Nick Nack is assassin Francisco Scaramanga's diminutive assistant from the 1974 James Bond film The Man with the Golden Gun. He was played by the late French actor Hervé Villechaize, who tragically killed himself in 1993.
Nick Nack was an all-round personal assistant to Francisco Scaramanga, acting as butler, housekeeper, and chef (trained at Le Cordon Bleu), as well as a henchman to Scaramanga's criminal activities. A distinctive feature of Nick Nack is his height, standing only 1.18 metres (3'11") tall.
Although Nick Nack was very loyal to Scaramanga, at times he would hire other assassins to kill him. Scaramanga tolerated it as a means to practice his skills, but Nick Nack was also the sole heir to Scaramanga's estate; if the assassin had succeeded, then Nick Nack would have inherited everything.
After Scaramanga's demise and the destruction of the estate (thanks to Goodnight knocking one of the henchmen Kra into a boiler), Nick Nack tries to kill Bond and Goodnight onboard the junk and after a brief fight, Bond stuffs him in a suitcase and locked him in a wooden cage hung from the yardarms of the ship. His current status is unknown (though he was probably arrested).
Behind the scenes
In the early 1990s, Nick Nack appeared in the animated spin-off, James Bond Jr as a member of the SCUM organisation. A particularly small henchman with a huge chin, Nick Nack is often the butt of "short jokes" from both James Bond Jr. and his villainous "other half", Jaws, with whom he is almost always coupled (not only in crimes but also in terms of their relatively low intellects) in SCUM's various schemes.
Nick Nack also appears as an unlockable character in the 2002 video-game 007: Nightfire in multiplayer mode.
- Nick Nack was likely the inspiration for Villechaize's later character, Tattoo, on the television show Fantasy Island (who was also played by Villechaize), as well as an inspiration for Doctor Evil's Mini-Me in the Austin Powers films, which parodied the James Bond series.