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Commander James Bond / Agent 007James Bond actors each had a different version of the character, often quite different than Ian Fleming's Bond. An overall discussion of the whole character of Bond is a subject that has had entire books dedicated to it.
The Character in General
M: Tell me what you know of James Bond.An intelligence officer in the British Secret Intelligence Service, commonly known as MI6, and Royal Naval Reserve Commander, also known by his code number, 007. The "double-O" prefix indicates his discretionary licence to kill in the performance of his duties.
Miranda Frost: He's a Double-O, 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 Double-O, 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.
- Action Hero: He is perhaps the Cultured Badass of cinema and one of the biggest in literature.
- 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 remained essentially a functional sociopath, although he did become more and more likable as the books go on. Even the more embarassing early Bond films are more heroic than their story inspiration, who can be summed up as a troubled, grim assassin than the suave, charming superspy in the films.
- Anti-Hero: Bond does have moral values, but given the job requires being ruthless and the license to kill lets him go scot free...
- Badass Baritone: Pierce Brosnan being the only exception.
- Badass Driver: One of cinema and literature's best and most iconic.
- Badass in Distress: He's captured and bound or held at gunpoint at least once every movie or book, 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.
- Badass Longcoat: He sometimes wear coats.
- Bond One-Liner: Well, yeah. He's the Trope Namer after all.
- Born Lucky: How else can you describe a man who has only been shot twice in the entire film canon.
- 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.
- Chick Magnet: The ladies just can't resist him.
- Code Name: 007. "00" means he has a licence to kill.
- 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.
- Cool Car: They all have their trademark wheels. See the actors' respective pages for more of them.
- Cultured Badass: From a rich family and educated in some very elite private schools, yet also able to save the world, burn entire criminal organisations to the ground, face entire private armies armed with only a handgun and deliver constant one-liners 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 had a tendency to destroy public property while on their missions.
- Drink Order: He really loves his vodka martinis — shaken, not stirred. His second-favourite drink is Bollinger champagne. Daniel Craig's Bond's favorite drink, the Vesper cocktail, comes right from the Casino Royale novel.
- 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, shoot or betray anyone if it helps his mission any further. However, he sometimes feels very uncomfortable killing in cold blood, especially in the books.
- The Hero: One of cinema's top 3, according to the American Film Institute.
- Improbable Aiming Skills: Each of the Bonds is a crack marksman: The Literary Bond lands a headshot on a speeding car with his PPK and is the second best shot in MI6, 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 initially comes off as being cold, misogynistic, brutal and snarky. But he has saved the world more than once, demonstrates a strong sense of justice, and is very protective of his friends or lovers.
- May–December Romance: A lot of the actresses playing the Bond Girls are younger than over a decade than the actors playing Bond.
- 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. In total, he has killed 362 people up to Skyfall.
- Overt Operative: Bond is not exactly subtle about his methods of carrying out a mission. This is seen especially in the films, due to Rule of Cool.
- Largely averted by the novels, where Bond is pretty subtle and stealthy most of the time, and never really does anything too over the top in public.
- Phrase Catcher: "Oh, James!" is generally said by any woman about to sleep with him.
- 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.
- Protagonist Title: Played with. The entire film franchise is named after him, but many films are subtitled.
- 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 and recent movies. Bond is intelligent, charismatic and manipulative with his courtship of women ranging from romantic to potential rape at worst (in Goldfinger, Bond's sexual encounter with Pussy Galore begins with him throwing her into a hay bale then getting on top of her and kissing her despite her saying "no" several times). 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 .32 ACP, while Moore, Lazenby and Craig opted for the .380 ACP version. In Octopussy and Never Say Never Again, both Roger Moore and Sean Connery carried the 9x19mm Walther P5. Later in Tomorrow Never Dies, Brosnan's Bond gets a brand new 9x19mm 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.
- You Are Number 6: He is referred to as 007 by M.
James Bond (Literary)
"But you're different, right? Saving the world three times before lunch..."First appearing in Casino Royale, Fleming's Bond is very different to what modern readers would expect. Compared to the suave superspy of the films, he is a ruthless, cold Professional Killer first and foremost, more willing to be violent and does not always have the best attitudes to race or women. Yet, he eventually grows more and more heroic as the books go on, especially with the later writers.Fleming's Bond is notable for his distinct physical appearance, with black hair, blue eyes, a three-inch scar on his right cheek and a comma of hair that is always present.
— Pussy Galore, Trigger Mortis
- Action Hero: One of the biggest in literature. He burns entire criminal organizations to the ground, made SPECTRE and SMERSH crap their pants, takes on entire private armies by himself, fights a giant squid and wins, is one of the scariest hitmen in fictional history, will win every single card game even when drunk and drugged, gives crime lords spectacular deaths and is strong enough to stab a whole plane window hard enough to shatter. By the time of From Russia with Love, he's considered to be one of the most dangerous threats to SMERSH and a hero to everyone in MI6.
- The Alcoholic: Holy nutballs. He's constantly seen drinking an alcoholic beverage in every appearance, and likes to mix coffee or water with alcohol. By the end of Fleming's run, he's consumed over 1150 alcohol units◊, including martinis, beer, whisky, bourbon, cocktails, gin and champagne. A tragic example comes in You Only Live Twice, where Bond goes completely off the rails after Tracy's death, drunkenly wandering about London, thinking irrationally and getting multiple hangovers on a daily basis.
- Anti-Hero: At least in Casino Royale. As the series progresses and becomes more like the films with the subsequent continuation authors, Bond becomes more of the traditional heroic character.
- Author Avatar: Of Ian Fleming, who was a Royal Naval Intelligence Division officer during World War II. This is referenced in the miniseries Fleming: The Man Who Would Be Bond, which details Fleming's military career, by Ann O'Neill (Lara Pulver):Ann O'Neill: Is that why he has your golf handicap and your taste in vodka?
- Badass Bookworm: His job requires him to read through files of any topic that might be of use in or is related to his mission. As a result, he's already quite knowledgeable on a very wide range of subjects, from firearms to heraldry, and is constantly learning new information over each book.
- Badass in a Nice Suit: He's often seen in a tuxedo or a dark blue tropical suit◊, which he wears a black knitted tie with.
- Bad Liar: As good as an assassin he is, his cover stories are pretty terrible and often get demolished very quickly. Even in On Her Majesty's Secret Service, where he has to go undercover for extended periods of time, he struggles in keeping the facade of an upper-class baronet and one unlucky moment blows it right in front of Blofeld.
- Berserk Button: The deaths of people close to him, Secret Service members or innocent civilians will get him angry.
- Blessed with Suck: Bond's feelings on being a 00— it's a high tension job filled with physical hardship.
- Brave Scot: He's half Scottish, as You Only Live Twice reveals, and his family had their roots in Scotland.
- Broken Pedestal: He suffers from this after Sir Hugo von Drax, a national hero and millionaire Bond admired and got along well with, confirms himself to be a psychopathic maniac by casually ramming a passing Alfa Romeo and killing its 19 year old driver while trying to evade Bond in a car chase.
- The Brute: Although he is a good guy, he can be this at times. He's got a rather hot temper, is very well-built and is extremely good at unarmed or melee combat. He's also occasionally rude to most of his co-workers and enjoys irritating his secretary and M.
- Cool Car: Several. He famously owned a battleship-grey Bentley 4.5 litre with a supercharger. When it gets written off in Moonraker during a car chase, Bond switches to other vehicles. Probably the coolest of these was the Aston Martin DB Mark III in Goldfinger, which included switches to change the colours of head and rear lights, reinforced steel bumpers for ramming, a radio tracker for stalking Goldfinger's car and Bond's Colt Single Action Army in a trick compartment under the driver's seat.
- Cold Sniper: He remains silent while sniping and constantly focuses on trying to kill his targets. However, unlike other examples of the trope, Bond is uncomfortable with sniping missions due to his distaste for having to kill in cold blood.
- Consummate Professional: He tends to put his mission first and foremost over having sex with the Bond Girl, unless it's part of the mission itself. Particularly, in Dr. No, he successfully resists all temptation to bang Honey while she's cheerfully trying to seduce him.
- Cursed with Awesome: Bond's life of beautiful willing women who don't want relationships. And when they do, it ends badly.
- Defrosting Ice Queen: In Casino Royale, Bond is incredibly uptight and serious, with Vesper noting how he goes back to being cold as soon as he lets a hint of emotion show. Bond does begin to lighten up after spending time with Vesper, but after her death he starts to slip back into his old personality. Once Moonraker rolls around, though, Bond begins to be considerably more warm and emotional, even showing anger when Drax murders an innocent bystander during a car chase. Over the course of the series Bond opens up more and by On Her Majesty's Secret Service, he shows that he is just as capable as loving someone as any other person.
- Determinator: No matter how much pain he's in, no matter what faces him and no matter what happens to him, he'll keep on going until his mission is complete.
- Early Installment Weirdness: In his very first outing in the literary version of Casino Royale, Bond is selected for the mission not because of how badass he is - though he is clearly a skilled agent - but because he is the Service's best gambler; the objective is to bankrupt a Soviet agent at the baccarat table to force him to turn informant for Britain in exchange for protection from his irate masters.
- The Gambler: He's introduced as the Service's best gambler in Casino Royale, and he's an extremely talented one at that. Bond is interested in anything to do with cards, visits casinos several times and is terrifyingly good at card games-in Moonraker, he single-handedly sets up a trap for Drax to fall into by taking advantage of the current situation.
- Go-to Alias: In John Gardner's novels, Bond often uses the alias of 'James Boldman'.
- Handgun: Although he's used many other weapons, Bond is often seen with his trusty sidearm, which varies from writer to writer.
- Fleming originally gave him a .25 Beretta 418, until advice from Major Boothroyd lead Bond to obtain his signature .32 PPK in Dr. No, although Bond initially took a .38 Centennial Airweight to Crab Key before losing it, later using a standard .38 S&W during the climax. Fleming also has him keep a Colt Single Action Army for attacking vehicles during car chases. In "From a View to a Kill", Bond is armed with a Colt 1911 during a stakeout.
- When John Gardner took over, he equipped Bond with a FN 1903, thanks to the PPK being withdrawn from police service after a kidnapping attempt on Princess Anne in 1974, as her bodyguard's PPK jammed when he tried to intervene. After criticism from fans for choosing a very old pistol, Gardner had Bond using a HK VP70 for the next 2 novels until finally settling on the ASP 9mm. Bond also keeps a .44 Ruger Super Redhawk in place of the Colt SAA.
- Raymond Benson had Bond switching between his signature PPK and the Walther P99. Appropriately, the PPK was used for covert missions, while the P99 was used during missions that did not require concealment.
- Anthony Horowitz briefly arms him with a Remington 1911 in Trigger Mortis, as a present from the FBI when Bond arrives in the US.
- Jeffery Deaver gives him the Walther PPK's modern successor, the Walther PPS, chambered in .40 S&W in Carte Blanche.
- 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) or, in the books, killing in cold blood.
- Hitman with a Heart: At the core, Bond is just an assassin sponsored by his government. However, he never kills in cold blood, will try and protect anyone who gets caught up in his dangerous adventures and can be kind and caring to others. One of the most prominent examples of this trope is in Trigger Mortis, where Bond confronts a terrified, nineteen year old security guard responsible for burying him alive. Bond punches him in the throat, seemingly killing him, but in fact knocked him unconscious at the last minute, as the boy had a wife, ailing mother and six-month-old son back in Queens.
- Icy Blue Eyes: One of his most defining physical features, alongside the black comma of hair and the scar on his cheek.
- Immune to Drugs: According to the medical report in Thunderball, when Bond is not engaged in strenuous duty, he consumes half a bottle of spirits between 60 and 70 proof a day. And he smokes 60 cigarettes a day (of a higher nicotine content than standard cigarettes).
- In Harm's Way: He finds common office work boring, and assignments that put him in mortal danger exciting.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: After being basically a Jerkass on the side of the good guys on his first two appearances, he gets better in Moonraker, where he begins to develop into a hero and is willing to work with Gala Brand despite their differences, as well as wishing her luck with her actual fiancé at the end. Diamonds Are Forever has Bond acting gentlemanly to Tiffany Case, caring heavily about his friends and innocent people and saving a manicurist from getting fired. In Dr. No, he's arguably at his most heroic, being kind to Honey, wanting to stop Dr. No's plan at all costs, feeling sadness at the deaths of Strangways and his secretary and treating Quarrel and the other Jamaicans as equals. Throughout Thunderball, he's absolutely sweet with Domino and even begs to see her when injured and in hospital. And of course, there's On Her Majesty's Secret Service, with him falling head over heels for Tracy. Even in Goldfinger, where he's considerably more cynical and rude, he's openly caring to the Masterton sisters (even giving Jill one thousand dollars for herself), admires Pussy Galore for being a female gangster and horrified at the damage caused by the nerve gas to the town around Fort Knox. Trigger Mortis, meanwhile, has him parting on good terms with Pussy Galore. He also willingly lets her go back to America with Logan Fairfax, a sharp contrast to the rather homophobic attitudes he held during the events of Goldfinger.
- Jerkass: Started off as one before becoming more likeable from Moonraker onwards. In Casino Royale, he's extremely misogynistic, briefly musing that women are only good for sex, is incredibly icy and goes a huge internal Stay in the Kitchen rant during a car chase; Live and Let Die has Bond being quite racist to blacks.
- Knight in Sour Armor: He's always willing to save the world and fight against the supervillains he faces, but he's cynical from the constant death and trauma he faces, as well as the darker sides of his work. This aspect is particularly strong in Goldfinger, where he broods on brutally killing a Mexican hitman, the amounts of deaths happening around the world every second and the value of human life in the beginning.
- Ladykiller in Love: Falls absolutely in love with both Vesper Lynd and Countess Teresa di Vincenzo. Sadly, both don't end well. Smaller examples of this are with Tiffany Case and Pussy Galore, who he lives with. However, he broke up with both of them eventually.
- Made of Iron: He tanks a lot of damage frequently. He's has his groin flogged with a carpet beater, burned, attacked by a giant squid, stomped on with football boots, electrocuted, poisoned, shot with his own Beretta, tortured and suffered various nasty falls throughout Fleming's run. Of course, he's soon back up and running for the next mission.
- McNinja: In You Only Live Twice, Bond receives training in ninjutsu before taking on Dr. Shatterhand, and is even given a full ninja uniform, Bo staff and Kusari-fundo to assist him in his mission.
- My Greatest Failure: Bond's distant relationship with his late son and only (known) child, James Suzuki. In the novel for You Only Live Twice, Kissy Suzuki doesn't reveal that she's pregnant, but over the course of 30 years, as revealed in the 1997 short story "Blast from the Past", Bond learns of James' existence and would occasionally send money to support them, and paid for James' college education, but he wasn't really present in his son's life. James Jr. is murdered by Bond's old enemy Irma Bunt, who also had a hand in killing his wife Tracy but escaped. When Bond finally kills her, for his own sake he focuses on cherishing the revenge rather than dwelling on how his life prevented him from being a father to his now-dead son.
- One-Man Army: It's implied that part of his job is to be one. Often, he's sent out alone to take on entire criminal organisations or private armies and always manages to completely destroy them by the end of the book, though it's deconstructed in From a View to a Kill. Because he's so used to going up against a huge threat alone, Bond goes up against several heavily armed Russian operatives without any backup and nearly gets killed as a result.
- Professional Killer: It's made very clear that despite becoming more of an international policeman as the books go on, he's still a government-sponsored hitman first and foremost.
- Properly Paranoid: The very first chapter of Casino Royale describes the litany of burglar-alarms he's rigged up in his hotel room, and how he doesn't feel the slightest bit silly for setting them. It's zigzagged in later books, some of which portray him as quite impulsive and shortsighted.
- Real Men Wear Pink: Bond apparently watches a lot of Disney movies in his spare time, seeing how he was able to recognise various characters during his visits to Walt Disney World. As well as that, Bond enjoyed the park so much on his first visit that he turned his two day visit into a week long stay.
- Roaring Rampage of Revenge: His ones can go across several books. Casino Royale to From Russia with Love are basically him declaring bloody vengeance on SMERSH for the death of Vesper Lynd. He goes on a smaller one in You Only Live Twice to rain hell on Blofeld for murdering Tracy.
- Scars Are Forever:
- On the back of Bond's left hand, there is a scar shaped like a reverse M. It is the Russian letter for s, as in 's' for "spy", and it is carved by a SMERSH assassin in Casino Royale to mark Bond as one. Despite skin grafts, the scar remains.
- The three-inch scar on Bond's right cheek still remains decades later.
- Sociopathic Hero: Originally, Bond was a prime example of this trope, being manipulative, cold and having no problems about forcibly seducing women when he felt like it. Bond eventually steps out of this role, becoming much less sociopathic and more likable. Some of the short stories in particular, such as "For Your Eyes Only" and "The Hildebrand Rarity" in For Your Eyes Only and "The Living Daylights" in Octopussy and the Living Daylights, reveal a Bond uncomfortable with targeted assassinations (as opposed to killing in defense of himself and others) and capable of considerable empathy. From Russia with Love also has him feeling discomfort when Kerim shoots a fleeing hitman in the back. And in Dr. No, when Bond is forced to gun down three guards to keep him and Honey safe, he feels very uncomfortable doing it, even though said men could have been the Three Blind Mice and were heading off to gang rape Honey.
- Stranger in a Familiar Land: In Moonraker Bond worries that his work as a professional killer has somehow made him 'un-English', and that other Englishmen can immediately perceive this.
- Took a Level in Jerkass: In Goldfinger, he's considerably more cynical and prickly due to being weary of having to kill people. This is reflected to how he showers intense hatred on Koreans, demonstrates mild homophobia towards lesbians and borderline-assaults Pussy Galore near the end of the book.
- Took a Level in Kindness: Starting from Moonraker onwards, Bond became much more open and caring to his friends and allies, although he did remain a ruthless hitman. Although he did slip into jerkassery in Goldfinger, it's nowhere near as bad as how Bond originally was in Casino Royale and by For Your Eyes Only, Bond drops most of his cynicism.
- Trademark Favourite Food: He really, really, really loves scrambled eggs. He's infamously picky about them too, to the point where he actually has his own recipe as seen in Octopussy and The Living Daylights. Bond also enjoys pasta and mentions it as a weakness of his.
- Tragic Hero: Bond is meant to be one of these early on because he's certain he'll be dead before he's retired at 42.
- Would Hit a Girl: He really likes threatening to spank women when he's annoyed. However, he never gets around to doing so, thanks to his strong moral code and falling in love with them. Interestingly, he has no problems threatening women, but when Quarrel interrogates Annabel Chung in Dr. No, Bond is worried that Quarrel might actually break her arm.
James Bond (Sean Connery)
Played by: Sean Connery
Appears in: Dr. No | From Russia with Love | Goldfinger | Thunderball | You Only Live Twice | Diamonds Are Forever
"Oh, it's not that I don't mind talking. I get a kick out of watching you, the great James Bond, find out what a bloody fool he's been making of himself."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.
— Red Grant, From Russia with Love
- 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 at times and was more willing to open fire than Connery's Bond.
- 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.
- Bald of Awesome: Defied. Connery lost his hair very young and wore a toupee for the part, but apparently disliked doing so and pushed for the Broccolis to let him play a bald Bond.
- 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: Connery's Bond 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.
- Heroes Want Redheads: Zigzagged. He claims that he's never cared for redheads, but of all the Bonds, he's slept with more redheads than the others. He actually seems delighted when seeing Tiffany Case in a redhead wig in Diamonds Are Forever.
- Heroic Build: Connery used to be a bodybuilder, after all.
- Mr. Fanservice: Connery 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."
- Trope Maker: Connery built the standards on Bond's important character traits.
- Ur-Example: He's acknowledged as the very first on-screen Bond.
- Would Hit a Girl: He slaps Tatiana in From Russia with Love, 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.
James Bond (George Lazenby)
Played by: George Lazenby
Appears in: On Her Majesty's Secret Service
"This never happened to the other fella."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 and hippy movies were the next big thing. Boy was that wrong. Lazenby fired his agent soon afterwards.
- Cartwright Curse: George Lazenby's loss is arguably the most tragic in the series.
- The Casanova: He seduces an entire RESORT of beautiful women.
- 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: Combined with a rare example of Breaking the Fourth Wall. "This never happened to the other fella."
- Cool Car: His Aston Martin DBS, complete with a concealed Sniper Rifle. Sadly, it's not as cool as Connery!Bond's DB5 from previous films, as it doesn't have bullet proof glass.
- Downer Ending: His onyl movie ended on a tragic 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.note
- 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 to show, 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.
James Bond (Roger Moore)
Played by: Roger Moore
Appears in: Live and Let Die | The Man with the Golden Gun | The Spy Who Loved Me | Moonraker | For Your Eyes Only | Octopussy | A View to a Kill
Log Cabin Girl: But James, I need you!
Bond: So does England!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 hung around for a record tenure of twelve yearsnote , was fifteen years older than Connery for his first time in the role, and is tied with Connery for the number of movies made, which amounts to 7.note 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. Perhaps the most memorable example is in For Your Eyes Only when he has Locque's car balanced precariously on a cliff and kicks it over the edge.
- 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.
- Captain Crash: Has a tendency to wreck cars in often hilarious ways; He dents Melina's 2CV badly in For Your Eyes Only, drives Orlov's car onto train tracks and subsequently into the path of an oncoming train in Octopussy and, most famously in A View to a Kill, engages in a chase through the streets of Paris in an increasingly truncated car, finishing by driving the front half of the car around.
- 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.
- Chivalrous Pervert: He draws the line at Bibi's attempts to seduce him, since she's clearly supposed to be underage.
- Combat Pragmatist: In close quarters combat, he tends to use the environment to his advantage, particularly by making use of Improvised Weapons and throwing his opponents off ledges and out of windows.
- 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, and recently was revealed to have the highest body count in the series, at 121 kills. 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. In Moonraker, he never carries his PPK, instead preferring a concealed wrist-mounted dartgun. That said, he's also actually shot the Big Bad on at least two occasions, the only other Bond to do so being Pierce Brosnan, though one of those occasions was specifically in a pistol duel.
- 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.
- Long Runners: He's the longest on-screen Bond, playing the character for twelve years.
- 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.
- Weirdness Magnet: Moore's Bond always went up against the most cartoonish villains, ranging from Voodoo priests to sumo wrestlers to seven foot plus implacable men to circus knife throwers. The weirdness reaches its apex in Moonraker, where Bond goes up against a plot to depopulate the world from space and ends up throwing the Big Bad out of an airlock into space.
- 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.
James Bond (Timothy Dalton)
Played by: Timothy Dalton
"This private vendetta of yours could easily compromise Her Majesty's government. You have an assignment, and I expect you to carry it out objectively and professionally."Dalton 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.
— M to Timothy Dalton's James Bond, Licence to Kill
- 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.
- Cool Car: Aston Martin V8 Vantage Volante in The Living Daylights. It comes with machine guns and a snowmobile conversion.
- Darker and Edgier: Differed very much from Roger Moore's version; to some extent, he's still the darkest version of the character.
- Grand Romantic Gesture: Perhaps not especially 'grand' compared to most romantic heroes, but when compared to the previous (and later) versions Dalton's Bond has a bit of a knack for sweet romantic gestures towards his Bond girls:
- In The Living Daylights, he bunks off the latest mission he's been assigned to in order to hear Kara's first concert in the west, and surprises her by sneaking into her dressing room to prepare a romantic encounter with drinks.
- In License to Kill, after seeing Pam flee the party heartbroken after Lupe begins to flirt with him again, he jumps off a balcony into a swimming pool below in order to catch her.
- 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.
James Bond (Pierce Brosnan)
Played by: Pierce Brosnan
"I think you're a sexist, misogynist dinosaur, a relic of the Cold War."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 even before GoldenEye came out. 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. And the first thing he does when boarding Renard's submarine is to free Christmas Jones from captivity inside a small room.Bond: Thought I'd forgotten you already?
- 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 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 shots 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."
- Grumpy Bear: He loses his temper occasionally and displays a callous attitude towards life and his profession in GoldenEye much like Dalton's Bond, but he mellows out towards the end and for the rest of his tenure. However, he'll grimace when he's annoyed.
- 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 Façade: 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.
- Manipulative Bastard: Downplayed compared to Dalton's version, but still present in GoldenEye. He seduces the psychologist MI6 sends out to evaluate him in order to receive a passing score. He also has no problem using Natalya's hacking skills as a wild card against Trevelyan during the climax.
- 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.
- Mid-Season Upgrade: Changes sidearms after losing his PPK in Tomorrow Never Dies, opting for the Walther P99 that he obtains from Wai Ling. He notes that he asked Q to get him one and it subsequently becomes the standard sidearm of MI6 until Daniel Craig's Bond switches back to the PPK.
- 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 alongside his sidearm.
- 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.
- O.O.C. 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. Brosnan even said that he wished that it was his Bond the one who was with M when she died in Skyfall.
- 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.
James Bond (Daniel Craig)
Played by: Daniel Craigof 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. Spectre has him flat out admitting that he has a drinking problem.
- 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 Saint Paul from actor Daniel Craig says that his version of Bond would be willing to "use" men in the same way he uses women.
- 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 and all of them Aston Martins: The DBS V12 (which he barrel-rolled spectacularly in Casino Royale), The DB10 (which, according to Q in Spectre, was supposedly meant for 009; and yet he sunk it in the Tiber River trying to get away from Mr. Hinx), and as always the classic DB5, which he won at a poker game against Alex Dimitrios in Casino Royale then somehow gadgetized with the same secret features as the one in Goldfinger some time before Skyfall. That DB5 ended up destroyed by Silva's goons in Skyfall, then was rebuilt by Q in time for the ending of Spectre.
- 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.
- Hero's Classic Car: A number of vehicles appear throughout Skyfall, but before retreating up to his family's estate, Bond ditches them in favor of a 1965 Aston Martin DB5.
- 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, and again with Madeline Swann
- 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-9 in Casino Royale (2006) and Quantum of Solace and a 500 Nitro Express hunting rifle as well as a HK-416 assault 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.
- 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.
- 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: His assault on the Perla de las Dunas Hotel to stop Greene in Quantum of Solace is also the occasion for him to take revenge on Carlos, the rotten police chief who killed Mathis.
- Rogue Agent: Briefly in Quantum of Solace.
- Screw the Rules, I'm Doing What's Right
- The Stoic: This 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 can go 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.
The Character in General
M is James Bond's boss, the head of MI6.
- Code Name: M is simply a title given to the head of MI6.
- Da Chief: Frequently berates Bond when he takes initiatives that would cause much trouble in the hierarchy.
- Expy: Of Rear Admiral John Godfrey, commanding officer of the Royal Naval Intelligence Division in which Ian Fleming served during World War II.
- Legacy Character:
- The first M (Admiral Sir Miles Messervy) was Bernard Lee. As he died before For Your Eyes Only was filmed, M is absent and Bond is briefed by the Minister of Defence and Bill Tanner. A painting of Lee appears in 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. Dench's M recorded one more mission order for Bond which was played back in Spectre, which resulted in the Mexico City incident.
- Obstructive Bureaucrat: As explained in Da Chief above, M tends to not like when Bond takes initiatives on his own, because it can result in much troubles for M's ass in the hierarchy.
- Prophetic Name: All of the canonical people holding the title have last names and sometimes first names as well starting with "M".
- 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.
M (Bernard Lee)
M / Admiral Sir Miles Messervy
Played by: Bernard Lee
Appears in: Dr. No | From Russia with Love | Goldfinger | Thunderball | 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 | MoonrakerThe first M in the film series, from 1962 to 1979.
- Alliterative Name: Sir Miles Messervy.
- Deadpan Snarker: He can really get in some good jabs when he wants to.
- Distinguished Gentleman's Pipe: He is seen with a pipe sometimes. He doesn't always smoke with it.
- Frontline General: While not getting directly involved, this M would often set up a field office not too far from where Bond is working.
- Moment Killer: 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.
- Old Retainer: Bernard Lee played M for 17 years, in 11 movies, more than any other actor.
- 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.
M (Robert Brown)
M / Admiral Marian Hargreaves
Played by: Robert Brown
- All There in the Manual: This M's name is never pronounced or indicated in the films, but it's very plausible that the character Robert Brown played in The Spy Who Loved Me, Admiral Marian Hargreaves, may have been promoted after a possible death of Messervy in-universe.
- Hero Antagonist: He becomes this in Licence to Kill when he tries to stop a rogue and increasingly reckless Bond.
- No Sense of Humor: This M had little to no humor.
- Took a Level in Jerkass: In Licence to Kill, he is 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 more poorly then before, criticizing her for making typing errors and placing her personal feelings for Bond over his status as a Rogue Agent.
- Sudden Sequel Heel Syndrome: In Licence To Kill, he is noticeably more of an insufferable heartless Jerkass Obstructive Bureaucrat and even a Bad Boss towards Bond and Moneypenny than his past appearances.
- Tautological Templar: Robert Brown in Licence to Kill reacts cold-heartedly to the Leiters' tragedy, labels Bond as a Rogue Agent for caring about them, claiming that it's not MI6's business (despite the many times Leiter assisted them), and then orders MI6 operatives to arrest Bond or even execute him if necessary when he goes rogue. Deep down however, he still wishes Bond to survive, if his very worried "God help you, Commander", when Bond escapes custody is any indication.
- Ungrateful Bastard: Despite all the service Leiter has done for MI6, this M places duty above all and shows No Sympathy towards the tragedy that involves Leiter losing a leg and having his bride murdered.
M (Judi Dench)
M / Barbara Mawdsley / Olivia Mansfield
Played by: Judi Dench
Appears in: GoldenEye | Tomorrow Never Dies | The World Is Not Enough | Die Another Day | Casino Royale | Quantum of Solace | SkyfallThe third M in the film series, from 1995 to 2012. Notably, she technically played two Ms; one in the classic continuity for Pierce Brosnan's Bond from 1995 to 2002, and one in the reboot continuity for Daniel Craig's Bond from 2006 to 2012.
- 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 Craig's Bond when he was about to say it out loud was, "Utter one more syllable and I'll have you killed"), and considering the fact that Casino Royale was a Continuity Reboot, she actually played two different Ms. The name of the Brosnan era M was "Barbara Mawdsley" according to the script of GoldenEye, and a prop from the end of Skyfall reveals that her name in the Craig continuity is "Olivia Mansfield".
- Boyish Short Hair: 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: She 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.
- Character Death: She bleeds to death from her wounds at the end of Skyfall.
- Damsel in Distress: She 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: Very much like Bernard Lee's M, she has quite a supply of wit against Bond.
- 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: She got into scrapes a couple times.
- Hauled Before A Senate Subcommittee: In Skyfall, she is required to testify before a Defence Ministry hearing about her services' effectiveness following Bond's failure in Turkey and the bombing of her headquarters. It's rendered moot when Silva and his henchmen attack the hearing and M is eventually killed before they come to any decision.
- Iron Lady: 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?
- Parental Substitute: She takes on a motherly Tough Love role to Bond throughout the Craig years. This is also present to a lesser extent during the 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).
- Power Hair: Her short hairstyle, which she keeps in the Craig era, but by then it has more to do with the fact that Dench is in her late 70's.
- Punny Name: "Olivia Mansfield" appears to be a pun on "I live in a man's field".
M (Ralph Fiennes)
M / Gareth Mallory
Played by: Ralph Fiennes
- Badass Bureaucrat: He's initially a Member of Parliament and he works at a desk, but don't think he's a pushover.
- Bait-and-Switch Tyrant: Early on in Skyfall, he seems to be an obstruction to Judi Dench's M and Co., and before Silva shows up there's even a bit of fauxshadowing that makes it seem like he might be be behind the attacks on MI6.
- Colonel Badass: He was a Lt. Colonel in the SAS and survived torture at the hands of the IRA during The Troubles.
- Deadpan Snarker: Particularly in Spectre.
- Everyone Has Standards: He unapologetically believes that M should be called to account for her handling of the crisis, but is visibly disgusted when it becomes clear that the actual committee hearing is basically nothing more than a Kangaroo Court.
- Frontline General: He is involved in the action during his tenure, in the climax of Spectre especially.
- Jerkass Has a Point: In the beginning when he's in Obstructive Bureaucrat mode, at least, when he shuts down M's objections to being summoned to meet him:M: Forgive me, but why am I here?
Mallory: Three months ago you lost a computer drive containing the identity of almost every NATO agent embedded in terrorist organizations across the globe. A list, which in the eyes of our allies, never existed. So, if you'll forgive me, I think you know why you're here.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: While he may be a bit harsh towards Judi Dench's M before her hearing, there's no doubt that Mallory is just doing his job.
- Legacy Character: He becomes the new M after the death of Judi Dench's character.
- Obstructive Bureaucrat: In his conversations with M he initially appears to be some arrogant pencil pusher that will get in her way of catching the bad guys.
- Reasonable Authority Figure: M screwed up and he wants her to be held accountable. Nothing odd there.
- Retired Badass: He's an ex-SAS colonel who was once held hostage for three months by the IRA.
- Taking the Bullet: When Silva attacks the inquiry hearing, Mallory instinctively jumps a railing. Seeing Silva about to shoot M with his pistol, Mallory pushes her to the ground and takes a bullet in his left arm. He's seen wearing a sling for the remainder of the movie.
The Character in General
Moneypenny is M's secretary. She is generally portrayed as has having a not-so-secret crush on Bond that never gets resolved.
- 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.
- Deadpan Snarker: Whenever Bond flirts with her, she answers his advances with sarcasm.
- Expy: Ian Fleming created her based on Second Officer Monday, Rear Admiral John Henry Godfrey's secretary.
- Sassy Secretary: The original and the best.
- Sexy Secretary: Seeing how often Bond flirts with her/them.
- Sleeps with Everyone but You: Bond happily seduces any semi-attractive woman... except for Moneypenny. It is especially true for Naomie Harris.
- Unresolved Sexual Tension: Much to their dismay, all of the Moneypennys have this with Bond, with the possible exception of Naomie Harris', given the very potent Did They or Didn't They? scene between them in Skyfall. And if it is still unresolved, 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 kind of 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 (a notable reversal of the typical Bond/Moneypenny dynamic).
Moneypenny (Lois Maxwell)
Played by: Lois Maxwell
Appears in: Dr. No | From Russia with Love | Goldfinger | Thunderball | 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 | Moonraker | For Your Eyes Only | Octopussy | A View to a KillThe very first Moneypenny, who appeared during the entirety of the Sean Connery, George Lazenby and Roger Moore eras, from 1962 to 1985.
- Character Aged with the Actor: In Octopussy, she notes that she's getting older when she begins training in an assistant, whom Bond tries to flirt with.
- Double Entendre: In You Only Live Twice, she tells Bond the password he must use to contact Tanaka in Japan. Said password is "I love you", of course.
- No Name Given: Her first name is never pronounced. She's just known as "Miss Moneypenny".
- Old Retainer: Lois Maxwell played Moneypenny all the way from Dr. No to A View To A Kill, in 14 movies over 23 years. Desmond Llewelyn (Q) is the only actor who appeared in more Bond movies than her.
Moneypenny (Caroline Bliss)
Played by: Caroline Bliss
- Age Lift: From 58 years old Lois Maxwell to 24 years old Caroline Bliss.
- Demoted to Extra: She does appear in Licence To Kill, but, sadly, it's for a much shorter time than usual, and she doesn't even interact with Bond.
- Nerds Are Sexy: In The Living Daylights, she tries to have Bond come to her home by telling him she loves Barry Manilow's music and has a whole collection of it.
- No Name Given: Like Lois Maxwell's Moneypenny, her first name is never mentioned.
- Screw the Rules, I'm Doing What's Right: She basically goes against her hierarchy and the whole secret service in that she helps a fugitive Rogue Agent, by calling Q to help Bond in Isthmus.
- Sexy Spectacles: The first Moneypenny to wear glasses, and it surely adds to her sexiness.
- Small Role, Big Impact: Her screentime is very short in Licence To Kill. However, her role in the plot is crucial in that it's her who sends Q to Isthmus to help Bond out of fear for his life.
Moneypenny (Samantha Bond)
Played by: Samantha Bond
- Boyish Short Hair: She sports this hairstyle in the Brosnan movies that followed GoldenEye.
- Early Installment Weirdness: In GoldenEye, Moneypenny is introduced as going to work after a date, with a traditionally fememine appereance, but at the same time eschewing the usual Unresolved Sexual Tension with Bond, and stating that she can sue Bond for sexual harassment. In the rest of her appereances, she has a Boyish Short Hair, and switches towards more familiar teasing.
- Kiss Me, I'm Virtual: She is the first Moneyepenny ever to have kissed Bond... but it was only virtual, as she used Q's virtual reality goggles to satisfy her wildest thoughts in Die Another Day.
- No Name Given: Like the previous Moneypennys, her first name is never mentioned.
- She Cleans Up Nicely: In GoldenEye, Bond compliments her black evening dress, calling it "lovely" and pondering if she's "dressed to kill."
- 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.
Moneypenny (Naomie Harris)
Played by: Naomie Harris
- Action Girl: This Moneypenny starts as an MI6 field agent who worked along side Bond before she decided to take a desk job as Gareth Mallory's secretary. Before leaving the field work, she proved that she is a trained sniper, drives like a stuntwoman, took out two mooks with her heels and a metal suitcase and went on to shoot a few more before eventually deciding that fieldwork isn't for her.
- Adaptational Badass: Easily the most action-capable version of Moneypenny.
- Drives Like Crazy: Granted, they were in a chase, but James needs to have a word with her about driving in crowded streets.
- Given Name Reveal: Her first name is Eve. She's the first Moneypenny to be given a first name in 50 years.
- Nice Job Breaking It, Hero: She ends up shooting Bond while he struggled with Patrice atop a train, allowing Patrice to get away with the drive containing the identities of underconver NATO agents.
- Race Lift: Her counterparts in previous movies were all Caucasian.
- Retired Badass: She decides that she's done with field work after the events of Skyfall, so she takes a transfer to become M's secretary.
- The Reveal: At the end of Skyfall, she states she is not fit for field work, and will remain only in a desk job at MI6. As Bond says that they have not been properly introduced, she says her full name is Eve Moneypenny.
- She Cleans Up Nicely: In Skyfall, Bond tells her "You look beautiful in that dress".
- Took a Level in Badass: Skyfall shows her outside of office / communication work for the first time in the history of the franchise, to say nothing of firing a gun in combat.
The Character in General
Q is a codename for "Quartermaster". He is the MI6 Research & Development guy who gives Bond all those wonderful toys for his dangerous missions.
- Code Name: Q is code for "Quartermaster".
- Deadpan Snarker: All the Qs are this to some degree, but Ben Whishaw takes the cake in Skyfall. 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 provides MI6 agents with gadgets.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Snark-to-Snark Combat: Any scene Q shares with Bond turns into this.
- Teeth-Clenched Teamwork: He and Bond argue quite a bit, but Q's gadgets have saved Bond at least once per movie.
The Armorer (Peter Burton)
The Armorer / Major Boothroyd
Played by: Peter Burton
Appears in: Dr. NoThe very first quartermaster in the film series.
- Arbitrary Gun Power: He accuses Bond's beloved Beretta 1934 of being underpowered, despite the M1934's Italian 9mm Corto being actually superior to the PPK's 7.65mm chambering. This is a relic from the novel, where the Beretta in question was a Beretta 418 chambered in .25 ACP.
- Early Installment Weirdness: He's more of a gunsmith / weapons specialist than a Gadgeteer Genius, as the only thing he does is introducing the Walther PPK to Bond. Also, M never addresses him as "Q", calling for the "armorer" on his office's phone instead.
- Expy: While the other Qs are more or less based on Charles Fraser-Smith, this one was directly inspired by Geoffrey Boothroyd, a British firearms expert who gave advices about his field to Ian Fleming (the change from the Beretta to the Walther PPK, most importantly). Boothroyd was not a Major, however.
- Small Role, Big Impact: He's never heard of again once he leaves M's office, but he's the guy wo provides Bond with his legendary handgun, the Walther PPK. note
- Weapon of Choice: He introduces the PPK to Bond, saying that "the American CIA swear by them" and mocks Bond's beloved Beretta as "nice and light... in a lady's handbag, no stopping power".
Q (Desmond Llewelyn)
Q / Major Boothroyd
Played by: Desmond Llewelyn
Appears in: From Russia with Love | Goldfinger | Thunderball | You Only Live Twice | On Her Majesty's Secret Service | Diamonds Are Forever | The Man with the Golden Gun | The Spy Who Loved Me | Moonraker | For Your Eyes Only | Octopussy | A View to a Kill | The Living Daylights | Licence to Kill | GoldenEye | Tomorrow Never Dies | The World Is Not EnoughThis Q appeared for a very long time — 1963 to 1999, in seventeen out of eighteen pictures released during that time.note
- Ascended Extra: Somewhat, in Licence To Kill. That film is the one where he has the most screentime and a slightly more important role in the plot than usual, as he personally takes a vacation to come to Isthmus to help a fugitive Bond on Moneypenny's request, bringing him a couple of gadgets and helping him on several other instances, not bothering one bit about what MI6 would think of it.
- Catch Phrase:"Now, pay attention, 007!""Now this, I'm particularly proud of!""Grow up, 007!" (Brosnan years)
- Character Aged with the Actor: To the point of taking his retirement both on the screen and out of it.
- Cool Old Guy: His age started to show in the late 1970s Moore films, and, coincidentally, the gadgets he tested in his lab started becoming increasingly goofy and silly. He still enjoyed setting pranks to his hapless lab employees in old age, and kept providing Bond with the coolest and most cutting-edge gadgets till the end.
- Given Name Reveal: In The Spy Who Loved Me, Anya Amasova addresses him by "Major Boothroyd".
- Lost Food Grievance: In GoldenEye, he's quite annoyed when Bond grabs the sandwich he made for lunch.
- Mad Scientist: He shows elements of this occasionally. Some of the gadgets during the Roger Moore era, such as an umbrella that closes like a venus fly trap when wet, exploding bola ropes and a climbing pole fashioned from a snake charmer's basket that extended when played are just a few of the ideas he comes up with that take a special kind of madness to come up with.
- 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 due to his exceptional longevity in the role.
- Passing the Torch: In The World Is Not Enough, Llewelyn's Q was planning to retire and appoint John Cleese's "R" as his successor, and was shown training him. Sadly became a reality following Llewelyn's death shortly after the release of the film.
- Plucky Comic Relief: He becomes one of the main humor-providing characters in Licence to Kill, probably the darkest and bloodiest Bond film before the Daniel Craig era.
- The Prankster: In some of his later movies, he sets up pranks to his hapless employees, such as trapping one in an automatic sofa in The Living Dalights, or having one other trapped in a phone booth with an airbag in GoldenEye. Or even triggering the airbag-jacket on R in The World is Not Enough.
- Vitriolic Best Buds: Llewelyn's Q and Bond really do care about each other. It is best seen in On Her Majesty's Secret Service, Licence To Kill and The World Is Not Enough.
Q (John Cleese)
Q (formerly known as "R")
Played by: John CleeseDie Another Day following Llewelyn's retirement.
- Butt Monkey: As R in The World Is Not Enough, he gets constantly interrupted and bossed around by Llewelyn's Q. It culminates with him being a victim of the airbag-jacket.
- In-Series Nickname: When introduced to the John Cleese Q and told he's the Desmond Llewelyn's Q's assistant, 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 (apparently Pierce Brosnan had real trouble keeping his English accent when saying the word "R").
- Legacy Character: He was previously the assistant to the old Q.
- No Name Given: He has never been named onscreen outside of his code names.
- Role Reprisal: John Cleese only played in two Bond movies. However, he reprised the role through voice acting in the video games The World Is Not Enough, 007 Racing and Everything or Nothing.
- Straight Man: It's John Cleese we're talking about, after all. He perfectly sets up Bond's jokes during their Snark-to-Snark Combat in Die Another Day.
Q (Ben Whishaw)
Q / The Quartermaster
Played by: Ben WhishawCasino Royale and Quantum of Solace. He was reintroduced in Skyfall in 2012.
- Adorkable: Unlike his cantankerous predecessors, Whishaw's Q has a polite, quiet demeanour and a preppy fashion sense which make him cute and geeky. It is turned Up to Eleven in Spectre.
- 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 goons pursuing him. Later in the film, he even accompanies M, Tanner and Moneypenny to stop Denbigh's plans and abort the uploading of the Nine Eyes.
- Ascended Extra: He does considerably more than just give Bond his gadgets, Mission Control for instance.
- Boring but Practical: He provides James with much more mundane (but still effective) weapons for espionage in Skyfall, dismissing the old Q's classic exploding pens with "We don't really go in for that anymore". Similarly, the "smart blood" technology and explosive watch in Spectre don't feel particularly exotic.
- Brainy Brunette: An intelligent brunet man.
- Character Development: He undergoes some pretty radical personality changes between Skyfall and Spectre. By Spectre, he has completely lost his Insufferable Genius tendencies and became a big case of Adorkable.
- Hollywood Hacking: His specialty in addition to giving Bond his gadgets.
- Hollywood Nerd: The producers simply had Nerd Glasses placed on an attractive actor.
- 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. However, he has significantly mellowed down by Spectre.
- Just a Kid: Bond's opinion of him in Skyfall at firt.
- 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: He is explicitly mentioned by M to be "the new Quartermaster".
- Mission Control: He operates the majority of MI6's computers and verbally guides the agents through their missions from afar.
- No Badass to His Valet: He is very nonchalant and snarky around Bond, showing no fear or hesitation to reprimand him for destroying equipment.
- Not So Above It All: He is this per his character development in Spectre. With him cracking some jokes at Bond regarding his often-destroyed equipments.
- Not So Different: Between him 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.
- 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.
- Take That: He makes one to the exploding pen from GoldenEye in Skyfall, saying to Bond, "We don't really go in for that anymore".
- Vitriolic Best Buds: This 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".
- Younger and Hipper: A younger and more fashionable version of the gadget master compared to the old men who came before him.
Other Recurring Characters
Played by: Jack Lord (1962), Cec Linder (1964), Rik Van Nutter (1965), Norman Burton (1971), David Hedison (1973; 1989), John Terry (1987), Jeffrey Wright (2006–2008)
Appears in: Dr. No | Goldfinger | Thunderball | Diamonds Are Forever | Live and Let Die | The Living Daylights | Licence to Kill | Casino Royale | Quantum of SolaceBond's friend in the CIA.
- 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.
- Ascended Extra: In Licence to Kill, he is shown to be a very close friend to Bond, up to making him his Best Man at his wedding. Leiter's role is crucial to the plot in that his maiming at the hands of Sanchez and the rape and murder of his wife on their very honeymoon is the catalyst for Bond's Roaring Rampage of Revenge.
- BFG: In Goldfinger, when arriving to rescue Bond at the battle of Fort Knox, he wields a special bazooka modified for his hook to hold.
- 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.
- Cool Shades: Jack Lord wears sunglasses in Dr. No.
- Deadpan Snarker: David Hedison and Jeffrey Wright.
- Friend on the Force: Backs up Bond with CIA informations in the American-set missions in Diamonds Are Forever and Live and Let Die.
- The Generic Guy: In Thunderball and The Living Daylights he has no distinctive personality traits.
- Handicapped Badass: In the later novels, after being partially eaten by a shark in Live and Let Die. He acquires a hook hand as well as a prosthetic leg.
- Hero of Another Story: Most notably in Diamonds Are Forever and Licence To Kill.
- The Lancer: Acts as Bond's foil of the closely allied variety in the films and novels he appears in.
- 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.
- Role Reprisal: David Hedison played Leiter in Live And Let Die in 1973 and reprised the role for Licence To Kill 16 years later. Apparently, it happened because a familiar face of Leiter was needed given his prominence in the plot.
- Race Lift: Beginning with Casino Royale, Felix is black, whereas he was white before (although he had also been black in the non-EON canon Never Say Never Again).
- Semper Fi: In the books, he served as a U.S Marine in World War II and eventually became Captain.
- 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.
Played by: Michael Goodliffe (1974), James Villiers (1981), Michael Kitchen (1995; 1999), Rory Kinnear (2008–)M'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.
Sir Frederick Gray
Played by: Geoffrey KeenThe Minister of Defence from The Spy Who Loved Me (1977) to The Living Daylights (1987).
- Commander Contrarian: Almost always argues with Bond over whoever Bond or the MI6 suspect is the villain of the film, generally due to said suspect being a Villain with Good Publicity.
- Early Installment Weirdness: His aparent friendship with Bond. In his first appereance in The Spy Who Loved Me, Bond holds a private discussion with Gray, to whom he refers as "Freddie". It is never revealed how they know each other well enough for Bond to be so informal. In the rest of the films, Bond calls Gray "Minister"; the change in style is not specified either, but it could be because most of their scenes include other officials.
- Horrible Judge of Character: Expect every character he either defends or expresses skepticism about being the villain of any film he appears in to actually end up being the villain of the film.
- No Party Given: His party is never given, and it's even possible he could belong to no particular one; direct references are made to Margaret Thatcher in For Your Eyes Only, to the point she makes a "cameo" in it (played by an impersonator), and in The Living Daylights, when he says that he communicate with the Prime Minister, he says that "she will have our guts for garters!", even though he had also held the post in The Spy Who Loved Me and Moonraker – which were both made during the government led by James Callaghan.
General Anatol Gogol
General Anatol Gogol
Played by: Walter GotellThe head of the KGB from The Spy Who Loved Me (1977) to A View to a Kill (1985). In his final appearance in The Living Daylights (1987), the character has become a post-Glasnost envoy in the Foreign Service and was succeeded by General Pushkin.With the KGB, Gogol often allies himself with MI6 to stave off the possibility of war with the West. Only in For Your Eyes Only does Gogol act as an enemy, but even then, his actions are more those of a respectful competitor.
- 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.
Appear alongside Sean Connery's Bond
Played by: Eunice GaysonDr. No, where she first meets Bond during a game of Baccarat at the London club Le Cercle. She reappears briefly in From Russia with Love for some "unfinished business" with Bond, making her the only Bond Girl to appear twice in the series.
- The Cameo: She reappears at the beginning of From Russia with Love having a romantic picnic with Bond.
- The Name Is Bond, James Bond: She is actually the first character to use the trope. It's in response to her introduction that Bond introduces himself for the first time with the legendary line.Bond: I admire your courage, Miss...?
Sylvia: Trench. Sylvia Trench. I admire your luck, Mr..?
Bond: Bond. [lights cigarette] James Bond.
- Office Golf: What she is doing waiting for Bond in his home.
- Professional Gambler: Her dialogue with Bond implies that she has quite enough experience.
- Small Role, Big Impact: Only a couple minutes of screentime over two films, but she's the reason Bond introduces himself in his iconic fashion.
- Sexy Shirt Switch: Once Bond arrives in his apartment, Sylvia is already wearing one of his shirts.
Appear alongside Roger Moore's Bond
Sheriff J. W. Pepper
Sheriff J. W. Pepper
Played by: Clifton James
"Let's go get 'em! I'm with you all the way!"A hapless, uncouth Louisiana sheriff who first appears in Live and Let Die, where he ends up getting tangled in a high speed chase between Bond and the villain Kananga's henchmen. He reappears in The Man with the Golden Gun, where he took a vacation to Thailand with his wife, and once again ends up in another chase.
- Badass Bystander: In Live and Let Die, he nearly manages to subdue and arrest one of Kananga's major and dangerous henchmen. Were it not for Bond flying a boat overhead and Kananga's other men crashing into his car, Sheriff Pepper would have succeeded.
- Butt Monkey:
- In Live and Let Die, he's about to subdue and arrest Adam, one of Kananga's major and dangerous henchmen, when Bond flying a boat overhead him helps Adam escape in the ensuing chaos and continue the chase. Subsequently, two of Pepper's colleagues arrive and share a joke at the Sheriff's expense. Then, noticing that he lacks the resources to keep up with Bond, J. W. attempts to enlist the help of his brother-in-law, Billy Bob – who apparently owns the fastest boat on the river. A boat which quickly falls into the hands of Adam, who speeds off to join the chase by water. Then en route to intercept Bond, Pepper and several of his squad cars are involved in a series of crashes, caused by Bond once again leaping the bank ahead of them. And after all that, he attempts to bring him into custody, only to be revealed Bond's identity and authority, much to his frustration.
- He gets it worst in The Man with the Golden Gun, as in his last scene, Pepper is arrested by the Thai police, and as far as anyone knows, he's still in Thai prison.
- Comically Missing the Point: In The Man with the Golden Gun, when he believes that Bond is talking to his superiors (while he is talking with Mary Goodnight actually, who is trapped inside Scaramanga's car trunk), he takes the microphone and asks "them" to call his wife.
- Deep South: Probably the biggest example of this in the James Bond franchise.
- The Ditz: He isn't the sharpest knife in the drawer...
- Fat Idiot: ... nor the slimmest, while on it. Although he showed that he could have arrested Adam successfully in Live and Let Die, he spends the rest of his screentime not being the sharpest knife in the drawer.
- Hawaiian-Shirted Tourist: To the surprise of no one, he's this when he goes to Thailand in The Man with the Golden Gun.
- Large Ham:
- In Live and Let Die:Sheriff J. W. Pepper: UH-UH! Spin around boy! Ten fingers on the fender!
- In The Man with the Golden Gun:Sheriff J. W. Pepper: I know you! You're that secret agent! That English secret agent from England!
- In Live and Let Die:
- The Load: During the car chase in The Man with the Golden Gun, nothing that he does in it is of any substantial help.
- Plucky Comic Relief: Pretty much his entire screentime in both movies he appears is him making oddball and/or hysterical antics.
- Police Are Useless: Subverted in Live and Let Die. Were it not for Bond ramping over his boat and providing a distraction, he would have successfully arrested Adam. The rest of the time, he's just understandably out of his depth.
- The Sheriff: A loud, angry Deep South sheriff.
- Small Name, Big Ego: He tries to throw his weight around the Thai police in The Man with the Golden Gun. It doesn't work.
Played by: Richard Kiel
Holly Goodhead: Do you know him?A henchman distinctive for his metal teeth, huge stature and his persistence in surviving everything that gets thrown at him (or falls on him) who first appears in The Spy Who Loved Me working for Karl Stromberg. After surviving the events of the film, Jaws reappears in Moonraker, hired by Hugo Drax as a replacement for his enforcer Chang after he is disposed of.
James Bond: Not socially. His name's Jaws.
James Bond: Not socially. His name's Jaws.
- Adaptational Badass: Jaws is loosely based on the villain Sol "Horror" Horowitz from Ian Fleming's The Spy Who Loved Me. Horror is a thug with a metal-capped teeth, who ends being killed unceremoniously by Bond while he tries to make a getaway with his partner (who outlives him). Jaws, however, is a man who just won't die, and is one of the most remembered aspects of both of the films he appears in, and of the series overall.
- Balls of Steel: In Moonraker, while fighting Jaws in the space station, Bond tries to incapacitate him by kneeling him in the groin. There's a "clang" sound when he does so, and he is completely unfazed.
- Beast and Beauty: The Beast to Dolly's Beauty in Moonraker.
- The Brute: He's huge and very good at fighting. He's also clever at times.
- Character Development: Quite unexpected for a Bond villain. The character proved to be very popular after the release of The Spy Who Loved Me. That's why he didn't die in it, finally turned to the good side and even found love in Moonraker.
- Charles Atlas Superpower: The only way to describe his strength.
- Determinator: He's a nigh-unstoppable killing machine that can tank huge amounts of damage:
- In The Spy Who Loved Me: Having rubble fall over you? Get back out. Being left in a ruin the desert? Walk back on foot. Being thrown out of a train or falling off a cliff? Walk away as if nothing happened. His eventual fight with Bond in the climax ends in a standstill. Falling in a Shark Pool? Kill the shark. Being left in the middle of the ocean with no land in sight? Swim for shore anyway.
- In Moonraker, he survives falling from a plane (he had a parachute, but the ripcord came off in his hand), crashing through a building inside a runaway cable car, and from an Inevitable Waterfall.
- The Dragon: To Karl Stromberg in The Spy Who Loved Me and Hugo Drax's second one, after Chang's demise, in Moonraker.
- Dragon Their Feet: Not only does he live longer than Stormberg to fight Bond, he doesn't die.
- Ensemble Darkhorse: His badassery combined with the physical comedy of the actor playing him earned him enough of a following that he earned the distinction of being the only henchman to make a second appearance, in Moonraker. And a third, if you count Everything or Nothing.
- Even Evil Has Loved Ones: Dolly in Moonraker, a nameless female scientist in the novelization of said film. Listening to Drax's New Era Speech is what persuades him to Heel–Face Turn in both versions, but it's only explicitly because Dolly will have no place in Drax's new world in the movie — in the novelization, Bond's thoughts indicate that it's Jaws who will have no place in Drax's world, due to being a "freakish mutate", and it's as likely the woman he rescues is just a scientist who appealed to Jaws when she realised he wasn't too dumb to realise not to get when the getting's good.
- Genius Bruiser: Not only is he very big, very strong, and very tough, but he's also surprisingly intelligent and shows himself to be quite clever at leading up ambushes in both films.
- Gentle Giant: After his Heel–Face Turn in Moonraker.
- Giant Mook: Probably the most prominent example in the James Bond franchise.
- Heel–Face Turn: In Moonraker, after realizing that Dolly will have no place in Drax's new world of "superior beings", Jaws turns against Drax.
- Hoist by His Own Petard: His steel teeth are used against him twice in The Spy Who Loved Me; Bond electrocutes him through his teeth with a broken lamp and then attaches Jaws to a magnet, then drops him into the shark pool.
- Huge Guy, Tiny Girl: He and Dolly.
- Implacable Man: He's a little more emotional than is usual for this trope, his facial expressions show traces of Oh Crap! whenever he's about to get pummelled again, but he always survives and he doesn't stop coming. A list of the damage he takes in The Spy Who Loved Me alone:
- Collapses part of an Egyptian temple on top of him.
- Gets run over by a van by Anya.
- Electrocuted via his steel teeth by Bond.
- Kicked off a train by Bond (and gets electrocuted again halfway down).
- Falls off a cliff into a house along with three other henchmen in a car that explodes; he's the only who's still alive.
- Gets shot in the face by Bond (the round hit his teeth).
- The destruction of Stromberg's base and the ensuing swim to shore.
- Joker Immunity: A rarety among Bond villains. He shouldn't be able to survive the things that's happening to him, but he does anyway.
- Jump Scare: When he shows up in Anya Amasova's closet on the train in The Spy Who Loved Me.
- Karma Houdini: Despite failing to kill Bond, he gets away scot-free at the end of The Spy Who Loved Me.
- Love Redeems: Finds love (and redemption) in the form of a blonde nerdy girl named Dolly in Moonraker.
- Made of Iron: He survives electrocution, car crashes, kicked through the window of a moving train, fighting a shark, and the explosion and sinking of an underwarter base immediately after said shark fight in The Spy Who Loved Me, and falling from a plane, crashing through a building inside a runaway cable car, and falling from the Iguazu Falls in Moonraker... and every time he'd pick himself up, dust off his lapels and casually stroll away.
- Mighty Glacier: He's strong and durable, but slow.
- Mook Carryover: After surviving being dropped into a shark tank in the middle of the ocean at the end of The Spy Who Loved Me, when the original Dragon in Moonraker is killed, Jaws is hired as his replacement.
- Mook–Face Turn: In Moonraker, Bond tricks Hugo Drax into talking about his plan to exterminate everybody who doesn't fit into his genetically perfect "master race" in front of Jaws, who then sees his bespectacled, short, and somewhat plain looking girlfriend standing beside the supermodel-level women that make up the female half of Drax's group, making him turn against Drax.
- Only One Name: He's only called "Jaws" in both of his appereances.
- Psycho for Hire: Jaws is evidently well known as this amongst criminals, as in Moonraker Drax is pleased to learn that Jaws is available to hire.
- Red Right Hand: His height (Richard Kiel was 7'2) and steel teeth.
- Slasher Smile: He always smiles when he's about to attack Bond, making his steel teeth particularly visible.
- The Voiceless: He's completely silent through the course of both films until the climax of Moonraker.Jaws: Well, here's to us.
Appear alongside Pierce Brosnan's Bond
Played by: Joe Don Baker
"Yo, Jimbo!"A veteran CIA agent who calls Bond "Jimbo." He first appears in GoldenEye, working the same case that Bond is and being his initial contact in Russia. Calls Bond "Jimbo." He reappears in Tomorrow Never Dies, welcoming Bond after Bond successfully retrieved a GPS encoder from Elliot Carver's office. He is last seen looking at Bond leaving to look at the wreck of the British frigate HMS Devonshire not leaving "without saying goodbye."
- Americans Are Cowboys: The hat in GoldenEye and the Texan accent.
- The Cavalry Arrives Late: In GoldenEye, he arrives with the Marines after Bond has everything taken care of. It was the "backup plan".Bond: This is no time for a rescue!
- Cool Shades: Wears a pair of them the second time he meets Bond in GoldenEye.
- Eagleland: An oddly sympathetic portrayal of Type 2. He is a bit obnoxious, and not the extraordinary wetwork operative like Bond, but he is still in the same business as Bond and is competent at it. It goes with his "Stale Beer" contrast to Bond's "Martini" style.
- Embarrassing Tattoo: "The Rose", with the name of his third wife, Muffy. Used to verify his identity in GoldenEye, much to his chagrin.
- Expy: He's pretty much Brosnan's version of Felix Leiter.
- Hawaiian-Shirted Tourist: He certainly gives off the vibe of one, with his personality and the fact that he actually wears a Hawaiian shirt when he welcomes Bond on the American base. And it's covered with dinosaurs.
- Hero of Another Story: He and the Americans seem to have their own investigation of the events of both films going on off-screen. After all, in GoldenEye he has somehow the authority to arrive with Marines as reinforcements for Bond. Too bad that they arrived late.
- I Was Never Here: In GoldenEye he mentions that, as a CIA operative, no, of course he's not there. He was never there. In Tomorrow Never Dies he also adds that the U.S. has no interest in seeing World War III break out unless they start it.
- Kidnapped by an Ally: In a rare reversal of the trope in the franchise, Bond threatens him the first time they meet onscreen in GoldenEye to check his identity.
- Nice Hat: In GoldenEye he wears a chapka the first time he meets Bond, and a straw hat the second time they meet.
Valentin Dmitrovich Zukovsky
Played by: Robbie Coltrane
"Charming, sophisticated, secret agent. Shaken but not stirred. Ha!"A former KGB operator turned Russian gangster and arms dealer after the fall of the USSR. He likes to live large, surrounded by women. Zukovsky left the KGB and by the time he first appears in GoldenEye he finances his lifestyle through various criminal endeavors with the Russian mafia. Bond has to go to him for info about Janus, which is complicated by the history he has with Zukovsky — the reason he has the limp in his right leg is because Bond shot him in the knee, and Bond also stole his car and his woman, giving Zukovsky plenty of reason to be pissed off.He appears once again in The World Is Not Enough, where he has made a fortune in caviar, holding court in a luxurious casino in Baku, rather than the dingy St. Petersburg nightclub from GoldenEye. He made a secret deal with who unbeknownst to him was the villain of that film in order to get a nuclear submarine captained by his nephew, Nikolai.
- Big Damn Heroes: In The World Is Not Enough he saves Bond at literally the last moment from Elektra King's strangulation chair.
- Butt Monkey: His backstory in GoldenEye: The reason he has the limp in his right leg is because Bond shot him in the knee, and afterwards he stole Zukovsky's car and woman. At one point in The World Is Not Enough, he nearly drowns in a vat of his own caviar.
- *Click* Hello: Used by Bond on him in their first meeting in GoldenEye:Valentin: Walther PPK. 7.65mm. Only three men I know use such a gun. I believe I've killed two of them.
Bond: Lucky me.
[another PPK is pointed at Bond's head]
Valentin: I think not.
- Heroic Sacrifice: Dies after being shot by Elektra in The World Is Not Enough, but not before using a Last Breath Bullet to shoot out one of the manacles securing Bond to Elektra's torture chair and free him.
- The Mafiya: Zukovsky's current line of work at the time of GoldenEye. In The World Is Not Enough he moved on bit after he made a fortune in caviar, so he holds court in a luxurious casino in Baku, rather than the dingy St. Petersburg nightclub from GoldenEye.
- Nominal Hero: Zukovsky only helps Bond in GoldenEye because neither one likes Janus.
- Paid Harem: In both films, Zukovsky has showgirls jumping all over him (proving that everyone in these movies is getting more sex than the average person).
- Porn Stache: In contrast to his clean-shaven appearance in GoldenEye, in The World Is Not Enough he sports the kind of goatee that would make Tony Stark proud.
- Russian Guy Suffers Most: Most notably in The World Is Not Enough in the scene in which his caviar factory is destroyed. He's later killed in that film, too.
- Sacrificial Lion: He's shot dead by Elektra in The World Is Not Enough after he storms into her lair to help Bond.
- Unscrupulous Hero: By the time of The World Is Not Enough, Valentin is completely on Bond's side even before learning that the villains of the movie have murdered his nephew, but he's still a ruthless gangster.
- Villain of Another Story: While he and Bond are usually enemies, they team up in GoldenEye.
Played by: Colin SalmonMI6 aide who assists M in briefing Bond about and giving vital information prior to his missions.
- Black Best Friend: His genuinely, utterly terrified "Get out of there, James" in Tomorrow Never Dies, plus his demeanor when Bond is released from North Korea in Die Another Day—and Bond is genuinely happy to see him too, even raising his hand to wave to him before being sedated—indicates that they're good friends offscreen.
- Canon Foreigner: His character was created for Tomorrow Never Dies when Michael Kitchen (who had portrayed Bill Tanner in GoldenEye) became unavailable.
- Chuck Cunningham Syndrome: Disappears once Daniel Craig takes over as Bond due to the reboot of the series.
- First-Name Basis: He and Bond call each other by their given names.
- Second Episode Introduction: He was introduced in Brosnan's second film.
- 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, alas, it didn't come to pass.
- Token Minority: He was the only notable non-white employee at MI6 during the Brosnan era.
Appear alongside Daniel Craig's Bond
Played by: Giancarlo Giannini
"When one is young it seems so very easy to distinguish between right and wrong. But as one gets older it becomes more difficult, the villains and the heroes get all mixed up."An MI6 field agent who appears in Casino Royale as Bond's ally inside the Casino Royale. At the end of the film, Bond has Mathis arrested because Le Chiffre claimed Mathis was a Double Agent. He reappears in Quantum of Solace, where this is revealed to have been false and has been cleared by MI6 for his involvement with Le Chiffre, and as compensation MI6 gave him his retirement and bought him a villa on Lake Como. Bond, by then a fugitive, returns to him and convinces him to help him track down Quantum member and businessman Dominic Greene in Bolivia.
- Code Name: "René Mathis" is not his real name.
- Cool Old Guy: He's a really cool ally of Bond and senior field agent.
- Death by Irony: In Casino Royale, Mathis leaves the dead bodies of Steven Obanno and his bodyguard in Le Chiffre's ally's trunk to get him out of the picture by framing him. In Quantum of Solace, he is apparently killed and his body is left in Bond's trunk for the police to "find" and frame Bond.
- Died in Your Arms Tonight: He dies in Bond's arms in Quantum of Solace.
- Killed Off for Real: Is killed off in Quantum of Solace.
- Mistaken for an Imposter: At the end of Casino Royale Bond has Mathis arrested because Le Chiffre identified Mathis as a Double Agent. In Quantum of Solace this is revealed to have been false.
- Mr. Exposition: In Casino Royale he provides information to Bond upon his arrival at the titular casino and play-by-play commentary for the poker game.
- Punk in the Trunk: In Casino Royale, he places the dead bodies of Steven Obanno and his bodyguard in the police chief's car trunk to frame him. This is turned against him in Quantum of Solace, where he is beaten by the Bolivian police and placed in his own car trunk in order to frame Bond.
- Retirony: A variation in Quantum of Solace. He's retired already, and would have been fine if he stayed retired, but agreeing to help Bond on one last job got him killed. Once he left his happy little villa (and hot girlfriend), you knew he wasn't going to get to go back to it.
- Sacrificial Lion: Is killed in Quantum of Solace in a display of how far the connections of the bad guys reach.
Played by: Jesper Christensen
- Badass in a Nice Suit: He wears a nice suit in all of his scenes.
- Better to Die than Be Killed: Confident his daughter will be safe with Bond, White takes his own life to deny Blofeld the satisfaction.
- Big Bad: Le Chiffre's contact in Quantum and the reason he sets up the poker game in Montenegro to begin with. At first he seems to be a background threat but he controls Le Chiffre and after the man's failure he kills Le Chiffre himself and directly drives the plot himself by taking charge of getting the terrorist money back himself.
- The Chessmaster: The SMS in Vesper's phone indicates that he had a hand in her extortion.
- Deadpan Snarker:White: I guess Tosca isn't for everyone.
- Diabolical Mastermind: He's an even higher operative within Quantum than Le Chiffre, who's himself already an example of this.
- Driven to Suicide: In Spectre, he kills himself by firing his gun at the jaw from point blank range..
- Even Evil Has Loved Ones: Despite their estrangement, he still deeply cares for his daughter and gives Bond intel on SPECTRE in return for Bond promising to protect her.
- Even Evil Has Standards: He had a falling out with SPECTRE over their involvement in human trafficking of children.
- Genre Savvy: Chooses to not stand up and leave the performance of Tosca once Bond uncovers his network.
- Greater Scope Villain: In Quantum of Solace, he and his associates observe the fight between Bond and the film's Big Bad, without stepping into the light at all themselves.
- Karma Houdini: Averted, as Bond captures him thanks to Vesper's last SMS.
- Manipulative Bastard: He was the one in charge of blackmailing Vesper Lynd.
- The Man Behind the Man: He was the man behind Le Chiffre's acts in Casino Royale and some of the events that unfold in Quantum of Solace.
- Nebulous Evil Organization: Quantum, the criminal organization of which he's the liaison with Le Chiffre. It's eventually revealed that Quantum is just one branch of SPECTRE.
- Non-Action Big Bad: Le Chiffre is The Heavy and Mr. White is content to sit back while his subordinate attempts to recover his losses until he becomes fed up with Le Chiffre's incompetence and begins focusing on Bond himself.
- Only Known By His Nickname: Like a lot of the bad guys in here, we never find out his real name.
- Pre-Mortem One-Liner: Before shooting Le Chiffre in the head.Mr. White: Money isn't as valuable to our organization as knowing who to trust. *BANG*
- Punk in the Trunk: At the beginning of Quantum of Solace.
- Soft-Spoken Sadist: The only time where he raises his voice is when he screams after he's shot in the leg by Bond.
- Villainous Rescue: Saves Bond's and Vesper's life when they are tortured by Le Chiffre.
- Wicked Cultured: He loves opera.
- You Have Outlived Your Usefulness: In Spectre, we find that following his failures with Le Chiffre and Greene, as well as his objection to SPECTRE's entry into the child sex trade, Blofeld has declared him a liability and had him poisoned. He hangs on long enough, apparently through sheer force of will, to entrust his daughter's safety to Bond before ending his life on his own terms.
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