy in the Foreign Service and was succeeded by General Pushkin.

* DaChief: On the Soviet side.
* FakeRussian: Creator/WalterGotell was a German actor.
%%* FriendlyEnemy: With M.
* GeneralRipper: Averted. In ''Film/{{Octopussy}}'' Gogol wants to avoid going to war with the West, insisting that "world socialism will be achieved peacefully."
* GracefulLoser: Subverted in ''Film/ForYourEyesOnly''. He takes Bond destroying the MacGuffin astoundingly well... but then again, it was a piece of British technology that he was on his way to steal, so the British ended up losing overall.
--> '''Bond''': That's detente, comrade. I don't have it... you don't have it.
%%* ReasonableAuthorityFigure
* TeethClenchedTeamwork: With MI6 in ''Film/TheSpyWhoLovedMe''.
%%* WorthyOpponent: In ''Film/ForYourEyesOnly''.
* YouLookFamiliar: Creator/WalterGotell played SPECTRE mooks trainer Morzeny in ''Film/FromRussiaWithLove''.
* YourCheatingHeart: He is almost always fooling around with his secretary. In tie-in material it is stated that he has a wife.
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