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. It turns out she fell victim to Stockholm Syndrome to the point of joining Renard's side.
- Big Bad Duumvirate: With Renard.
- Decoy Damsel: It’s a bait-and-switch: the reveal that Elektra is not 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, 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 the one film.
- The (Wo)Man Behind the Man: Played by Robert Carlyle, Renard exists to distract the audience while we’re meant to think Elektra is a one-off love interest.
- 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, who 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
- Oedipus Complex: Electra Complex, rather. Literally. Although Electra 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 ear lobe, reflecting the sanity she lost during her captivity. 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.
- Red Right Hand: Elektra has a missing right earlobe, which she hides with a large earring. She actually mutilated it herself.
- 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 old man 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 participate in Renard's scheme.
- 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 the reveal that she's one half of the Big Bad Duumvirate 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: You'd miss. Nope.
Victor "Renard" Zokas
Played by: Robert CarlyleHe is a (formerly) Soviet terrorist, Elektra's kidnapper and her father's killer. He is also her lover. 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 MI6.
- 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).
- Bald of Evil: He has one, and apparently every member of his terrorist ring also does.
- Big Bad Duumvirate: With Elektra King, though its clear that they both consider themselves superior to the other.
- 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.
- Good Scars, Evil Scars: Renard has a big scar on his forehead from the entry wound of the bullet that's slowly killing him.
- 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.
- 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 Russia 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 apparently a brilliant physicist.
- Embarrassing First Name: Which lends itself to the singularly most cringeworthy pun in the franchise's history.
- 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 apparently a brilliant physicist.
- 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.
- 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".
Played by: John CleeseQ's assistant. See also Q's character sheet here.
- Butt Monkey: Often the butt of Q's jokes and experiments.
- Code Name: Actually averted, "R" is actually just a name that Bond came up with after Q introduced him as his assistant, as R is the letter that follows Q and so on. Nonetheless, he was listed with that name in the ending credits and even in a few other pieces of related media.
- Gadgeteer Genius: He's assistant of the guy who gives MI6 all of their gadgets.
- Mad Scientist: Like his mentor, he shows elements of this. Not surprising, giving the troupe from which his actor came from.
- Passing the Torch: Becomes the new Q in Die Another Day after Desmond Llewelyn's death after The World Is Not Enough.
Valentin Dmitrovich Zukovsky
Played by: Robbie ColtraneThe Russian gangster who previously appeared in GoldenEye. He has made a fortune in caviar. Elektra made a secret deal with him in order to get the submarine captained by his nephew, Nikolai.
- Big Damn Heroes: He saves Bond at literally the last moment from Elektra's strangulation chair.
- Butt Monkey: At one point, he nearly drowns in a vat of his own caviar.
- Heroic Sacrifice: Dies after being shot by Elektra, 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: He's still in the business, but made a fortune in caviar, so he holds court in a luxurious casino in Baku, rather than the dingy St. Petersburg nightclub from GoldenEye.
- Pornstache: In contrast to his clean-shave appereance in GoldenEye, here he sports a mustache that would make Tony Stark proud.
- Russian Guy Suffers Most: Most notably during the scene in which his caviar factory is destroyed. He's later killed, too.
- Sacrificial Lion: He's shot dead by Elektra 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.
Played by: GoldieZukovsky'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 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.
- The Mole: Within Zukovsky's organization, for Elektra's.