In the film, Melina Havelock is the daughter of marine archaeologists who were murdered while tracking down the ATAC's whereabouts. In the book, Judy Havelock is a woman whose parents were killed for refusing to take up Gonzales's offer.
- Action Girl: Melina is one of the most resourceful Bond girls in the franchise who isn't a trained agent.
- Adaptation Name Change: In the original short story, her first name was Judy.
- Archer Archetype: Her trademark weapon is a crossbow.
- The Alleged Car: Her Citroën 2CV. Bond looks utterly deflated the first time he sees it. Subverted in that despite being subjected to a high-speed chase, it manages to stay in one piece by the end of it. Roger Moore even admitted that it was his favorite of all the cars he drove during his tenure.
- Big Damn Heroes: Saves Bond's life the first time they meet by creating a distraction when she kills Hector Gonzales.
- Cold Sniper: She uses her crossbow with deadly accuracy.
- Defrosting Ice Queen: Probably the iciest of all the Bond girls.
- Girl of the Week: The main Bond girl of the film.
- Gorgeous Greek: Half of one anyways, but she strongly identifies as one and is definitely gorgeous as the resident Bond Girl.
- Mixed Ancestry: She's half-English and half-Greek, though she swings more for her Greek side, shown as how she greets her mother in Greek, and knows her way around the streets of Greece very well. She also insists on avenging her parents on the grounds that "Greek women, like Elektra (no, not that Elektra), always avenge the loved ones".
- Ms. Fanservice: Averted, surprisingly enough. While she's quite beautiful, Melina is never particularly sexualized during the film. The closest she comes is wearing a shirt and bikini bottoms during the keelhauling scene.
- Race Lift: She was Anglo-Jamacian in the short story. In the film, she's Anglo-Greek.
- Raven Hair, Ivory Skin: She has pale skin, dark hair and is the main Bond girl of the film, natch.
- Revenge: Hunts down Hector Gonzales, the hitman who killed her parents, and later the man who ordered the murder, Kristatos, although she isn't the one who finishes him.
- Weapon of Choice: Her crossbow.
- You Killed My Father: Goes on a quest of revenge for the people who murdered her parents.
Kristatos' former friend and smuggling partner.
- Adaptational Heroism: Like all of Fleming's Anti Heroes, Columbo is massively toned down in the film. In the book, he cheerfully admits to having a part in truly despicable vocations, including sex slavery and murder-for-hire, yet is still treated as a Lovable Rogue at worst due to being on the "right" side of the Cold War. In the film, it's Kristatos who gives this description of Columbo to Bond in an effort to make him seem worse than he really is; indeed, Columbo himself reveals Kristatos was actually describing his own operations. Columbo is really only in comparatively small-scale businesses including diamonds, gold, cigarettes, and... pistachio nuts.
- Anti-Hero: Type II. He's a smuggler, but he isn't in the drug trade; he fought Nazis in his youth, and is very willing to help Bond against Kristatos.
- Badass Mustache: Has a mustache. With his badassery, it makes him look like a (paunchier) Greek Magnum.
- Boisterous Bruiser: Arguably a thinner version of the usual type, but he's still very cheerful while kicking ass. Topol after all can easily come off as a thinner version of BRIAN BLESSED.
- Drugs Are Bad: He'll smuggle gold, weapons, anything, but not heroin, which he notes because Kristatos accused him to Bond of doing just that.
- Good All Along: Kristatos played Bond like a fiddle by framing Columbo, while Columbo actually isn't behind the KGB operation — Kristatos is.
- The Kindnapper: Columbo's men knock Bond out after the murder attempt of Locque that took the life of Lisl, and they bring him onboard Columbo's yacht so the latter can explain what's really going on about Kristatos. Then Columbo and Bond ally themselves to bring Kristatos down.
- Lovable Rogue: He's a very affable smuggler.
- The Rival: He was friends with Kristatos during World War II.
- Trademark Favorite Food: Pistachios. He is always seen eating them, and uses them as an alarm in one scene. Topol suggested them as a trademark of the character.
- We Used to Be Friends: He was friends with Kristatos during World War II.
Aristotle "Ari" Kristatos
A Greek smuggler planning to expand his fortune by selling the ATAC system to the KGB.
- Affably Evil: Very suave and polite when meeting Bond prior to the Mole reveal, and maintains a polite tone even after this.
- Bad Boss: One of your men falls into shark-infested waters? "Bah! Leave him!"
- Beard of Evil: Sports a white goatee.
- Big Bad: He's the man tapped by the KGB and General Gogol to recover the ATAC system after he was responsible for downing the ship it was on, and he brings Melina and Bond/MI6 into the equation and his blood feud with Columbo when he has Locque pay Gonzales to kill Melina's parents.
- Big Bad Friend: He was once friends with Columbo.
- Chronic Backstabbing Disorder: Serves as his Fatal Flaw, as he's made a career out of it. He was a member of the Greek Resistance in WWII who was secretly working against them for the Nazis. When the Nazis won anyway, he switched his allegiance to the Soviets, despite the Nazis and Soviets being enemies, simply because they paid good money. While in the Resistance he made contacts with MI-6 and through them, uses Bond to try and kill his rival Colombo, another ex-Resistance fighter who found out about his treachery. He also has no qualms at all about abandoning his own men to their deaths if it becomes convenient. Ultimately, Kristatos is only loyal to himself, but this bites him hard as his former friend Columbo stabs him in the back.
- Even Evil Has Standards: When Bond offers to double what he's getting if he releases Melina, he replies that he never goes back on a deal, as it would be bad for his reputation.
- In the Back: Ultimately gets knifed in the back by Columbo.
- Karmic Death: Gets a knife in the back from the man he betrayed, Columbo, who ended the feud with his death and adopted Bibi as her new sponsor.
- The Mole: Columbo discovered that Kristatos was this in WWII when he found out that he was a mole for the Nazis. This was made worse when Kristatos then became a mole to the Soviet Union, entered drug smuggling and managed to get into the British high ranks without them knowing he's a double agent, leading directly to the blood feud. MI-6 and Bond were just as displeased as Columbo when they discovered the truth and realized he intended to turn the ATAC over to Gogol.
- The Quisling: According to Columbo, he was a double agent during the 1950s Greek Civil War.
- The Rival: He was friends with Columbo during World War II.
- Treacherous Quest Giver: He initially approaches Bond as a friend and manages to convince him that it's Columbo who is the Big Bad, in the hopes that Bond will help him kill his long time rival. It's only by the third act of the film that Bond figures out it's Kristatos who's the real villain and teams up with Columbo to take him down.
- Villain with Good Publicity: The British gave him a King's Medal for his services during the wars, not knowing he was a double agent and is in fact working against Britain and NATO. To the public he is simply a wealthy businessman, philanthropist and sports patron, while secretly he is a ruthless drug smuggler. Bond even spends the first half of the movie thinking he is an ally and doesn't learn the truth until later.
- We Used to Be Friends: He was friends with Columbo during World War II.
A German biathlon champion, he is also a KGB agent, in charge of helping Kristatos to retrieve the ATAC system for the Soviets.
- The Brute: The strongest guy in Kristatos' gang.
- Charles Atlas Superpower: At the end of the ski chase, he lifts his damaged bike and throws it at Bond.
- Cold Sniper: With his biathlon rifle.
- Cool Bike: Rides a Yamaha XT 500 with snow tires during the ski chase. The headlights conceal machine guns.
- Death Glare: Just have a look at the picture...
- Disney Villain Death: He is sent falling through a window.
- The Dragon: To Kristatos; he's the last adversary Bond deals with in this film since Columbo chases Kristatos himself.
- Expy: Of Red Grant and Hans as he is also a tall, blonde muscular henchman like them.
- Giant Mook: Like Hans, he's a good head taller than Bond and able to No-Sell multiple body blows. He also throws Bond around like a rag doll up until Bond shoves him out a window and off a cliff.
- Hoist by His Own Petard: Bond uses the candelabra that Kriegler was using one minute earlier to hit the heavy stone Kriegler was holding, causing Kriegler to fall out the window.
- Imperial Stormtrooper Marksmanship Academy: Seemingly justified for once. While it's said that he's a biathlon champion yet none of his shots come close to hitting Bond, it's really hard to hit a moving target, and biathlon players are trained only to hit stationary targets.
- Shirtless Scene: When he's aboard the Havelocks' boat.
Emile Leopold Locque
A Belgian criminal and associate of Kristatos. He hired Hector Gonzales to kill Melina's parents.
- Ax-Crazy: Strangled his own psychiatrist while he was in prison.
- Death Glare: He is always squinting his eyes.
- Decomposite Character: He takes Kristatos' role from the short story at the warehouse raid.
- Disney Villain Death: After ending up on an edge of a cliff with his car, Bond sends him careening down.Bond: He had no head for heights.
- The Dragon: He is the one running errands for Kristatos until his demise.
- Four Eyes, Zero Soul: His octagonal glasses is one of his defining features.
- Pragmatic Villainy: After witnessing Gonzales' death, he simply picks up the money case meant for him and leaves the premises.
- Psycho for Hire: According to his Interpol file.
- The Voiceless: He doesn't utter a single word. Weirdly enough, in one scene he's seen making a phone call in his car, but he isn't heard.
- Would Hit a Girl: Runs over Columbo's mistress with a buggy.
A freelance Cuban hitman hired by Locque to kill Melina's parents. Melina kills him before Bond can get any bit of information (doesn't help that he's jumped by Gonzales's thugs before he can interrogate him, which happens right before Melina shoots him), though she saved Bond's life in the process and Bond had enough clues to identify Locque afterwards.
- Bald of Evil: He's a hitman with a receding hairline.
- Composite Character: He inherits his boss' death scene from the original short story.
- Deadly Bath: Gets a crossbow bolt in his back while diving into his pool.
- In the Back: Gonzales gets a crossbow arrow in his back after he captures Bond.
- Karmic Death: Melina shoots an arrow in his back while he is jumping in his pool.
- Paid Harem: When Bond finds him in Spain, it's shown that he has a pool full of women in bikinis. He even tosses a roll of bills to one of them, which Locque retrieves once Gonzales is killed.
- Porn Stache: He has a very slimmy mustache.
- Professional Killer: He's the hitman tapped by Locque to strafe shoot Melina's parents when her father gets too close to discovering the sunken ATAC and Kristatos's involvement, which starts her Roaring Rampage of Revenge and gets Bond assigned to the case.
- Slasher Smile: Kills Melina's parents with glee.
- Smug Snake: Very mocking to Bond when he captures him. Gets perforated immediately afterward.
A young ice skating prodigy who is Kristatos' protégée. She has a tendency to develop crushes on men that are much older than her, including Bond.
- Bratty Teenage Daughter: While she isn't Kristatos' daughter, she certainly acts the part once she is brought to St Cyril in Greece.
- Everyone Loves Blondes: She's blonde, and the most overtly sexual girl in the film.
- Fille Fatale: For one thing, she isn't a virgin. Even Bond is left briefly speechless.
- Girl of the Week: Averted. Bond really doesn't want to woo her.
- Likes Older Men: She has the hots for men who are much older than her.
- Ms. Fanservice: She ends up naked in Bond's bed at some point. With Modesty Bedsheet. Then there's the shots of her training in leotards.
- Nice Girl: She's very friendly and lovable.
- Punny Name: "Baby Doll", anyone?
- She's Got Legs: She's got very gracious legs. They're on display when she's seen training in St Cyril.
- Stalker with a Crush: Of a non-harmful sort. She goes as far as putting herself naked in Bond's bed, but doesn't insist once Bond makes it clear that he's not up for it.
The Prime Minister
Yes, that British Prime Minister. She appears in the closing scene alongside her husband Denis (John Wells). She is patched by Bill Tanner, Sir Frederick Gray and Q through a transmitter in Bond's watch, via a secure satellite link. She thanks Bond for his efforts to protect the nation but Bond has left his watch next to Melina's parrot which says "Give us a kiss" to her. She does not realize that a parrot is talking to her.
- Historical-Domain Character: A very rare (if not unique) occurrence in the Bond series.
- Housewife: She's depicted as this, doing the call from her kitchen, while she's cooking, complete with her scolding her husband for trying to spoil his appetite like a little kid.
- Minor Major Character: The Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, and only appears in the closing scene.
- No Celebrities Were Harmed: While she's very cleary Margaret Thatcher, she's only credited as "The Prime Minister". Still, the fact that she calls her husband "Denis" and he's credited as such is a dead giveaway.