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Characters specific to ''Film/TomorrowNeverDies''. For those in the entire [[Film/JamesBond film franchise]], see [[Characters/JamesBond here]].

!Wai Lin
->Played by: '''Creator/MichelleYeoh'''

A Chinese agent sent to investigate what 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.

* ActionGirl[=/=]{{Badass}}: 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?
* BadassInDistress: In the climax, after Stamper gets the drop on her and chains her up underwater.
* ColonelBadass: Her rank, as revealed near the end of the film.
* DistaffCounterpart: 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.
* EnemyMine: 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."
* GirlOfTheWeek: The main Bond girl of the film. They planned on bringing her back for a small role in ''Film/DieAnotherDay'' (the role that the Mr. Chang character fills in the final film), but it never came to be.
* GunFu: She gets several fight scenes in which she displays this.
* GunsAkimbo: In the final assault on Carver's ship, [=MP5s=] akimbo, even doing Creator/ChuckNorris justice.
* HotScoop: 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.
* KungFuFighting: 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.
* SpyCatsuit: 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.
* WeAreStrugglingTogether: Most of her and Bond's alliance of convenience is marked by incredible amounts of bickering.
* WhenHarryMetSvetlana: Her exchange with Bond about "get to work with a decadent agent of a corrupt Western power" is even the current quote at the top of the trope's page.

!Elliot Carver
->Played by: '''Creator/JonathanPryce'''

A media mogul who plans to provoke a global war in order to boost sales and ratings of his news divisions.

* BigBad: The main villain of the film.
* CardCarryingVillain: "There's no news... like '''''bad''''' news!"
* CatchPhrase: He tends to say "Delicious!" when things go his way.
* TheChessmaster: His plan consists of leading Great Britain and China to war.
* CorruptCorporateExecutive: 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.
* DiabolicalMastermind: He uses his media empire to create tomorrow's headlines.
* EvilIsHammy: 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.
* EvilIsPetty: He's driving the world to possible World War... for ratings. [[DisproportionateRetribution And because China wouldn't give him broadcasting rights]].
* {{Expy}}: Of Blofeld in ''Film/YouOnlyLiveTwice''. 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 [[YouHaveFailedMe 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 Item}}s.
* FauxAffablyEvil: 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?
* FourEyesZeroSoul: 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''.
* HoistByHisOwnPetard: [[spoiler: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.
* LargeHam: Carver really wears his status as a Bond villain on his sleeve.
* NoCelebritiesWereHarmed: Said to be modelled on Robert Maxwell, but analysed as a satire on Rupert Murdoch.
* NonActionBigBad: 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.
* PlayingBothSides: His plan consists of leading Great Britain and China to war.
* PrecisionFStrike: "And Mr. Stamper, would you please ''kill'' those '''''bastards!?'''''"
* TranquilFury: 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 [[DeadlyEuphemism 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 OOCIsSeriousBusiness.
* VillainWithGoodPublicity: 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.
* WhatTheFuAreYouDoing: Does this to mock Wai Lin.
* YoureInsane: 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."

!Paris Carver
->Played by: '''Teri Hatcher'''

Elliot Carver's wife. She had a relation with Bond in the past, as shown by her reaction upon seeing him (slapping him).

* ArmorPiercingSlap: 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.
* CartwrightCurse: 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.
* DeadStarWalking: Despite her prominence in the advertising campaign, she gets very little screen time before being killed offscreen.
* DeathBySex: She's killed after having sex with Bond.
* DisposableWoman: Paris appears for three scenes at most before being killed by Carver for aiding Bond, which makes the whole affair personal for him.
* DressHitsFloor: Bond slips her dress off her shoulders, which then leads to a cut to a ToplessnessFromTheBack shot.
* MsFanservice: Especially when she loses her dress thanks to Bond.
* NewOldFlame: 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 [[Film/GoldenEye Natalya Simonova]] or [[Film/DrNo Sylvia Trench]], but this was nixed due to fearing the bad reception that would come from killing her off.
* SacrificialLamb: 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.
* ShesGotLegs: Her scene after having sex with Bond has her showing them off while she's adjusting her garter, which leads to...
* StockingFiller: She's show adjusting her garter after having sex with Bond, accentuating her legs.
* StuffedIntoTheFridge: Or rather, laid out on the bed for Bond to find. Her death makes the whole affair rather personal for him.
* ToplessnessFromTheBack

!Richard Stamper
->Played by: '''Götz Otto'''

Elliot Carver's main henchman.

* AndThisIsFor: 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!
* {{Badass}}: He gives what has to be the most physical challenge Bond ever had during Brosnan's era.
* BlondGuysAreEvil: A bleached blond this time. He's Elliot Carver's muscle and torture expert.
* DeathGlare: 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.
* TheDragon: To Carver, being his top enforcer and muscle.
* DragonTheirFeet: With Carver being a NonActionBigBad who is easily killed, Bond's true final battle is with a vengeful Stamper.
* EvenEvilHasLovedOnes: Dr. Kaufman was like a father for him.
* EstablishingCharacterMoment: When he guns down the survivors of the British frigate.
* {{Expy}}: As an imposing light-haired henchman, he's an obvious homage to [[Film/FromRussiaWithLove Red Grant]], in the tradition of [[Film/YouOnlyLiveTwice Hans]], [[Film/ForYourEyesOnly Eric Kriegler]] and [[Film/TheLivingDaylights Necros]].
* MadeOfIron: He [[NoSell shrugs off Bond stabbing him twice in the space of a minute, once right in the chest!]]
* MeaningfulName: "Stamper" sure sounds a lot like "Stomper", and sure enough, he makes good of that name in his fight with Bond in the climax.
* TheStoic: Shows little to no emotion, even as he's gunning people down. It slips when he's fighting Bond, though.
* TortureTechnician: 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.

!Henry Gupta
->Played by: '''Ricky Jay'''

An 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.

* BeardOfEvil: Has a beard and is in the employ of the BigBad.
* BombThrowingAnarchists: It's mentioned he got his start in the terrorism industry as a counterculture radical in the '60s.
* TheCracker: Is described as a "techno-terrorist", which nowadays would be more commonly called a cyberterrorist.
* EvilGenius: He's the one with the knowledge about how the GPS encoder and the missile aimed at Beijing work.
* GenreSavvy: He sees through Bond's cover story with considerable ease.
* TerroristsWithoutACause: The film pretty much states that he sells his talents in terrorism to the highest bidder.
* WesternTerrorists: An American "techno-terrorist".
* YouHaveOutlivedYourUsefulness: 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.

!Dr. Kaufman
->Played by: '''Vincent Schiavelli'''

A professional assassin hired by Carver to kill Bond, [[spoiler: kill Paris,]] and retrieve the GPS encoder.

* AintTooProudToBeg: 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.
* BaldOfEvil: A bald professional assassin.
* DeadlyDoctor[=/=]MadDoctor: He uses his forensic medicine expertise to cover his tracks.
* DirtyCoward: 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."
* EvilIsHammy: The good doctor even sounds like [[Recap/DoctorWhoS4E5TheUnderwaterMenace Professor Zaroff]].
-->'''Kaufman''': Believe me, Mr. Bond, I could shoot you from Stuttgart und still create ze proper effect!
* FauxAffablyEvil: He's pretty polite, even as he's describing how he will frame Bond for a MurderSuicide.
* HoistByHisOwnPetard: [[spoiler:He gets shot by Bond with his own gun.]]
* KarmicDeath: His original plan was to [[spoiler: 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]].
* MakeItLookLikeAnAccident: He is particularly gifted at doing this, according to himself.
-->'''Kaufman''': I am especially good at the celebrity overdose.
* MorallyAmbiguousDoctorate: 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.
* NothingPersonal:
-->'''Kaufman''': Wait! I'm just a professional doing a job!\\
'''Bond''': [[TranquilFury Me]] [[PreMortemOneLiner too.]]
* ProfessionalKiller: He's one that uses his forensic medicine expertise to his advantage.
* PsychoForHire: 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''.
* SmugSnake: He speaks arrogantly about his abilities in his "work".
* TortureTechnician: 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.

!Jack Wade
->Played by: '''Joe Don Baker'''

The CIA agent from ''Film/{{GoldenEye}}'' 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".

* AmericansAreCowboys: After the hat and Texan accent from ''[=GoldenEye=]'', now he even looks like a HawaiianShirtedTourist.
* {{Expy}}: He's pretty much Brosnan's version of Felix Leiter.
* [[HawaiianShirtedTourist Hawaiian Shirt]]: Wears one when he welcomes Bond on the American base. And it's covered with [[EverythingsBetterWithDinosaurs dinosaurs.]]
* HeroOfAnotherStory: He and the Americans seem to have their own investigation going on off-screen.
* IWasNeverHere: Just like he previously said in ''[=GoldenEye=]''. But he also adds now that the U.S. has no interest in seeing World War 3 break out [[SelfDeprecation unless they start it]].