Characters: Tomorrow Never Dies
Characters specific to Tomorrow Never Dies. For those in the entire film franchise, see here.
Played by: Michelle YeohA Chinese agent sent to investigate WTF is going on with Elliot Carver. She also believes at first that she and Bond must kill each other, but are 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.
- Badass: See above. 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.
- Girl of the Week: As with all Bond girls. 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.
- 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.
- We ARE Struggling Together: Most of her and Bond's alliance of convenience is marked by incredible amounts of bickering.
Played by: Jonathan PryceA media mogul who is completely insane and possibly even psychopathic, with scant regard for any of the lives he will destroy as a result of his media ambition.
- Big Bad
- Card-Carrying Villain: "There's no news... like bad news!"
- Catch Phrase: He tends to say "Delicious!" when things go his way.
- 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.
- Evil Is Petty: He's driving the world to possible World War...for ratings.
- 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.
- 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: Pryce wanted to play the role even hammier, but was told to tone it down.
- 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.
- Precision F-Strike: "And Mr. Stamper, would you please kill those bastards!?"
- 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 OOC Is Serious Business.
- What the Fu Are You Doing?: Does this to mock Wai Lin.
- You're Insane!: "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.
- 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.
- Remember the New Guy: 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 her off.
- 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.
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.
- Blond Guys Are Evil: A bleached blond this time. He's Elliot Carver's muscle and torture expert.
- 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.
- Made of Iron: He shrugs off Bond stabbing him twice in the space of a minute, once right in the chest!
- 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, which involves inflicting the maximum amount of pain on the body's most vital areas, but he won't have the pleasure to use them on Bond and Wai Lin.
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.
- Bomb-Throwing Anarchists: It's mentioned he got his start in the terrorism industry as a counterculture radical in the '60s.
- Genre Savvy: He sees through Bond's cover story with considerable ease.
- 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 Bond, kill 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.
- 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.
- Make It Look Like an Accident: He is particularly gifted at doing this, according to himself."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:Kaufman: Wait! I'm just a professional doing a job!
- Torture Technician: He trained Stamper in the many methods of torture, especially chakra torture, which involves inflicting the maximum amount of pain on the body's most vital areas, but he considers torture as a hobby, actually.
Played by: Joe Don BakerThe CIA agent appears again, coming up to James, welcoming him after James successfully retrieved a GPS encoder from Carver's office. He is last seen looking at Bond leaving to look at the wreck not leaving "without saying goodbye".
- Expy: He's pretty much Brosnan's version of Felix Leiter.
- Hawaiian Shirt: Wears one when he welcomes Bond on the American base. And it's covered with dinosaurs.