Characters who have appeared in several films of the James Bond franchise.
Recurring Bond Girls
Played by: Eunice Gayson, Nikki van der Zyl (voice)
Appearances: Dr. No | From Russia with Love
Strictly speaking, she is the very first Bond Girl moviewise, although not the main 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.
- Demoted to Extra: Her appearance in From Russia With Love is shorter and much less memorable than her Dr. No scenes.
- Lady in Red: What she wears at the Le Cercle club.
- Ms. Fanservice: Her second scene has her wearing a shirt. Just a shirt.
- 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.
- Recurring Character: The original concept of the character was a running gag where Bond would be called away to work every time they got together. They couldn't fit her into Goldfinger and thereafter abandoned the concept.
- Same Language Dub: Like nearly all female characters in the Connery era, she's overdubbed by Nikki van der Zyl in both appearances.
- 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. And nothing else.
Dr. Madeleine Swann
Played by: Léa Seydoux (adult), Coline Defaud (as a child)
Appearances: Spectre | No Time to Die
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. This makes her only the second Bond girl to appear in more than one movie, and the first main Bond girl to do so as well. 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 one of Hinx's men with a syringe he intended to use on her and opening fire on Mr. Hinx seconds before he could murder 007. She learned to use guns in her childhood, due to how dangerous her father's "job" was for his family life.
- Age-Gap Romance: Daniel Craig is 17 years older than Léa Seydoux.
- Battle Couple: With Bond in both films.
- Beauty Is Never Tarnished: Madeleine faces dangers in the snow, in the desert, in London, in Norway, and on an island somewhere between Russia and Japan, yet she remains beautiful throughout both films.
- Composite Character: No Time to Die makes her one of Tracy, Bond's Second Love and Kissy Suzuki, the mother of his child in You Only Live Twice.
- Damsel in Distress: She's captured by Hinx from her clinic, and Bond rescues her. Later, Blofeld captures her again in London and Safin abducts her and her daughter Mathilde in Norway. However unlike before she is a Damsel out of Distress instead and frees herself on time to see Bond and Mathilde again.
- Dark and Troubled Past: Brought up in Spectre, and fully detailed in No Time to Die. Being the daughter of a Spectre agent and killer, she was almost killed by Lyutsifer Safin as a child after he killed her alcoholic mother.
- Deadpan Snarker: At the start of Spectre, 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.
- Did Not Get The Guy: At the end of No Time to Die, she ends up permanently losing Bond when he sacrifices himself to save her and Mathilde. Though she decides to create a better life for Mathilde and tell her about her father.
- 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. No Time to Die expands up on this in the prologue: Safin was the assassin, who shot her mother dead when he found out that Mr. White wasn't there, which explains her hatred of guns.
- Final Girl: Downplayed because other supporting characters survived too, but Madeleine is the first Bond Girl to be this trope.
- 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.
- Girl of the Week: Averted. Madeleine is the first main Bond Girl in the franchise to return in the next film still as Bond's girlfriend.
- Glad-to-Be-Alive Sex: After nearly being killed by Hinx, Madeleine and Bond immediately have sex.
- Glamorous Single Mother: She was pregnant when James cut ties with her. She gave birth to a daughter named Mathilde.
- Hair of Gold, Heart of Gold: She's blonde haired and firmly on the good side.
- Happily Ever After: The sole primary Bond Girl in Craig's tenure to have both romanced Bond and made it all the way to the end of the film alive (The survival rate on the secondaries isn't that great either). She is also the first main Bond Girl in the franchise to return in the next film still as Bond's girlfriend.
- Iconic Sequel Character: She doesn’t show up until the fourth (and second to last) film of Craig’s tenure, but she becomes his Second Love and the mother of his child.
- Light Feminine and Dark Feminine: Played with. She and Vesper Lynd are polar opposites in terms of looks (she's blonde and blue eyed in contrast to Vesper's dark hair), but they both have a Dark and Troubled Past and are both forced to do something nefarious because of a threat to someone they love. The key difference is that Madeleine survives and would have lived happily ever after with Bond had he not died.
- Mama Bear: Is more than willing to kill people who threaten Mathilde.
- Meaningful Appearance:
- She appears in black in her first meeting with Bond, symbolizing their initially antagonistic relationship. She dresses 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.
- This happens again in the next film—she's in a white dress when Bond confronts her over her supposed betrayal, telling us that she hasn't done so, but a black one when they encounter each other at MI6 an five years later, once again representing their adversarial relationship. She's back in white when Bond tracks her down in Norway, again showing that's she's good.
- 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.
- Ms. Fanservice: Madeleine wears seductive dresses.
- My Secret Pregnancy: She gave birth to James' daughter, but nobody knew about this.
- Riding into the Sunset: As with Happily Ever After, the only Bond Girl in the new continuity so far to do this.
- Second Love: She becomes James Bond's love some years after the death of Vesper Lynd.
- See You in Hell: She yells "Go to Hell!" to Bond after he rescues her from Oberhauser's men.
- Supporting Protagonist: Being the first Bond girl to be this trope, she is also the main focus of No Time to Die as much as Bond is.
- Troubled, but Cute: She has a lot of baggage related to her past involving her father and Spectre, but nonetheless she still looks pretty and cute and is an all round Nice Girl.
Recurring MI6 and British Government Staff
- For M, Moneypenny and Q, see here
Played by: Michael Goodliffe (1974), James Villiers (1981), Michael Kitchen (1995; 1999), Rory Kinnear (2008 - 2021)
Appearances: The Man with the Golden Gun | For Your Eyes Only | GoldenEye | The World Is Not Enough | Quantum of Solace | Skyfall | Spectre | No Time to Die
M's Chief of Staff at MI6.
- Adaptation Relationship Overhaul: In the books, Bill Tanner is James Bond's best friend and closest confidant within MI6. That has never fully carried over in the films; Villiers was somewhat hostile towards Bond (likely a consequence of his role being a relatively last-second substitute for M), and while Kitchen and Kinnear are both much friendlier they still aren't quite on the level of being Bond's Only Friend.
- 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 Bernard Lee's M look rather warm in comparison.
- Distinguished Gentleman's Pipe: The James Villiers incarnation smokes a pipe in his first scene.
- Number Two: As Chief of Staff, he's the second in command to M at MI6.
- Only Friend:
- In the novels, along with Felix Leiter he's one of Bond's very few personal friends.
- Never reaches that level in the earlier films, although they're on good terms in the Pierce Brosnan years.
- As for the Daniel Craig years, Tanner and Bond are close enough to have honest conversations about the controversial intelligence service reorganisation that's being carried out by Max Denbigh in Spectre. Tanner also drinks in memory of the deceased Bond along with M, Moneypenny, Q and Nomi at the end of No Time to Die.
- Spear Carrier: Tanner doesn't have much to do or say in his first film appearance in The Man with the Golden Gun, which is also the shortest.
- Temporary Substitute: M was absent in For Your Eyes Only, so Tanner temporarily replaced him in his office to give Bond his assignment on the ATAC system case. This was done because M's actor Bernard Lee was unavailable due to fighting stomach cancer, he eventually passed away from it on January 16, 1981. Producer Albert R. Broccoli didn't want to immediately cast a new M actor out of respect for Lee.
Sir Frederick Gray
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 in the 1970s and 1980s.
- Chuck Cunningham Syndrome: He's last seen leaving M's office for a meeting with the Prime Minister in The Living Daylights and is never heard from again. Tomorrow Never Dies features a new Minister of Defence, so it's presumed that he retired in-between films.
- Commander Contrarian: Almost always argues with Bond over whoever Bond or the MI6 suspect is the villain of the film, generally due to said suspect being a Villain with Good Publicity.
- Early-Installment Weirdness: In his first appearance in The Spy Who Loved Me, Bond holds a private discussion with Gray, during which it's implied that the two knew each other beforehand and might even be friends, as Bond refers to him as "Freddie". It is never revealed how they know each other well enough for Bond to be so informal, and in the rest of the films, Bond calls Gray "Minister"; the change in style is not specified either, but it could be either because their scenes together after The Spy Who Loved Me include other officials, or as a result of the embarrasment Bond caused him after being found in bed with Anya Amasova at the end of that film.
- 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, saying that "she will have our guts for garters!", to the point she makes a "cameo" in it (played by an impersonator), 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.
Played by: Colin Salmon
Appearances: Tomorrow Never Dies | The World Is Not Enough | Die Another Day
An MI6 aide who assists M in briefing Bond about and giving vital information prior to his missions.
- Canon Foreigner: He didn't originate in Ian Fleming's books. He was created for Tomorrow Never Dies when Michael Kitchen (who had portrayed Bill Tanner in GoldenEye) became unavailable.
- First-Name Basis: He and Bond call each other by their given names.
- Second Episode Introduction: He was introduced in Brosnan's second Bond film.
- Suspiciously Similar Substitute: He has pretty much the same function as Bill Tanner, as Michael Kitchen wasn't available to reprise the role in Tomorrow Never Dies. The genuine article did come back in The World is Not Enough, only to leave the spot to Robinson again in Die Another Day.
- The Stoic: He is always calm and controlled.
- Tall, Dark, and Handsome: Very much so, to the point where many fans of the Brosnan era and Pierce Brosnan himself supported Colin Salmon as a possible replacement for Brosnan after the latter was let go from the franchise. Alas, it didn't come to pass.
- Those Two Guys: Michael Kitchen returned as Tanner in The World is Not Enough, and the pair became M's recurring staff.
- Token Minority: He was the only notable regular non-white supporting character during the Brosnan era (and up until the Daniel Craig era, the only notable regular non-white supporting character, period).
Played by: Jeremy Bulloch,
Appearances: Film/For Your Eyes Only | Octopussy
A man who assists Q in testing new gadgets.
- Badass Bookworm: Implied. He is a Q Branch scientist who wears a lab coat in one scene, but he is also qualified for field work and tails a Big Bad in one scene.
- Only One Name: His first name is never given.
- For Felix Leiter, see here
Played by: Joe Don Baker
Appearances: GoldenEye | Tomorrow Never Dies
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 when he behaves negligent toward his spycraft.
- You Look Familiar: Joe Don Baker previously played Brad Whitaker, one half of the Big Bad Duumvirate in The Living Daylights.
Played by: Giancarlo Giannini
Dubbed by: Michel Papineschi (European French)
Appearances: Casino Royale | Quantum of Solace
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.
- Adaptation Relationship Overhaul: In the books, Mathis is an Old Friend of Bond ever since they met on an assignment prior to World War II. In Casino Royale, it is the first time they meet.
- 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 Adaptation: He doesn't die in the novels. In Quantum of Solace, he gets shot by corrupt police officers.
- 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.
- See his character page.
Played by: Richard Kiel
Appearances: The Spy Who Loved Me | Moonraker
James Bond: Not socially. His name's Jaws. He kills people.
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. As such, fans look on him as the one Dragon Bond has genuinely feared.
After surviving the destruction of the Atlantis (Stromberg's base), Jaws reappears in Moonraker, hired by Hugo Drax as a replacement for his enforcer Chang after he is disposed of.
- 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.
- 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.
- Agony of the Feet: In The Spy Who Loved Me, he drops a boulder on his foot. His grimace is priceless.
- All There in the Manual: The novelization gives him a backstory. His real name is Zbigniew Krycsiwiki, born in Poland, the product of a union between the strong man of a travelling circus and the Chief Wardress at the Women’s Prison in Cracow. The relationship and subsequent marriage had been a stormy one and, when it broke up, the young Zbigniew stayed with his mother and attended school and subsequently university in Cracow. He grew to a prodigious height but in temperament he followed his father and was surly and uncooperative, given to sudden outbreaks of violent temper. Because of his size he commanded a place in the university basketball team, but he was sluggish of reaction and his lack of speed was constantly exposed by more skilful but less physically endowed players. After a failed attempt at a basketball career, Krycsiwiki was arrested by the secret police for having taken part in the (fictitious) "1972 bread riots". While he was imprisoned, the police "beat him with hollow steel clubs encased in thick leather" until they thought he was dead, leaving his jaw broken beyond repair. Krycsiwiki later escaped and stowed aboard one of Stromberg's vessels. Eventually he was caught, but instead of turning him in, Stromberg hired a prestigious doctor to create an artificial jaw. After 14 operations Krycsiwiki's jaw was restored using steel components that created two rows of terrifying razor-sharp teeth, although Jaws was left mute.
- 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.
- Car Fu: He goes toe-to-toe with a van. While ultimately beat, he does put up a good fight tearing up large portions of it.
- 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.
- Cool Guns: In Moonraker, he is seen firing an Ingram MAC-10 with a barrel-extension rather than the standard silencer, as he chases James Bond in a speedboat.
- 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.
- Does Not Know His Own Strength: In Moonraker, he tries to pull the ripcord on his parachute... it comes off in his hand. Later on he's chasing Bond in a speedboat, realises he's heading for an Inevitable Waterfall and tries to jerk the steering wheel to the side; it also comes off in his hand.
- 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.
- Dub Name Change: He's only called "Jaws" in the English language version of the films, due to the film that inspired the name having a Completely Different Title in many countries. Typically, he'll be called local versions of "shark", such as "Requin" in French and "Tiburón" in Spanish.
- Elective Mute: It's easy to assume from The Spy Who Loved Me that Jaws' lack of speech is related to his namesake, but Moonraker reveals toward the end that Jaws could talk all the time and only kept quiet by choice.
- Ensemble Dark Horse: 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 Evil Has Loved Ones: He changes sides primarily to protect his girlfriend.
- 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.
- Expy: He's effectively Oddjob 2.0, being an Elite Mook villainous henchman with Super Strength and who shrugs off everything that Bond throws at him, forcing Bond to use his wits and the environment to prevail instead of a straightforward fight. They even both have notable oral deformities — Oddjob's cleft palate/muteness, and Jaws' trademark teeth and voluntary muteness. The resemblance is heightened in that the novel version of Oddjob is also a giant of a man; 6'6" tall, which is huge by Korean standards for the time.
- Evil Sounds Deep: Subverted; his sole line of dialogue toward the end of Moonraker is spoken in an impressively deep voice, but he had long undergone his Heel–Face Turn by that point.
- Free-Fall Fight: He fights Bond in mid-air in the Action Prologue of Moonraker.
- 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.
- Groin Attack: He is kneed in the groin by Bond while fighting him in the space station. There's a "clang" sound when he does so, indicating that Jaws has balls of steel just like his teeth.
- Heel–Face Revolving Door: If you count Everything or Nothing as canon, Jaws has returned to being a villain.
- 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.
- Hollywood Skydiving: He fails to deploy his main chute, diving in free fall into a circus tent, and somehow surviving by falling onto a trapeze safety net. In Real Life he could have simply deployed his reserve chute when the main chute failed.
- 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 after winning a fight with a shark, 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 is probably his greatest feat.
- 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 at First Sight: After he is helped out of the cable car by random civilian Dolly, they silently smile at one another and practically skip off hand in hand. With Tchaikovsky's love theme from Romeo and Juliet playing, to boot
- 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.
- Mistreatment-Induced Betrayal: He overhears Drax explaining his master plan, which involves exterminating everyone on earth who isn't "perfect" - including his own less than perfect employees once he no longer needs them. Jaws becomes worried since he is a giant with metal teeth (and it's implied he isn't exactly firing on all eight cylinders intellectually), while his girlfriend is short, weak, and wearing glasses. So, while on the station, Jaws helps Bond escape a sticky situation and gets physical with some of his former allies.
- Monster Clown: When he stalks Manuela in a dark alley during the Rio de Janeiro Carnival, he is dressed as a giant clown.
- 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.
- Technically also happens in the novelisation, but arguably better fits Screw This, I'm Outta Here: As Bond observes, the freakish giant mute with the metal teeth in no way resembles the "Master Race" that Drax's chosen specimens do, and he figures that Jaws is smart enough to realize it. Sure enough, Jaws promptly vanishes, making no effort to stop Bond from screwing up Drax's plan and instead steals a shuttle to get back to Earth on his own — his only companion a female scientist who realized that Jaws was both smarter than he looked and had the right idea.
- Named by the Adaptation: According to Christopher Woods' Novelization of The Spy Who Loved Me, he's Polish and his real name is Zbigniew Krycsiwiki.
- Oh, Crap!: He gets one when he pulls the ripcord to his parachute and it comes off in his hand. He gets another one later when he sees his cable car is about to crash.
- Only One Name: He's only called "Jaws" in both of his film appearances.
- 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 (following the death of Jaws' previous employer, Karl Stromberg).
- The Quiet One: He can talk, he just chooses not to.
- Red Right Hand: His height (Richard Kiel was 7'2) and steel teeth.
- Screw This, I'm Outta Here: Novelization only - in stark contrast to the Love Redeems angle of his defection in the movie, it's portrayed as Jaws abandoning Drax after realising that a "freakish mutate" like himself would have no place in Drax's Nazism-inspired "genetically perfect world". Likewise, though he does take a woman with him, Bond cynically notes that it's most likely a scientist who realised that Jaws wasn't Too Dumb to Live and who played on her beauty to make him take her with him.
- Slasher Smile: He always smiles when he's about to attack Bond, making his steel teeth particularly visible.
- Suddenly Speaking: Jaws finally breaks at his silence at the end of Moonraker, when he says one line, "Here's to us," while proposing a toast with Dolly.
- Take the Wheel: He and some mooks are chasing Bond in a speedboat when Jaws takes the wheel a little too literally.
- Throw the Dog a Bone: He get a lot of abuse in Moonraker, but he not only does get a girlfriend out of it, but he gets to live, unlike everyone else in Drax's employ, and unlike most henchmen who cross paths with 007.
- Villain Decay: He is more buffoonish in Moonraker than in The Spy Who Loved Me, where he was genuinely menacing.
- Villainous Valor/Villain: Exit, Stage Left: Jaws' sheer persistence in trying to finish his mission ended up making audiences pretty sympathetic to him. Richard Kiel has mentioned seeing entire theatres cheer when he was revealed to have survived at the end of The Spy Who Loved Me and swimming away into the ocean.
- The Voiceless: He's completely silent through the course of both films until the climax of Moonraker.Jaws: Well, here's to us.
- When All You Have Is a Hammer…: Played With. He is so obviously strong and bulky that he would probably not even need his empowered teeth to be an unbeatable match for almost every human opponent. Ironically, being fixated with biting people to death, and even having these teeth in the first place, is what allow Bond to beat him more than once. However, Jaws ends up making good use of his weapon when he is put against a shark.
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 as the latter became a liability. Bond captures him at the end of Casino Royale 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 commits 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.
- Being Evil Sucks: As the films expand on his character, we seen how allying with an organization like Quantum/Spectre can ruin your life. White gets divorced and estranged from his daughter, who wants nothing to do with him after finding out that White's a terrorist and that his actions led to the death of her mother at the hands of one White's victims (Lyutsifer Safin), who nearly killed her as well, he gets shot in the leg by the lover of the woman he was blackmailing to steal millions of dollars in order to clean up the mess caused by one of his associates, gets stuffed into a trunk, and then rocked around during an insane car chase between the man who kidnapped him and his henchmen, and afterwards, gets shot accidentally (but again!) during a scuffle. Then, between the events of Quantum of Solace and Spectre, he undergoes a crisis of conscious when his former friend and boss starts venturing into sex slavery and human trafficking, only to end up poisoned by thallium and marked for death for trying to do the right thing after a lifetime of wrongdoing.
- 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 Ensemble: Mr. White is Le Chiffre's contact in Quantum and the reason he sets up the poker game in Montenegro to begin with. He at first he seems to be a background threat for the first half of the movie, but he controls Le Chiffre and after the man's failure personally kills him. White directly drives the plot for the remaining half-hour left in the film, 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: He shows some tendencies for this in Quantum of Solace, such as his reaction upon realising that Bond is making Quantum members (as in, uncovering them in a crowd of unrelated opera audience) during a performance of Tosca being to simply remark "I guess Tosca isn't for everyone."
- Decomposite Character: In Casino Royale, he takes the role of the SMERSH agent who kills Le Chiffre, thus saving Bond's life.
- 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.
- The Dragon: To Blofeld in a series-wide sense, in that he is the highest ranked SPECTRE agent that gets any characterisation. He lost this status sometime before Spectre where C and Mr Hinx are Blofled's Co-Dragons.
- 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:
- When Vesper made a deal with him to save Bond's life he honoured it, killing Le Chiffre and leaving Bond alone. He had no practical reason to leave Bond alone and could have easily just tied up the loose end.
- 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.
- The Heavy: He appears and has a major hand in all of the movies except Skyfall. He is a major villain in Casino Royale and Quantum of Solace, he has his Heel–Face Turn in Spectre and entrusts his daughter's safety to Bond. He is a major Greater-Scope Villain of No Time to Die for killing the Safin family, minus Lyutsifer, under Blofeld's orders in the past and started Safin's vendetta against Spectre and Madeleine.
- 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.
- Karma Houdini: Averted, as Bond captures him thanks to Vesper's last SMS.
- Knee-capping: Bond makes himself known to Mr White in one of the most painful ways possible.
- 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 organisation 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 organisation as knowing who to trust. *BANG*
- Punk in the Trunk: At the beginning of Quantum of Solace.
- Rule of Three: He gets shot three times (once each in three different movies, no less): once in the leg by Bond, then in the shoulder by Mitchell, when the former fights Bond over his gun, and the final time is when he kills himself after entrusting Bond to protect his daughter.
- Soft-Spoken Sadist: The only time where he raises his voice is when he screams after he's shot in the leg by Bond.
- Unwitting Instigator of Doom: Poisoning all of Lyutsifer Safin's family during his time serving SPRECTRE not only derails the happy ending Bond and Madeline had at the end of Spectre, and also causes Safin to vow revenge against the organization and Blofeld, but also causes Bond's death at the end of No Time to Die.
- Villainous Rescue: Saves Bond's and Vesper's lives when they are tortured by Le Chiffre. Unlike his book counterpart (who left them alive because there were no instructions to deal with them), he has a more pragmatic reason for this: he needed Bond alive for the password to his poker winnings, and Vesper to transfer the money to him.
- Wicked Cultured: He loves opera.
- Would Hit a Girl: Personally murders Le Chiffre's girlfriend Valenka when he eliminates Le Chiffre.
- You Have Outlived Your Usefulness:
- He's the one to kill Le Chiffre towards the end of Casino Royale after Quantum and SPECTRE evidently decide he's too much of a liability.
- On the receiving end in Spectre, where 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.
Played by: Brigitte Millar
Appearances: Spectre | No Time to Die
A high-ranking member of the criminal organisation known as Spectre.
- Back for the Dead: After her appearance in Spectre, she returns in No Time to Die as one of the guests in Blofeld's "birthday party" intended as a trap to lethally infect Bond with the Heracles nanoweapon, only to be revealed that Safin convinced Valdo Obruchev (Heracles's creator) to secretly reprogram it to massacre Spectre's leadership, Vogel being one of its victims.
- Even Evil Has Standards: For all of her coldly describing her human trafficking operation, even she looks away when Mr. Hinx kill Guerra with his bare hands to take Sciarra's place.
- Morally Ambiguous Doctorate: She's refered to as "Dr. Vogel" and is a board member of the criminal organization Spectre.
- Unusual Euphemism: She describes her work on Spectre's Council on Human Trafficking as having "placed 160,000 migrant females into the leisure sector."
Recurring Soviet/Russian Supporting Characters
General Anatol Alexey Gogol
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.
- Adaptational Heroism: The closest thing he has to a counterpart in the novels is the venal, unfeeling, and totally autocratic "General G" from From Russia with Love. He's almost never opposed to Bond except For Your Eyes Only and doesn't intimidate his subordinates.
- Calling the Young Man Out: He royally chews out (the younger) General Orlov in Octopussy for daring to suggest that the Soviets invade Western Europe, fearing nuclear reprisals by the West if they tried such a thing.
- 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.
- In For Your Eyes Only, after the villain is killed and Bond destroys the MacGuffin, he simply shrugs it off and walks along his merry way without even attempting to prolong their conflict. He even stops his henchman from shooting Bond in response to his destruction of the MacGuffin, although admittedly this would’ve been an unwise action that could’ve led to reprisals from Britain, a concern he later shows in ‘View to a Kill’ when he believes a rogue agent has killed Bond. That said, his amused chuckle at Bond’s solution clearly shows he appreciates the situation, tactically.
- He actually shows up in person to MI6 to present the Order of Lenin to Bond for saving Silicon Valley in A View to a Kill; turns out it was much more beneficial for the Soviets that Silicon Valley was spared from its near-destruction (either that or the fact that Zorin had grown to be too big of a threat to even the Soviets).
- 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.
- Greater-Scope Villain: In For Your Eyes Only, he accepts to buy the film's MacGuffin from the Big Bad, but does not play an active role in the film's plot until he shows up at the end to collect it.
- Let's Get Dangerous!: In Octopussy, he personally pursues General Orlov upon discovering his theft of priceless Tsarist Russia artifacts as payment to Kamal Khan. He arrives just in time to see Orlov gunned down for crossing the West German border in pursuit of Bond.
- 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 appearances have him supporting Bond and the MI6. He also vehemently opposes General Orlov's warmongering projects in Octopussy, and in The Spy Who Loved Me, he doesn't chastise Anya for dating a fellow agent but instead shows condolences for her after he has to tell her about her lover's death, allowing her to grieve properly (he is surprised when he sees Anya in bed with James Bond at the conclusion of the movie, though).
- Rivals Team Up: With MI6 in The Spy Who Loved Me.
- The Stoic: Never loses his composure on the job and is a man of very little emotion.
- Throw the Dog a Bone: In The Living Daylights, he is now a Russian diplomat and in reward for her part in stopping the rogue General Koskov, he gives Kara Milovy a travel visa to allow her to travel to and from the West as much as she pleases.
- Worthy Opponent: The one time he and Bond find themselves as enemies in For Your Eyes Only, they treat each other as respectful competitors rather than mortal foes.
Played by: Eva Reuber-Staier
Appearances: The Spy Who Loved Me | For Your Eyes Only | Octopussy
The personal secretary (and strongly implied mistress) of the head of KGB, General Gogol.
- Last-Name Basis: Assuming "Rubelvitch" is her last name, her first name is never mentioned.
- Mirror Character: For Miss Moneypenny. Her name is even derived from the ruble, Russia's currency.
- One-Steve Limit: In The Living Daylights, Gogol's successor as head of the KGB, General Pushkin, also has a secretary/mistress named Rubavitch. It's unclear if this is supposed to be the same character with the name misspelled and played by a different actress (Rubavitch is played by Virginia Hey), or if she just happens to have an almost identical name and fulfill the same job. (Especially since Pushkin's role was originally supposed to be Gogol's.)
- Sexy Secretary: She's Gogol's secretary, and seeing how often Gogol flirts with her.
- Spell My Name with an S: Her name is also alternatively spelled as "Rublevich" and "Rublevitch".
Valentin Dmitrovich Zukovsky
Played by: Robbie Coltrane
Appearances: GoldenEye | The World Is Not Enough
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 Elektra King in order to get a nuclear submarine captained by his cousin, 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: When he finds Dr. 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]
- Dying Smirk: Zukovsky, after being shot by Elektra, uses his Last Breath Bullet to shoot the restraints holding Bond, flashing him a smirk before passing.
- 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 is an ex-KGB operative turned Russian mafia head. He helps Bond in GoldenEye only because Bond bribes him with military equipment, and in The World is Not Enough as revenge for Elektra King betraying him and killing his nephew. Though he develops a begrudging respect for Bond as a Worthy Opponent and possibly even a friend, he is still an unrepentant criminal who will help save the day only when this aligns with his personal interests.
- No Sympathy: Mixed with a bit of Even Evil Has Standards. He talks about the Lienz Cossacks, who worked as Nazi collaborators during WWII, then defected to Britain in hopes of avoiding Stalin's wrath. Instead, they were deported back to Russia, and many of them died in the gulags. Bond claims it was "not exactly our finest hour", and while Valentin agrees, he considers the Cossacks ruthless people who got what they deserved.
- 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, when Elektra King destroys his cavier factory. He's later killed in that film, too.
- Sacrificial Lion: He's shot dead by Elektra King 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 Elektra and Renard have murdered his cousin, 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.
Sheriff J. W. Pepper
Played by: Clifton James
Appearances: Live and Let Die | The Man with the Golden Gun
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.
- Busman's Holiday: Goes on vacation to Thailand only to get roped into another wacky adventure with Bond.
- 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.
- In The Man with the Golden Gun, he and his wife are on vacation in Thailand. First he catches a young elephant poking around in his pants pocket with its trunk and ends up pushed in a river by said elephant. Next, while he's at a car dealership trying to get a salesman to give him a demonstration, Bond jumps in and takes him on a wild chase that includes a jump off a collapsed bridge and over a river. Finally, after Bond ditches the car to keep after Scaramanga, the local police show up and arrest Pepper.
- Captain Ersatz: Clifton James basically plays the exact same role in Superman II but his character goes unnamed.
- 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.
- Contrived Coincidence: The fact that he happens to encounter Bond for a second time in Thailand of all places in The Man with the Golden Gun is more than a little contrived.
- 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.
- Fat Bastard: A more benign, 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!
- In Live and Let Die:
- 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.
- Only Known by Their Nickname: No one knows what his initials stand for. Even his wife only calls him "Jay-Dubbyah".
- 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. In addition, he refers to the people of Thailand as "pointy heads."
- Put on a Prison Bus: The very last time he's seen, he's taken in custody by the Thai police.
- 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.
- "Ugly American" Stereotype: In The Man with the Golden Gun, Pepper is vacationing in Thailand, and is fittingly an overweight, loud white man who acts lewdly and disrespectfully. He tries to invoke his American police authority over the Thai cops to no success.
- Uncertain Doom: He's last seen in the entire franchise getting arrested by Thai police.