Characters from James Bond films

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The characters from James Bond films and the information given in this article refer to the fictional characters in the James Bond films . Ian Fleming's novels portray some people and events differently.



M is head of the intelligence service MI6 and the direct superior of Commander James Bond. The code name M is derived from "Sir Miles Messervy" (according to other sources the first name is also written "Myles"), the real name of the head of the secret service in the novels. This idea goes back to Sir Mansfield Smith-Cumming , who was called "C" by his subordinates. The name was only revealed in the ninth film in the James Bond series ( The Man with the Golden Gun ). M was played by male actors from 1962 to 1989. Judi Dench played the role between 1995 and 2012. Since 2015 M has been played again by a man ( Ralph Fiennes ).

Although M formally leads the entire MI6, the viewer only encounters this figure when it comes to the "double-zero department" in which the nine best agents of MI6 work. Since his employees are always scattered around the world and - above all Bond - have a mind of their own, it is not easy for M to keep track of things. However, he respects the experience of his employees and is also ready to accept their suggestions. Since Bond in particular tends to act too independently and undisciplined, M is regularly forced to make him vigorously aware of his duties. He threatens the agent with withdrawing important orders from him or even transferring him to the office - a job that Bond says he is not suitable for. In license to kill , M even withdraws the rebellious Bond's double-zero license.

The somewhat older M is almost the only figure in the Bond universe for whom the self-confident agent has respect, whom he accepts as a higher authority and by whom he allows himself to be rebuked. Bond occasionally puts his boss in embarrassing situations, for example when he is in bed with an agent and this scene is seen by high-ranking officials. Although the relationship between M and Bond is repeatedly shaped by conflicts, the secret service chief seems to have a fatherly sympathy for the agent. Bond also feels a strong loyalty to M and, for example, risks his life to protect him / her ( Skyfall ).

M has good contacts with the top of British politics , and while leaving the rough work in the field to his agents, he himself often functions as a diplomat in negotiations with the Soviet KGB and as a coordinator of operations. He is supported by his secretary Miss Moneypenny and the armorer Q .

When he was portrayed by Bernard Lee, M had the rank of admiral and therefore had a strong affinity for seafaring, which was expressed, for example, in the furnishings of his feudal country house, which was only seen twice in Man Lives (for the first and only time ). M was also shown in the film On Her Majesty's Secret Service as a passionate butterfly collector. Ship models and paintings with nautical scenes were also found in the office of the head of the secret service. M's marine past was also expressed in his language ("The Prime Minister is hanging me on the highest level!"). When Judi Dench took over the role (1995), it was partially redesigned. A seafaring background was no longer recognizable. M now lived in a modern apartment in London (into which Bond breaks into Casino Royale and Skyfall ).

M usually looks a bit grumpy. Until the 1980s, he received Bond regularly in his wood-paneled office in order to entrust him with his new assignment. During the time M was portrayed by Judi Dench (1995 to 2012), M resides in a modern office. With the switch to Ralph Fiennes in the movie Skyfall , the office returned to its wood-paneled appearance. In Specter , the character Ms again resembles the character portrayed by Bernard Lee. However, unlike Lee, the character has been expanded to include the story.

Bernard Lee (1962–1979)

From the beginning until the death of the actor Bernard Lee in 1981, the character is closely related to Fleming's original. After Lee's death, the following film In a fatal mission came out of respect for the actor without an M.

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Edward Fox (1983)

In the non- Eon produced film Never Say Never , M was played by Edward Fox .

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Robert Brown (1983-1989)

From Octopussy to License to Kill , Robert Brown took on the role. His real name is not found out, but he can already be seen in The Spy Who Loved Me and is referred to there as Admiral Hargreaves. However, it is not clear from the films whether this figure is identical to the later M. However, he is addressed in In the Face of the Death of General Anatol Gogol (KGB) as " Admiral ". Compared to Bernard Lee's M, he is a bit friendlier, but essentially sticks to the character shaped by Lee.

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Judi Dench (1995-2012)

Judi Dench (2007)

After a six-year hiatus, a lot changed in the Bond films, and when both James Bond himself and Miss Moneypenny were re-cast, starting with the film GoldenEye , it made sense to swap M as well. Judi Dench played Barbara Mawdsley as head of MI6 in seven films. This name is never mentioned in the films, it comes from the script for GoldenEye . However, Bond mentions in Casino Royale that he knows what M stands for, which M interrupts him angrily. It strikes a distinctly different note than its predecessor - it makes it clear to Bond on her first appearance that she considers him to be “a relic of the Cold War ” and a “sexist, misogynistic dinosaur”. Another contrast to its predecessors is the fact that the new M also provides a glimpse into her private life: In Die Welt ist nicht enough she is personally involved in the action. In Goldeneye , she mentions that she has children, and in Casino Royale , she is seen waking up next to her significant other. In Skyfall , she mentions her late husband. In addition, she is confronted with her past in this film. Raoul Silva, a former MI6 agent trapped on a mission and eventually pronounced dead, seeks revenge on her and the Secret Service. During the showdown on Skyfall, Silva wants to kill herself with M. However, at the last moment, Bond kills him with a throwing knife. M dies in Bond's arms anyway, bleeding to death from an injury sustained by one of Silva's henchmen. She bequeathed him her dog statue with the British flag, which Bond himself had found hideous. Even after her death, however, M can be seen in the film Specter on a video message in which she instructs Bond to kill the Italian terrorist Marco Sciarra.

The domestic intelligence service MI5 was first led by a woman ( Stella Rimington ) from 1992 to 1996 . Judi Dench initially took her as a model for the acting portrayal of her role as MI6 boss.

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Ralph Fiennes (2013)

Ralph Fiennes (since 2012)

After the previous M (Judi Dench) died in Skyfall , Ralph Fiennes alias Gareth Mallory now embodies the character of M. Gareth Mallory was previously the secret service coordinator to oversee the work of the previous M. He is a retired Lieutenant Colonel in the UK Special Air Service and was held captive by the IRA for three months . Bond is not enthusiastic about him at first, but changes his mind as the Skyfall story progresses .

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Q derives as Quartiermeister (engl. Quarter Master ) the notional Research and Development Department of the British secret MI6. Like “M”, “Q” stands more for an item than a name. In the novels of Ian Fleming , the character appears only rarely, mostly only of the "Q-department" is mentioned. Q appears in each of the 007 films except Life and Let Die , Casino Royale, and Quantum of Solace . While the inventions are still relatively realistic at first, they become more and more extravagant and fantastic , starting with Goldfinger . In contrast, in Skyfall James Bond only receives a personalized Walther PPK and a transmitter from Q (played by Ben Whishaw ) . The younger Q after the restart of the series also proves to be an excellent programmer and computer expert.

Peter Burton (1962)

Peter Burton stars in the first James Bond film Dr. No the armorer Major Boothroyd. This only appears in a small scene at the beginning of the film, in which he replaces Bond's Beretta pistol with a Walther PPK , and appears serious and humorless. In addition, M does not yet address him with "Q", but with " Major Boothroyd".

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Desmond Llewelyn (1963-1999)

Due to scheduling conflicts, Peter Burton was not available for his role as Major Boothroyd in From Moscow with Love and was replaced by Desmond Llewelyn . Since then, until his death in a car accident in 1999, Llewelyn impersonated Q in all 007 films except Live and Let Die and Never Say Never . When he last appeared as Q, Llewelyn was already 85 years old.

After Desmond Llewelyn took on the role, Q and Bond's relationship grew significantly. In the first Bond films with Desmond Llewelyn, the relationship between Bond and Q still seems antipathetic. In the later Bond films, however, they both almost become friends and some running gags develop :

  • The devices manufactured by Q are almost without exception destroyed by the use of bonds.
  • Q constantly admonishes Bond to better care and asks him to read the instructions for use from time to time.
  • Every time Q hands him a new device, Bond demonstrates that he can immediately use it perfectly, even though he sees it for the first time.

In license to kill , Q stands on his side despite Bond's resignation from MI6 and not only provides him with technical gadgets, but also supports him in his project. With the words “Good morning, Major Boothroyd!” He is greeted by Anya Amasova in The Spy Who Loved Me when he brings Bond the Lotus to the scene. Major Geoffrey Boothroyd, that is his full name, has retired (after Desmond Llewelyn's death) at the Time of Die Another Day ; In The World Is Not Enough , he already introduced his potential successor with the code name "R" (played by John Cleese ).

Although Llewelyn appeared in 17 Bond films over a period of 36 years, more than any other actor, he can only be seen for around 30 minutes in total.

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Alec McCowen (1983)

Alec McCowen played Q in the 1983 unofficial Never Say Never Again .

John Cleese (1999-2002)

When it was foreseeable that Desmond Llewelyn would no longer be able to fill the role for reasons of age , an assistant to Q, played by John Cleese , was introduced into The World Is Not Enough , whom Bond initially baptized with the name "R" (since it is the letter , which follows Q in the alphabet). After Llewelyn's death in a car accident in 1999, Cleese's character was "promoted" to the role of Q.

Right from the start, R didn't like the secret agent because of his disdain for his devices. Although the characters embodied by Llewelyn and Cleese are very different, they have the same attitude towards their professional work. In almost every film, one or the other of Bond says: "I never joke about my work".

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Ben Whishaw

Ben Whishaw (since 2012)

While the character of Q did not appear in the previous two films, Ben Whishaw took over the role of Q in Skyfall . He is significantly younger than Bond, which is a first for the series. The new Q proves to be a competent computer specialist with a sense of humor. His gadgets were initially significantly reduced and less fancy, which he justified self-deprecatingly with the fact that "exploding pens" (an allusion to GoldenEye ) are no longer manufactured by his department. Like his predecessors, he asks Bond to bring the expensive equipment back intact. Already in Specter , however, the gadgets are less based on those from Skyfall .

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Miss Moneypenny

Anteroom in the time of Lois Maxwell

Miss Moneypenny, sometimes just called "Moneypenny" or "Eve Moneypenny", is a fixture in the James Bond films and has appeared in all films and even in parodies with the exception of Casino Royale and Quantum of Solace . She is the secretary of bonds boss M . She tirelessly types letters and occasionally has the task of finding Bond at the beginning of a film.

Moneypenny's greatest wish is to go out with Bond one day, but that wish is not granted. The harmless flirtation between Bond and Moneypenny are as much the Bond films as performances by armorer Q . She probably had her closest relationship with Bond, played by Sean Connery, although she also comes very close to George Lazenby's Bond, who once even kissed her on the mouth. Moneypenny is one of the few women who hasn't been seduced by Bond.

After restarting the series with Casino Royale in 2006, she does not appear in the first two films. Only in the movie Skyfall does a younger Eve Moneypenny appear, initially as a combative agent at James Bond's side, who later, on his recommendation, accepts the job in M's anteroom after an unsuccessful rescue attempt in which Bond was shot.

Lois Maxwell (1962–1985)

Up until and including In the Face of Death , Moneypenny was played by Canadian Lois Maxwell in all official Bond films . Already in Octopussy (1983) she introduced Miss Penelope Smallbone, her new assistant, but was featured again in the following film. When she learned that she should be replaced anyway, she even offered to be lifted in order to be able to keep the role.

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Pamela Salem (1983)

Pamela Salem played Miss Moneypenny in the 1983 unofficial film Never Say Never .

Caroline Bliss (1987-1989)

In the two films with Timothy Dalton, The Living Daylights and License to Kill , Caroline Bliss took over the role, but had no great acting opportunities.

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Samantha Bond (1995-2002)

From GoldenEye onwards, Samantha Bond was the good soul of Bond's now female superior. She was surprisingly confident and even threw Bond's tasteless gift, a cigar, in the trash can.

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Naomie Harris (2012)

Naomie Harris (since 2012)

After Miss Moneypenny had not appeared in the two previous films, it was announced in July 2011 that Naomie Harris would take on the role in Skyfall as the fourth actress and thus for the first time a dark-skinned woman embodied the waiting room lady . At the press conference held on November 3, 2011 when shooting began, it was announced that this information was incorrect and that Harris was playing an agent named Eve. It was only at the premiere that it was revealed that Harris played the same person and that Moneypenny was given a first name. Against the background that the role of Eve Moneypenny for the first time also embodies a combative agent, Harris said in an interview that he did all the stunts himself and trained hard for them.

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Bill Tanner

Rory Kinnear

Bill Tanner is a staff member at MI6 who appears at irregular intervals. He first appeared in 1974 in The Man with the Golden Gun . Tanner was played here by Michael Goodliffe. Tanner had his biggest appearance in In a fatal mission , where he represents M, who is on vacation. Here he was portrayed by James Villiers . In GoldenEye and The World Is Not Enough , he was by Michael Kitchen played. Bill Tanner has appeared regularly since Quantum of Solace , portrayed by Rory Kinnear .


Secretary of Defense Sir Fredrick Gray

The Defense Minister Fredrick Gray occurs in movies from 1977 to 1987. He was played by Geoffrey Keen .

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In many Bond films, 007 is supported by agents or ex-agents from other secret services. Felix Leiter can be seen most often.

Felix Head

Felix Leiter is an employee of the US foreign intelligence service CIA ; it usually appears when Bond has an assignment in the US. Exactly about his rank with the CIA is never known, although, according to Ms testimony, he will be promoted to Quantum of Solace at the end and take over the position of his previous chief who was section head for South America. The character already appears in the novels of Ian Fleming , in the films he is at irregular intervals from James Bond chasing Dr. No (1962) to Quantum of Solace (2008) included. The films do not always adhere to Fleming's templates. For example, Leiter is in the novel The Man with the Golden Gun , but not in the film adaptation .

Over time, Bond and Leiter become close friends, not least because Leiter does not always agree with Bond, but supports him nonetheless. This friendship climaxed when Bond became the leader of the best man under license to kill . But on the wedding night he is attacked, thrown to a shark and his wife Della is killed. Seriously injured, he survived this attack and is retired. Bond single-handedly avenges his friend and his wife, as MI6 does not want to support this action and revokes Bond's license to kill. Chief's successor at the CIA is agent Jack Wade, who only appears in two films. The shark scene originally comes from the second Bond novel Leben und Die Die 1954. There, Leiter is also badly wounded by sharks and loses a leg and an arm, but is also featured in later novels with prostheses .

Felix Leiter's actors changed in almost every film. Only the Americans David Hedison and Jeffrey Wright were allowed to act as agents twice.

The film adaptation of the first Bond novel Casino Royale , published in 2006, describes how Bond and Leiter get to know each other. When playing poker with the villain "Le Chiffre", Bond loses all of the cash provided by MI6. Leiter reveals himself to Bond as a CIA agent and enables him to re-enter the game with money from the CIA. Here is a discontinuity in the film franchise, because in the first official Bond film, James Bond, Dr. No , Bond meets Felix Leiter for the first time. In the film Specter , Bond is passively supported by Leiter. Bond telephones Felix to contact the American Embassy in Rome to save Lucia Sciarra from SPECTER.


List of performers

Movie year Ally actor Affiliation
Casino Royale 1954 Clarence Head Michael godfather MI6
James Bond chases Dr. No 1962 Felix Leader
Jack Lord
John Kitzmiller
From Moscow with love 1963 Ali Kerim Bey Pedro Armendáriz Turkish secret service
Goldfinger 1964 Felix Head Cec Linder CIA
Fireball 1965 Felix Head
Paula Caplan
Rik van Nutter
Martine Beswick
Casino Royale 1967 Evelyn Tremble Peter Sellers
you only Live Twice 1967 Tiger Tanaka
Kissy Suzuki
Tetsurō Tamba
Akiko Wakabayashi
Mie Hama
all: Japanese secret service
On Her Majesty's Secret Service 1969 Shaun Campbell Bernard Horsfall MI6
Diamond fever 1971 Felix Head Norman Burton CIA
Live and Let Die 1973 Felix Leader
Quarrel Junior
David Hedison
Roy Stewart
The man with the golden gun 1974 Sheriff Pepper
Mary Goodnight
Clifton James
Britt Ekland
Soon-Tek Oh
US Police
The spy who loved me 1977 Anya Amasova Barbara Bach KGB
Moonraker 1979 Holly Goodhead Lois Chiles CIA
On a deadly mission 1981 Ferrara
Milos Columbo
John Mareno
Chaim Topol
Italian secret service
Octopussy 1983 Octopussy Maud Adams
never say Never 1983 Felix Head of
Nigel Small-Fawcett
Bernie Casey
Rowan Atkinson
British Embassy Nassau
facing death 1985 Sir Godfrey Tibbett
Chuck Lee
Patrick Macnee
David Yip
The breath of death 1987 Saunders
Felix Head
Thomas Wheatley
John Terry
Licence to kill 1989 Felix Head
Pam Bouvier
David Hedison
Carey Lowell
GoldenEye 1995 Jack Wade
Valentin Zukovsky
Joe Don Baker
Robbie Coltrane
Tomorrow never dies 1997 Jack Wade
Wai Lin
Joe Don Baker
Michelle Yeoh
The world is Not Enough 1999 Valentin Zukovsky Robbie Coltrane Ex-KGB
die Another Day 2002 Giacinta "Jinx" Johnson
Halle Berry
Emilio Echevarría
Casino Royale 2006 Felix Head Jeffrey Wright CIA
Quantum of comfort 2008 Camille
Felix Head
Olga Kurylenko
Jeffrey Wright

Skyfall 2012 Kincade Albert Finney
Specter 2015 Madeleine Swann Léa Seydoux
No time to die 2020 Madeleine Swann
Felix Leiter
Léa Seydoux
Jeffrey Wright



General Gogol

General Alexis Gogol performed from The Spy Who Loved Me (1977) to The Living Daylights (1987) . He was played by Walter Gotell .

General Pushkin

General Leonid Pushkin appeared only once in The Living Daylights (1987). He is played here by John Rhys-Davies . He is the successor of General Gogol and takes his position. Here he is suspected of resuming the Smiert Spionem program from the Stalin era .

General Koskov

General Georgi Koskov also appeared only once in The Living Daylights (1987). He is played by Jeroen Krabbé . He changes to the side of MI6 to play KGB and MI6 against each other. In reality, however, he teams up with arms dealer Brad Whitaker, from whom he buys opium with KGB money . At the end of the film, he is arrested by General Pushkin.

General Orlov

General Orlov appeared once in Octopussy . He is played by Steven Berkoff . He tries to trigger a nuclear explosion with an atomic bomb from a US base in Germany in order to bring about nuclear disarmament in the western world so that the Soviet Union can take over dominance here. From the beginning, however, he finds no support on his side. With the help of Kamal Khan and Octopussy, he tries to smuggle an atomic bomb into the West German field town, but disguises it from Octopussy as a jewel smuggling. After being exposed by General Gogol, he flees across the border and tries to catch the train with the atomic bomb. He is shot dead by soldiers from the GDR border troops .

Max Zorin

Max Zorin, born in Dresden, is a former KGB agent and a large French industrialist. He is played by Christopher Walken . He is the owner of Zorin Industries, which makes microchips. After his failed attempt to assassinate 007, his superior General Gogol says that no one can ever leave the KGB entirely. Zorin seeks to destroy Silicon Valley to destroy western microchip production so that he can gain the upper hand in the microchip market.

Pink adhesive

Rosa Klebb is a former Soviet intelligence department head. She is played by Lotte Lenya . She changes from the KGB to SPECTER Tatiana Romanova does not know anything about it. With their help, SPECTER wants to get a Russian deciphering machine of the Lektor type. Klebb tries to kill James Bond with a poisoned knife tip in her shoe, and is shot by Romanova in the process.

Anya Amasova

Major Anya Amasova is a KGB agent. She teams up with Bond to stop Karl Stromberg, but Bond vows to kill him after completing the mission because he shot her boyfriend on duty. Ultimately, Bond convinces her not to kill him.

Viktor Zokas

Viktor Zokas aka Renard is a Russian killer and former KGB agent.

Valentin Dimitrovich Zukovsky

Valentin Zukovsky is a former KGB agent. He was badly wounded by Bond. In Die Welt is not worried enough , Renard wants to destroy the nuclear submarine with which he wants to destroy Istanbul . He runs a casino and a caviar factory. He saves Bond's life at the last second before he dies himself .


In each of his films and books, Bond is confronted with at least one main opponent and several secondary opponents, who are usually characterized by special weapons, special looks or other extraordinary properties. One of the highlights of the films is the direct juxtaposition between Bond and his opponents. The opponents are usually characterized by conspicuous egocentricity and megalomania and usually want to destroy the world or at least rule it. They almost always have a huge private army, which is burned as cannon fodder in the final battle , and an architecturally sophisticated headquarters equipped with all technical refinements, from which they plan and execute their moves. The final battle between Bond and his opponents usually takes place in the headquarters. Often, at the end of his mission, when the main villain is defeated, Bond still has to deal with his henchman, who again turns out to be tough. According to the worldview of the author Fleming, many opponents are of German, Slavic or Asian descent, such as Dr. No with German and Chinese ancestors.

Ernst Stavro Blofeld

Donald Pleasence played Blofeld in You Only Live Twice

Ernst Stavro Blofeld stands out among the villains because he appears in several films. He is Bond's main antagonist in four films ( You Only Live Twice , On Her Majesty's Secret Service , Diamond Fever , Specter ). In other films in the series, he either stays in the background as the Gray Eminence ( Greetings from Moscow , Fireball , Never Say Never ) or appears only in the opening scene to get revenge on Bond ( In a fatal mission ; he is not named, but can be recognized by his bald head and his cat). In Diamond Fever and In A Deadly Mission , he appears to die while at the end of Specter he is taken into custody by MI6.

As head of the terrorist organization SPECTER ( Special Executive for Counterintelligence, Terrorism, Revenge and Extortion - in German: PHANTOM ; the English word specter in German means something like "ghost" or "phantom") became the super villain and absolute archenemy of Bond. His trademarks are a white angora cat and a ring with an octopus, the signet of SPECTER. While his face was hidden in greetings from Moscow and a fireball , You Only Live Twice revealed the secret of his identity. Blofeld's appearance changed to diamond fever : Here he has hair on his head instead of the bald head that is otherwise typical for him. In the book series he appears for the first time in the novel Fireball .

Christoph Waltz (2017) plays Blofeld in Specter and No Time to Die

While the Soviet Union and the KGB were often the opponents in the novels , the films initially concentrate on the fictional opponent Ernst Stavro Blofeld in order to make the film plot more stringent. In addition, in view of the confrontation between East and West in the Cold War , the producers did not want to offer an additional starting point for diplomatic entanglements. In the James Bond films , Dr. No and Greetings from Moscow were now SPECTER in the background, in the film adaptation of Diamond Fever , other opponents were originally replaced by Blofeld. The synchronization is inconsistent here: Dr. No states that he is a member of SPECTER , which is translated here as GOFTER ("secret organization for terror, extortion and revenge"). (Only in the German version does he claim that he is the chairman of this organization.) In Greetings from Moscow and Fireball , SPECTER is translated as "PHANTOM" without explaining that the name is actually an abbreviation. From One Lives Only Twice , the English name SPECTER was adopted

After the reboot of the James Bond films, the organization reappeared as an opponent in the film Specter (2015), with the opponents from the films Casino Royale , Quantum of Solace and Skyfall subsequently being portrayed as members of SPECTER .

The earlier films revealed nothing about Blofeld's origins. According to Ian Fleming's novel Feuerball , Blofeld was born in Gdynia , Germany, in 1908, the son of a Polish woman and a Greek woman. After the First World War , he completed social and scientific studies in Warsaw and then worked in the Polish Ministry of Post and Telegraphy. He used the information available to him there to enrich himself through stock deals and sold secret information to Nazi Germany before the start of the Second World War . Via Sweden he emigrated to Turkey, where he set up his own secret service and, for a fee, provided both sides with information. During the war he sided with the Allies and received numerous awards. After a temporary stay in South America, he founded SPECTER

According to the background story in Specter , Bond and Blofeld, who used to be called Franz Oberhauser, know each other personally from childhood. Oberhauser's father took in the young James Bond as a foster son after his parents had a fatal accident on a mountain tour. This led to increasing jealousy and culminated in the fact that Oberhauser kills his father in a (presumably fictitious) avalanche accident and at the same time fakes his own death. He changed his name to "Ernst Stavro Blofeld" - based on his mother's family.

Blofeld actor

Anthony Dawson, who, without being mentioned in the credits, played Blofeld twice and can only be seen in the beginning, was in the first Bond film James Bond chases Dr. No (1962) appeared as the traitorous Professor Dent.

List of the actors of the Bond opponents

Movie Opponent actor Organization / company
Casino Royale (episode of the Climax ! , 1954) Le cipher Peter Lorre
James Bond chases Dr. No Dr. Julius No. Joseph Wiseman


From Moscow with love Pink adhesive
Ernst Stavro Blofeld
Lotte Lenya
Vladek Sheybal
Anthony Dawson
Goldfinger Auric Goldfinger Gert Frobe Auric Enterprises
Fireball Emilio Largo
Count Lippe
Ernst Stavro Blofeld
Adolfo Celi
Guy Doleman
Anthony Dawson
you only Live Twice Ernst Stavro Blofeld Donald Pleasence PHANTOM (SPECTER)
Casino Royale (movie parody, 1967) Le cipher Orson Welles SMERSH
On Her Majesty's Secret Service Ernst Stavro Blofeld Telly Savalas Bleuchamp Institute (SPECTER)
Diamond fever Ernst Stavro Blofeld Charles Gray Whyte Electronics
Live and Let Die Kananga / Mr. Big Yaphet Kotto
The man with the golden gun Francisco Scaramanga
Shark Fat
Christopher Lee
Richard Loo
Hai Fat Industries
Hai Fat Industries
The spy who loved me Karl Stromberg Curd Juergens Stromberg Laboratory
Moonraker Hugo Drax Michael Lonsdale Drax Industries
On a deadly mission Aristotle Kristatos Julian Glover
Octopussy Kamal Khan
General Orlov
Louis Jourdan
Steven Berkoff

never say Never Maximilian Largo Klaus Maria Brandauer SPECTER
facing death Max Zorin Christopher Walken
Zorin industries.svg
Zorin Industries
The breath of death Brad Whitaker
General Georgi Koskov
Joe Don Baker
Jeroen Krabbe

Licence to kill Franz Sanchez Robert Davi
GoldenEye Alec Trevelyan (006) Sean Bean Janus
Tomorrow never dies Elliot Carver Jonathan Pryce
Carver media.svg
Carver Media Group Network
The world is Not Enough Elektra King
Victor Zokas / Renard
Sophie Marceau
Robert Carlyle
King industries.svg
King Industries
die Another Day Colonel Tan-Sun Moon /
Gustav Graves
Will Yun Lee /
Toby Stephens
Graves corp.svg
Graves Corporation
Casino Royale Le cipher
Mr. White
Steven Obanno
Mads Mikkelsen
Jesper Christensen
Isaach de Bankolé
Lord’s Resistance Army
Quantum of comfort Dominic Greene
Mr. White
General Medrano
Mathieu Amalric
Jesper Christensen
Joaquín Cosío
Quantum / Greene Planet
Skyfall Raoul Silva / Tiago Rodriguez Javier Bardem
Specter Ernst Stavro Blofeld / Franz Oberhauser Christoph Waltz SPECTER

Henchman of the opponent

The opponents in the films have henchmen who are characterized by special skills, extraordinary looks and extraordinary names (Odd Job, Schnickschnack, Beißer, May Day, Necros, Stamper). The henchmen are often the last opponents of James Bond in the plot and are usually defeated by James Bond in an extremely brutal one-on-one fight in tricky and dangerous locations.


Richard Kiel (2004)

Beißer ( Jaws ; literally translated as "jaw") stands out among the henchmen . He's in the James Bond films The Spy Who Loved Me and Moonraker the Henchman. This role was played by Richard Kiel .

Special features of Beißer are his figure (height of the actor approx. 2.17 m), an almost superhuman physical strength, a bump on the forehead and his teeth, which he owes his name to. Its canines and incisors, with which it can even bite wire ropes and iron bars, are made of shiny stainless steel. He's also almost invulnerable in the movie. Among other things, he survived the fall from a moving train, the fall without a parachute into a circus tent, the fall in a motorboat down a waterfall, the explosion of a space station, as well as building collapses and a shark attack.

There are some comical elements in his unsuccessful attempts to hunt down Bond. For example, a boulder that he wanted to throw at Bond fell on his foot, or the cable car in which he was chasing Bond could no longer be stopped and sped into the valley station.

In The Spy Who Loved Me , Beißer von Stromberg is hired as a killer. At the end of the film he is thrown into a shark tank by Bond and survives the fight against the shark by killing him with a bite (originally the shark was supposed to kill him, but the script has been rewritten). Shortly afterwards he survived the sinking of Stromberg's underwater laboratory "Atlantis" and swims across the open sea.

In Moonraker , Biter is hired by Drax to kill Bond. In Rio de Janeiro he meets Dolly, and they both fall in love at first sight - another funny element, because Dolly is the complete counterpart to the walker in terms of height. Both are then allowed to accompany Drax to his secret space station . Here, however, Dolly's looks and Bond's argument that in the perfect human world planned by Drax there is probably no more room for anatomical weirdos like Biters and Dolly move the giant finally to switch sides - from villain to helper in saving the world. While Beißer remained silent the whole time in The Spy Who Loved Me , in Moonraker he also opened his mouth to speak from his encounter with Dolly, whereby only one sentence can really be heard, namely: "To us, all the best!"

List of performers

Movie Henchman actor
James Bond chases Dr. No Professor Dent Anthony Dawson
From Moscow with love Donald "Red" Grant Robert Shaw
Goldfinger Odd job Harold Sakata
Fireball Vargas
Fiona Volpe
Philip Locke
Luciana Paluzzi
you only Live Twice Hans
Helga Brandt
Mr. Osato
Ronald Rich
Karin Dor
Teru Shimada
On Her Majesty's Secret Service Irma Bunt Use Steppat
Diamond fever Mr. Kidd
Mr. Wint
Bert Saxby
Putter Smith
Bruce Glover
Bruce Cabot
Live and Let Die Tee Hee
Baron Samedi
taxi driver
Julius W. Harris
Geoffrey Holder
Tommy Lane
Earl Jolly Brown
Arnold Williams
The man with the golden gun Frills Hervé Villechaize
The spy who loved me Naomi
Caroline Munro
Richard Kiel
Milton Reid
Moonraker Chang
Toshirō Suga
Richard Kiel
On a deadly mission Emile Leopold Locque
Erich Kriegler
Michael Gothard
John Wyman
Octopussy Mischka
David Meyer
Tony Meyer
Kabir Bedi
never say Never Fatima Blush Barbara Carrera
facing death Scarpine
May Day
Patrick Bauchau
Grace Jones
The breath of death Necros Andreas Wisniewski
Licence to kill Dario
Milton Krest
Truman Lodge
Benicio del Toro
Don Stroud
Anthony Zerbe
Anthony Starke
Goldeneye General Arkady Grigorovich Ourumov
Xenia Zaragevna Onatopp
Boris Grishenko
Gottfried John
Famke Janssen
Alan Cumming
Tomorrow never dies Richard Stamper
Henry Gupta
Dr. Kaufman
Götz Otto
Ricky Jay
Vincent Schiavelli
The world is Not Enough Sasha Davidov
Ulrich Thomsen
die Another Day Zao
Miranda Frost
Mr. Kil
Rick Yune
Rosamund Pike
Lawrence Makoare
Michael Gorevoy
Casino Royale Kratt
Alex Dimitrios
Clemens Schick
Simon Abkarian
Ivana Miličević
Claudio Santamaria
Sébastien Foucan
Quantum of comfort Elvis
Anatole Taubman
Skyfall Patrice Ola Rapace
Specter Mr. Hinx
Max Denbigh "C"
Marco Sciarra
David Bautista
Andrew Scott
Alessandro Cremona

The Bond Girls

James Bond usually has several amorous encounters with women in a film, which underlines his sex appeal , which is highlighted and sometimes mocked by film critics . The writer Roald Dahl , the script for living Just twice wrote, has a girl formula (a Girl scheme / recipe ) described that he had allegedly been given for his work. As a result there are three "girls". The first is “pro-Bond” and only appears in the first film role, after which it is “dumped” by the enemy - if possible in Bond's arms. The second is "anti-Bond", it belongs to the enemy and is aimed at Bond, who overpowers it with his sexual attraction. Because of the associated repositioning, it is also killed soon after, "preferably in an original way". Third, there is another “Pro-Bond” girl who experiences the end of the film, and indeed - and really only then - in Bond's arms for the fade-out .

This formula - given by Dahl somewhat exaggerated and ironically in that Playboy interview - can be found in numerous variations in the films, with some girls being more of a minor character. The main female character is referred to as a bond girl in the true sense of the word. Furthermore, in some films there is a group of women who act less narrative than decorative. In Goldfinger, for example, these are the female pilots led by Pussy Galore, and in Deadly Mission, the bikini mermaids at a villain's pool.

The roles of the Bond girls are very well known, and the search for a suitable actress and the subsequent publication of the names of the actresses used is usually associated with a lot of advertising. For unknown actresses, the role can mean the beginning of a career. For many, however, this has also proven to be a dead end, as the actresses were committed to the type of Bond girl and were not given any role offers that deviated from this.

Most Bond girls fall into one of the following categories:

  • a victim rescued by Bond early in the film
  • a victim killed in place of Bond
  • an agent colleague assigned to the same mission
  • a villain or member of an opposing organization
  • Eye catcher

The woman's name is often ambiguous (see listing) and often gives a subtle indication of possible erotic characteristics.

Over the years, with the increasing equality of women in society, the role model of the Bond girls has also changed. While the playmates of the main actor in the early films succumbed to the charms of the agent very quickly, the actresses of the Bond Girls played significantly stronger characters who were able to get their own way, especially since the 1990s.

In the role of Elektra King, the French Sophie Marceau plays in the film Die Welt ist nicht sich in 1999, an apparently vulnerable millionaire's daughter who succeeds in making her supposed protector Bond fall in love with her. In reality, however, Elektra King is in a relationship with the Bond opponent Renard and takes advantage of her lover's ignorance for her criminal intentions. Here Sophie Marceau wins as the first Bond girl to dominate the secret agent.

The first Bond girl was Linda Christian in the 1954 TV movie Casino Royale .

List of actresses

No. title year Bond girl actress
1 James Bond chases Dr. No 1962 Honey Ryder
Sylvia Trench
Miss Taro
Ursula Andress
Eunice Gayson
Zena Marshall
2 From Moscow with love 1963 Tatiana Romanova
Sylvia Trench
Daniela Bianchi
Eunice Gayson
3 Goldfinger 1964 Jill Masterson
Tilly Masterson
Pussy Galore
Shirley Eaton
Tania Mallet
Honor Blackman
4th Fireball 1965 Dominique "Domino" Derval
Fiona Volpe
Patricia Fearing
Claudine Auger
Luciana Paluzzi
Molly Peters
5 you only Live Twice 1967 Aki
Kissy Suzuki
Helga Brandt
Akiko Wakabayashi
Mie Hama
Karin Dor
6th On Her Majesty's Secret Service 1969 Tracy Bond (Teresa di Vicenzo)
Ruby Bartlett
Diana Rigg
Angela Scoular
Catherine Schell
7th Diamond fever 1971 Tiffany Case
Plenty O'Toole
Jill St. John
Lana Wood
8th Live and Let Die 1973 Solitaire
Rosie Carver
Miss Caruso
Jane Seymour
Gloria Hendry
Madeline Smith
9 The man with the golden gun 1974 Mary Goodnight
Andrea Anders
Britt Ekland
Maud Adams
10 The spy who loved me 1977 Anya Amasova (Agent XXX)
Barbara Bach
Caroline Munro
11 Moonraker 1979 Holly Goodhead
Corinne Dufour
Private Jet Hostess
Lois Chiles
Corinne Cléry
Leila Shenna
Emily Bolton
12 On a deadly mission 1981 Melina Havelock
Lisl from Schlaf
Bibi Dahl
Carole Bouquet
Cassandra Harris
Lynn-Holly Johnson
13 Octopussy 1983 "Octopussy"
Maud Adams
Kristina Wayborn
13 never say Never 1983 Domino Petachi
Fatima Blush
Kim Basinger
Barbara Carrera
14th facing death 1985 Stacey Sutton
May Day
Tanya Roberts
Grace Jones
15th The breath of death 1987 Kara Milovy Maryam d'Abo
16 Licence to kill 1989 Magnifying glass Lamora
Pam Bouvier
Talisa Soto
Carey Lowell
17th GoldenEye 1995 Natalya Simonova
Xenia Zaragevna Onatopp
Izabella Scorupco
Famke Janssen
18th Tomorrow never dies 1997 Wai Lin
Paris Carver
Michelle Yeoh
Teri Hatcher
19th The world is Not Enough 1999 Dr. Christmas Jones
Elektra King
Denise Richards
Sophie Marceau
20th die Another Day 2002 Giacinta "Jinx" Johnson
Miranda Frost
Halle Berry
Rosamund Pike
21st Casino Royale 2006 Vesper Lynd
Eva Green
Caterina Murino
22nd Quantum of comfort 2008 Camille
Strawberry Fields
Olga Kurylenko
Gemma Arterton
23 Skyfall 2012 Sévérine Bérénice Marlohe
24 Specter 2015 Dr. Madeleine Swann
Lucia Sciarra
Léa Seydoux
Monica Bellucci
Stephanie Sigman
25th No time to die 2020 Dr. Madeleine Swann
Léa Seydoux
Ana de Armas


Individual evidence

  1. - Ben Whishaw cast as Q in new James Bond film Skyfall (English) November 25, 2011
  2. ^ "Pirates of the Caribbean" goddess becomes Moneypenny at, accessed on July 11, 2011
  3. Naomie Harris as Miss Moneypenny in Bond 23? , from Moviepilot, accessed on July 12, 2011
  4. Relentless training. In: , accessed on February 21, 2012
  5. Renard. In: James Bond Wiki. September 8, 2013, accessed September 8, 2013 .
  6. Valentin Zukowsky. In: James Bond Wiki. September 8, 2013, accessed September 8, 2013 .
  7. Griswold, John (2006). Ian Fleming's James Bond: Annotations and Chronologies for Ian Fleming's Bond Stories . Bloomington, Indiana: AuthorHouse. p. 34. ISBN 978-1425931001 .
  8. ^ " The Bond Film Informant: Ernst Stavro Blofeld ", (Date: May 28, 2008, accessed: October 29, 2015).
  9. ( Memento of the original from October 12, 2011 in the Internet Archive ) Info: The archive link was inserted automatically and has not yet been checked. Please check the original and archive link according to the instructions and then remove this notice. Retrieved October 11, 2011 @1@ 2Template: Webachiv / IABot /
  10. Roald Dahl in Playboy , quoted from: James Chapman: License to Thrill. A Cultural History of the James Bond Films. IB Tauris, London / New York 1999, p. 132.
  11. "Skyfall" - The 23rd James Bond. Retrieved on November 4, 2011