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"Say Bond, do you do any gardening?"
― Jack Wade to James Bond.[src]

Jack Wade is a fictional CIA officer who helps James Bond investigate the Janus Syndicate in the 1995 film GoldenEye. He also makes a brief appearance in 1997's Tomorrow Never Dies. He is played by Joe Don Baker.

Film biography


Jack Wade meets James Bond at an airport in St. Petersburg where he waits for him and when he arrives and sees Wade, Bond moves next to him and said "In London, April's a spring month." After talking, they walk over to Jack's car and as Wade places Bond's suitcase on the roof of his car, Bond manages to subdue Jack and points his gun at him and says "Show me the rose." Embarrassingly, Jack was forced to drop his pants and shows James a tattoo of a rose, a name "Muffy" on top of it. Jack says Muffy is his third wife. Soon after introducing each other, Jack asks James "Do you do any gardening?"

Later the car had broke down and while he fixed the engine, Jack and "Jimbo" talk about Janus and when Jack fixes the car, he tells James that an Ex-KGB is his biggest competition, Valentin Zukovsky. Bond recognised the name and told Jack that he gave Zukovsky the limp on his right leg. Later, Jack appears to Bond and Natalya Simonova with a plane which he trades for Bond's BMW Z3 and upon being given the keys, Jack was told not to play with any of the buttons. Wade later reappears in front of James and Natalya with the Marines and realize he was too late, but still gave the two a lift.

Tomorrow Never Dies

Jack appears again, coming up to James, welcoming him after James successfully retrieved a GPS encoder from Elliot Carver's office. The encoder sent HMS Devonshire off-course and everyone on it was killed. He is last seen looking at Bond leaving to look at the wreck not leaving "without saying goodbye."

Behind the Scenes

In 1987, actor Joe Don Baker portrayed villain Brad Whitaker in the Bond film The Living Daylights, opposite Timothy Dalton as James Bond. In 1995 and 1997 Baker returned to the film series, this time playing Wade, in GoldenEye and Tomorrow Never Dies with Pierce Brosnan as Bond. This makes Baker one of three actors to appear as both a Bond ally and a villain, the others being Charles Gray who appeared as Dikko Henderson in You Only Live Twice and as Ernst Stavro Blofeld in Diamonds Are Forever and Walter Gotell who appeared as Morzeny, the SPECTRE Island trainer in From Russia with Love and General Gogol, head of the KGB in six films between 1977 and 1987.

The character is named after writer Kevin Wade, who had been brought in to polish up Michael France's and Jeffrey Caine's GoldenEye screenplay, with Bruce Feirstein adding the finishing touches.[1] In the film, the writing credit was shared by Caine and Feirstein, while France was credited with only the story, an arrangement he felt was unfair, particularly as he believed the additions made were not an improvement on his original version.[2] Wade did not receive an official credit, but was acknowledged in the naming of Jack Wade, the CIA character he created.



"Who are you, the weather man? Well, look what we have here, another stiff-ass Brit: Your secret codes and your passwords. Soon, you people are gonna learn to drop it."
― Jack Wade to James Bond.[src]
"Alright, April's a Spring month, but here in St. Petersberg we're freezing our butts off. Isn't that enough for Government work?"
― Jack Wade to James Bond.[src]
"Say Bond, do you do any gardening?"
― Jack Wade to James Bond.[src]
"So you're probably looking for a dish the size of a Football field. Doesn't exist. You can't light a cigar in Cuba without us seeing it."
― Jack Wade to James Bond and Natalya Simonova.[src]


  1. Kerry Douglas Dye (15 November 1999). His Word is Bond: An Interview With 007 Screenwriter Bruce Feirstein. Archived from the original on 5 December 2006. Retrieved on 12 November 2006.
  2. Reg Seeton and Dayna Van Buskirk. "Screenwriting Punishment with Michael France", IGN. Retrieved on 12 November 2006. 

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