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Played by: Michelle YeohA Chinese agent sent by her government to investigate what is going on between Elliot Carver and a general of the People's Liberation Army. Wai Lin and Bond find themselves forced to work together when both figure out the truth behind Carver's media empire.
- Action Girl: A very capable agent who's as skilled with gunplay and espionage as she is at kung-fu. Did we mention she's played by Michelle Yeoh?
- Badass in Distress: In the climax, after Stamper gets the drop on her and chains her up underwater.
- Colonel Badass: Her rank, as revealed near the end of the film.
- Distaff Counterpart: In a line of Bond "equals", she's possibly the most effective, spending much of the film equaling or even beating Bond at his own game, and even having her own room full of Q-esque gadgets.
- Enemy Mine: With Bond. Lampshaded by her line of how "every now and then you [have to] work with a decadent agent of a corrupt Western power."
- Girl of the Week: The main Bond girl of the film. They planned on bringing her back for a small role in Die Another Day (the role that the Mr. Chang character fills in the final film), but it never came to be.
- Gun Fu: She gets several fight scenes in which she displays this.
- Guns Akimbo: In the final assault on Carver's ship, MP5s akimbo, even doing Chuck Norris justice.
- Hot Scoop: Her cover at Carver's CMGN launch party. It works even better than Bond's, with Carver even saying he might give her a job behind a news desk.
- Kung Fu Fighting: She's played by Michelle Yeoh, so this is a given. She gets her own fight with a bunch of thugs to demonstrate her skills, even doing a flip off a wall.
- Spy Catsuit: Her uniform during several scenes, like when she meets Bond while he's stealing the GPS encoder, and the final assault on Carver's ship.
- We ARE Struggling Together: Most of her and Bond's alliance of convenience is marked by incredible amounts of bickering.
- When Harry Met Svetlana: Her exchange with Bond about "[getting] to work with a decadent agent of a corrupt Western power" is even the current quote at the top of the trope's page.
Played by: Jonathan PryceAn international media baron who plans to provoke a global war in order to boost the sales and ratings of his news network.
- Big Bad: The main villain of the film.
- Card-Carrying Villain: "There's no news... like bad news!"
- Catch Phrase: He tends to say "Delicious!" when things go his way.
- The Chessmaster: His plan consists of leading Great Britain and China to war.
- Corrupt Corporate Executive: The ultimate example. As James Bond puts it, he forgot the most important role of media, which was to give the public what they want.
- Diabolical Mastermind: He uses his media empire to create tomorrow's headlines.
- Evil Is Hammy: Really, with lines like "There's no news... like bad news!", and later mocking Wai Lin by making lots of karate moves and yelling "Hai!" all the while, he really wears his status as a Bond villain on his sleeve.
- Evil Is Petty: He's driving the world to possible World War... for ratings. And because China wouldn't give him broadcasting rights.
- During the launch party in Hamburg, he laughs off rumors that he ran Mad Cow stories because a British beef magnate lost to him at poker and refused to pay.
- Expy: Of Blofeld in You Only Live Twice. Both have a plan to cause World War III between two countries; one from the East and another from the West, through incidents involving a government ship of some kind; kill a woman that is affiliated to them for having failed them, and are stopped by Bond and a female Asian secret agent. At one point, Carver even wears a black Nehru jacket; a gray/beige Nehru jacket was one of Blofeld's Iconic Items.
- Faux Affably Evil: Almost always acts cheery and polite, even when he's holding someone at gunpoint, and especially when he's orchestrating disastrous events for his newspaper.Carver: Good morning, my golden retrievers! What kind of havoc shall Carver Media Group create in the world today?
- Four Eyes, Zero Soul: Especially in the first scene where that's practically all we see of him... which is weird because we then see him in person clearly talking about the sinking of the Devonshire.
- Hoist by His Own Petard: Killed by Bond with his own drill.
- Hypocrite: Claims Bond signed Paris's death warrant when Bond asked her to betray Elliot, when Elliot decided to kill her for having a tryst with Bond in the past... just as he sent her to get information out of Bond by seducing him.
- Large Ham: Carver really wears his status as a Bond villain on his sleeve.
- No Celebrities Were Harmed: Said to be modelled on Robert Maxwell, but analysed as a satire on Rupert Murdoch.
- Non-Action Big Bad: Lets his henchmen do the dirty work for him. The closest he gets to actually fighting Bond one-on-one is when he has him at gunpoint near the end, and once Bond disarms him, he's a complete pushover.
- Playing Both Sides: His plan consists of leading Great Britain and China to war.
- Precision F-Strike: "And Mr. Stamper, would you please kill those bastards!?"
- Rags to Riches: His backstory is elaborated on in a deleted scene and the novelization. He was the illegitimate son of a newspaper tycoon and was dumped on a Chinese family in Hong Kong. He started working at a rag, and eventually founded a number of papers that eventually drove his father into bankruptcy and suicide, but not before he got his father to leave everything to him in his will.
- Tranquil Fury: When he is shown the footage confirming that Paris is protecting a spy, he keeps himself well composed as he says "I think we should set an appointment for my wife with the doctor", but you can see the rage in his eyes. It's a stark contrast to his usual hamminess, bordering on O.O.C. Is Serious Business.
- Villain with Good Publicity: Carver's media group's report of the attack of the Devonshire (already labeling it as a Chinese attack, no less) makes a lot of alarms in MI6 go off, but no one does suspect that a media mogul like him had a direct hand in it, of course.
- What the Fu Are You Doing?: Does this to mock Wai Lin.
- You're Insane!: Bond tells him this after Carver shows him the newspaper headlines mentioning the impending conflict, which Carver shrugs off saying that "the distance between insanity and genius is measured only by success."
Played by: Teri HatcherElliot Carver's wife. She had a relation with Bond in the past, as shown by her reaction upon seeing him (slapping him).
- Armor-Piercing Slap: When Bond suddenly shows up four years later after abandoning her, she's not too happy to see him, and her response is to slap him in the face.
- Cartwright Curse: After abandoning her for four years because he felt his job was too dangerous for a real relationship, Bond finally reconnects with her, only for Carver to have her killed for aiding him. Bond is not pleased.
- Dead Star Walking: Despite her prominence in the advertising campaign, she gets very little screen time before being killed offscreen.
- Death by Sex: She's killed after having sex with Bond.
- Disposable Woman: Paris appears for three scenes at most before being killed by Carver for aiding Bond, which makes the whole affair personal for him.
- Dress Hits Floor: Bond slips her dress off her shoulders, which then leads to a cut to a Toplessness from the Back shot.
- Ms. Fanservice: Especially when she loses her dress thanks to Bond.
- New Old Flame: Apparently in addition to all the lovely ladies from his adventures, Bond has ex-girlfriends we haven't even seen. Rumors have circulated she was intended to be an established character, possibly Natalya Simonova or Sylvia Trench, but this was nixed due to fearing the bad reception that would come from killing either of them off.
- Sacrificial Lamb: Paris is presented as having had a close relationship with James Bond (and her actress had prominence in the advertising campaign), then three scenes later she is killed offscreen.
- She's Got Legs: Her scene after having sex with Bond has her showing them off while she's adjusting her garter, which leads to...
- Stocking Filler: She's shown adjusting her garter after having sex with Bond, accentuating her legs.
- Stuffed into the Fridge: Or rather, laid out on the bed for Bond to find. Her death makes the whole affair rather personal for him.
- Toplessness from the Back: Gives this view after Bond takes off her top.
Played by: Götz OttoElliot Carver's main henchman.
- And This Is For...: Pulls this on Bond in their final battle as he's beating him up.Stamper: For Carver, [slams Bond against steel rafter] and for Kaufman, [slams Bond against another rafter before throwing him on the overhead] I owe you an unpleasant death, Mr. Bond!
- Death Glare: He gives several of these during the course of the film.
- Determinator: Stamper shrugs off pretty much everything that Bond throws at him during their fight in the climax; it takes Bond trapping him in the firing mechanism of a missile to defeat him.
- The Dragon: To Carver, being his top enforcer and muscle.
- Dragon Their Feet: With Carver being a Non-Action Big Bad who is easily killed, Bond's true final battle is with a vengeful Stamper.
- Even Evil Has Loved Ones: Dr. Kaufman was like a father for him.
- Establishing Character Moment: When he guns down the survivors of the British frigate.
- Expy: As an imposing light-haired henchman, he's an obvious homage to Red Grant, in the tradition of Hans, Eric Kriegler and Necros.
- Feel No Pain: In the original script, Stamper was to have a gimmick where he feels no pain. This detail is never brought up in the final film, but it's definitely there, as Stamper responds to Bond stabbing him in the chest with a mere sadistic, mocking grin. This trait would be used proper for Renard in The World Is Not Enough, but Stamper actually sells it better than Renard.
- Made of Iron: He shrugs off Bond stabbing him twice in the space of a minute, once right in the chest!
- Meaningful Name: "Stamper" sure sounds a lot like "Stomper", and sure enough, he makes good of that name in his fight with Bond in the climax.
- The Stoic: Shows little to no emotion, even as he's gunning people down. It slips when he's fighting Bond, though.
- Torture Technician: Kaufman trained him in the many methods of torture, especially chakra torture, though he doesn't show them.
Played by: Ricky JayAn American "techno-terrorist" in the employ of Elliot Carver. Intent on starting a war between the United Kingdom and China, Elliot Carver sends Henry Gupta to a terrorist arms bazaar to purchase an American military GPS encoder. Using this device, Gupta meacons the GPS signal and sends the British frigate HMS Devonshire off-course into Chinese-held waters in the South China Sea, where Carver's stealth ship sinks the frigate with a sea drill and steals one of its missiles.
- Beard of Evil: Has a beard and is in the employ of the Big Bad.
- Bomb-Throwing Anarchists: It's mentioned he got his start in the terrorism industry as a counterculture radical in the '60s.
- The Cracker: Is described as a "techno-terrorist", which nowadays would be more commonly called a cyberterrorist.
- Evil Genius: He's the one with the knowledge about how the GPS encoder and the missile aimed at Beijing work.
- Genre Savvy: He sees through Bond's cover story with considerable ease.
- Terrorists Without a Cause: The film pretty much states that he sells his talents in terrorism to the highest bidder.
- Western Terrorists: An American "techno-terrorist".
- You Have Outlived Your Usefulness: After reporting to Carver than the missile aimed at Beijing is ready to fire, Carver pulls this almost word for word, quipping "Well, it seems you've outlived your contract!" before shooting him dead.
Played by: Vincent SchiavelliA professional assassin hired by Carver to kill both Bond and Paris, and retrieve the GPS encoder.
- Ain't Too Proud to Beg: Pleads for Bond not to kill him, claiming that he's "just a professional doing a job". Too bad for him that Bond is, too.
- Bald of Evil: A bald professional assassin.
- Deadly Doctor: He uses his forensic medicine expertise to cover his tracks.
- Dirty Coward: Kaufman boasts about how he's going to kill Bond and then make it look like a suicide and get off scot-free, but Bond manages to subdue him and is pointing at him with his own gun, Kaufman beg for Bond not to kill him, claiming that he's "just a professional doing a job."
- Evil Is Hammy: Schiavelli certainly went to town with the German accent.Kaufman: Believe me, Mr. Bond, I could shoot you from Stuttgart und still create ze proper effect!
- Faux Affably Evil: He's pretty polite, even as he's describing how he will frame Bond for a Murder-Suicide.
- Hoist by His Own Petard: He gets shot by Bond with his own gun.
- Karmic Death: His original plan was to kill Paris, kill Bond, and make it look like Bond killed Paris and then himself. Bond kills Kaufman and makes it look like he killed Paris and then himself.
- Mad Doctor: He uses his forensic medicine expertise to cover his tracks.
- Make It Look Like an Accident: He is particularly gifted at doing this, according to himself.Kaufman: I am especially good at the celebrity overdose.
- Morally Ambiguous Doctorate: His "legitimate" profession is a professor of forensic medicine, and as such prides himself on his ability to make a crime scene look exactly the way he wants it to.
- Nothing Personal:
- Professional Killer: He's one that uses his forensic medicine expertise to his advantage.
- Psycho for Hire: He really seems to enjoy the opportunity that being both a killer and having knowledge of forensic medicine brings to him, plus noting that torture is a "hobby" for him. Later in the film, it's revealed that this included chakra torture.
- Smug Snake: He speaks arrogantly about his abilities in his "work".
- Torture Technician: He trained Stamper in the many methods of torture, especially chakra torture. He himself considers torture as a hobby, actually.
Played by: Cecilie ThomsenA Danish language professor at Oxford University who spends some intimate time with Bond. It is while being with her that Bond receives a phone call from Miss Moneypenny, informing him to report to office to be debriefed about the sinking of the Devonshire.