Character page for the film Never Say Never Again.
James Bond, codename 007
Played by: Sean Connery
A veteran agent of MI6, and still the best in his field.
- Bond One-Liner: Naturally.Fatima: Oh. I got you all wet.Bond: Yes, but my martini is still dry.
- Badass Grandpa: In his fifties, with greying hair. Still a certified ass-kicker.
- Carpet of Virility: A trademark of Sean Connery. It can be observed in all its glory as he finds himself forced to wear overalls.
- The Casanova: As always, he's an unstoppable ladykiller.
- Feeling Their Age: His age shows as he fails a routine exercise and gets sent to a health clinic as a result, but he's still more than capable of taking on SPECTRE afterwards. Sean Connery was 53 at the time of the filming.
- Silver Fox: Arguably more attractive here at 53, than Connery's Bond was in Diamonds, being in much better shape.
Played by: Kim Basinger
Maximilian Largo's mistress and Jack Petachi's sister.
- Adaptational Name Change: From Dominetta "Domino" Vitali in the novel to Domino Petachi in the movie. On one hand, "Petacchi" was Domino's birth surname in the novel, on the other, "Domino" in the movie appears to be her real name.
- Adaptational Nationality: Italian in the novel, American in the movie.
- Break the Cutie: First her brother is braiwashed and killed, then she finds out that her lover is a master criminal and then said lover abuses her.
- Damsel in Distress: She's put to be sold as a slave to a group of Arabs by Largo until Bond rescues her.
- The Dog Bites Back: Comes back to shoot Largo with a spear after he tried to her sell her into slavery.
- Made a Slave: Largo's final way of disposing of Domino is to sell her to some Arabs.
- Nice Girl: A sweet and pleasant woman that is always friendly to Bond. This makes her abuse by Largo even more cruel.
- Revenge: She shoots Largo with a harpoon gun for the murder of her brother and for torturing her.
- You Killed My Father: She kills Largo to avenge her brother.
Played by: Klaus Maria Brandauer
A SPECTRE operative and architect/supervisor of the events of the movie.
- Adaptational Name Change: From "Emilio" in the novel to "Maximillian" here, most likely to accomodate to his actor.note
- Adaptational Nationality: Italian in the novel, he's stated to be Romanian in the movie.
- Ax-Crazy: He eventually flips out once his plans are uncovered. Made pretty literal when he demolishes part of the Flying Saucer with an ax trying to find Bond.
- Bastard Boyfriend: He's insanely jealous with regards of Domino, and once he thinks Domino has fallen for Bond he commits Domestic Abuse.
- Benevolent Boss: He's on a first name basis with many of his employees and seems to be a very charming and likeable boss, especially for a guy engaging in murder and nuclear terrorism.
- Big Bad: He's the mastermind behind the film's plot, with Blofeld as the Greater-Scope Villain.
- Cool Boat: He owns a yacht, the Flying Saucer; a luxurious craft decked out with many luxuries from where he can also operate his nuclear warhead-stealing plan.
- Faux Affably Evil: He initially presents himself as quite affable to Bond, but even then he tends to come off as more of a Cloudcuckoolander (what with the videogame that gives you electric shocks and all that). After he becomes abusive of Domino once he thinks Domino has fallen for Bond, it becomes clear that it was all an act.
- Fiction 500: One of the wealthiest men in the world and a noted philanthropist, who happens to be a murderous criminal mastermind.
- Green-Eyed Monster: Largo is extremely possessive of Domino. Seeing Bond dancing with her turns their antagonism from professional to quite personal.
- The Heavy: As the number two of SPECTRE, he's The Dragon for the organization, but serves as the main antagonist of the movie.
- Kick the Dog: On top of all the emotional abuse he heaps on Domino, he auctions her to some lecherous Arabian slavers. It seems like it was included just to make Largo out to be more of a bastard.
- Man of Wealth and Taste: Always well-dressed, has a large estate in Nassau and owns a yacht.
- Nerd in Evil's Helmet: Engages in nuclear terrorism, dangerously controlling and jealous of his girlfriend...and designs his own video games.
- No, Mr. Bond, I Expect You to Dine: Well, play a video game. He invites Bond to play a video game.
- Number Two: His rank is actually Number One in the SPECTRE organization, but he fits this role as Number 1 is still just below Blofeld.
- Sore Loser: He really does not take well Bond beating him at the Domination video game (though that has less to do with losing and more with Bond eschewing the prize money in exchange for a dance with Domino) and foiling his plans.
- Villain with Good Publicity: Apparently a renowned philanthropist.
- Wealthy Yacht Owner: Owns a yacht, the Flying Saucer, as symbol of his wealthy status.
Played by: Barbara Carrera
A SPECTRE assassin who oversees Largo's operation through.
- The Baroness: A female bad guy who embraces the sexpot variant with gusto, going to great lenghts to make Bond declare that she was the best woman he'd ever had sex with.
- Berserk Button: Fatima is outraged that Bond would even insinuate she wasn't the best woman he'd ever had sex with.
- Complexity Addiction: Fatima passes up several opportunities to assassinate Bond with a gun, knife or explosive in favor of a convoluted ambush using remote-controlled sharks.
- Crash-Into Hello: Fatima actually invokes this by slipping and falling into Bond's arms on their first encounter.
- Die Laughing: She laughs after Bond shoots his pen gun at her, as the projectile seems to have gotten only superficially lodged on her, before the miniature missile explodes.
- Expy: Of Fiona Volpe from Thunderball. Hers is an interesting case in that while other characters from the novel retained their names in some form and their personality for the most part remained basically the same, she got a completely different new name (though her first name still starts with an F) and, while Fiona Volpe was quite icy and didn't think too much of her encounter with Bond, Fatima Blush is very hot-tempered woman and insists on making Bond declare that she was the best woman he'd ever had sex with.
- Evil Is Hammy: Barbara Carrera is really having fun with the role.
- Femme Fatale: Hoo boy. She drove Jack Petachi to his doom, and tried the same with Bond.
- Groin Attack: When having Bond dead to rights, she orders him to sit, legs spread, as she aims her gun at him.Fatima: Guess where the first one goes?
- High Collar of Doom: One of her many outfits.
- Hospital Hottie: She infiltrates Shrublands disguised as a nurse, and does the whole fetish act with it with Jack Petachi.
- Kneel Before Zod: Fatima's final encounter with Bond has her having Bond lying on the floor before her.
- Ms. Fanservice: Fatima is certainly a rather fetching woman, going from flattering dresses to a very revealing swimsuit.
- Smoldering Shoes: All that's left of Fatima after she is killed by one of Q's devices.
- Stocking Filler: She carries a hypo filled with heroin in a garter belt, as she has Jack Petachi hooked on heroin to force him to obey her, and exposes it while taking out the hypo.
- Straw Feminist: She certainly prides herself on being an empowered woman able to control any man she wants. However, Fatima takes extra delight in finding out she had an order to kill her female rival for Bond's affections, giving lie to that idea.
- There Is No Kill Like Overkill: Her death blows her up completely.
- Tracking Device: She plants one on Bond so electronically controlled sharks can home in on him.
- The Vamp: Used her feminine wiles to drive Jack Petachi to his doom, and tried the same with Bond.
- Why Don't You Just Shoot Him?: Fatima has not one, not two, not even three, but four times to just shoot Bond, but merely settles for trying inane things like trying to get him eaten by sharks, blowing him up, killing Bond's partner for no reason, and trying to get Bond to put her in his memoirs. This last one gets her killed.
- You Are Number 6: Largo calls Fatima "Number 12" at one point to remind her that they have a strictly professional relationship. This is when she was going to kiss him for giving her an order to kill Bond's female assistant.
Played by: Rowan Atkinson
A British Foreign Office representative Bond meets in the Bahamas.
- Butt-Monkey: Bond punks him on their introduction for being too conspicious, and in the ending he's thrown in the pool of Bond's villa by Bond after being mistaken for an intruder.
- Plucky Comic Relief: He provides most of the humor in the movie.
- Punny Name: Nigel Small-Fawcett. Small-Fawcett...small faucet... Doesn't take Sigmund Freud to get that joke.
- Overt Operative: Lampshaded by Bond, when Nigel Small-Fawcett is yelling Bond's name to attract his attention, then acts furtively when talking to Bond.Nigel Small-Fawcett: [yelling] Mr Bond! I say Mr. Bond! Nigel Small-Fawcett, British Embassy, Nassau.
James Bond: Nice to meet you Nigel.
Nigel Small-Fawcett: Sorry I'm late, but as you're one of these undercover jollies, I took the precaution of not being followed.
James Bond: And that's why you shouted my name across the harbor?
Nigel Small-Fawcett: Oh God, did I? Oh I'm sorry! Damn! Damn! Sorry I'm rather new to all this!
Played by: Edward Fox
Bond's boss, the head of the MI6.
- Adaptational Jerkass: This M is portrayed as more of a bureaucrat and contemptuous of Bond and the Double O Section in general — far removed from the relationship shared between M and Bond, especially Bernard Lee's M and Sean Connery's Bond.
- Da Chief: This M plays a strange British variation of this trope with his contempt of Bond.
- No Sense of Humor: Bond's clever quips bounce off him like a brick wall.
- Obstructive Bureaucrat: He makes it clear that he believes Bond and the Double O Section to be an out-dated relic, but the Foreign Secretary orders the Double O Section to be re-activated.
- Took a Level in Kindness: Apparently at the film's end. When Nigel Small-Fawcett appears in Bond's villa at the end following Largo's defeat, he tells Bond that M realized how important Bond is to the service, and fearing for the safety of the world, sent Nigel to plead for his return.
- Upper-Class Twit: With his British nationality and being played by sophisticated actor Edward Fox, he has a demeanor of one.
- Young and in Charge: This M is noticeably younger than any previous or posterior incarnation.
Played by: Alec McCowen
The head of the MI6 Research and Development division who gives 00 agents all the weapons and gadgets they need for their missions.
- Adaptation Name Change: The head of the MI6 Research and Development division is codenamed Q in the books and EON films, and his real name is given as Geoffrey Boothroyd. This character, while filling pretty much the exact same role, is called "Algernon" ("Algy" for short) by Bond, and in the end credits is credited as "Q Algy". The end credits and one line of dialogue in which he refers to himself as "old Q" are in fact the only times he's refered to as Q.
- Adaptational Nice Guy: In the EON films, while it's still very clear that they do care about each other, Q and Bond argue quite a bit due to Bond's disregard in handling the Q-devices. Here he is content with chatting amicably with Bond.
- Deadpan Snarker: He certainly snarks at the "gratuitous sex and violence" present in Bond's adventures, hoping to see some because "things've been awfully dull" since some time.
- Gadgeteer Genius: He's the one who provides MI-6 agents with gadgets.
- Glory Days: It seems that he has seen better days. His branch is depicted as underfunded and ramshackled compared to the high-tech surroundings seen in the EON films, and comments that it had been very dull without Bond, and now that he is back, hopes that there will be plenty of "gratuitous sex and violence".
- Jaded Washout: Algernon really misses the good old days, and hasn't acclimated well to the current climate of MI6.
- Take That!: His quip about hoping to see some "gratuitous sex and violence" seems to be aimed at the EON Bond films, which had become quite cartoonish at the time. That being said, the movie itself indulges in both as well.
Played by: Pamela Salem
Still M's secretary, still caring about Bond.
- Comically Missing the Point: When Bond tells her that he was ordered to "eliminate all free radicals" ("radicals" here referring to the chemistry concept), she apparently though that "free radicals" refered to some kind of armed revolutionary group.
- Last-Name Basis: Her first name is still not mentioned.
Played by: Bernie Casey
A CIA agent and Bond's friend.
- Breaking Old Trends: Leiter was white in the novels and played by a white the EON films up to this point. Never say never again gives us our first ever black Felix Leiter which won't happen again until 2006
- Friend on the Force: Bond's friend who's in the CIA and backs him up with information then support in battle later on.
- Race Lift: Whereas he was white in the novels and the EON films up to that point, Leiter is black here.
Played by: Gavan O'Herlihy
Domino Petachi's brother, an United States Air Force (USAF) pilot braiwashed by SPECTRE agent Fatima Blush to hijack a pair of atomic warheads.
- Adaptational Heroism: Downplayed. While his counterpart in the Thunderball novel, Giuseppe Petacchi, was a pilot who served Fascist Italy in World War II and is willing to sell out for a high enough price, in this film Jack Petachi, while still doing SPECTRE's bidding, is brainwashed by Fatima Blush by getting him hooked on heroin to do so.
- Adaptational Name Change: From Giuseppe Petacchi in the Thunderball novel to Jack Petachi in the movie.
- Adaptational Nationality: Italian in the novel, American in the movie.
- Bandaged Face: When he is undergoing the surgery necessary to pass the retina scan.
- Brainwashed and Crazy: He's brainwashed by Fatima Blush thanks to some heroin encouragement.
- Eye Scream: He has surgery on one of his eyes to make it match the U.S. President's retina and thus pass a retina scan. This comes complete with a close-up of the hideous stitched-together monstrosity. Once it heals properly, though, all it looks like is that he has slight heterochromia, and as Fatima notes, when he has his contacts in, you'd never notice anything at all.
- You Have Outlived Your Usefulness: After he served his purpose (replacing the dummy warheads with real ones), he is killed off by Fatima using a snake to cover SPECTRE's tracks.
Lady in Bahamas
Played by: Valerie Leon
A woman who rescues Bond after he survives a murder attempt by Fatima Blush.
- Casting Gag: Valerie Leon had previously appeared in an EON Productions Bond film, The Spy Who Loved Me, as an hotel receptionist. Furthermore, in The Spy Who Loved Me, despite her character being willing to flirt with Bond, Bond uncharacteristically turns her down; here, Bond is all too glad to sleep with her.
- Fanservice Extra: She's a gorgeous woman who provides fanservice, is in the movie briefly, and is only credited as "Lady in Bahamas."
- No Name Given: She's only credited as "Lady in Bahamas."
- Small Role, Big Impact: While she seems to only be in the movie mostly to help Bond after surviving Fatima Blush's attempt to kill him and later to sleep with Bond, it was him going to the Lady's hotel room rather than his that saved Bond from a second attempt by Blush to kill him after she planted a bomb in his room.