|Died:|| April 1997 |
|Hair/eye color:||Brown (Eyes), Gray (Hair)|
|Status:||Deceased - shot by James Bond|
|Behind the scenes|
|Portrayed By:||Vincent Schiavelli|
|First Appearance:|| Tomorrow Never Dies (Film)|
|Last Appearance:|| Tomorrow Never Dies (Film)|
A professor of forensic medicine, Kaufman is hired by Elliot Carver after he learns about the relationship between James Bond and his wife Paris. After first murdering Paris, Kaufman waits for Bond in his hotel room; intending to kill Bond in such a manner as to make Paris's death appear a murder-suicide. Confronting Bond at gunpoint, he brags about his professionalism; of how his services as an assassin are in demand all over the world. Of all the methods at his disposal, apparently his specialty is the celebrity overdose.
But his plan is suddenly interrupted by a phone call from his protégé, Mr. Stamper. Stamper and his men are attempting to break into Bond's BMW 750iL to retrieve the GPS encoder he had stolen back from them earlier in the film. They are, however, having difficulty bypassing the car's security system. In desperation, Stamper asks Kaufman to make Bond disable the vehicle's security.
Providing Kaufman with his mobile phone - the car's remote control device - 007 tricks him into activating the phone's taser feature, shocking him and giving Bond the opportunity to gain the upper hand. His own weapon now pointing at him, the assassin protests that he is merely a professional doing a job, but Bond simply replies that he is too and pulls the trigger.
Behind the scenes
The novelisation has Bond reflecting that Kaufman's death is one of the rare occasions where he has killed someone whom he knew unquestionably deserved to die.