Sir Godfrey Tibbett
A MI6 field operative and horse specialist with a knighthood, who helps Bond when he infiltrates Zorin's villa and stable.
A young geologist whose family's possessions are being squeezed by Zorin.
- '80s Hair: The only Bond girl of the 80s to truly show this.
- Action Survivor: On one hand, Sutton does very little to aid Bond and at one point fails to notice Zorin sneaking up on her in a freaking zeppelin. On the other hand, she does manage to take out Scarpine out of nowhere and does intentionally distract Zorin during the fight at the top of the Golden Gate Bridge, and threatens intruders with a shotgun (filled with rock salt), so at least she tries.
- Age-Gap Romance: Roger Moore was 30 years older than Tanya Roberts.
- Alliterative Name: Stacey Sutton.
- Ankle Drag: May Day grabs Stacey by her ankle when the former tries to climb out of Zorin's mine shaft. Stacey escapes via Giving Them the Strip.
- Beauty Is Never Tarnished: Stacy look beautiful throughout the final action scene, no matter what happens.
- Clothing Damage: It happens quickly with Stacey at the climax when May Day tries to grab her and rips her disguise and part of her dress, showing her legs.
- Coitus Uninterruptus: The final scene is of Bond and Stacey in the shower together when a robot with a remote camera on it piloted by Q homes in on them. Q makes a face and reports back to M that Bond is alive; Bond turns and sees the robot, throws a towel over it, and then turns back to Stacey as if nothing happened.
- Comforting Comforter: Bond covers Stacy Sutton after she fell asleep on her bed.
- Cute, but Cacophonic: She's gorgeous, but her screams are eardrum-shattering.
- Damsel in Distress: One of the most remembered parts of the film is her screaming "Jaaaaames!" a lot at an incredible high pitch. At least she fights back in the climax and even shows determination in fighting back against Zorin beforehand.
- Failed a Spot Check: The infamous scene where Stacey doesn't notice a blimp approaching her, even when Bond yells at her to look out.
- Girl of the Week: She's Bond's main love interest in the film.
- Giving Them the Strip: Stacey sheds her coveralls to escape from May Day while climbing out of Zorin's mine shaft.
- Glad-to-Be-Alive Sex: Bond and Stacey at the end of the film.
- Hair of Gold, Heart of Gold: She's blonde haired and firmly on the good side.
- Hot Scientist: A young, blonde haired geologist.
- Impoverished Patrician: Sutton is the granddaughter of an oil tycoon in California, but the company was taken over by Max Zorin. She filed a lawsuit against him in court, which forced her to sell most of her assets (which is Truth in Television) and become a geologist for the state of California.
- Interrupted Bath: Bond and Stacey are making love in the shower at the end of the movie when they are interrupted by one of Q's inventions, that was looking for him. Bond quickly dumps the device and kisses Stacey again.
- The Load: And how! She is constantly getting into danger due to her own stupidity (at one point failing to notice Christopher Walken on a GIANT ZEPPELIN coming up behind her), and Bond always ends up rescuing her. She did intentionally distract Zorin on the Zeppelin, though, and takes Scarpine right out of nowhere.
- MayDecember Romance: Roger Moore is older than Tanya Roberts' mother. On one hand, this isn't entirely as bad as it sounds, since Roberts' mother gave birth at 17 (plus Carole Bouquet, who played Melina Havelock in For Your Eyes Only was two years younger than Roberts). Still, learning this fact was reportedly what caused Moore to permanently leave the series.
- Screaming Woman: She screams a lot at an incredible high pitch. Even a short fall onto some sand has her belt out a shriek.Sutton: Jaaaaames! Help meeeeeeee!
- Shotguns Are Just Better: But since she's too squeamish to actually kill, she loads hers with rock salt instead of bullets.
- Shower of Love: She makes out with Bond in her shower at the end.
- Token Romance: Roger Moore is 30 years older than the film's lead actress Tanya Roberts, something that had already occurred to him and Carole Bouquet in For Your Eyes Only. And just like in that movie, the hero and the lead Bond Girl, Stacey, have almost no romantic moments before having sex in their final scene, except for a brief flirt that comes between them when they dine at her house. Their relationship seems more like father and daughter, and it doesn't help that in their first scene at Zorin's mansion, Stacey rejects all of his brazen flirtations, looking like she thinks he's a creepy old man.
- Two-Person Pool Party: Bond and Sutton in the shower.
A CIA agent posing as a fish salesman who acts as Bond's contact in San Francisco.
- Ascended Fanboy: As the above quote indicates, he's thrilled at the prospect of partnering up with Bond.
- History Repeats: Is killed by May Day in the exact same way she killed Tibbett.
- Mr. Exposition: Provides Bond with the histories of Conley and Mortner, which in turn allows Bond to realize Zorin is one of the latter's test subjects.
The surviving result of a Nazi eugenics experiment turned microchip tycoon and later recruited by the KGB. He has gone rogue and now pursues his own interests.
- Apocalypse How: Class 0, with the destruction of Silicon Valley and the death of millions just so he can corner the microchip market. All For the Evulz.
- Ax-Crazy: Extremely so, to the point where he literally wields a fire axe during his final fight with Bond. It also doubles as his Fatal Flaw that brings him down. Justified as he is the end result of a Nazi eugenics experiment to create the ideal Super Soldier Gone Horribly Right.
- Amazon Chaser: His dragoness, sparring partner, and lover is a tall, powerfully built woman.
- Bad Boss: Remarkably bad even by Bond villain standards. He personally guns down his own minions while cackling maniacally the moment he no longer needs them, and even betrays May Day, not even for the usual You Have Failed Me but simply For the Evulz.
- Big Bad: He's the main villain of this film, and a truly terrifying one at that.
- Big Fancy House: A Renaissance château in France (Chantilly), no less.
- Corrupt Corporate Executive: He wants to flood Silicon Valley, causing the death of millions just so he can monopolize the microchip market.
- Cunning Linguist: It's mentioned he speaks five languages flawlessly, presumably one of the perks of being the product of 1940s genetic engineering.
- Diabolical Mastermind: He has genius-level intelligence and hatches a scheme to murder millions of people for profit.
- Disney Villain Death: He falls off the Golden Gate Bridge.
- Evil Genius: He has genius-level intelligence but is also completely Ax-Crazy. He hatches a scheme to murder millions of people for profit.
- Evil Is Hammy: It's "More Cowbell" Christopher Walken, what did you expect?
- Evil Is Not a Toy: The Soviets really had no idea what they were dealing with Zorin is an incredibly insane psychopath and homicidal maniac to begin with, and he chose to screw them over once he became successful and no longer needed them.
- Evil Laugh: Often breaks out into evil laughter, even when it seems wholly inappropriate for the situation. For example, he cackles like an insane megalomaniac while gunning down several of his workers. He'd rival The Joker in that department.
- Evil Mentor: The video game Everything or Nothing revealed that he was the mentor of Nikolai Diavolo, who wanted to avenge his death.
- Expy: His plan is, essentially, a remake of Goldfinger's, only with significantly more collateral damage intended. Goldfinger's plan would have killed 60,000 people; Zorin's would murder millions.
- Fatal Flaw: Zorin's Ax-Crazy sociopathic behavior proves to be his biggest flaw, as by the end of the movie his plans have been ruined by May Day, who survived his betrayal, and whatever remaining sanity he had has been completely whittled to the point that he literally wields an ax, trying to hack Bond to death during the climatic final battle at the top of the Golden Gate Bridge.
- Faux Affably Evil: He's very cheerful in public. Likewise when he plans to have millions killed and mows down his own workers.
- Freudian Excuse: The reason why he's sociopathic to begin with is because he's the end result of a Nazi Super Breeding Program during WWII, in an attempt to create "super-children" for the Nazis. The few babies who survived became extremely gifted later in life but also totally devoid of any empathy.
- Jerk with a Heart of Jerk: For how cruel and psychotic he is, most of the film implies that he is genuinely in love with May Day. Only it turns out he doesn't even care about her either, and not only that but he willingly leaves her to die once she's no longer of use to him.
- Karmic Death: He falls in the water from a great height, similar to the investor he had killed earlier.
- Kingpin in His Gym: We are treated to a scene of Zorin sparring with May Day.
- Knight of Cerebus: Probably one of Bond's most dangerous foes since Francisco Scaramanga or Ernst Stavro Blofeld.
- Oh, Crap!: Just as he's about to fall 700 feet off the Golden Gate Bridge.
- Omnicidal Maniac: From the way he acts, it seems he wants to destroy Silicon Valley just to watch it go BOOM. His whole microchip price gouging scheme seems more like a fringe benefit.
- Psychopathic Manchild: He's extremely impulsive and a mentally unstable brute. Part of this is because he is the end result of a Nazi eugenics program while the surviving babies were intelligent, they grew up to become psychopathic. General Gogol criticizing Zorin over (seemingly) killing Bond almost plays like a parent scolding a young child.
- Psychotic Smirk: He flashes a lot of these during the film. He even smiles and laughs right before he falls to his death.
- Put the "Laughter" in "Slaughter": He murders his minions while cackling psychotically like a homicidal maniac.
- Rogue Agent: He used to work for the KGB, but now he follows his own agenda.
- Sadist: He cackles like a homicidal maniac while peppering his own henchmen with bullets out of pure sadism. All because it amused him.
- Sanity Slippage: While he was already an insane psychopath to begin with, Zorin slowly loses his grip on sanity as the film progresses. By the end, he's completely batshit Ax-Crazy to the point of wielding a fire axe against Bond after entering Villainous Breakdown mode.
- Shadow Archetype: While both Zorin and Bond have a startling line/connection between sex and violence and are highly skilled, the key difference between the two is that while Bond remains loyal to MI-6, Zorin is a rogue KGB agent who even goes so far as to betray his Dragon May Day and kill his own mooks out of pure, bat-shit sadism. In short, he is essentially Bond without any moral compass or restraint.
- The Sociopath: Zorin fits the bill of one: Lack of Empathy, Faux Affably Evil, Trigger Happy, Bad Boss, Ax-Crazy, Put the "Laughter" in "Slaughter", and For the Evulz. Part of this is because he's the product of a Nazi eugenics program, in which pregnant women were injected with steroids in an attempt to create "super-children" for the Nazis. The few babies that survived became totally insane psychopaths, partly because of the drugs administered to create these "super-babies".
- The Starscream: He's a product of Nazi eugenics experiments that the KGB raised, trained, and sent to the West as a deep cover agent. Once he becomes successful enough, he decides to screw them over and take a shot at global financial domination himself.
- Super Breeding Program: He's the end result of an eugenics program during World War II, in which pregnant women were loaded up with steroids in an attempt to create "super-children" for the Nazi regime. While most of the pregnancies failed, the few babies that survived became extraordinarily intelligent later in life but also totally psychopathic.
- Trigger Happy: As shown when he massacres his own mine workers, laughing all the way.
- The Unfettered: He'll do anything that pushes himself forward.
- Villain with Good Publicity: He's seen as a respectable businessman, but is in fact a total psychopathic monster and a mass murderer.
- Villainous Breakdown: While he was already an insane psychopath to begin with, Zorin slowly loses his grip on sanity as the film progresses. Arguably, May Day taking revenge on him and screwing over his plan is what pushes him over into full-blown insanity. By the end of the film, he becomes so Ax-Crazy to the point of wielding a fire axe during his final fight with Bond.
Max Zorin's main enforcer, bodyguard and lover.
- '80s Hair: Her hair and makeup just screams 80s.
- Action Girl: The Brute to Zorin and gender-flipped variation of Scary Black Man, a tall and tough Amazonian Beauty who can lift a man clean over her head and set up as a woman who could take Bond himself to the cleaners. Unfortunately, she doesn't make it to the end.
- Age-Gap Romance: Roger Moore was 21 years older than Grace Jones.
- Alas, Poor Villain: As brutal and ruthless as she is, it is still pretty sad to see her enraged and heartbroken reaction when a man she thought loved her ends up betraying her and leaving her for dead, and mercilessly kills her colleagues. Even Bond shows sympathy for her.
- Amazonian Beauty: She's tough and certainly looks it, but that doesn't stop her from being attractive.
- Ambiguously Bi: She seems very attached to her henchwomen, Jenny in particular. Nothing is confirmed, though.
- Beauty Is Never Tarnished: May Day look beautiful throughout the final action scene, no matter what happens. She gets completely soaked, yet her hair and makeup remain immaculate.
- Beware the Quiet Ones: She rarely talks. She doesn't need to.
- Bodyguard Babes: May Day and her henchwoman.
- The Brute: She's the muscle in Zorin's operations and she rarely talks.
- Charles Atlas Superpower: She can lift a man over her head effortlessly.
- Covers Always Lie: See that image on the main page? Grace Jones is just 2 1/2 inches - 6 cm - shorter than Roger Moore. The fact that she's wearing high heels makes it more unrealistic. The poster does convey Jones' long legs, however. However, this is because "May Day" on that poster was actually modeled on another, somewhat more muscular (if that holds up to Willing Suspension of Disbelief) woman than Grace Jones.
- Danger Takes a Backseat: She murders Sir Godfrey and Chuck Lee by hiding in the back of their cars.
- Dark Action Girl: As the enforcer for Zorin.
- Death by Sex: May Day makes sex with Bond in the middle of the film (after her HeelFace Turn, she pulls a Heroic Sacrifice to take Max Zorin down and avenge the deaths of her workmates, whom he killed when they weren't useful anymore).
- Death Glare: Very often. See the picture.
- Determinator: She manages to get away from Bond after a really steadfast chase through the streets of Paris.
- The Dragon: Subverted, actually; she seems this way at first, but it ultimately transpires that Zorin's most valued henchman is actually Scarpine, who even joins in Zorin's attempt to murder May Day and other minions.
- Effortless Amazonian Lift: When Zorin tells General Gogol he's going to go ahead with his Evil Plan instead of working for the Soviets, a KGB mook pulls a gun and is promptly lifted up in the air by May Day.
- Enigmatic Minion: Lampshaded by Bond.Bond: I see you're a woman of very few words.
May Day: What is there to say?
- Even Evil Has Loved Ones: She doesn't take kindly to Zorin turning on her and her Amazon Brigade.
- Even Evil Has Standards: May Day is devastated at the death of her friends and the realization that Zorin left her to die is what makes her turn on him.
- Famous Last Words: May Day yells "Get Zorin for me!" to Bond just before the bomb explodes.
- Go Out with a Smile: While rolling out of Zorin's mine on the bomb that's about to explode, she's laughing, knowing that she's helping screw over Zorin hard after what he pulled. Though it fades right before the bomb goes off, as she sees Zorin's blimp and shoots him one last Death Glare.
- Head-Tiltingly Kinky: Her sex scene with Bond.
- Heroic Sacrifice: She helps Bond remove the bomb from the mine, putting the device onto a handcar and pushing it out of the mine, where it explodes, killing her.
- High-HeelFace Turn: Actually averted! Her motivation isn't Bond (though she did sleep with him), but revenge against Bad Boss Zorin.
- Horned Hairdo: One of May Day's many, many styles is a red outfit and hairdo shaped like devil horns. Subtle.
- Large Ham: Grace Jones devours all her scenes.
- Meaningful Name: "Mayday" is a radio distress signal that has been used by aircraft and ships.
- Mistreatment-Induced Betrayal: May Day stays loyal to Max until he decides he doesn't need her any more and leaves her to die with the rest of his minions who have outlived their usefulness. After that, she's out for revenge.
- MookFace Turn: Zorin goes ahead and floods the mines fully aware that the workers and May Day are down there. May Day and Bond survive. Upon discovering she was betrayed, and seeing her dead friends as well, she helps Bond remove the bomb and sacrifices herself, taking it out when it explodes.
- No Guy Wants an Amazon: Subverted by Bond and Zorin, who both hook up with her. In fact, it's her who seems a bit reluctant of them.
- Only Known By His Nickname: Unless it's actually her name.
- Punny Name: Indeed, you can say that you'll need to shout "Mayday!" if you ever meet May Day.
- Ready for Lovemaking: After snooping around Zorin's estate, Bond is unable to get back to his bedroom before they check if he's there (blowing his cover as just another rich idiot guest). So, he uses this ploy to explain his absence: when May Day returns to her room she finds Bond naked in her bed. She ends up going along with it in order to not blow her cover.
- Redemption Equals Death: Subverted in the sense that her motivation isn't redemption, but revenge against Zorin.
- Say My Name: She pulls this when she sees her companion Jenny Flex dead in the flooded mine tunnel.
- Scary Black Woman: You do not want her after you.
- SexFace Turn: Subverted. Bond does sleep with Zorin's main henchwoman (and lover) May Day, but when she eventually turns against her boss, it's because Zorin knowingly left her to her death, not because she's smitten with Bond's manly ways. In fact, May Day could be said to be manlier than Bond himself.
- Statuesque Stunner: Much like Grace Jones herself. One poster even put her side by side with Bond, and they seemingly had the same height (in real life, Grace Jones and Roger Moore were a few inches apart in height).
- Taking You with Me: Not with a person but the mine Zorin was going to detonate upon the TNT, as the brakes on the cart they used jammed.
- Toplessness from the Back: May Day when she takes off her robe and throws it on the floor, and then lies in bed to make love with Bond.
- This Is Unforgivable!: Her High-HeelFace Turn is motivated by Zorin killing her Amazon Brigade and leaving her for dead.
- Vasquez Always Dies: She's the toughest, more aggressive and less feminine character in the film, and dies at the end.
- Woman Scorned: When Zorin leaves her and his henchmen to die, an outraged May Day tells Bond "And I thought that creep loved me!"
Dr. Carl Mortner
An old Nazi scientist whose experiments on pregnant deportees during World War II resulted in the creation of Max Zorin. He now designs Zorin's microchips for carrying horse-doping drugs.
- Bald of Evil: He has little hair on his head and is working for Zorin, the Big Bad.
- Even Evil Has Loved Ones: Mortner came to love Zorin as a son, given his horrified reaction when the latter is about to fall to his death.
- Evil Old Folks: An old man responsible for conducting horrific experiments in WWII and is helping with Zorin's plan.
- Evilutionary Biologist: He tells Bond that he thinks his principles in horse breeding could be equally applied to humans. It's later discovered that he did in fact experiment on concentration camp inmates with steroid injections to breed the "perfect" human. Instead, he ended up creating a generation of incredibly intelligent psychopaths.
- Go Out with a Smile: Clearly seen grinning as he and Scarpine fumble over the lit roll of dynamite that seals their fate.
- Herr Doktor: He's a Mengele-sque Nazi scientist from the war, responsible for experiments on women in concentration camps, resulting with highly intelligent, and psychotic offspring. Zorin is one of them.
- High-Class Glass: He wears a monocle at all times. He can't see without it.
- Hoist by His Own Petard: Literally. He's blown up with his own dynamite.
- Mad Doctor: It doesn't get any more mad than a Nazi doctor. His experiments with pregnant women in concentration camps seems to make him an stand-in for Josef Mengele.
- Mad Scientist: He experimented on concentration camp inmates to breed perfect humans, creating a generation of incredibly intelligent psychopaths.
- Morally Ambiguous Doctorate: Well yes, he's a Nazi dcotor.
- Nazi Grandpa: If the above mentioned tropes didn't tip you enough; yes, he was a Nazi scientist.
- No Historical Figures Were Harmed: He is based on Josef Mengele, who experimented with pregnant women on concentration camps in World War II.
- No Swastikas: In the German dub of the film, he is a Polish communist.
- Piggybacking on Hitler: More like Piggybacking on Brezhnev: He utilized Soviet resources as long as their agendas aligned, and dumped them once he was able to pursue his own goals.
- Rapid-Fire "No!": He says "Nein" rapidly before the dynamite blows up the airship, taking Scarpine with him.
- The Social Darwinist: He's a Mengele stand-in who partook in a Super Breeding Program to create Super Soldiers for the Nazi Reich. His quote about selective breeding has shades of Social Darwinism, commenting on how his principles on horse breeding can be applied to create the "ideal" human.
- Those Wacky Nazis: He's a scientist who experimented on pregnant women in an attempt to create the ideal soldier for the Nazis. While most of his projects failed, Zorin was one of the lucky few that survived.
- Too Dumb to Live: It's not very wise to light the fuse of a dynamite stick that soon. For that matter, there was a row of submachine guns he could have used instead of dynamite.
Zorin's chief of security and right-hand man.
- The Dragon: Shares this position with May Day to Zorin.
- Dueling Scar: He has a facial scar that makes him noticeably more intimidating. It even resembles a literal dueling scar: a downward curve on the left cheek.
- Meaningful Name: Has a large distinctive scar on the left side of his face.
- Oh, Crap!: When ordered by Zorin to pursue Bond out atop the Golden Gate Bridge.
Zorin's chief mining engineer who handles Zorin's oil interests in California.
- Asshole Victim: Even Evil Has Standards on the side, he was complicit in Zorin's goal to flood the fault, killing millions.
- Corrupt Corporate Executive: He's head of one of Zorin's subsidiaries and is every bit the typical slimy oilman stereotype. His background check states that he ran a illegal mine in Africa that collapsed and killed many miners.
- Even Evil Has Standards:
- He gives Zorin a "WTF dude!?" look when Zorin has the Russian spy shoved into the turbine.
- He tries to stop Zorin from having all the miners killed, to no avail.Bob: [upon realizing that Zorin is going to detonate the explosives early] But Mayday... and my men!
Zorin: Yeah. A convenient coincidence!
Bob: [Death Glare] Mr. Zorin, those men are loyal to you!
- You Have Outlived Your Usefulness: He is the first of Zorin's associates to be murdered by him.
A KGB agent sent by General Gogol to spy on Zorin. Bond seduces her in a spa and steals her recording of Zorin's conversation about his operation.
- Convenient Replacement Character: Of Major Anya Amasova from The Spy Who Loved Me; a female KGB agent who's friendly with Bond and knows him from a previous mission.
- Friendly Enemy: With Bond. When they first met in the movie, they recognize each other from what was apparently a previous mission in which they were on opposing sides. Soon enough, they're frolicking in a hot tub at a spa.
- Furo Scene: Ivanova and Bond share a bath together at an oriental bathhouse.
- Hero Antagonist: She's not even really a villain, just a rival to Bond, and the two of them are working towards the same goal.
- Ms. Fanservice: She spends most of her on-screen time in that hot tub.
- Sensual Slavs: A sensual KGB agent.
- When Harry Met Svetlana: Subverted. She and Bond seem to agree to work together since she's been taping an incriminating conversation between Zorin and his oil company chief, Bob Conley; and have a romantic interlude together. However, after Pola hurriedly absconds to pass the tape of Zorin's conversation to General Gogol, they discover that Bond has swapped the tape with a cassette of Japanese music which had been playing in the spa they were in.
A French private detective who meets Bond in a restaurant atop the Eiffel Tower to give him some secret informations about Zorin.
- Alliterative Name: Achille Aubergine.
- Expy: Of Hercule Poirot.
- Friend on the Force: He's a Private Detective who gives valuable information to Bond before he's assassinated by May Day.
- Private Detective: His job. It ends getting him killed.
- Unfortunate Names: "Aubergine" means "eggplant" in (non-US) English and French.
- We Hardly Knew Ye: He is quickly killed by May Day with a poisoned fake butterfly.
A San Francisco city official who is in charge of the city's oil and mining interests, and Stacey Sutton's employer. He is also a collaborator of Max Zorin, covering up for his illegal activities in California.
- Affably Evil: Seems like a perfectly reasonable man in casual conversation, but in truth is covering for Zorin even while unaware of the man's true intent.
- Asshole Victim: He's clearly out of his depth protecting Zorin and Bond and Stacey are genuinely horrified when he is shot dead; that said, he still did absolutely nothing to stop the man from triggering a major cataclysm outside of the city.
- Bad Boss: He fires Stacey when she confronts him with evidence of Zorin's activities.
- Obstructive Bureaucrat: Attempts to keep Bond and Stacey from snooping too much into Zorin's illegal oil drilling, which is actually pumping seawater into an active faultline.
- Too Dumb to Live: His association with a dangerous (and highly psychopathic) industrialist ultimately proves fatal for him in the end, and for everyone else in Silicon Valley if not for Bond's intervention.
- Unwitting Instigator of Doom: Clearly has no clue just how dangerous Zorin truly is and is presumably unaware of Zorin's intent to destroy Silicon Valley outright.
- Unwitting Pawn: Bond pretty much spells this out to him right to his face, moments before Zorin has him murdered in order to frame Bond.
- You Have Outlived Your Usefulness: Zorin shoots him dead in order to frame Bond and Stacey for the murder, intending for them to die only minutes after the fact.