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Recurring Villains

    Ernst Stavro Blofeld 
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    Jaws 

Jaws

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Played by: Richard Kiel

Appearances: The Spy Who Loved Me | Moonraker

Holly Goodhead: Do you know him?
James Bond: Not socially. His name's Jaws. He kills people.
Moonraker

A henchman distinctive for his metal teeth, huge stature and his persistence in surviving everything that gets thrown at him (or falls on him) who first appears in The Spy Who Loved Me working for Karl Stromberg.

After surviving the sinking of Stromberg's base, Jaws reappears in Moonraker, hired by Hugo Drax as a replacement for his enforcer Chang after he is disposed of.


  • Achilles' Heel: His steel teeth are used against him twice in The Spy Who Loved Me. Bond electrocutes him through his teeth with a broken lamp and then attaches Jaws to a magnet, then drops him into the shark pool.
  • Adaptational Badass: Jaws is loosely based on the villain Sol "Horror" Horowitz from Ian Fleming's The Spy Who Loved Me. Horror is a thug with a metal-capped teeth, who ends being killed unceremoniously by Bond while he tries to make a getaway with his partner (who outlives him). Jaws, however, is a man who just won't die, and is one of the most remembered aspects of both of the films he appears in, and of the series overall.
  • Balls of Steel: In Moonraker, while fighting Jaws in the space station, Bond tries to incapacitate him by kneeling him in the groin. Cue the "clang" sound when he does so, and Jaws is completely unfazed.
  • Beast and Beauty: The Beast to Dolly's Beauty in Moonraker.
  • Breakout Villain: Jaws became so popular upon the release of The Spy Who Loved Me that the producers decided to bring him back for Moonraker (it was considerably eased by the fact that he was Made of Iron). The series' return to more "serious" grounds in For Your Eyes Only however meant it was impossible to bring back such a character anymore.
  • The Brute: He's huge and very good at fighting. He's also clever at times.
  • Character Development: Quite unexpected for a Bond villain. The character proved to be very popular after the release of The Spy Who Loved Me. That's why he didn't die in it, finally turned to the good side and even found love in Moonraker.
  • Charles Atlas Superpower: The only way to describe his strength.
  • Determinator: He's a nigh-unstoppable killing machine that can tank huge amounts of damage:
    • In The Spy Who Loved Me: Having rubble fall over you? Get back out. Being left in a ruin the desert? Walk back on foot. Being thrown out of a train or falling off a cliff? Walk away as if nothing happened. His eventual fight with Bond in the climax ends in a standstill. Falling in a Shark Pool? Kill the shark. Being left in the middle of the ocean with no land in sight? Swim for shore anyway.
    • In Moonraker, he survives falling from a plane (he had a parachute, but the ripcord came off in his hand), crashing through a building inside a runaway cable car, and from an Inevitable Waterfall.
  • The Dragon: To Karl Stromberg in The Spy Who Loved Me and Hugo Drax's second one, after Chang's demise, in Moonraker.
  • Dragon Their Feet: Not only does he live longer than Stromberg to fight Bond, he doesn't die.
  • Ensemble Dark Horse: invoked His badassery combined with the physical comedy of the actor playing him earned him enough of a following that he earned the distinction of being the only henchman to make a second appearance, in Moonraker. And a third, if you count Everything or Nothing.
  • Even Mooks Have Loved Ones: Dolly in Moonraker, a nameless female scientist in the novelization of said film. Listening to Drax's New Era Speech is what persuades him to Heel–Face Turn in both versions, but it's only explicitly because Dolly will have no place in Drax's new world in the movie — in the novelization, Bond's thoughts indicate that it's Jaws who will have no place in Drax's world, due to being a "freakish mutate", and it's as likely the woman he rescues is just a scientist who appealed to Jaws when she realised he wasn't too dumb to realise not to get when the getting's good.
  • Genius Bruiser: Not only is he very big, very strong, and very tough, but he's also surprisingly intelligent and shows himself to be quite clever at leading up ambushes in both films.
  • Gentle Giant: After his Heel–Face Turn in Moonraker.
  • Giant Mook: Probably the most prominent example in the James Bond franchise.
  • Heel–Face Turn: In Moonraker, after realizing that Dolly will have no place in Drax's new world of "superior beings", Jaws turns against Drax.
  • Huge Guy, Tiny Girl: He and Dolly in Moonraker.
  • Implacable Man: He's a little more emotional than usual for this trope, as his facial expressions show traces of Oh, Crap! whenever he's about to get pummelled again, but he always survives and never stops coming. A list of the damage he takes in The Spy Who Loved Me alone:
    • Collapses part of an Egyptian temple on top of him.
    • Gets run over by a van by Anya.
    • Electrocuted via his steel teeth by Bond.
    • Kicked off a train by Bond (and gets electrocuted again halfway down).
    • Falls off a cliff into a house along with three other henchmen in a car that explodes; he's the only who's still alive.
    • Gets shot in the face by Bond (the round hit his teeth).
    • The destruction of Stromberg's base and the ensuing swim to shore.
    • The destruction of Drax's space station and surviving long enough on a detached module to be rescued by an American shuttle.
  • Joker Immunity: A rarity among Bond villains. He shouldn't be able to survive the things that's happening to him, but he does anyway.
  • Jump Scare: When he shows up in Anya Amasova's closet on the train in The Spy Who Loved Me.
  • Karma Houdini: Despite failing to kill Bond, he gets away scot-free at the end of The Spy Who Loved Me.
  • Love Redeems: Finds love (and redemption) in the form of a blonde nerdy girl named Dolly in Moonraker.
  • Made of Iron: He survives electrocution, car crashes, kicked through the window of a moving train, fighting a shark, and the explosion and sinking of an underwarter base immediately after said shark fight in The Spy Who Loved Me, and falling from a plane, crashing through a building inside a runaway cable car, and falling from the Iguazu Falls in Moonraker... and every time he'd pick himself up, dust off his lapels and casually stroll away.
  • Meaningful Name: Most probably named after his most prominent feature — his steel teeth.
  • Mighty Glacier: He's strong and durable, but quite slow.
  • Mook Carryover: After surviving being dropped into a shark tank in the middle of the ocean at the end of The Spy Who Loved Me, when the original Dragon in Moonraker is killed, Jaws is hired as his replacement.
  • Mook–Face Turn: In Moonraker, Bond tricks Hugo Drax into talking about his plan to exterminate everybody who doesn't fit into his genetically perfect "master race" in front of Jaws, who then sees his bespectacled, short, and somewhat plain looking girlfriend standing beside the supermodel-level women that make up the female half of Drax's group, making him turn against Drax.
  • Only One Name: He's only called "Jaws" in both of his appereances.
  • Psycho for Hire: Jaws is evidently well known as this amongst criminals, as in Moonraker Drax is pleased to learn that Jaws is available to hire.
  • Red Right Hand: His height (Richard Kiel was 7'2) and steel teeth.
  • Role Reprisal: Kiel returned to the role once more through voice acting in the videogame Everything or Nothing.
  • Slasher Smile: He always smiles when he's about to attack Bond, making his steel teeth particularly visible.
  • The Voiceless: He's completely silent through the course of both films until the climax of Moonraker.
    Jaws: Well, here's to us.

    Mr. White 

Mr. White

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"The first thing you should know about us is that we have people everywhere."

Played by: Jesper Christensen

Appearances: Casino Royale | Quantum of Solace | Spectre

A high-ranking member of the secret organization known as Quantum. He was in charge of Le Chiffre's financial operations in Casino Royale before killing Le Chiffre due to his uselessness. Bond captures him at the end of the movie and attempts to bring him to justice in Quantum of Solace, only for him to escape. By the time we see him again in Spectre, he's grown to resent the bigger organization he belonged to, Spectre.


  • Alas, Poor Villain: In Spectre, White committs suicide and it's portrayed very sympathetically.
  • Back for the Dead: He returns in Spectre, only to kill himself off knowing that he has only a few weeks left if SPECTRE killers don't find him beforehand, and knowing that his daughter has improved chances to be safe under Bond's protection.
  • Badass in a Nice Suit: He wears a nice suit in all of his scenes in Casino Royale and Quantum of Solace. Averted in Spectre, were he wears casual clothing.
  • Better to Die than Be Killed: Confident his daughter will be safe with Bond, White takes his own life to deny Blofeld the satisfaction.
  • Big Bad: Le Chiffre's contact in Quantum and the reason he sets up the poker game in Montenegro to begin with. At first he seems to be a background threat but he controls Le Chiffre and after the man's failure he kills Le Chiffre himself and directly drives the plot himself by taking charge of getting the terrorist money back himself.
  • Broken Pedestal: The reason why he resigned from SPECTRE: he once regarded Franz Oberhauser/Ernst Blofeld as a comrade-in-arms. However, when SPECTRE began to expand into sexual slavery and human trafficking, White reacts with disgust, but this causes a major fallout to the point Blofeld declares him a dead man walking and orders his death sometime between Quantum of Solace and Spectre. Likewise, White could never look at Blofeld the same way he used to do so and is forced into hiding.
  • The Chessmaster: The SMS in Vesper's phone indicates that he had a hand in her extortion.
  • Deadpan Snarker:
    White: I guess Tosca isn't for everyone.
  • Defector from Decadence: Sure, he may have committed many crimes over the years. But the one thing he will object to is human slavery, and when SPECTRE began to expand in that area, he was visibly disillusioned by it, and as a result, called it quits.
  • Diabolical Mastermind: He's an even higher operative within Quantum than Le Chiffre, who's himself already an example of this.
  • Driven to Suicide: In Spectre, he kills himself by firing his gun at the jaw from point blank range.
  • Even Evil Has Loved Ones: Despite their estrangement, he still deeply cares for his daughter and gives Bond intel on Spectre in return for Bond promising to protect her.
  • Even Evil Has Standards: He had a falling out with Spectre over their involvement in human trafficking of women and children.
  • Face Death with Dignity: In his scene in Spectre with Bond, he displays a surprising amount of Dissonant Serenity for a dying man, which could possibly double as Casual Danger Dialogue given that he was poisoned by Spectre's agents. He does so without any hint of remorse, only regret that he got in with the wrong crowd and with the hope that Bond can protect his daughter.
  • Heel–Face Turn: He did one against SPECTRE some time before the eponymous movie (see Even Evil Has Standards above), which made him a dead man walking for the organisation and forced him to hide.
  • Hypocrite: In Spectre, he claims that he couldn't continue working with an organization that began to involve itself in the business of sex-trafficking women and children. This was after, three films ago, he had no problem blackmailing Vesper and driving her to suicide, and (presumably) killing Valenka.
  • Karma Houdini: Averted, as Bond captures him thanks to Vesper's last SMS.
  • Manipulative Bastard: He was the one in charge of blackmailing Vesper Lynd.
  • The Man Behind the Man: He was the man behind Le Chiffre's acts in Casino Royale and some of the events that unfold in Quantum of Solace.
  • Mouth of Sauron: Spectre reveals he was the mouthpiece for Blofeld all along.
  • Nebulous Evil Organization: Quantum, the criminal organization of which he's the liaison with Le Chiffre. It's eventually revealed that Quantum is just one branch of Spectre.
  • Non-Action Big Bad: Le Chiffre is The Heavy and Mr. White is content to sit back while his subordinate attempts to recover his losses until he becomes fed up with Le Chiffre's incompetence and begins focusing on Bond himself.
  • Not What I Signed on For: He quits SPECTRE over their involvement in human trafficking of women and children.
  • Only Known By His Nickname: Like a lot of the bad guys in here, we never find out his real name.
  • Pre-Mortem One-Liner: Before shooting Le Chiffre in the head.
    Mr. White: Money isn't as valuable to our organization as knowing who to trust. *BANG*
  • Punk in the Trunk: At the beginning of Quantum of Solace.
  • Red Baron: 'The Pale King'.
  • Soft-Spoken Sadist: The only time where he raises his voice is when he screams after he's shot in the leg by Bond.
  • Villainous Rescue: Saves Bond's and Vesper's life when they are tortured by Le Chiffre.
  • Wicked Cultured: He loves opera.
  • You Have Outlived Your Usefulness: In Spectre, we find that following his failures with Le Chiffre and Greene, as well as his objection to SPECTRE's entry into the child sex trade, Blofeld has declared him a liability and had him poisoned. He hangs on long enough, apparently through sheer force of will, to entrust his daughter's safety to Bond before ending his life on his own terms.

Recurring Bond Girls

    Sylvia Trench 

Sylvia Trench

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"Trench. Sylvia Trench."

Played by: Eunice Gayson

Appearances: Dr. No | From Russia with Love

Strictly speaking, she is the very first Bond Girl moviewise, although a minor one. Trench first appears in Dr. No, where she first meets Bond during a game of Baccarat at the London club Le Cercle. She reappears briefly in From Russia with Love for some "unfinished business" with Bond, making her the first Bond Girl to appear more than once in the series.


  • The Cameo: She reappears at the beginning of From Russia with Love having a romantic picnic with Bond.
  • Lady in Red: What she wears at the Le Cercle club.
  • The Name Is Bond, James Bond: She is actually the first character to use the trope. It's in response to her introduction that Bond introduces himself for the first time with the legendary line.
    Bond: I admire your courage, Miss...?
    Sylvia: Trench. Sylvia Trench. I admire your luck, Mister...?
    Bond: Bond. [lights cigarette] James Bond.
  • Office Golf: What she is doing waiting for Bond in his home.
  • Professional Gambler: Her dialogue with Bond implies that she has quite enough experience.
  • Small Role, Big Impact: Only a couple minutes of screentime over two films, but she's the reason Bond introduces himself in his iconic fashion.
  • Sexy Shirt Switch: Once Bond arrives in his apartment, Sylvia is already wearing one of his shirts.

    Madeleine Swann 

Dr. Madeleine Swann

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"Is this really what you want? Living in the shadows? Hunting, being hunted? Always alone?"

Played by: Léa Seydoux

Appearances: Spectre | Bond 25

A young psychiatrist, she is the daughter of Mr. White, who committed suicide after Oberhauser had him poisoned for treason. Bond swore in front of White to give her protection and eventually fell in love with her. After the events of Spectre, she returns in the next film. note 


  • Action Survivor: She's a civilian, not a Professional Killer like Bond. However, she knows how to use a gun and she's willing to take advantage of opportunities when they come her way, case in point being stabbing a mook with a syringe he intended to use on her and opening fire on Mr Hinx seconds before he could murder 007.
  • Damsel in Distress: She's captured by Hinx, and Bond rescues her. Later Blofeld captures her again in London.
  • Deadpan Snarker: At the start of the film, she's not impressed with Bond in the slightest and isn't afraid of letting him know.
  • Defrosting Ice Queen: She's understandably pissed when Bond nearly kills her by running the Range Rover she's in off the road. Over the course of the film, she begins to warm up to him.
  • Doesn't Like Guns: Subverted. She openly disapproves of guns and the men using them, but knows how to use one which she does at one point to save Bond.
    • As a child, she shot an assassin who was after her father with a Beretta 9mm hidden in a kitchen cupboard, which seems to have been what triggered her dislike of them.
  • Frying Pan of Doom: Attempts to hit Mr. Hinx with a frying pan on the train. She hits him, but it doesn't seem to work.
  • Happily Ever After: The sole Bond Girl in Craig's tenure to have romanced Bond and made it all the way to the end of the film alive.
  • Morality Pet: Serves as one for Mr. White, who called it quits when Spectre began to dabble in human trafficking and slavery, particularly those of women and children.
  • Riding into the Sunset: As with Happily Ever After, the only Bond Girl in the new continuity so far to do this.
  • Second Love: Becomes this for James Bond since she becomes his replacement for Vesper Lynd.
  • See You in Hell: She yells "Go to Hell!" to Bond after he rescues her from Oberhauser's men.
  • Woman in White: Throughout the rest of the film (except for one scene in Oberhauser's lair). Particularly, during the third act when she wears a white coat over her clothes, in contrast with the rest of the heroes, representing how she's a civilian and refuses to take the life of a spy. This also provides a contrast in the climax of the film when Bond is holding Oberhauser at gunpoint. M is there dressed in black representing Bond's life as a deceiving and murderous agent for the crown, with Madeleine on the other side dressed in white representing the chance of a peaceful life away from the death and lies.
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Recurring Allies

    Felix Leiter 

    Jack Wade 

Jack Wade

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"We have no interest in seeing World War III— unless we start it."

Played by: Joe Don Baker

Appearances: GoldenEye | Tomorrow Never Dies

"Yo, Jimbo!"

A veteran CIA agent who calls Bond "Jimbo." He first appears in GoldenEye, working the same case that Bond is and being his initial contact in Russia. He reappears in Tomorrow Never Dies, welcoming Bond after Bond successfully retrieved a GPS encoder from Elliot Carver's office. He is last seen looking at Bond leaving to look at the wreck of the British frigate HMS Devonshire not leaving "without saying goodbye."


  • Americans Are Cowboys: The hat in GoldenEye and the Texan accent.
  • The Cavalry Arrives Late: In GoldenEye, he arrives with the Marines after Bond has everything taken care of. It was the "backup plan".
    Bond: Is this your idea of...coming through in a clinch?
  • Canon Foreigner: He was not created by Ian Fleming.
  • Cool Shades: Wears a pair of them the second time he meets Bond in GoldenEye.
  • Eagleland: An oddly sympathetic portrayal of Type 2. He is a bit obnoxious, and not the extraordinary wetwork operative like Bond, but he is still in the same business as Bond and is competent at it. It goes with his "Stale Beer" contrast to Bond's "Martini" style.
  • Embarrassing Tattoo: "The Rose", with the name of his third wife, Muffy. Used to verify his identity in GoldenEye, much to his chagrin.
  • Expy: Twice over - he's the Brosnan era's equivalent to Felix Leiter, and the character himself is basically Darius Jedburgh, the CIA agent Baker played in Edge of Darkness a few years earlier.
  • Hawaiian-Shirted Tourist: He certainly gives off the vibe of one, with his boisterous personality and the fact that he actually wears a Hawaiian shirt when he welcomes Bond on the American base. And it's covered with dinosaurs.
  • Hero of Another Story: He and the Americans seem to have their own investigation of the events of both films going on off-screen. After all, in GoldenEye he has somehow the authority to arrive with Marines as reinforcements for Bond. Too bad that they arrived late.
  • I Was Never Here: In GoldenEye he mentions that, as a CIA operative, no, of course he's not there. He was never there. In Tomorrow Never Dies he also adds that the U.S. has no interest in seeing World War III break out unless they start it.
  • Kidnapped by an Ally: In a rare reversal of the trope in the franchise, Bond threatens him the first time they meet onscreen in GoldenEye to check his identity.
  • Nice Hat: In GoldenEye he wears a chapka the first time he meets Bond, and a straw hat the second time they meet. In Tomorrow Never Dies, he welcomes Bond on the American military base wearing a fishing hat.
  • You Look Familiar: Joe Don Baker previously played one half of the Big Bad Duumvirate in The Living Daylights, Brad Whitaker.

    Valentin Zukovsky 

Valentin Dmitrovich Zukovsky

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"Get me out of here and I'll show you what a bumped head feels like!"

Played by: Robbie Coltrane

Appearances: GoldenEye | The World is Not Enough

"Charming, sophisticated, secret agent. Shaken but not stirred. Ha!"

A former KGB operator turned Russian gangster and arms dealer after the fall of the USSR. He likes to live large, surrounded by women. Zukovsky left the KGB and by the time he first appears in GoldenEye he finances his lifestyle through various criminal endeavors with the Russian mafia. Bond has to go to him for info about Janus, which is complicated by the history he has with Zukovsky — the reason he has the limp in his right leg is because Bond shot him in the knee, and Bond also stole his car and his woman, giving Zukovsky plenty of reason to be pissed off.

He appears once again in The World is Not Enough, where he has made a fortune in caviar, holding court in a luxurious casino in Baku, rather than the dingy St. Petersburg nightclub from GoldenEye. He made a secret deal with who unbeknownst to him was the villain of that film in order to get a nuclear submarine captained by his nephew, Nikolai.


  • Big Damn Heroes: In The World Is Not Enough he saves Bond at literally the last moment from Elektra King's strangulation chair.
  • Butt-Monkey: His backstory in GoldenEye: The reason he has the limp in his right leg is because Bond shot him in the knee, and afterwards he stole Zukovsky's car and woman. At one point in The World Is Not Enough, he nearly drowns in a vat of his own caviar.
  • *Click* Hello: Used by Bond on him in their first meeting in GoldenEye:
    Valentin: Walther PPK. 7.65mm. Only three men I know use such a gun. I believe I've killed two of them.
    Bond: Lucky me.
    [another PPK is pointed at Bond's head]
    Valentin: I think not.
  • Distracted by the Sexy: Became this when he saw Christmas Jones in his office at his caviar factory in The World Is Not Enough. He has this exchange with her before being interrupted by Bond:
    Valentin: Who are you? And how did you get in? I'll call security... and congratulate them! (laughs) Drink?
    [cue Bond closing the door]
  • Heroic Sacrifice: Dies after being shot by Elektra in The World Is Not Enough, but not before using a Last Breath Bullet to shoot out one of the manacles securing Bond to Elektra's torture chair and free him. However, a deleted scene showing Dr.Molly Warmflash removing the bullet from him leaves his fate more ambiguous.
  • The Mafiya: Zukovsky's current line of work at the time of GoldenEye. In The World Is Not Enough he moved on bit after he made a fortune in caviar, so he holds court in a luxurious casino in Baku, rather than the dingy St. Petersburg nightclub from GoldenEye.
  • Nominal Hero: Zukovsky only helps Bond in GoldenEye because neither one likes Janus.
  • Paid Harem: In both films, Zukovsky has showgirls jumping all over him (proving that everyone in these movies is getting more sex than the average person).
  • Porn Stache: In contrast to his clean-shaven appearance in GoldenEye, in The World Is Not Enough he sports the kind of goatee that would make Tony Stark proud.
  • Russian Guy Suffers Most: Most notably in The World Is Not Enough in the scene in which his caviar factory is destroyed. He's later killed in that film, too.
  • Sacrificial Lion: He's shot dead by Elektra in The World Is Not Enough after he storms into her lair to help Bond.
  • Unscrupulous Hero: By the time of The World Is Not Enough, Valentin is completely on Bond's side even before learning that the villains of the movie have murdered his nephew, but he's still a ruthless gangster.
  • Villain of Another Story: While he and Bond are usually enemies, they team up in GoldenEye. In The World Is Not Enough however, they are much friendlier to each other.

    René Mathis 

René Mathis

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"Being dead does not mean one cannot be helpful."

Played by: Giancarlo Giannini

Appearances: Casino Royale | Quantum of Solace

"When one is young it seems so very easy to distinguish between right and wrong. But as one gets older it becomes more difficult, the villains and the heroes get all mixed up."

An MI6 field agent who appears in Casino Royale as Bond's ally inside the Casino Royale. At the end of the film, Bond has Mathis arrested because Le Chiffre claimed Mathis was a Double Agent. He reappears in Quantum of Solace, where this is revealed to have been false and has been cleared by MI6 for his involvement with Le Chiffre, and as compensation MI6 gave him his retirement and bought him a villa on Lake Como. Bond, by then a fugitive, returns to him and convinces him to help him track down Quantum member and businessman Dominic Greene in Bolivia.


  • Code Name: "René Mathis" is not his real name.
  • Cool Old Guy: He's a really cool ally of Bond and senior field agent.
  • Death by Irony: In Casino Royale, Mathis leaves the dead bodies of Steven Obanno and his bodyguard in Le Chiffre's ally's trunk to get him out of the picture by framing him. In Quantum of Solace, he is apparently killed and his body is left in Bond's trunk for the police to "find" and frame Bond.
  • Died in Your Arms Tonight: He dies in Bond's arms in Quantum of Solace.
  • Mistaken for an Imposter: At the end of Casino Royale Bond has Mathis arrested because Le Chiffre identified Mathis as a Double Agent. In Quantum of Solace this is revealed to have been false.
  • Mr. Exposition: In Casino Royale he provides information to Bond upon his arrival at the titular casino and play-by-play commentary for the poker game.
  • Punk in the Trunk: In Casino Royale, he places the dead bodies of Steven Obanno and his bodyguard in the police chief's car trunk to frame him. This is turned against him in Quantum of Solace, where he is beaten by the Bolivian police and placed in his own car trunk in order to frame Bond.
  • Retirony: A variation in Quantum of Solace. He's retired already, and would have been fine if he stayed retired, but agreeing to help Bond on one last job got him killed. Once he left his happy little villa (and hot girlfriend), you knew he wasn't going to get to go back to it.
  • Sacrificial Lion: Is killed in Quantum of Solace in a display of how far the connections of the bad guys reach.
  • Shipper on Deck: Continuously hints at James and Vesper's attraction toward each other. When he and Bond meet again after Vesper's death, he assures Bond that Vesper did in fact love him, and urges him to forgive her for her betrayal seconds before he succumbs to a gun wound.
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Recurring MI6 and British Government Staff

    Bill Tanner 

Bill Tanner

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Played by: Michael Goodliffe (1974) | James Villiers (1981) | Michael Kitchen (1995; 1999) | Rory Kinnear (since 2008)

Appearances: The Man with the Golden Gun | For Your Eyes Only | GoldenEye | The World is Not Enough | Quantum of Solace | Skyfall | Spectre | Bond 25

M's Chief of Staff in the MI-6.


  • British Stuffiness: As played by James Villiers in For Your Eyes Only, Tanner was really, really stuffy. The way he hands his assignment to Bond in the film makes M look rather warm in comparison.
  • Butt-Monkey: A mild one in the Craig films.
  • Number Two: As Chief of Staff, he's the second in command to M in the MI-6.
  • Only Friend: In the novels, along with Felix Leiter he's one of Bond's very few personal friends. Never quite reaches that level in the films, although they're on good terms in the Brosnan years, and in Spectre, they are close enough to have honest conversations about the controversial intelligence reorganization.

    Frederick Gray 

Sir Frederick Gray

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"I'm afraid we have to inform the Prime Minister that Operation Undertow is dead in the water... She'll have our guts for garters!"

Played by: Geoffrey Keen

Appearances: The Spy Who Loved Me | Moonraker | For Your Eyes Only | Octopussy | A View to a Kill | The Living Daylights

The British Minister of Defence.


  • Commander Contrarian: Almost always argues with Bond over whoever Bond or the MI-6 suspect is the villain of the film, generally due to said suspect being a Villain with Good Publicity.
  • Early Installment Weirdness: His apparent friendship with Bond. In his first appearance in The Spy Who Loved Me, Bond holds a private discussion with Gray, to whom he refers as "Freddie". It is never revealed how they know each other well enough for Bond to be so informal. In the rest of the films, Bond calls Gray "Minister"; the change in style is not specified either, but it could be because most of their scenes include other officials.
  • Horrible Judge of Character: Expect every character he either defends or expresses skepticism about being the villain of any film he appears in to actually end up being the villain of the film.
  • No Party Given: His party is never given, and it's even possible he could belong to no particular one; direct references are made to Margaret Thatcher in For Your Eyes Only, to the point she makes a "cameo" in it (played by an impersonator), and in The Living Daylights, when he says that he communicate with the Prime Minister, he says that "she will have our guts for garters!", even though he had also held the post in The Spy Who Loved Me and Moonraker – which were both made during the government led by James Callaghan.

    Charles Robinson 

Charles Robinson

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"White Knight, 4 minutes to impact! Get out of there!"

Played by: Colin Salmon

Appearances: Tomorrow Never Dies | The World is Not Enough | Die Another Day

An MI-6 aide who assists M in briefing Bond about and giving vital information prior to his missions.


Other Recurring Characters

    Sheriff Pepper 

Sheriff J. W. Pepper

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"You picked the wrong parish to haul ass through, boy! Nobody cuts and runs on Sheriff J.W. PEPPER! And it's him who's speakin', by the by!"

Played by: Clifton James

Appearances: Live and Let Die | The Man with the Golden Gun

"By the powers invested in me by this parish, I hereby do commandeer this vehicle and all those persons within!"

A hapless, uncouth Louisiana sheriff who first appears in Live and Let Die, where he ends up getting tangled in a high speed chase between Bond and the villain Kananga's henchmen. He reappears in The Man with the Golden Gun, where he took a vacation to Thailand with his wife, and once again ends up in another chase involving Bond.


  • Butt-Monkey:
    • In Live and Let Die, he's about to subdue and arrest Adam, one of Kananga's major and dangerous henchmen, when Bond flying a boat overhead him helps Adam escape in the ensuing chaos and continue the chase. Subsequently, two of Pepper's colleagues arrive and share a joke at the Sheriff's expense. Then, noticing that he lacks the resources to keep up with Bond, J. W. attempts to enlist the help of his brother-in-law, Billy Bob – who apparently owns the fastest boat on the river. A boat which quickly falls into the hands of Adam, who speeds off to join the chase by water. Then en route to intercept Bond, Pepper and several of his squad cars are involved in a series of crashes, caused by Bond once again leaping the bank ahead of them. And after all that, he attempts to bring him into custody, only to be revealed Bond's identity and authority, much to his frustration.
    • He gets it worst in The Man with the Golden Gun, as in his last scene, Pepper is arrested by the Thai police.
  • Comically Missing the Point: In The Man with the Golden Gun, when he believes that Bond is talking to his superiors (while he is talking with Mary Goodnight actually, who is trapped inside Scaramanga's car trunk), he takes the microphone and asks "them" to call his wife.
  • Deep South: He's very much a redneck. Probably the biggest example of this in the entire James Bond franchise.
    • He's even a bigot who repeatedly calls Adam "boy", chews tobacco and has a brother-in-law named "Billy-Bob".
  • The Ditz: He isn't the sharpest knife in the drawer.
  • Eagleland: Type II, especially in The Man with the Golden Gun.
  • Fat Bastard: A more benign, well-meaning, non-villainous but still very loud, angry and annoying one.
  • Fat Idiot: He isn't the sharpest knife in the drawer... nor the slimmest, while on it. Although he showed that he could have arrested Adam successfully in Live and Let Die, he spends the rest of his screentime being completely clueless and useless.
  • Genre Refugee: He's a character more suited to a Burt Reynolds comedy than a James Bond film.
  • Hawaiian-Shirted Tourist: To the surprise of no one, he's this when he goes to Thailand in The Man with the Golden Gun.
  • Large Ham:
    • In Live and Let Die:
      Sheriff J. W. Pepper: UH-UH! Spin around boy! Ten fingers on the fender!
    • In The Man with the Golden Gun:
      Sheriff J. W. Pepper: Now, I know you! You're that secret agent! That English secret agent from England!
  • The Load: During the car chase in The Man with the Golden Gun, nothing that he does in it is of any substantial help.
  • Noble Bigot: He's not a villain and does try to catch the villains and even try to help out Bond in Thailand....but he is a bigot....with his "Black Russians" (the black villains) and "Pointy Heads" (for Thai people) among other epithets.
  • Oral Fixation: Always has a wad of chewing tobacco the size of a bovine in his mouth.
  • Plucky Comic Relief: Pretty much his entire screentime in both movies he appears is him making oddball and/or hysterical antics.
  • Police are Useless: Subverted in Live and Let Die. Were it not for Bond ramping over his boat and providing a distraction, he would have successfully arrested Adam. The rest of the time, he's just understandably out of his depth.
  • Politically Incorrect Hero: His use of the term "Black Russians" to describe Kananga's minions who are pursuing Bond in his boat isn't exactly racially sensitive.
  • The Sheriff: A loud, angry Deep South sheriff.
  • Small Name, Big Ego: He tries to throw his weight around the Thai police in The Man with the Golden Gun. It doesn't work.
  • Uncertain Doom: He's last seen in the entire franchise getting arrested by Thai police.

    General Gogol 

General Anatol Gogol

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"The order of Lenin, for Comrade Bond. The first ever non-Soviet citizen to receive this award."

Played by: Walter Gotell

Appearances: The Spy Who Loved Me | Moonraker | For Your Eyes Only | Octopussy | A View to a Kill | The Living Daylights

The head of the KGB from The Spy Who Loved Me (1977) to A View to a Kill (1985). In his final appearance in The Living Daylights (1987), he has become a post-Glasnost envoy in the Foreign Service and is succeeded by General Pushkin. Gogol sometimes allies himself with MI6 to stave off the possibility of open war with the West. Only in For Your Eyes Only does he act as an enemy, but even then, his actions are more those of a competitor.


  • Da Chief: On the Soviet side.
  • Friendly Enemy: He shows this relationship with M in The Spy Who Loved Me, to Bond and Amasova's bewilderment.
  • Graceful Loser: Subverted in For Your Eyes Only. He takes Bond destroying the MacGuffin astoundingly well... but then again, it was a piece of British technology that he was on his way to steal, so the British ended up losing overall.
    Bond: That's detente, comrade. You don't have it... I don't have it.
  • Martial Pacifist: Despite the East and West being in an arms race, he always wants to avoid World War III.
  • Reasonable Authority Figure: Almost all of his appereances have him supporting Bond and the MI6. He also vehemently opposes General Orlov's warmongering projects in Octopussy.
  • Teeth-Clenched Teamwork: With MI6 in The Spy Who Loved Me.
  • Worthy Opponent: In For Your Eyes Only he accepts to buy the film's MacGuffin from the Big Bad, but after the villain is killed and Bond destroys the MacGuffin, he simply shrugs it off and walks along his merry way.
  • You Look Familiar: Walter Gotell previously played SPECTRE agent trainer Morzeny in From Russia with Love.
  • Your Cheating Heart: He is almost always fooling around with Rubavitch (his secretary) and has a young woman in his bed in Moonraker. In tie-in material, it is stated that he has a wife.

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