Characters: James Bond
Here is a list of the major characters that are embodied by James Bond and its various incarnations and important roles.
Commander James Bond, 007, License to KillThe 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.
Supporting CharactersThe books and movies have several recurring characters, many of whom appear in every installment.
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Characters from Specific Films
- Dr. No
- From Russia with Love
- You Only Live Twice
- On Her Majesty's Secret Service
- Diamonds Are Forever
- Live and Let Die
- The Man with the Golden Gun
- The Spy Who Loved Me
- For Your Eyes Only
- A View to a Kill
- The Living Daylights
- Licence to Kill
- Tomorrow Never Dies
- The World Is Not Enough
- Die Another Day
- Casino Royale (2006)
- Quantum of Solace
Commander James Bond, 007, License to KillThe 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.
M: Tell me what you know of James Bond.
Miranda Frost: He's a 00, and a wild one, as I discovered today. He'll light the fuse on any explosive situation and be a danger to himself and others. Kill first, ask questions later. I think he's a blunt instrument whose primary method is to provoke and confront. A man nobody can get close to. A womanizer.
Miranda Frost: He's a 00, and a wild one, as I discovered today. He'll light the fuse on any explosive situation and be a danger to himself and others. Kill first, ask questions later. I think he's a blunt instrument whose primary method is to provoke and confront. A man nobody can get close to. A womanizer.
- Adaptational Heroism: All the screen James Bonds are much Lighter and Softer than the character of the original James Bond stories, who even by '60s standards was quite misogynist, racist and essentially a functional sociopath. Even the more embarassing early Bond films are more heroic than their story inspirations.
- Anti-Hero: He does have moral values, but given the job requires being ruthless and the license to kill lets him go scot free...
- Author Avatar: of Ian Fleming, who was a Royal Naval Intelligence Division officer during World War II.Ann O'Neill in Fleming: The Man Who Would Be Bond: Is that why he has your golf handicap and your taste in vodka?
- Badass: The guy racks up several kills per movie, saving the world and (usually) getting the girl in the process.
- Badass Baritone: Pierce Brosnan being the only exception.
- Badass Driver: One of cinemas best and most iconic.
- Badass in Distress: He's captured or held at gunpoint at least once every movie, but always manages to keep his cool and find a way out.
- Badass in a Nice Suit: You'll rarely see Bond wearing anything other than a tuxedo or a finely tailored suit.
- Bond One-Liner: Well, yeah. He's the Trope Namer after all.
- The Casanova: The guy seduces women left, right and centre.
- Catchphrase:"Shaken, not stirred.""Bond. James Bond."
- The Charmer: Applies to Dalton's, Brosnan's and Craig's Bonds, who generally treat women with a bit more respect in comparison to the previous versions of the character.
- Code Name: 007.
- Combat Pragmatist: Each Bond will make use of whatever they can to get the upper hand in a fight, especially against a Big Bad, where he'll use the most karmic weapon he can get his mitts on.
- Cultured Badass: From a rich family and educated in private schools, yet also able to save the world on a regular basis.
- Deadpan Snarker: Always has a quip ready for any situation. He's often been known to insult his captors when they invite him to dinner.
- Destructive Savior: Dalton, Brosnan, and Craig especially.
- Drink Order: He loves his vodka martinis. His second-favourite drink is Bollinger champagne.
- The Gambler: Bond is often seen in casinos. Generally, Bond's card game of choice is Baccarat, but in Casino Royale (2006), the game of choice is Texas Hold 'Em.
- Genius Bruiser: Took a first in Oriental languages at Cambridge. Throughout the movies, he speaks or understands French, German, Italian, Japanese, Danish, Russian and several others. He demonstrates an excellent knowledge of multiples sciences, usually as good or better than the Evil Genius villains he is up against, everything from physics to chemistry to marine biology amongst others, as well as mathematics. He can drive or pilot almost any vehicle (and can usually identify the make and model of cars on sight, right down to noticing phony licence plates). He has an excellent knowledge of history and of course international politics. He is a wine and food connoisseur as well as a decent cook in his own right. He was a Navy commander in his previous profession, and his current career requires combined skills of world class assassin/spy/thief/detective, etc. Basically, it's more a question of what Bond can't do.
- Good Is Not Soft: He will beat, blackmail, or betray anyone if it helps his mission any further.
- The Hero: One of cinema's top 3, according to the American Film Institute.
- Hidden Depths: At first glance, James Bond may seem to be your typical Sociopathic Hero. However, unlike a true sociopath, he is indeed capable of compassion. Just that he doesn't show it very often within his line of work for obvious reasons. In fact, he is actually uncomfortable with targeted assassinations (instead of killing for the safety of himself or others).
- Improbable Aiming Skills: Each of the Bonds is a crack marksman: Connery's Bond claims to have never missed with his Beretta when he's forced to change weapons in Dr. No and in Thunderball he manages to shoot a clay pigeon without even looking at it and takes out Vargas with a Harpoon Gun with a Quick Draw. Moore's Bond kills a sniper with a shotgun. Dalton's Bond fake-assassinates General Pushkin, who notes Bond's skill. Brosnan's Bond claims he never misses as a Bond One-Liner. Part of Craig's Bond's character arc in Skyfall is regaining his skills and he does with his father's rifle. Even Lazenby's Bond, who never manages to make a kill with his PPK onscreen, manages to show an impressive aim with a throwing knife and a calendar.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: He comes of as being cold, misogynistic, and snarky, but has saved the world more than once, has a strong sense of justice, is very protective of his friends.
- Large and in Charge: Out of six actors, only Daniel Craig is below 6 feet. Thus Bond is always imposing!
- Mr. Fanservice: Aside from nice or tight clothes, Bond can frequently be found shirtless (particularly post-coitus).
- The Name Is Bond, James Bond: He introduces himself in this manner in virtually every movie.
- Officer and a Gentleman: Has the grade of Commander. You Only Live Twice, The Spy Who Loved Me, and Tomorrow Never Dies all featured him in his Royal Navy uniform.
- One-Man Army: His kill tallies are usually pretty high per film, especially during the Brosnan era.
- Overt Operative: Bond is not exactly subtle about his methods of carrying out a mission.
- The Pornomancer: Many women who revile him at first end up in his bed, at times with no rational explanation why.
- Professional Killer: He is an assassin employed by the British government.
- Public Domain Character: Only in Canada. The literary 007 is public domain there due to 50 years passing since Fleming's death (most nations have it as 70 or 75 years).
- Sociopathic Hero: Especially in the Fleming novels and the earlier movies. Bond is intelligent, charismatic and manipulative with his courtship of women ranging from romantic to rape at worst. Him quickly getting over his latest love interests between movies despite being stated to have loved them seems indicative of a Lack of Empathy and need for stimulation; all together this makes for many of the traits that define a sociopath. Subverted in that he is indeed capable of compassion, something a true sociopath would never be able to do (unless he's good at faking compassion).
- Tall, Dark and Handsome: The only one who is blond and under 6 feet is Daniel Craig, and he makes up for it in Heroic Build.
- Tuxedo and Martini: Bond is the Trope Maker, Trope Namer and Trope Codifier. Although, pop culture tends to exaggerate this one, as he normally opts for a suit unless infiltrating a formal occasion.
- Waistcoat of Style: Every Bond has worn at least two.
- Weapon of Choice: 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, Lazenby and Craig opted for the .380ACP version. In Octopussy and Never Say Never Again, both Roger Moore and Sean Connery carried the Walther P5. Later in Tomorrow Never Dies, Brosnan's Bond gets a brand new Walther P99 which is used up until Casino Royale (2006). Then in Quantum of Solace and Skyfall, the PPK returns due to "artistic reasons."
- Would Hit a Girl: It's rare, but once in while he will be violent towards a woman even if she wasn't a Dark Chick who attacks first.
As the first cinematic Bond,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 Bond One-Liner, naturally.
- Adaptational Heroism: Common to all James Bond, but as the first, Sean Connery set the trend of being much Lighter and Softer than the original Ian Fleming character. Namely his suave and cool persona, where the original tended to be The Brute.
- Author Avatar: Sean Connery was a working-class Scot and was initially dismissed by Ian Fleming as an "overgrown stuntman". His on-screen persona was modelled a great deal on director Terence Young, who backed the actor and helped him build the suave persona that made Bond distinct.
- Brave Scot: Ian Fleming approved of the portrayal so much that he actually made Bond's Scottish ancestry canon in the novels.
- Carpet of Virility: Lampshaded in You Only Live Twice where the Japanese women are curious about his chest rug, as Japanese men don't tend to have it.
- The Casanova: Every film has him at least flirting with multiple women.
- Cool Car: The Aston Martin DB5, one of cinema's most iconic.
- Disposable Woman: Sean loves 'em and leaves 'em, sometimes in a coffin.
- Double Entendre: Very fond of these, especially in Diamonds Are Forever.
- Forceful Kiss: His courtship is anything but subdued.
- Good Is Not Nice: Connery's Bond isn't exactly a pleasant chap, but he's incredibly charming and still a good guy.
- Handsome Lech: 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.
- Heroic Build: Connery used to be a bodybuilder, after all.
- Mr. Fanservice: Became one of the biggest sex symbols of the 1960s.
- Nice Hat: Was the only Bond to really wear hats and he wore a number of fedoras in the earlier films.
- No Indoor Voice: A fairly restrained version. It's not so much that he shouts a lot, but his voice certainly packs a lot of baritone power.
- Ooh, Me Accent's Slipping: Connery attempted an English accent in Dr. No before Not Even Bothering with the Accent. By then Fleming had confirmed the character as being Scottish because of his portrayal, so it didn't really matter.
- The Pornomancer: Even by Bond standards. He's also the only Bond to make a lesbian heterosexual.
- Rated M for Manly: He is often described as the "manly" Bond. The front cover of GQ's Nov. 2012 issue◊ nicknamed Connery's version as "The Fighter" to allude to these macho qualities.
- Smoking Is Cool: His Establishing Character Moment pretty much solidifies this with his iconic delivery of the line "Bond, James Bond."
- Would Hit a Girl: He intentionally used Fiona Volpe as a human shield in Thunderball, and he nearly strangles Marie with her own bikini top in Diamonds Are Forever in order to gain information about Blofeld's whereabouts.
Lazenby was an obscure actor and an obscure Bond. He only appeared in one movie, On Her Majesty's Secret Service. 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 boy was that wrong. Lazenby fired his agent soon afterwards.
- Cartwright Curse: George Lazenby's loss is the most tragic in the series (save for Vesper in Casino Royale (2006)).
- The Casanova: He seduces an entire RESORT of beautiful women.
- The Cast Show Off: 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 Bruce Lee himself. This he gets to spectacularly show off on several occasions throughout his turn as 007.
- Chivalrous Pervert: Tracy starts out as suicidal and emotionally unbalanced, but Bond gives her a reason to live.
- Combat Pragmatist: Even more so than Connery, and possibly to Craig's levels. When Lazenby's Bond fights you, you're in trouble.
- Continuity Nod: "This never happened to the other fella."
- Downer Ending: Of all of the Bonds, he's the only one to end his run on a dark note.
- Heartbroken Badass: After Tracy's death. The front cover of GQ's Nov. 2012 issue◊ called Lazenby's Bond "The Loner" as reference to this trope.
- Heroic Build: As with the Combat Pragmatist element, Lazenby's Bond was a precursor to Craig's Bond in this regard, as his on-screen moments (and set photos) show.
- Ladykiller in Love: He's so in love with Tracy that he's willing to give up his skirt-chasing ways and marry her.
- Man in a Kilt: Wears a kilt while undercover at the ski resort. One of the women there attempts to determine if he's Going Commando.
- Manly Tears: After Tracy's death, and damned if they aren't deserved. It cuts away just as they're starting, though.
- Mr. Fanservice: Lazenby was a model before being Bond, and he looks good.
- Would Hit a Girl: He slaps Tracy across the face when questioning her about the thug who had just tried to kill him.
Moore tended to play his Bond more for comedy, but he did do it pretty serious at times, as in For Your Eyes Only. 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 polarizing actor on this list, since two of his movies—The Spy Who Loved Me and For Your Eyes Only—are among the most well-received Bond flicks, while Moonraker and A View to a Kill are considered among the worst.
- Badass Bookworm: 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.
- Badass Grandpa: He was the oldest and longest running actor in the series, starting at the age of 46 and ending at the age of 58.
- Berserk Button: People who take pleasure in senseless murder, especially that of women and innocents. Scaramanga and Zorin both found that out the hard way.
- Beware the Nice Ones: When you push him too far, he's completely ruthless and won't stop till the person that's pissed him off is dead.
- The Casanova: Same as Connery. The front cover of GQ's Nov. 2012 issue◊ labeled Moore's Bond as "The Lover" to denote this trope as his most distinctive trait.
- Character Development: Bond is a royal jerk in Live and Let Die and The Man with the Golden Gun, but he's mellowed out by The Spy Who Loved Me.
- Cool Car: Lotus Esprit. The thing could turn into a submarine when needed.
- The Dandy: 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.
- Disposable Woman: 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 For Your Eyes Only, he probably had as healthy a relationship with women as he's ever had (a 16-year-old girl trying to seduce him notwithstanding).
- Does Not Like Guns: 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 Big Bad on at least two occasions, something other Bonds have not done.
- Double Entendre: The end of The Spy Who Loved Me has one of the greatest in the series, when M, Grey, and Gogol catch Bond and Agent Triple X in the throes of passion.M: 007!
Gogol: Triple X!
Defense Minister Grey: Bond, what do you think you're doing?
Bond: (beat) Keeping the British end up, sir! (closes curtain)
- Gentleman Snarker: The most comedic Bond, in fact.
- Handsome Lech: His courtship was pretty shady in his first two films, but by The Spy Who Loved Me, he'd become a lot more gentlemanly.
- Improbable Weapon User: He employs some pretty outlandish weaponry when he's stuck, most notably the shark pellet from Live and Let Die.
- Jerkass: In his first two films, before becoming a Jerk with a Heart of Gold.
- Lighter and Softer: His movies were fairly light compared to the original films with Sean Connery and On Her Majesty's Secret Service.
- Mood Whiplash: Like Brosnan's era, Moore's Bond movies were interlaced with some very serious scenes and some very silly ones.
- Obfuscating Stupidity: Moore's James Bond was always playing nicer than he really was, as his many cold-blooded executions across his movies proves.
- Older and Wiser: Especially in For Your Eyes Only, where he warns Melina about the double-edged nature of revenge, speaking as though from experience (having avenged his wife by killing Blofeld in the pre-titles sequence, this was likely intentional).
- Older Hero vs. Younger Villain: With Max Zorin and May Day in A View to a Kill.
- Older Than They Look: Roger Moore is three years older than Sean Connery, 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.
- Quintessential British Gentleman: His Bond is easily the most gentlemanly.
- Stiff Upper Lip: He maintains his equanimous composure, despite mayhem so often surronding him—moreso perhaps than the other Bonds.
- Took a Level in Kindness: Starting in The Spy Who Loved Me.
- The Trickster: He loves messing with the villains.
- Would Hit a Girl: He almost breaks Andrea Anders' arm in The Man with the Golden Gun while interrogating her (this scene greatly displeased Moore). In The Spy Who Loved Me, 007 deploys a missile which destroys a helicopter along with its female pilot Naomi.
Nothing will start an argument among Bond fans as quickly as praising Timothy Dalton, the Marmite of Bond actors. He began the trend of portraying Bond with a darker tone, and is still considered the darkest of all of them (rivaled only by Daniel Craig), which some felt was needed after the sometimes overly comedic Moore films. He was also a fan of the books and tried to create Ian Fleming's Bond on-screen twenty years before 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 On Her Majesty's Secret Service, but he felt he was too young at the time, and didn't want to be the one that replaced Connery.
- 10-Minute Retirement: In Licence to Kill, where he goes AWOL to pursue revenge on Sanchez.
- The Atoner: Licence to Kill has been interpreted by many as Bond trying to atone for his failure to protect Tracy.
- Berserk Button: Hurting his friends is the best way to make him angry.
- Blessed with Suck: Dalton's character seems awfully annoyed that he has a fabulous life of impossibly beautiful women and world travel.
- Bloodier and Gorier: He's much more ruthless with his executions in Licence to Kill.
- Byronic Hero: Helped by the fact that Dalton has also played Rochester.
- The Charmer: Oddly, not as much of a Chick Magnet as his predecessors. To compensate, however, he tends to form closer attachments with women than the previous iterations.
- Darker and Edgier: Differed very much from Roger Moore's version; to some extent, he's still the darkest version of the character.
- Grumpy Bear: In The Living Daylights, but slowly mellows by the end of the film.
- Heartbroken Badass: In Licence to Kill, to the point where he's highly reluctant to have Pam and Q help him on his mission to take down Sanchez.
- Honey Trap: One of the few occasions that Bond is explicitly identified as being such.
- It's Personal: Sanchez destroyed Felix Leiter's life almost completely. Bond is NOT pleased.
- Knight in Sour Armor: 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.
- Manipulative Bastard: Dalton's Bond is essentially Iago to Sanchez's Othello in Licence to Kill.
- Roaring Rampage of Revenge: Licence to Kill. No mission, just a personal revenge.
- Rogue Agent: In Licence to Kill, he goes rogue to avenge Felix and his wife.
- Screw the Rules, I'm Doing What's Right: 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 The Living Daylights 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 Pushkin 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 Roaring Rampage of Revenge in Licence to Kill is prompted by 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.
- The front cover of GQ's Nov. 2012 issue◊ even gave Dalton's Bond the designation "The Rebel" because he embodies this trope more than the others.
- Turn in Your Badge: In Licence to Kill, as a result of his Roaring Rampage of Revenge.
- Warrior Poet: Bond has at least one lengthy dissertation about how he hates his job and it would be doing him a favor to fire him.
- Would Hit a Girl: In The Living Daylights, his superiors accuse him of the opposite trope, at least if she's beautiful, after he risks a defection by shooting the gun out of a female sniper's hands instead of shooting her dead. Bond counters that he has no problem shooting women, attractive or otherwise—what he has a problem with is shooting people who aren't involved in the spy business; he could tell from the way the supposed KGB sniper was handling her gun that she wasn't experienced with firearms, and therefore couldn't be a trained assassin.
Brosnan is the person whom people tend to think of when they imagine Bond in the post-Cold War era, especially among viewers who came of age in The '90s and GoldenEye was the first Bond flick they saw. He was supposed to appear in The Living Daylights, but the production staff of Remington Steele 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, and he was the first actor since Connery whose casting was widely embraced by the general public. 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).
- '80s Hair: He kept his poofy Remington Steele hairdonote (but toned down a bit) for 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 Tomorrow Never Dies rolled around.
- The Ace: 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. At least when it comes to sword fighting, this trope even applies to Brosnan in Real Life, as Toby Stephensnote reveals in one of the bonus features on the Die Another Day Blu-Ray.Stephens: I'm slightly cheesed off with Pierce, who hardly came in, has just picked [the sword fighting] up as we've gone along. I mean, he's brilliant, he's just gone on with it, while I've been practicing it for months!
- Always Save the Girl: It's his natural inclination to do this.
- GoldenEye: There is a double subversion in the train scene because he tells Alec to go ahead and kill Natalya (a civilian), but Bond chooses to save her life first even though he knows Trevelyan and Xenia will most likely escape.
- Tomorrow Never Dies: Subverted when Mr. Stamper threatens to drown Wai Lin. Although Bond had promised her twice that they would survive the mission together, she (a fellow agent) reminds him that it's his duty to destroy the missile, so he focuses on the task at hand.
- The World Is Not Enough: As he is chasing Elektra, an imprisoned M (who fears that she may soon die in a nuclear meltdown if Renard has his way) yells out Bond's name as he passes by her cell. 007 then uses the Shoot Out the Lock method to free his boss before he continues his pursuit.
- Die Another Day: While Graves and his team are preparing to flee Iceland, Bond's priority after he kills Zao should've been to go after them, but instead he rescues Jinx, who was drowning in the melting ice palace.
- The Atoner: Trevelyan straight up asks him, "...if you find forgiveness in the arms of all those willing women for all the dead ones you failed to protect." Bond's attitude throughout Tomorrow Never Dies, The World Is Not Enough and Die Another Day (specifically his desperate attempt to resuscitate Jinx) indicates that this statement has left him pretty rattled.
- Aww, Look! They Really Do Love Each Other: With M. There is often friction between the two of them, but deep down they're fond of each other. The most obvious example occurs in GoldenEye, where M delivers a "The Reason You Suck" Speech to Bond and even says she has no problem sending him to his death as long as it was worthwhile, yet M's farewell to him is:
- Badass: Out of all the Bonds, he has the highest body count on average per movie. He may seem like an affable Idle Rich playboy, but he's also a highly competent agent who actually does good surveillance work and can find unique solutions to problems. For instance, in Tomorrow Never Dies, he uses a clothes line to cause a helicopter to crash.
- Badass Driver: One of the franchise's best, a prime example being his remote control back seat run through a parking lot in Hamburg in his BMW during Tomorrow Never Dies.
- Beauty Is Never Tarnished: Played with in Die Another Day. He is filthy with a shaggy beard and hair after being tortured for 14 months. This is Bond at his most unkempt in the entire series, and audiences at the time were a bit shocked to see the character in such a disheveled state. However, Bond is still in remarkably good shape for someone who had endured that type of hell for so long. All it takes are a single shave, a hair cut and a change of clothes for Bond to become sexy again.
- Beard of Sorrow: More like a Beard of Imprisonment near the beginning of Die Another Day.
- Beneath the Mask: The suave, sophisticated mask that he normally wears hides both a deep-seated bitterness and a surprising amount of tenderness.
- Berserk Button: Betrayals and killing people he cares about. Alec Trevelyan, Elektra King, Elliot Carver and Dr. Kaufman paid with their lives when they slammed down on this. Miranda Frost only narrowly avoids this fate by Bond's hands because she disabled his gun without his knowledge.
- Captain Crash: Natalya is utterly convinced that Bond destroys every vehicle that he gets into; she's not entirely wrong. He drives a motorcycle off a cliff into a nosediving plane and barely straightens it in time; he barely manages to eject out of a helicopter before its own missiles destroy it; he wrecks a huge portion of St. Petersburg in a tank by ramming right through buildings; he derails an armoured train by firing a tank shell at it, and then uses the tank as a roadblock; he barely escapes the booby-trapped train before it blows up; then, in Cuba, the plane he's flying gets shot down by a surface-to-air missile. In Tomorrow Never Dies, he famously runs his BMW 750 off the top floor of a multi-storey car park and into the Avis rental office by remote.
- Carpet of Virility: Like Sean Connery before him, several shots linger on his.
- The Charmer: Like Dalton's version, there is at least one Bond Girl in each movie whom he sincerely likes. M invokes this trope when she says, "...[your] boyish charms, though wasted on me, obviously appealed to that young woman I sent to evaluate you." The front cover of GQ's Nov. 2012 issue◊ even used this trope's title as Brosnan's Bond most defining feature.
- Cheshire Cat Grin: When Pierce Brosnan's Bond smiles at you, you know you're in trouble.
- Chivalrous Pervert: He's just as prone to bawdy innuendos and sleeping around as the other Bonds. The big difference is that he genuinely cares about the women in his life, and does everything he can to keep them safe. He is affectionate towards Natalya, Paris got "too close for comfort," he is unusually protective of Wai Lin even before they officially become allies, he falls in love with Elektra, and his sheer panic (and later relief) when he attempts to resuscitate Jinx proves that she's not just a notch on his bedpost.
- Composite Character: Of Moore's snarky British gentleman and Dalton's gritty secret agent, with some of Lazenby's vulnerability and Connery's masculinity. Brosnan's interpretation of 007 was therefore the most versatile among the actors.
- Cool Car: Various BMW models. And an Aston Martin once again in Die Another Day.
- Deliberate Values Dissonance: 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.
- Destructive Saviour: Lampshaded in this exchange from The World Is Not Enough:Sir Robert King: Be careful, M, I might try to steal him from you.
Bond: Construction isn't exactly my speciality.
M: Quite the opposite, in fact.
- Double Entendre: A drinking game could be made out of every time Brosnan looks uncomfortable with these. The actor has admitted that he absolutely despised having to say those lines.
- Drowning My Sorrows: In Tomorrow Never Dies, with vodka in his hotel room after he shuts down the power at Carver's party.
- The Dulcinea Effect: This is a stronger trait in Brosnan's Bond because it's made explicit in GoldenEye that he's constantly trying to atone for the women whose lives he wasn't able to save. He is protective towards all of the good (and two who pretend to be good) Bond Girls.
- Fatal Flaw: All of the Big Bads from the Brosnan era (Alec Trevelyan, Elliot Carver, Elektra King and Gustav Graves) have remarked upon his fatal weakness for women, and they exploit it to some degree.
- Four-Temperament Ensemble: Choleric.
- Gentleman Snarker: His default setting, but Gustav Graves knows it's just a performance: "The unjustifiable swagger, the crass quips, the self-defense mechanisms concealing such inadequacy."
- The Hero: Brosnan's Bond was specifically catered to '90s tastes and sensibilities in order appeal to the broadest audience possible (especially women, as the actor already had a built-in female fanbase from Remington Steele), so his 007 was devised as a "sensitive action hero." As a result, Brosnan's Bond became the most romanticnote and the most violentnote in comparison to the other actors. Although Brosnan's average onscreen kill count is the highest in the franchise, revealing a more gentler side to his personality made his 007 more sympathetic and accessible to casual '90s moviegoers.
- Hurting Hero: Throughout the Brosnan films, it's clear that Bond is not a happy man. He doesn't allow himself to dwell on emotional pain for too long, but he nevertheless carries it around with him.
- Hidden Depths: 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.
- Honey Trap: He is under orders from M to "pump" his Old Flame Paris Carver for information about her media mogul husband's organization, which he reluctantly does even though he knows the seduction will put Paris' life in danger.
- Icy Blue Eyes: The instant he slips off his debonair exterior, the Death Glare in his blue eyes is all you need to see in order to know that he means business. Robert Carlyle even makes note of this quality in the "Bond Cocktail" featurette on The World Is Not Enough Blu-Ray.Carlyle: [Brosnan]'s just got that Celtic edge to him, really, and I think he's got that hardness to him [...] ...you can believe that Pierce Brosnan could kill you, actually. He's got something in his eyes.
- It's Personal/Revenge: The villains who get under his skin are Alec Trevelyan, Elektra King, Elliot Carver and Miranda Frost (she's notable in that Bond attempted to shoot her in the head the moment he discovered that she was The Mole in MI6 who betrayed him, but he failed to get his revenge because Miranda jammed the firing mechanism of his gun the night before).
- Jerkass Fašade: Natalya calls him out on it in GoldenEye.Natalya: How can you act like this? How can you be so cold?Bond: It's what keeps me alive.Natalya: No, it's what keeps you alone.
- Kill the Ones You Love: He's the only Bond who has experienced the tragedy of executing a woman he loves, namely Elektra.
- Knight in Sour Armor: He notes in The World Is Not Enough that "Cold-blooded murder is a filthy business." As distasteful as it is to him, he'll do whatever it takes in to get the job done.
- Lack of Empathy: Subverted. Although he seems callously aloof when he takes a life, Trevelyan asks him in GoldenEye "...if all those vodka martinis ever silence the screams of all the men you've killed," which suggests that Bond is haunted by the murders that he has committed. Bond himself mentions in The World Is Not Enough, "I usually hate killing an unarmed man." He is unnerved by the sight of Miranda Frost's corpse, whom he had tried to murder earlier on in Die Another Day because she was The Mole at MI6. Bond isn't the one who is responsible for her death, yet his facial expression leaves no doubt that he finds it unsettling even though he wanted Miranda dead for betraying him.
- Ladykiller in Love: It's downplayed in his case because he wasn't given a romance which was explored as deeply as Tracy di Vicenzo or Vesper Lynd, but his character is nonetheless unique in the original continuity because he falls in love with two women (Paris Carver and Elektra King).
- Lighter and Softer: In comparison to Dalton's Bond, although that doesn't mean he can't be deadly serious.
- Love Hurts: He only permits himself a brief moment to grieve over the corpses of Paris Carver and Elektra King. In both cases, he touches their hair before he must carry on with his mission.
- Loveable Rogue: Closer to this than earlier iterations. Even Valentin Zukovsky can't bring himself to truly screw him over.
- Man Child: More so than any other actor, Brosnan placed greater emphasis on his character being an emotionally stunted man. Bond fears commitment in a romantic relationship because he abandons his girlfriend Paris when he realizes that he's falling in love with her. Witness his childish glee as he "drives" his remote-controlled car during the multi-level parking lot chase scene. After Wai Lin compliments him on his motorcycle skills, his reply invokes this trope: "Well, that comes from not growing up at all." M describes his brand of charisma as "boyish," and Q says "Grow up, 007!" twice in exasperation. Alec asks Bond, "Why can't you just be a good boy and die?", Natalya accuses him of being "boys with toys," and Jinx scoffs, "You're a big boy; I figured you could handle yourself." M even vaguely serves as a maternal figure towards Bond, which further emphasizes his immaturity.
- Master of Your Domain: In Die Another Day, he is able to lower his heart rate to the point where it appeared that he was dying.
- Messy Hair: He was a prisoner in North Korea for 14 months, so naturally his hair becomes untidy and long without any grooming.
- More Dakka: Pierce Brosnan expended more ammunition than all other Bonds combined. When he is in action, he was mostly seen with an automatic weapon.
- Mood Whiplash: The Brosnan films have some of the darkest moments in the entire series; for example, Bond's execution of his own lover Elektra King, and being tortured in North Korea for 14 months. Yet mixed in with this was a dependency on puns and gadgetry.
- Mr. Fanservice: He has at least two Shirtless Scenes per movie, which is not surprising because Brosnan was a very popular sex symbol during The '90s (and it even stretches back to his Remington Steele days in The '80s).
- Nerves of Steel: In GoldenEye, he's surrounded by machine gun fire as he's arming a bomb in the Supervillain Lair, and he simply tilts his head to the left when bullets nearly hit his head, acting as if they're no more a nuisance than a house fly.
- New Old Flame: Paris Carver, whom Bond had dated and dumped at some point before Tomorrow Never Dies because she "got too close for comfort."
- Obfuscating Stupidity: What he normally does. When he drops the act, run like the wind.
- Older Hero vs. Younger Villain: This occurs with Elektra King and Gustav Graves.
- One-Man Army: On average, he kills more people on-screen than any other Bond by a wide margin. His personal kill count in GoldenEye alone was 47, according to this article.
- OOC Is Serious Business:
- Tomorrow Never Dies: After Paris Carver is murdered, Bond calls Elliot Carver by his given name instead of his surname as a sign of disrespect and of how much more personal the conflict between them has become because Bond had truly loved Paris. He had only done this once before with a villain (Alec Trevelyan, who used to be his best friend).
- The World Is Not Enough: He typically slays baddies without a second thought, but he's willing to spare Elektra King's life and simply arrest her if she aborts the Evil Plan because he's still in love with her. Bond even gives Elektra not just one, but three chances to live ("Call him off. I won't ask again; call him off. CALL HIM OFF!!!"), but the Big Bad foolishly ignores his threats.
- Parental Abandonment: GoldenEye was the first film to mention his parents' deaths during a climbing accident when he was a child.
- Pay Evil unto Evil: Subjects this to Elektra King, who had almost killed him in a garrotte chair, shot Zukovsky, imprisoned M, and masterminded the plan to nuke Istanbul.
- Perpetual Frowner: When he's serious.
- Perpetual Smiler: He's usually got a boyish grin on his face... although it's rarely genuine.
- Pre-Mortem One-Liner: Every villain in his movies is dispatched with one. He also delivers an utterly chilling one to the man who murdered Paris Carver in Tomorrow Never Dies.
- Product Placement: Dressed almost exclusively by Brioni (which resulted in a really obvious shot of packaged shirts in Die Another Day).
- Pungeon Master: Q actually tells him off for it in GoldenEye after they blow up a mannequin with an exploding pen.Q: Don't say it!
Bond: ...The writing's on the wall?
Q: Along with the rest of him!
- Reality Ensues: Both his first film and final film open with this trope. In GoldenEye, his Cold War misogynist personality only earns him derision from his female boss. In Die Another Day, he proves incapable of breaking out of a high-security military custody on his own, and only manages to get his freedom back because his superiors trade him with an enemy agent.
- Refuge in Audacity: In Die Another Day, when he tries to check into a fancy Hong Kong hotel looking like he had barely survived a shipwreck. He just struts into the lobby like he owns the place, and pays no heed to the shocked gasps or Disapproving Looks of the guests and staff.
- Rogue Agent: In Die Another Day, he loses his 00 status and becomes a prisoner of MI6 until they can determine just how culpable he was with the information leak that led to the execution of an American agent. Bond manages to escape the British vessel holding him captive, and he operates on his own until M unofficially recruits him to investigate Gustav Graves.
- Rule of Sexy: The producers found excuses to show off Brosnan's Carpet of Virility even outside of bed scenes.
- GoldenEye: Strictly speaking, the first fight scene between Bond and Xenia didn't have to occur near the pool of his hotel, but it did allow for a few Female Gaze shots of him swimming, and in addition to only being dressed in his swimming trunks, he's dripping wet during their confrontation.
- Tomorrow Never Dies: The first few buttons of the blue shirt he wears in Saigon are undone, so much of his chest is exposed. Ditto for the black shirt he sports under his combat vest during the final battle. In fact, Bond displays more skin than Wai Lin throughout the entire movie! This is probably the first time in the franchise where 007 is objectified more than a Bond Girl.
- Die Another Day: There is no valid reason for him to be shirtless during his first scene with M (the doctors had already done a thorough scan on his body some time ago, and Bond was merely resting before M visits him). He later escapes from the warship, and although he's wearing a blue shirt, he doesn't bother to button it even before he enters a posh Hong Kong hotel. For the sake of decorum, you'd expect that Bond would at least cover up his torso.
- Shoot the Dog: Willing to kill former lover Elektra. But then again, she is the villain and had just tried to break his neck.
- Shut Up, Hannibal!: He's fond of throwing the villain's motive rants back in their faces.
- Smoking Is Not Cool: He calls smoking a filthy habit in Tomorrow Never Dies. Besides a cigar in Die Another Day, Brosnan's Bond doesn't indulge in tobacco.
- Technically a Smile: Easily his most frightening expression.
- Tranquil Fury: If a villain's really gotten under his skin, the flippant attitude totally disappears.
- Unkempt Beauty: The make-up department tried to make Brosnan look as unattractive as possible after his character had been imprisoned and beaten up for 14 months, yet the director of Die Another Day undid some of its intended effect by giving the actor a gratuitous Shirtless Scene, so Bond still appears quite healthy (and remains at least somewhat desirable in the eyes of Brosnan's fangirls) in spite of the long-term torture.
- "Well Done, Son!" Guy: There is a quasi-mother/son dynamic between him and M. In Tomorrow Never Dies, he is somewhat mortified when he discovers that M knows about his past sexual encounters (almost like a naughty boy who has been caught by his stern mother), and Bond even tries to defend his promiscuous behaviour with, "That was a long time ago, M, before [Paris] was married." In The World Is Not Enough, M mentions to Elektra King that Bond is her best agent, but she'd never tell him that in person. In Die Another Day, Bond's delivery of "You burn me, and now you want my help" is petulant and resentful, and the hurt he feels towards M for not trusting him earlier is more personal than professional.
- What the Hell Is That Accent?: Brosnan's English accent is... inconsistent to say the least. Having said that, it makes sense for a half-Scottish half-Swiss character who's lived in England for several decades.
- When He Smiles: It's rare, but when he does show a heartfelt smile, oh James...
- Women Are Wiser: He of all people, invokes this when he informs Mr. Stamper, "Never argue with a woman; they're always right" after Wai Lin tosses the detonation fuses to him and insists that Bond complete their mission at the expense of her life. GoldenEye had already established that Brosnan's 007 carries a deep psychological need to Always Save the Girl, so by respecting Wai Lin's wishes, he's also respecting her as a fellow soldier. Relatively speaking, he's more willing to recognize a woman's intelligence than his predecessors, and part of this stems from his greater awareness that he's a Man Child.
- Would Hit a Girl: The flip-side of being portrayed as a more female-friendly 007 is that he can be just as ruthless to a villainess as he is to a villain, so he's more gender-blind as an assassin. He has the dubious distinction of being the only Bond to execute two evil women (Xenia and Elektra), and there would've been a third if Miranda hadn't jammed his gun.
When Daniel Craig was cast as 007, he got a lot of flak from the press. He was blond. He was short.note He wore a life jacket on a speedboat ride to the announcement. A "Craig Not Bond" movement started up. Then Casino Royale (2006) came out, and hardly anyone even remembers the furor anymore. Craig's interpretation of 007 is often regarded as a successor to Dalton's.
- The Alcoholic: Just like the novel counterpart, he drinks far too much. On average, Craig's Bond consumes the most alcohol per movie in comparison to his cinematic predecessors.
- Ambiguously Bi: His first conversation with Silva in Skyfall seems to indicate he swings both ways. Kind of. It's delivered with Bond's signature snarkiness and usage of double entendres. Word of God (namely actor Daniel Craig) says that his version of Bond would be willing to "use" men in the same way he uses women.
- Badass: He walks straight in the front door of enemy strongholds to capture targets, engineers ironic deaths for a number of his enemies, and jumps 50 feet into moving trains only to stop for a second to straighten his cuff-links.
- Badass Beard: In Skyfall, where he keeps the Beard of Sorrow for a while after coming back to MI6.
- Badass Driver: In the tradition of his predecessors.
- Beard of Sorrow: Grows one in Skyfall.
- Berserk Button: Destroying the things he cares about. In Casino Royale (2006), it's the death of Vesper Lynd. In Skyfall, it's his Aston Martin DB5.
- Blue Blood: Skyfall reveals his family owned a large estate in Scotland, complete with an Old Retainer.
- Bond One-Liner: Lampshaded in Quantum of Solace when M realizes exactly what Bond means when he says someone was a Dead End.
- Brave Scot: Fleming was so impressed by Connery that he canonically established Bond as a Scot. Skyfall confirms on screen that Bond was born in Scotland.
- Bruiser with a Soft Center: Despite a rough exterior, Daniel Craig's Bond still has a human side, as expressed with Vesper, Mathis and Camille.
- Byronic Hero: 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.
- Cartwright Curse: None of the named women he sleeps with survive the whole movie. Madeleine Swann becomes the first in SPECTRE, since Lucia Sciarra's fate is unknown.
- The Charmer: He is capable of seduction at will.
- Combat Pragmatist: Notably so. No Bond fights fair, but Craig's employs everything from knives to nail guns to fire extinguishers. Probably reaches its apogee in Quantum of Solace, 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.
- Conveniently an Orphan: One of the major reasons he got recruited, according to M.
- Cool Car: Has them in spades, more notably the modern Aston Martin DBS V12, and the classic Aston Martin DB5.
- Cowboy Cop: He ignores any orders he doesn't like.
- Darker and Edgier: Unlike his bubblier predecesors, he's a Byronic Hero with an even bigger penchant for revenge, much colder and more methodical.
- Dark and Troubled Past: Lost his parents at a young age, only to soon be recruited by MI-6 as a potential field agent.
- Dented Iron: In Skyfall.
- Drowning My Sorrows: Drinks heavily in Skyfall after falling into a depression over M abandoning him.
- Four-Temperament Ensemble: Melancholic.
- Genius Bruiser
- Guile Hero
- Heartbroken Badass: After Vesper dies in Casino Royale.
- Heroic Build: An extremely muscular man, as his numerous shirtless scenes can attest.
- Hurting Hero: Loses numerous friends, family and lovers over the course of his career.
- Honey Trap: Seduces Solange Dimitrios to get info on her assassin husband in Casino Royale (2006), and then paper pusher Strawberry Fields to keep MI-6 off his back in Quantum of Solace.
- Icy Blue Eyes: Which make him look even more stoic/cold-blooded, just like the literary version.
- It's Personal
- Jack-of-All-Stats: He's athletic, but can't match the skills of his quarry and has to use his brain, working the environment, to make up the difference. Also in Spectre, while he is remarkably strong, he comes nowhere near Mr Hinx.
- Knight in Sour Armor: 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.
- Ladykiller in Love: He's ready to give up everything he's ever known (including his career at MI6) in order to start a new life with Vesper Lynd, the love of his life.
- Made of Iron: 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.
- Manly Tears: The only Bond to date to shed tears onscreen, in response to the death of M, the closest thing he had to a mother left in this world.
- More Dakka: Uses a Heckler and Koch UMP in Quantum of Solace and the 500 Nito Express hunting rifle in Skyfall
- Mr. Fanservice: Has a surprising amount of Shirtless Scenes. Also lampshaded in Casino Royale (2006).Vesper: I'll be keeping my eyes on the money, and off your perfectly formed arse.
Bond: You noticed.
Vesper: Even accountants have imaginations.
- One-Man Army: Especially in his later films. Almost to Pierce Brosnan levels.
- Parental Abandonment: In Skyfall, we see the gravestone of his parents, Andrew Bond and Monique Delacroix, who passed away when he was a child.
- Perpetual Frowner: Even when he smiles, he looks unhappy.
- Platonic Life Partners: With his boss M (Judi Dench).
- Professional Killer: More so than the previous incarnations, there is a greater emphasis during the Craig era that murder is just a normal—even mundane—part of his job. The front cover of GQ's Nov. 2012 issue◊ dubbed his Bond as "The Hitman" for this very reason.
- Rated M for Manly: One of the manliest Bonds after Sean Connery.
- Roaring Rampage of Revenge
- Rogue Agent: Briefly in Quantum of Solace.
- Screw the Rules, I'm Doing What's Right
- Sociopathic Hero: Especially in Casino Royale (2006).
- The Stoic: His Bond is more emotionally reserved than in other incarnations.
- Turn in Your Badge: Subverted. Bond just ignores orders he doesn't like.
- Undying Loyalty: To Judi Dench's M; he follows her orders even after she's dead and goes behind Mallory's back to do so.
- What Have I Become?: 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.
- Vigilante Man: He has shades of this.
- When He Smiles: Near the end of Casino Royale (2006).
Supporting CharactersThe books and movies have several recurring characters, many of whom appear in every installment.
MJames Bond's boss, the head of MI6. Played by four different actors to this day, Bernard Lee (1962-1979), Robert Brown (1983-1989), Judi Dench (1995-2012), and Ralph Fiennes (2015-).
- Alliterative Name: The original M was (Admiral Sir) Miles Messervy.
- All There in the Manual: 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 when he was about to say it out loud was, "Utter one more syllable and I'll have you killed"). A prop from the end of Skyfall reveals that her name is Olivia Mansfield.
- Anyone Can Die: Judi Dench's M at the end of Skyfall.
- Bait-and-Switch Tyrant: Mallory at first seems like a Jerkass Obstructive Bureaucrat, then proves himself to be a Badass Reasonable Authority Figure near the end of the film, paving the way for him to become the new M.
- Badass: 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 kidnapped in The World Is Not Enough.
- Boyish Short Hair: In the case of Dench's M, her hairstyle represents the suppression of her femininity in order to succeed in a male-dominated field. She even tells Bond in The World Is Not Enough that her job requires her to ignore her maternal instincts. She keeps the short hair in the Craig era, but by then it has more to do with the fact that Dench is in her late 70's.
- The Chains of Commanding: Judi Dench's version needs to make the hard decisions, no matter what her personal feelings are. Best exemplified in The World Is Not Enough when she ignores her maternal-like connection to Elektra King and uses the younger woman twice as bait to try to catch the terrorist Renard, and in Skyfall when she orders Eve to take a shot that endangers Bond's life.
- Code Name: M.
- Colonel Badass: Gareth Mallory, who was a Lt. Colonel in the SAS and survived torture at the hands of the IRA during The Troubles.
- Cool Old Lady: Judi Dench's take on the character.
- Damsel in Distress: M is imprisoned in the appropriately-named Maiden's Tower in The World Is Not Enough, and Bond must rescue his boss from Elektra's clutches.
- Dark Secret: In The World Is Not Enough, M is so ashamed over how she handled Elektra King's kidnapping that she sealed Elektra's file so that no one else can access it. When Bond requests the classified information as an employee, M flatly refuses with a stern warning ("I will not tolerate insubordination, 007"), so he resorts to using their implicit mother-son relationship (the gentle way he asks, "What happened?") before she willingly discloses a painful part of her past.
- Deadpan Snarker: Bernard Lee's M can really get in some good jabs when he wants to. Judi Dench's as well.
- Expy: of Rear Admiral John Godfrey, commanding officer of the Royal Naval Intelligence Division during World War II.
- Foil: In The World Is Not Enough, M and Elektra King are powerful women who have very different ways of exercising control within a patriarchal system. Elektra overuses her femininity to manipulate the men around her, whereas M suppresses her femininity to maintain her authority over her employees (especially male chauvinists like Bond); when handling Elektra's kidnapping, M even explicitly states that she went against her instincts as a mother.
- Frontline General: While not getting directly involved, Bernard Lee would often set up a field office not too far from where Bond was working. Judi Dench also got into scrapes a couple times, and fully embraced by Gareth Mallory, who is involved in numerous actions during his tenure.
- Hero Antagonist: Robert Brown becomes this in Licence to Kill when he tries to stop a rogue and increasingly reckless Bond.
- Imperial Stormtrooper Marksmanship Academy: Judi Dench's M is, by her own admission, a terrible shot.
- Iron Lady: Judi Dench's M, in the Daniel Craig movies in particular as his Bond is more "wild" than Pierce Brosnan's, and therefore she has to be more stern with the former in order to try to keep him under control.
- It's Personal: Bond accuses M of this in The World Is Not Enough, as she was a very close friend of Sir Robert.Bond: I brought the money in that killed King.
M: Don't make this personal.
Bond: I'm not; are you?
- Legacy Character:
- The first M (Admiral Sir Miles Messervy) was Bernard Lee. As he died before For Your Eyes Only, 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 Octopussy, Robert Brown is the new M (possibly Admiral Hargreaves, the government official Brown played in The Spy Who Loved Me).
- In GoldenEye, Judi Dench took over the role (inspired by the MI6 being led by a woman at the time), and remained there in the Daniel Craig years despite the Continuity Reboot.
- Dench dies in Skyfall, but in the film's ending, Gareth Mallory (Ralph Fiennes) becomes the new M.
- Moment Killer: Bernard Lee's M constantly interrupts Bond and Moneypenny's flirting.
- Noodle Incident: In From Russia with Love M and Moneypenny are listening to an audio recording sent to them by Bond. When Bond starts to mention an embarrassing incident involving M in Tokyo, M immediately pauses the recording and dismisses Moneypenny from the room.
- Obstructive Bureaucrat: Robert Brown in Licence to Kill, who places following orders over Bond's personal vendetta.
- Parental Substitute: Judi Dench takes on a motherly Tough Love role to Bond throughout the Daniel Craig years. This is also present to a lesser extent during the Pierce Brosnan era, where M mentions to Elektra King that Bond is her best agent, but she'd never tell him that in person. As a close friend of Sir Robert King, M is a maternal figure towards his daughter Elektra (whose mother had passed away some years ago before the events of The World Is Not Enough).
- Prophetic Name: Besides possibly Hargreaves, all of the canonical people holding the title have last names and sometimes first names as well starting with "M."
- Punny Name: Dench's M "Olivia Mansfield" appears to be a pun on "I live in a man's field."
- Reasonable Authority Figure: Especially Bernard Lee's M, often doing all he can to give Bond the elbow room he needs. For instance, in Moonraker, after Bond ends up embarrassing both him and Frederick Gray, M is forced to take Bond off the case until he produces a vial of the gas he recovered in Drax's laboratory. M decides to give him a two-week leave of absence in order to pursue a lead in Rio.
- Spell My Name with a Blank: Eventually his full name was revealed, but at first it was given as M*** M***.
- Took a Level in Jerkass: Robert Brown in Licence to Kill, who was very abrupt and harsh with Bond when he confronts him in Florida about the neglect of his duties, due to his vendetta, showing No Sympathy towards Felix's tragedy and criticizes Bond for lack of professionalism and objectivism. Brown also treats Moneypenny slightly poorly then before, criticizing her for making typing errors and placing her personal feelings for Bond over his status as a Rogue Agent.
- Vitriolic Best Buds: Lee's M and Connery's Bond, for all their bickering, were still clearly friends (to the point that they once apparently wingmanned for each other in Japan). This is most obvious in Thunderball, where M repeatedly defends Bond in front of his doubting superiors.
- Walking Spoiler: It's impossible to talk about Mallory without mentioning that Judi Dench's M dies in Skyfall, and he inherits her position afterwards.
Miss MoneypennyM'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-).
- Action Girl: Harris' Moneypenny was an MI6 field agent who worked along side Bond before she decided to take a desk job as Mallory's secretary.
- Badass: Graduates to this in Skyfall, where she starts out as a field operative.
- Boyish Short Hair: Samantha Bond's character sports this hairstyle in all of the Brosnan era movies besides GoldenEye.
- Composite Character: The book incarnations of Moneypenny and Mary Goodnight were combined to create the film version of the former. Goodnight was the secretary of the 00 section, and most of the film Moneypenny's flirtation with Bond comes from his interaction with Goodnight in the books.
- The Cutie: Caroline Bliss's Moneypenny, helped by the fact that she has blond hair and is a Meganekko.
- Deadpan Snarker: Especially the Lois Maxwell version on when Bond flirts with her.
- Expy: of Second Officer Monday, Rear Admiral Godfrey's secretary.
- Old Retainer: Lois played Moneypenny all the way from Dr. No to A View to a Kill.
- Race Lift: The new Moneypenny in Skyfall, played by Naomie Harris.
- Retired Badass: The Naomie Harris incarnation of Moneypenny decides that she isn't cut out for field work after the events of Skyfall, so she takes a transfer to become M's secretary.
- Sassy Secretary: The original and the best.
- Sexy Secretary: Seeing how often Bond flirts with her/them.
- She Cleans Up Nicely: In GoldenEye, Bond compliments her black evening dress, calling it "lovely" and pondering if she's "dressed to kill."
- And again in ''Skyfall, telling her "you look beautiful in that dress".
- Sleeps with Everyone but You: Bond happily seduces any semi-attractive woman... except for Moneypenny.
- Smoking Is Not Cool: In The World Is Not Enough, Bond gives her a cigar as a souvenir from his trip to Bilbao; the first thing she does is toss it in the garbage can.
- Took a Level in Badass: Her interpretation in Skyfall shows her outside of the office for the first time, and then some.
- UST: With Bond, much to her dismay. Although in GoldenEye, Moneypenny goes to work after a date, and states she can sue Bond for sexual harassment.
- Given the very potent Did They or Didn't They? scene between them in Skyfall, it might not be so unresolved after all. And if it is, it might be to his dismay rather than hers—notice that he's trying to undress her at one point before she slaps his hand away, and he is visibly jealous in Spectre (after another Did They or Didn't They? scene) when he calls her and he realizes that she has a gentleman visitor.
QCodename for "Quartermaster." He is the man who gives Bond all those wonderful toys. Played by Peter Burton in Dr. No, before being played by Desmond Llewelyn for a very long time—1963 to 1999, in seventeen of the eighteen pictures released during that time.note When Llewelyn died in 1999, the character had already retired in The World Is Not Enough and one of his subordinates became the new Q, played by John Cleese, in Die Another Day. The character did not appear in Casino Royale (2006), nor did he in Quantum of Solace. He was reintroduced in Skyfall, this time played by a much younger actor, Ben Whishaw.
- Adorkable: Unlike his cantankerous predecessors, Whishaw's Q has a polite, quiet demeanour and a preppy fashion sense which make him cute and geeky.
- Action Survivor: Downplayed but still present in Spectre, with him going into the field himself to assist Bond, also putting himself at risk (not that he knew it at the time) and uses nothing but his wits to escape the SPECTRE agents pursuing him. Later in the film, he even accompanies M, Tanner and Moneypenny to stop Denbigh's plans.
- Ascended Extra: Ben Whishaw's Q does considerably more than just give Bond his gadgets.
- Boring but Practical: Q in Skyfall provides James with much more mundane (but still effective) weapons for espionage, dismissing the old Q's classic exploding pens with "We don't really go in for that anymore."
- Brainy Brunet: As portrayed by Ben Whishaw.
- Break the Haughty: In Skyfall, Silva shows Q that he's not quite as smart as he thinks he is.
- Catch Phrase:"Now, pay attention, 007""Now this, I'm particularly proud of""Grow up, 007!" (Brosnan years)
- Code Name: Q is code for Quartermaster.
- Deadpan Snarker: Ben Whishaw especially. He consistently snarks at Bond and stealthily castigates him for returning most of his equipment in pieces.
- Expy: Of Charles Fraser-Smith, Gadgeteer Genius for the Special Operations Executive during World War II.
- Gadgeteer Genius: He's the one who gives MI6 all of their gadgets.
- Hollywood Hacking: Ben Whishaw's Q specialty in addition to giving Bond his gadgets.
- Hollywood Nerd: As played by Ben Whishaw. The producers had simply placed Nerd Glasses on an attractive actor, which is why Whishaw's Q has a throng of fangirls in Real Life.
- In-Series Nickname: When introduced to the John Cleese Q and told he'll shortly be replacing the Desmond Llewelyn one, James immediately brands him "R." He was even listed with that name in the credits and a few other pieces of related media before being given the title Q in Die Another Day.
- Insufferable Genius: In 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) gadgets instead.
- Just a Kid: Bond's opinion of the new Q in Skyfall.
- Kindhearted Cat Lover: In Spectre, Q reminds Bond that he'd prefer not to be fired because he has a mortgage and two cats to feed.
- Legacy Character: 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.
- Mad Scientist: He shows elements of this occasionally.
- Meaningful Name: Refers to "Q-devices," the Special Operations Executive's technical term for spy gadgets, which in turn refers to "Q-ships," the disguised warships the Royal Navy used to protect supply convoys from German submarines during World War I.
- Mission Control: In Skyfall. He operates the majority of MI6's computers and verbally guides the agents through their missions from afar.
- Mr. Fixit: When a piece of equipment is broken, it's Q who repairs it, although not without plenty of snarking at the agents responsible for said brokenness.
- No Badass to His Valet: Young Q is very nonchalant and snarky around Bond, showing no fear or hesitation to reprimand him for destroying equipment. He even snatches weapons right out of Bond's hands, who responds with little more than a raised eyebrow and amused smirk.
- Not So Above It All: Ben Whishaw's Q is this per his character development in Spectre. With him cracking some jokes at Bond regarding his often-destroyed equipments.
- Not So Different: 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.
- Old Retainer: Desmond Llewelyn's Q was the sole element that made the transition from the classic Cold War-era films to the Brosnan films.
- Passing the Torch: In The World Is Not Enough, Llewelyn's Q retires and appoints Cleese's "R" as his successor.
- Shoe Phone: The reason James is the single most well-known user of such items seen in countless parodies. Listing all the inventions he's given James disguised as innocuous items would take up the whole page.
- The Smart Guy: In Skyfall. He designs all of the agents' gadgets, runs MI6's Mission Control, and tells Bond point-blankly that he can destroy someone's life without getting out of his pajamas in the morning.
- The Stoic: Whishaw's Q typically doesn't show much emotion, and even when he does panic (like in Skyfall where he mutters, "Oh shit, shit, shit, shit. He hacked us"), his reaction is still fairly muted considering how urgent the situation has become.
- Snark-to-Snark Combat: Any scene they share with Bond.
- Teeth-Clenched Teamwork: He and Bond argue quite a bit, but Q's gadgets have saved Bond at least once a movie.
- Too Clever by Half: Ben Whishaw's Q in Skyfall, whose arrogance brings tragic results. Possibly because he's so young and inexperienced.
- Vitriolic Best Buds: Llewelyn's Q and Bond really do care about each other, as seen in On Her Majesty's Secret Service, Licence to Kill, and The World Is Not Enough. 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."
Felix LeiterBond's friend in the C.I.A.
- An Arm and a Leg: He gets his leg fed to a shark in Licence to Kill. 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.
- Black and White Morality: 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 working with Greene in Quantum of Solace.
- Deadpan Snarker: David Hedison and Jeffrey Wright.
- Friend on the Force: In Diamonds Are Forever and Live and Let Die.
- Handicapped Badass: In the later novels, after being partially eaten by a shark in Live and Let Die.
- Hero of Another Story: Most notably in Diamonds Are Forever and Licence to Kill.
- Overshadowed by Awesome: 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 Licence to Kill and the Daniel Craig films, however.
- Race Lift: Beginning with Casino Royale, Felix is black, whereas he was white before (although he had also been black in the "unofficial" Never Say Never Again).
- Spotlight-Stealing Squad: Notably averted. Since the producers didn't want him to become an Ensemble Darkhorse (for American audiences especially), they deliberately recast the role in every film he appeared in (except for Licence to Kill, where a familiar Leiter was considered crucial for the story to work).
- Trauma Conga Line: In Licence to Kill, 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.
- Unseen Character: Leiter is mentioned, but not seen in Spectre.
Bill TannerM's Chief of Staff in the MI6.
- British Stuffiness: As played by James Villiers in For Your Eyes Only, Tanner was really, really stuffy. The way he hands his assignment to Bond in the film makes M look rather warm in comparison.
- Butt Monkey: A mild one in the Craig films.
- Number Two: As Chief of Staff, he's the second in command to M in the MI6.
- Only Friend: Bond's only friend in the novels. Never quite reaches that level in the films, although they're on good terms in the Brosnan years, and in Spectre, they are close enough to have honest conversations about the controversial intelligence reorganization.
Charles RobinsonAn MI6 agent who assists M in Tomorrow Never Dies, The World Is Not Enough and Die Another Day.
- Canon Foreigner: His character was created for Tomorrow Never Dies when Michael Kitchen (who had portrayed Bill Tanner during the Brosnan years) became unavailable.
- First Name Basis: He and Bond call each other by their given names.
- The Stoic: He is always calm and controlled.
- Tall, Dark and Handsome: Very much so, to the point where many fans of the Brosnan era and Pierce Brosnan himself supported Colin Salmon as a possible replacement for Brosnan after the latter was let go from the franchise. However, the Bond producers weren't willing to consider a non-Caucasian actor for the role of 007.
- Token Minority: He was the only notable non-white employee at MI6 during the Brosnan era.
General Anatol Gogol
General Anatol GogolThe head of the KGB in The Spy Who Loved Me, Moonraker, For Your Eyes Only, Octopussy, and A View to a Kill. In his final appearance in The Living Daylights the character has become a post-Glasnost envoy in the Foreign Service and was succeeded by General Pushkin.
- Da Chief: On the Soviet side.
- Friendly Enemy: He shows this relationship with M in The Spy Who Loved Me, to Bond and Amasova's bewilderment.
- General Ripper: Averted. In Octopussy Gogol wants to avoid going to war with the West, insisting that "world socialism will be achieved peacefully."
- Graceful Loser: Subverted in For Your Eyes Only. 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.
- Reasonable Authority Figure: Almost all of his appereances have him supporting Bond and the MI6.
- Teeth-Clenched Teamwork: With MI6 in The Spy Who Loved Me.
- Worthy Opponent: In For Your Eyes Only he accepts to buy the film's MacGuffin from the Big Bad, but after the villain is killed and Bond destroys the MacGuffin, he simply shrugs it off and walks along his merry way.
- Your Cheating Heart: He is almost always fooling around with his secretary. In tie-in material, it is stated that he has a wife.