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Played by: Sophie MarceauThe daughter and heir of an oil magnate, she was once kidnapped for ransom by Renard. She is under the protection of MI6 after her father's assassination.
- Big Bad: Turns out to be the main villain of the film, with Renard being The Dragon.
- Decoy Damsel: It's a bait-and-switch: the reveal that Elektra is not only a Bond girl but a villain is a great way of subverting audience expectations.
- Erotic Asphyxiation: She enjoys torturing Bond with her neck-breaking chair.
- While not as blatant as Max Zorin in A View to a Kill, Elektra's plan to use Renard to nuke Istanbul in order to make her the sole transporter of oil to the west once again recalls the plot of Goldfinger. Interestingly, Elektra also has an ally capable of resisting pain with Renard, just like Goldfinger did with Oddjob, though Renard plays more of a key role in comparison.
- She's also meant to invoke aspects of On Her Majesty's Secret Service, as the creators suggested that Bond believed he had found another Tracy in her, but his new beloved turned out to be a Blofeld, making it something of a shame she only lasted one film.
- Lady in Red: She wears a red dress◊ when visiting Zukovsky's casino.
- The Man Behind the Man: Renard exists to make the audience believe he is the Big Bad while we're meant to think Elektra is just a one-off love interest, with the major plot twist later being that Renard's actions are based on his services to Elektra's plan. The former point was confirmed by director Michael Apted when discussing a deleted scene involving Renard's introduction in the film.
- Manipulative Bitch: She plays M, Bond and the rest of MI-6 for fools, all the while pretending to be the innocent victim.
- Meaningful Name: Her name becomes a bonus for those who know about the Electra Complex. Namely, that her relationship with her father is the complete inversion of it.
- More Than Mind Control: Her time in captivity caused Elektra to become a victim of Stockholm Syndrome; however, Elektra claims she always had it in for her father, believing that he stole her mother's oil reserves.
- Ms. Fanservice: Besides the examples mentioned below She's Got Legs, there's also her scene with Bond in bed in which only her arm is (barely) covering her breasts (numerous takes were required for that scene because Sophie Marceau's nipples often showed, which is a big no-no if the filmmakers wish to retain a PG-13 rating.)
- Non-Action Big Bad: Subverted. She never does any form of active combat herself, but she shoots Valentin Zukovsky when he storms into the room were Bond is tortured, and then kicks his machine gun away from him. What she did not know however, was that Zukovsky's cane could be turned into a single-shot gun in an emergency, which he used to shoot one of the restraints holding Bond's hands so he could escape from the torture chair.
- Oedipus Complex: Electra Complex, rather. Literally. Although Elektra hated her father rather than being attracted to him. This also plays into her relationship with Renard, even though he's not much older: watch the positively girlish way that she runs to the window to see him arriving, flings herself into his arms when he enters, then leads him off to present the captive M to him as a gift.
- Please Keep Your Hat On: While Renard has a gimmick scar, Elektra has a grotesque disfigurement: She is missing her right ear lobe. Shrewdly, she conceals it behind an earring, symbolising Elektra's camouflage as a Bond girl instead of a Bond villain. Better yet, the wound was self-inflicted, as Renard refused to hurt her when she was held captive, as he had fallen in love with her.
- Screw the Rules, I'm Beautiful!: Utterly convinced that no one will ever suspect her of wrongdoing, even in the case of blatant terrorism.
- Self-Made Orphan: Blows up her father to secure rights to his new pipeline.
- She's Got Legs: When she's lying naked on the bed, Renard rubs her thigh up and down, and her outfit in the scene where she tortures Bond.
- Stockholm Syndrome: Elektra the kidnap victim eventually joined her captor, Renard, to the point that by the time of the film, is Renard who's having Lima Syndrome.
- Tragic Villain: She was kidnapped by Renard and held for ransom, which her father refused to pay on the advice of M. Being embittered by what she saw as her father's betrayal is what motivated her to join forces with Renard, falling in love with him in the process.
- Unlimited Wardrobe: Justified given that Elektra's character is the heir of an oil magnate.
- The Vamp: She's really keen on having a relationship with Bond and guilt-tripping him, and the reveal that she's the true Big Bad of the film cements her as this, to the point that she thinks that Bond wouldn't shoot her. She's wrong.
- Walking Spoiler: Well, with all those spoiler tags, she isn't likely to just be the Girl of the Week, is she?
- Woobie, Destroyer of Worlds: Her reason for her acts is having being abandoned to her fate by her own father, and at the advice of M, the Big Good, no less, which certainly didn't do wonders for her sanity.
- You Wouldn't Shoot Me: She says this to Bond, saying that he'd miss her. Nope.
Victor Zokas / Renard
Played by: Robert CarlyleHe is a (formerly) Soviet terrorist, Elektra's kidnapper and her father's killer. He has an almost superhuman invulnerability to the feeling of pain due to a bullet lodged in his brain from a failed assassination attempt on his life by MI-6 agent 009.
- Alas, Poor Villain: The genuine anguish and rage he shows when he learns of Elektra's death.
- Artistic License – Biology: Even if that bullet in Renard's head could suppress his ability to feel pain (more than likely he'd be comatose), that does NOT simply grant him immunity from any damage. In the scene where he picks up the burning rock, his hand would still have had the skin burned off, just like Davidov (while Davidov's hand is totally bandaged in his next scene, Renard's hand remains unmarked for the rest of the film).
- Bad Boss: He burns Davidov's hand with a burning rock just to show his inability to feel pain and kills Arkov after he wants him out of their scheme.
- Bald of Evil: He has one, and apparently almost every member of his terrorist ring also does.
- Big Bad: Downplayed. The movie wants to make the audience believe he is the Big Bad. Elektra King is the true Big Bad, with Renard serving as The Dragon.
- Bomb-Throwing Anarchists: Renard is also known as "Renard the Anarchist", but he espouses no anarchist philosophy. Instead, his career as a terrorist has been spent blowing things up For the Evulz. And by the time of the movie, for love.
- Broken Bird: He completely loses it after he learns of Elektra's death.
- Death Seeker: The bullet wound that left him impervious to pain will still kill him nonetheless, so Renard doesn't care about death.
- Disability Superpower: His bullet wound is killing off his senses and will actually kill him eventually, but in the meantime it's effectively given him super-human stamina.
- The Dreaded: His mooks are terrified of him, Cigar Girl for instance opting for Better to Die than Be Killed rather than face his wrath.
- Good Scars, Evil Scars: Renard has a big scar on his forehead from the entry wound of the bullet that's slowly killing him. He gains another one on his forehead after Bond pistol whips him at the nuclear testing facility, after Renard mocks Bond about Elektra.
- Hoist by His Own Petard: Gets impaled by the nuclear rod that he was using in his plan.
- Impaled with Extreme Prejudice: He doesn't die from his head bullet. Instead, Bond replugs the reactor and flips a switch to shoot the plutonium rod he inserted out and into his torso. By then, however, the rod being in for only 30 seconds had sealed the sub's fate, and it took flooding to inhibit the explosion which otherwise would have destroyed the city.
- Lima Syndrome: Renard fell in love with Elektra while holding her captive.
- Meaningful Name: "Renard" means "Fox" in French.
- Red Right Hand: A bullet in his forehead that gives him superhuman endurance to pain.
- Thrown from the Zeppelin: His Evil Genius, Mikhail Arkov, wants out after Bond singlehandedly wipes out the armada of mooks Arkov had sent. Renard accepts Arkov's resignation with a round through the heart.
- Tragic Villain: He genuinely felt Elektra's death deeply.
- Villainous Breakdown: Crosses with Nice Job Breaking It, Hero!. When Bond smugly tells Renard that Elektra is dead, he loses any sanity he had and starts pummeling 007, screaming, "Liar!" And he goes forward with inserting a plutonium rod into the core, which overloads its already radioactive contents.
- Western Terrorists: A former KGB agent turned terrorist.
Dr. Christmas Jones
Played by: Denise RichardsAn American nuclear physicist working in former USSR to dismantle nuclear warheads.
- Action Survivor: After her introduction, she's present in almost all of Bond's actions scenes, and manages to hang on pretty efficiently, all things considered.
- Brainy Brunette: She's brunette and a brilliant physicist.
- Embarrassing First Name: Suffice to say, "Christmas" is not a very common first name, for obvious reasons.
- Girl of the Week: The main Bond Girl of the film.
- Hollywood Nerd: You have Denise Richards, a former fashion model, play a nuclear physicist.
- Hot Scientist: She wears a tank top and shorts around a nuclear testing silo, and is a brilliant physicist.
- Improbable Age: Narrowly averted. Denise Richards was 28 at the time of filming, playing a scientist leading a nuclear research project. In real life she would have barely qualified as a doctor at such an age.
- Ms. Fanservice: The tank tops and shorts are just the start; it's even used in-universe when she and Bond go to Zukovsky's caviar factory. Even Elektra admires her looks.Elektra: Pretty thing! You've had her too?
- Never Heard That One Before: Subverted: Jones tells Bond at their first meeting that she doesn't want him to make any jokes about her name, but he mentions that he doesn't "know any doctor jokes".
- Punny Name: Which lends itself to one of the singularly most cringeworthy puns in the franchise's history.
- She's Got Legs: The shorts not only reveal them very well, but she also shows them off to Zukovsky when wearing a purple dress when he sees her in his office at the caviar factory.
- True Blue Femininity: She wears a light blue dress◊ when celebrating christmas with Bond.
Played by: GoldieValentin Zukovsky's traitorous gold-toothed bodyguard.
- Bald of Evil: Well, actually a crew cut, but he's The Mole.
- Bodyguard Betrayal: A seemingly loyal bodyguard to Valentin Zukovsky, Bullion actually was working for Elektra King, and tipped her off about Bond's location at the caviar factory.
- Conspicuous Consumption: Has Gold Tooth. His actor is a gold-grill wearer in real life, by the way. Lampshaded by Bond:Bond: I see you've put your money where your mouth is.
- Dirty Coward: During the Maiden's Tower assault in Istanbul, after seeing that Zukovsky is still alive, Bullion nervously tells him that he's glad to see him alive, to which Zukovsky responds to "Me, too." and shoots him dead.
- Gold Tooth: Has a full grill of them.
- Laser-Guided Karma: He is gunned down by the very man he tried to kill just earlier in the day.
- The Mole: Within Zukovsky's organization, for Elektra's.
Dr. Molly Warmflash
Played by: Serena Scott Thomas
M: [to James Bond] I see the good doctor has cleared you. Notes you have exceptional stamina.A MI-6 physician for agents. She diagnoses Bond with a dislocated collarbone and advises him to stay out of action. Not wanting to be taken off the active duty, Bond seduces her into clearing him as fit for duty.
Miss Moneypenny: I'm sure she was touched by his dedication... to the job in hand.
Miss Moneypenny: I'm sure she was touched by his dedication... to the job in hand.
- Can't Get Away with Nuthin': M is savvy enough to guess what Bond did so that his physician gave him "a clean bill of health," and Dr. Warmflash lands in hot water.
- Hospital Hottie: A MI6 physician who Bond seduces (and not for the first time) to get her to clear him for duty, provided he stays in close contact and shows sufficient stamina.
- Mr. Exposition: She gives a briefing on Renard, explaining his cerebral damage and the Feel No Pain Disability Superpower it gives him.
- Ms. Fanservice: Bond eventually leaves her only in her dark lingerie.
Played by: Maria Grazia Cucinotta
James Bond: I can protect you! Do you understand? I can protect you!A woman Bond meets in Bilbao, Spain, when he meets with the Swiss banker Lachaise to retrieve money belonging to Sir Robert King. At first seemingly just the deliverer of a Double Entendre, she turns out to be more than meets the eye.
Cigar Girl: Not from him!
Cigar Girl: Not from him!
- All There in the Manual: The novelization of the film, besides retaining a scene between her and Renard in Bilbao that was cut from the theatrical release, gave the Cigar Girl a name: Giulietta da Vinci. Other related media eventually took to call her "Giulietta the Cigar Girl" because of this.
- Better to Die than Be Killed: She kills herself rather than face Renard's wrath for her failure.
- Dark Action Girl: She gave the film a quite explosive opening sequence, pardoning the pun.
- Double Entendre: She probably didn't intend it that way, but Bond, as always, jumped at the occasion in the following exchange:Cigar Girl: [after handing Bond a receipt] Would you like to check my figures?
James Bond: Oh, I'm sure they're perfectly rounded.
- No Name Given: She goes unnamed in the film, "Cigar Girl" not even being an In-Series Nickname, but rather a name given in the closing credits because when she enters the office in which Bond and Lachaise have their meeting, she's carrying a box of cigars to offer to them.
- We Hardly Knew Ye: Dies at the end of the pre-credits sequence.
Sir Robert King
Sir Robert King
Played by: David CalderA British oil tycoon and personal friend of M after they studied together at Oxford, and father of Elektra King.
- All There in the Script: In the script, it is explained in more detail how he inherited the oil fortune from his wife's family: Her father had no male heirs so he left the property to his son-in-law.
- Asshole Victim: He turned out to be kind of a Jerkass, all things considered. He was willing to destroy an ancient church in Azerbaijan—his wife's homeland, no less—for his oil pipeline (which caused the local villagers to riot), and he stole his wife's inheritance to further his own ambition and greed.
- Gold Digger: A rare gender inversion with Sir Robert King and his Azeri wife; Robert married her to gain access to oil-rich lands near the Caspian Sea that her family owned. According to Elektra, her father was nothing before he married her mother. As a British man with a foreign wife, he was able to seize control of the assets which should've rightfully belonged to Elektra's mother, but the sexism and racism which existed at the time meant that she couldn't reclaim what her husband stole.
- Jerkass: He turned out to be kind of one, all things considered. He was willing to destroy an ancient church in Azerbaijan—his wife's homeland, no less—for his oil pipeline (which caused the local villagers to riot), and he stole his wife's inheritance to further his own ambition and greed.
Played by: Patrick MalahideA Swiss banker involved in a number of deals with terrorists and other international criminals. He acts as a middleman between MI-6 and the anarchist Renard as the latter attempts to return Sir Robert King's money.
- Asshole Victim: As a Morally Bankrupt Banker who worked for criminals and terrorists; his death doesn't seem to attract sympathy in-universe or out.
- Good Smoking, Evil Smoking: He smokes a cigar during his meeting with Bond, seemingly falling in the "characters who smoke cigars because they're rich and jerks" camp. Especially poignant given Brosnan's Bond's great dislike towards smokingnote (he takes a cigar, but only to give it as a souvenir to Moneypenny).
- He Knows Too Much: Killed by the Cigar Girl before he could give information to Bond.
- In the Back: The Cigar Girl kills him by throwing a knife to the back of his neck.
- Killed Mid-Sentence: Demands Bond's protection for the information he offers just as a knife lodges itself in the back of his neck.
- Morally Bankrupt Banker: A banker who deals with terrorists and international criminals. He's Swiss, just to drive the point home.
- Swiss Bank Account: Is said that the Swiss bank he worked for acted as a middleman between Sir Robert King and Renard on the purchase of a document that, unbeknownst to King, was stolen. Lampshaded by Bond when he meets with Lachaise:Bond: If you can't trust a Swiss banker, then what's the world come to?