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Played by: Christopher WalkenThe surviving result of a Nazi eugenics experiment turned microchip tycoon and later recruited by the KGB. He has gone rogue and now pursues his own interests.
- Apocalypse How: Class 0, with the destruction of Silicon Valley and the death of millions just so he can corner the microchip market. All For the Evulz.
- Ax-Crazy: Extremely so, to the point where he literally wields a fire axe during his final fight with Bond. It also doubles as his Fatal Flaw that brings him down.
- Amazon Chaser: His dragoness, sparring partner, and lover is a tall, powerfully built woman.
- Bad Boss: Remarkably bad even by Bond villain standards. He personally guns down his own minions while cackling maniacally the moment he no longer needs them, and even betrays May Day, not even for the usual You Have Failed Me but simply For the Evulz.
- Big Bad: He's the main villain of this film, and a truly terrifying one at that.
- Big Fancy House: A Renaissance château in France (Chantilly), no less.
- Corrupt Corporate Executive: He wants to flood Silicon Valley, causing the death of millions just so he can monopolize the microchip market.
- Cunning Linguist: It's mentioned he speaks five languages flawlessly, presumably one of the perks of being the product of late 20th century genetic engineering.
- Diabolical Mastermind: He has genius-level intelligence and hatches a scheme to murder millions of people for profit.
- Disney Villain Death: He falls off the Golden Gate Bridge.
- Evil Genius: He has genius-level intelligence but is also completely Ax-Crazy. He hatches a scheme to murder millions of people for profit.
- Evil Is Hammy: It's "More Cowbell" Christopher Walken, what did you expect?
- Evil Is Not a Toy: The Soviets really had no idea what they were dealing with — Zorin is an incredibly insane psychopath and homicidal maniac to begin with, and he chose to screw them over once he became successful.
- Evil Laugh: Often breaks out into evil laughter, even when it seems wholly inappropriate for the situation. For example, he cackles like an insane megalomaniac while gunning down several of his workers.
- Evil Mentor: The video game Everything or Nothing revealed that he was the mentor of Nikolai Diavolo, who wanted to avenge his death.
- Even Bad Men Love Their Mamas: Max seems to have an affection for Carl Mortner, the Nazi scientist who created him.
- Expy: His plan is, essentially, a remake of Goldfinger's, only with significantly more collateral damage intended.
- Fatal Flaw: Zorin's Ax-Crazy sociopathic behavior proves to be his biggest flaw, as by the end of the movie, whatever remaining sanity he had has been completely whittled to the point that he literally wields an ax, trying to hack Bond to death during the climatic final battle at the top of the Golden Gate Bridge.
- Faux Affably Evil: He's very cheerful in public. So is he when he plans to have millions killed and mows down his own workers.
- Freudian Excuse: The reason why Zorin is an unhinged and sociopathic brute to begin with is because he's the end result of a Nazi Super Breeding Program during WWII, in which pregnant women were injected with massive amounts of steroids in an attempt to create "super-children" for the Nazis. While most of the pregnancies failed, the few babies that survived grew to become extraordinarily intelligent later in life — but also totally psychopathic.
- Karmic Death: He falls in the water from a great height, similar to the investor he had killed earlier.
- Kingpin in His Gym: We are treated to a scene of Zorin sparring with May Day.
- Knight of Cerebus: Probably one of Bond's most dangerous foes since Francisco Scaramanga or Ernst Stavro Blofeld.
- Oh, Crap!: Just as he's about to fall 700 feet off the Golden Gate Bridge.
- Omnicidal Maniac: From the way he acts, it seems he wants to destroy Silicon Valley just to watch it go BOOM. His whole microchip price gouging scheme seems more like a fringe benefit.
- Psychopathic Manchild: He's extremely impulsive and an mentally unstable brute. Part of this is because he is the end result of a Nazi eugenics program — while the surviving babies were intelligent, they grew up to become psychopathic. General Gogol criticizing Zorin over (seemingly) killing Bond almost plays like a parent scolding a young child.
- Psychotic Smirk: He flashes a lot of these during the film. He even Goes Out with a Smile before he falls to his death.
- Put the "Laughter" in "Slaughter": He murders his minions while cackling psychotically like a homicidal maniac.
- Rogue Agent: He used to work for the KGB, but now he follows his own agenda.
- Sanity Slippage: While he was already an insane psychopath to begin with, Zorin slowly loses his grip on sanity as the film progresses. By the end, he's completely batshit Ax-Crazy to the point of wielding a fire axe against Bond after entering Villainous Breakdown mode.
- The Sociopath: Zorin fits the bill of one: Lack of Empathy, Faux Affably Evil, Trigger Happy, Bad Boss, Ax-Crazy, Put the "Laughter" in "Slaughter", and For the Evulz. Part of this is because he's the end result of a Nazi eugenics project, in which pregnant women were injected with massive quantities of steroids in an attempt to create "super-children" for the Nazis. While most of these failed, the few babies that survived became extremely intelligent later in life — but also totally insane psychopaths, partly because of the drugs administered to create these "super-babies".
- The Starscream: He's a product of Nazi eugenics experiments that the KGB raised, trained, and sent to the West as a deep cover agent. Once he becomes successful enough, he decides to screw them over and take a shot at global financial domination himself.
- Super Breeding Program: Zorin was the product of a Nazi eugenics program during World War II, in which pregnant women were injected with massive quantities of steroids in an attempt to create "super-children" for the Nazis. While most of the pregnancies failed, the few babies that survived grew to become extraordinarily intelligent later in life — but also totally psychopathic.
- Trigger Happy: As shown when he massacres his own mine workers, laughing all the way.
- The Unfettered: He'll do anything that pushes himself forward.
- Villain with Good Publicity: He's seen as a respectable businessman, but is in fact a total psychopathic monster and a mass murderer.
- Villainous Breakdown: While he was already an insane psychopath to begin with, Zorin slowly loses his grip on sanity as the film progresses. By the end of the film, he becomes so Ax-Crazy to the point of wielding a fire axe during his final fight with Bond.
Played by: Grace JonesMax Zorin's main enforcer, bodyguard and lover.
- Amazonian Beauty: She's tough and certainly looks it, but that doesn't stop her from being attractive.
- Beware the Quiet Ones: She rarely talks. She doesn't need to.
- The Brute: She's the muscle in Zorin's operations and she rarely talks.
- Charles Atlas Superpower: She can lift a man over her head effortlessly.
- Danger Takes a Backseat: She murders Sir Godfrey and Chuck Lee by hiding in the back of their cars.
- Dark Action Girl: As the enforcer for Zorin.
- Death Glare: Very often. See the picture.
- Determinator: She manages to get away from Bond after a really steadfast chase through the streets of Paris.
- The Dragon: Subverted, actually; she seems this way at first, but it ultimately transpires that Zorin's most valued henchman is actually Scarpine, who even joins in Zorin's attempt to murder May Day and other minions.
- Enigmatic Minion: Lampshaded by Bond.Bond: I see you're a woman of very few words.
May Day: What is there to say?
- Even Evil Has Loved Ones: She doesn't take kindly to Zorin turning on her and her Amazon Brigade.
- Famous Last Words: May Day gives these parting words to Bond just before the bomb explodes:May Day: Get Zorin for me!
- Go Out with a Smile: While rolling out of Zorin's mine on the bomb that's about to explode, she's laughing, knowing that she's helping screw over Zorin hard after what he pulled. Though it fades right before the bomb goes off, as she sees Zorin's blimp and shoots him one last Death Glare.
- Heroic Sacrifice: She helps Bond remove the bomb from the mine, putting the device onto a handcar and pushing it out of the mine, where it explodes, killing her.
- High-Heel–Face Turn: Actually averted! Her motivation isn't Bond (though she did sleep with him), but revenge against Bad Boss Zorin.
- Meaningful Name: "Mayday" is a radio distress signal that has been used by aircraft and ships.
- No Guy Wants an Amazon: Subverted by Bond and Zorin, who both hook up with her. In fact, it's her who seems a bit reluctant of them.
- Only Known By His Nickname: Unless it's actually her name.
- Punny Name: Indeed, you can say that you'll need to shout "Mayday!" if you ever meet May Day.
- Redemption Equals Death: Subverted in the sense that her motivation isn't redemption, but revenge against Zorin.
- Say My Name: She pulls this when she sees her companion Jenny Flex dead.
- Scary Black Man: Gender Flipped: You do not want her after you.
- Statuesque Stunner: Much like Grace Jones herself. One poster even put her side by side with Bond, and they seemingly had the same height (in real life, Grace Jones and Roger Moore were a few inches apart in height).
- Taking You with Me: Not with a person but the mine Zorin was going to detonate upon the TNT, as the brakes on the cart they used jammed.
- This Is Unforgivable!: Her Heel–Face Turn is motivated by Zorin killing her Amazon Brigade and leaving her for dead.
- Vasquez Always Dies: She's the toughest, more aggressive and less feminine character in the film, and dies at the end.
Played by: Tanya RobertsA young geologist whose family's possessions are being squeezed by Zorin.
- '80s Hair: The only Bond girl of the 80s to truly show this.
- Action Survivor: On one hand, Sutton does very little to aid Bond and at one point fails to notice Zorin sneaking up on her in a freaking zeppelin. On the other hand, she does manage to take out Scarpine out of nowhere and does intentionally distract Zorin during the fight at the top of the Golden Gate Bridge, so at least she tries.
- Alliterative Name: Stacey Sutton.
- Cute, but Cacophonic: She's gorgeous, but her screams are eardrum-shattering.
- Damsel in Distress: And how. One of the most remembered parts of the film is her screaming "Jaaaaames!" a lot at an incredible high pitch. At least she fights back in the climax and even shows determination in fighting back against Zorin beforehand.
- Girl of the Week: She's Bond's main love interest in the film.
- Hair of Gold, Heart of Gold: She's blonde haired and firmly on the good side.
- Hot Scientist: A young, blonde haired geologist.
- Impoverished Patrician: Sutton is the granddaughter of an oil tycoon in California, but the company was taken over by Max Zorin. She filed a lawsuit against him in court, which forced her to sell most of her assets (which is Truth in Television) and become a geologist for the state of California.
- May–December Romance: Roger Moore is older than Tanya Roberts' mother. On one hand, this isn't entirely as bad as it sounds, since Roberts' mother gave birth at 17 (plus Carole Bouquet, who played Melina Havelock in For Your Eyes Only was two years younger than Roberts). Still, learning this fact was reportedly what caused Moore to permanently leave the series.
- Screaming Woman: She screams a lot at an incredible high pitch. Even a short fall onto some sand has her belt out a shriek.Sutton: Jaaaaames! Help meeeeeeee!
- Shotguns Are Just Better: But since she's too squeamish to actually kill, she loads hers with rock salt instead of bullets.
- Shower of Love: She makes out with Bond in her shower at the end.
Dr. Carl Mortner
Played by: Willoughby GrayAn old Nazi scientist whose experiments on pregnant deportees resulted in the creation of Max Zorin. He now designs Zorin's microchips for carrying horse-doping drugs.
- Bald of Evil: He has little hair on his head and is evil.
- Even Evil Has Loved Ones: Given his reaction when Zorin is about to fall to his death.
- Evil Old Folks: An old man responsible for conducting horrific experiments in WWII and is helping with Zorin's plan.
- Evilutionary Biologist: He tells Bond that he thinks his principles in horse breeding could be equally applied to humans. It's later discovered that he did in fact experiment on concentration camp inmates with steroid injections to breed the "perfect" human. He created a generation of incredibly intelligent psychopaths.
- Go Out with a Smile: Clearly seen grinning as he and Scarpine fumble over the lit roll of dynamite that seals their fate.
- Herr Doktor: He's a Mengele-sque Nazi scientist from the war, responsible for experiments on women in concentration camps, resulting with highly intelligent, and psychotic offsprings. Zorin is one of them.
- High-Class Glass: He wears a monocle at all times. He can't see without it.
- Hoist by His Own Petard: Literally. He's blown up with his own dynamite.
- Mad Doctor: It doesn't get any more mad than a Nazi doctor. His experiments with pregnant women on concentration camps seems to make him an stand-in for Josef Mengele.
- Mad Scientist: He experimented on concentration camp inmates to breed perfect humans, creating a generation of incredibly intelligent psychopaths.
- Morally Ambiguous Doctorate: Well yes, he's a Nazi dcotor.
- Nazi Grandpa: If the above mentioned tropes didn't tip you enough; yes, he was a Nazi scientist.
- No Historical Figures Were Harmed: He is based on Josef Mengele, who experimented with pregnant women on concentration camps in World War II.
- No Swastikas: In the German dub of the film, he is a Polish communist.
- Piggybacking on Hitler: More like Piggybacking on Brezhnev: He utilized Soviet resources as long as their agendas aligned, and dumped them once he was able to pursue his own goals.
- Too Dumb to Live: It's not very wise to light the fuse of a dynamite stick that soon. For that matter, there was a row of submachine guns he could have used instead of dynamite.
Played by: Patrick BauchauZorin's chief of security and right-hand man.
Sir Godfrey Tibbett
Played by: Patrick MacneeMI6 field operative with a knighthood, who helps Bond when he infiltrates Zorin's villa and stable.
Played by: Jean RougerieA French private detective who meets Bond in a restaurant atop the Eiffel Tower to give him some secret informations about Zorin.
- Alliterative Name: Achille Aubergine.
- Expy: Of Hercule Poirot.
- Friend on the Force: He's a Private Detective who gives valuable information to Bond before he's assassinated by May Day.
- Private Detective: His job. It ends getting him killed.
- Unfortunate Names: "Aubergine" means "eggplant" in (non-US) English and French.
- We Hardly Knew Ye: He is quickly killed by May Day with a poisoned fake butterfly.
Played by: Fiona FullertonA KGB agent sent by General Gogol to spy on Zorin. Bond seduces her in a spa and steals her recording of Zorin's conversation about his operation.
- Convenient Replacement Character: Of Major Anya Amasova from The Spy Who Loved Me; a female KGB agent who's friendly with Bond and knows him from a previous mission.
- Friendly Enemy: With Bond. When they first met in the movie, they recognize each other from what was apparently a previous mission in which they were on opposing sides. Soon enough, they're frolicking in a hot tub at a spa.
- Furo Scene: Ivanova and Bond share a bath together at an oriental bathhouse.
- Ms. Fanservice: She spends most of her on-screen time in that hot tub.
- Sensual Slavs: A sensual KGB agent.
- When Harry Met Svetlana: Subverted. She and Bond seem to agree to work together since she's been taping an incriminating conversation between Zorin and his oil company chief, Bob Conley; and have a romantic interlude together. However, after Pola hurriedly absconds to pass the tape of Zorin's conversation to General Gogol, they discover that Bond has swapped the tape with a cassette of Japanese music which had been playing in the spa they were in.
Played by: Manning RedwoodZorin's chief mining engineer who handles Zorin's oil interests in California.
- Asshole Victim: Even Evil Has Standards on the side, he was complicit in Zorin's goal to flood the fault, killing millions.
- Corrupt Corporate Executive: He's head of one of Zorin's subsidiaries and is every bit the typical slimy oilman stereotype. His background check states that he ran a illegal mine in Africa that collapsed and killed many miners.
- Even Evil Has Standards:
- He gives Zorin a "WTF dude!?" look when Zorin has the Russian spy shoved into the turbine.
- He tries to stop Zorin from having all the miners killed, to no avail.Bob: [upon realizing that Zorin is going to detonate the explosives early] But Mayday... and my men!
Zorin: Yeah. A convenient coincidence!
Bob: [Death Glare] Mr. Zorin, those men are loyal to you!
- You Have Outlived Your Usefulness: He is the first of Zorin's associates to be murdered by him.