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Stamper was henchman to media baron Elliot Carver and was the protégé of professional assassin Dr. Kaufman. The character appears in the 1997 James Bond film Tomorrow Never Dies and was portrayed by German actor Götz Otto.

Film biography

In a bid to expand his global news network into a reluctant China, Elliot Carver attempts to provoke war between the Chinese and the British by sending a British frigate (HMS Devonshire) off-course into Chinese-held waters using a stolen GPS encoder. Carver's stealth ship, commanded by Mr. Stamper, sinks the frigate with a sea drill and steals one of its missiles, while shooting down a Chinese J-7 fighter jet sent to investigate the British presence, and killing off the Devonshire's survivors with Chinese weaponry. Investigating Carver's organization, Bond steals back the encoder with the help of a former love interest (now Carver's wife), Paris Carver. Paris is murdered by Dr. Kaufman, Mr. Stamper's mentor on Chakra Torture, but Bond kills Kaufman and escapes with the encoder. When Stamper sees Bond leave, he calls Dr. Kaufman but gets no response. 

When 007 and his partner Wai Lin (a female chinese agent) find the wreckage of the HMS Devonshire, they find that one of its cruise missiles is missing. They swim back to the surface, where Wai Lin has her men waiting in a boat. When Lin calls at one of them to help them out of the water, the man gets shot with a harpoon. Stamper then walks to the reling, revealing that Carver's men have taken over the boat. They capture Bond and Lin and bring them to Carver's skyscraper at Saigon.

There, Carver welcomes the two agents while writing their arbituaries. Having a meeting with general Chang, Carver tells them that he will leave them in the hands of Stamper, who will use Chakra torture on them. Revealing that he was Dr. Kaufman's former student and thought of him like a father, Stamper tells them that he will make sure to keep them alive as long as possible. After Bond insults Carver, Carver points at an especially nasty looking device, telling him to save it for the end. However, before Stamper can start his torture, Bond and Wai Lin attack the guard holding them and grab their machine guns. When Stamper tries to get Carver to safety, the MI6 agent grabs one of his torture devices and lunges it at Stamper. The device thrusts into Stamper's leg, leaving him injured and angry.

Planning to attack the flagships of both the Bristish and Chinese fleets to cause war, Carver and his men board the stealth ship and head towards the fleet. Bond and Lin board the ship, but are detected by Carver via surveillance cameras Carver sends Stamper to deal with them. While Bond and Lin plant explosives on the outer part of the ship Stamper swiftly grabs Lin and drags her inside, leaving her with his men. Telling them to kill her if she movers Stamper walks out again to kill Bond. However, Bond has killed a security guard and when Stamper shoots at him, he drops the guard's corpse into the water, causing Stamper to believe that he's dead. Stamper then calls Carver and tells him that Bond died.

Stamper then brings Lin to the bridge, where Carver is eagerly awaiting the war. However, when Bond destroys the outer hull of the ship, causing it to appear on the radar of the Chinese and British. Furious, Carver tells Stamper to kill Bond and Lin. While their ship is shot by the British, Carver has them drive away, knowing that he has been defeated but still intending to launch his missile. This too is foiled when Lin destroys the engines.

While Stamper and Bond engage in a firefight, the ship is hit by british missiles, causing severe damage. With them the only men remaining, Carver sends Stamper to stop Lin in the engine room. While Lin captures her, Bond faces Carver at the bridge and kills him. However, while trying to defuse the missile he hears Stamper telling him to stop. Turning around, Bond sees that Stamper has chained up Lin and threatens to drop her into the water, thereby drowning her. Lin throws her explosives at Bond and tells him to blow the missile up while it is still on the stealth boat. When Bond proceeds to do so, Stamper drops Lin and jumps towards Bond. After a short fight, Bond pins Stamper's leg to the missile, preventing him from escaping. When Bond tries to jump into the water below to escape the stealth ship and save Linn, Stamper grabs him at the vest, stating that they will die together. However, Bond slips out of his jacket and falls into the water below, leaving Stamper as the only remaining man onboard. When the missile goes off, Stampers foot is vaporized by the blast before he himself is killed in the ship's explosion.

Behind the scenes

When actor Götz Otto was called in for casting, he was given twenty seconds to introduce himself; his hair had recently been cropped short for a TV role. Saying, "I'm big, I'm bad, and I'm German", he did it in five.[1]

Trivia

  • In earlier drafts of the script, the Stamper character was named Rendera Sikrahm (also known as Richard Stamper) and was a freelance mercenary. His father was from Nepal - a Ghurka warrior - conscripted by the British government to fight in China during World War II - after which the family settled in Hong Kong, where the young Stamper was treated like a second class citizen by both the Hong Kong Chinese, and local British.[2] In addition, Stamper was to have suffered a brain injury that caused pleasure to be registered as pain (an vice versa). The idea was dropped, but a version of it made it into the subsequent Bond film "The World is Not Enough" (1999), where the main villain Renard is unable to feel pain.[3]

References

  1. "Promi-Porträt: Götz Otto", kwick!, 20 October 2007. Retrieved on 6 January 2007. 
  2. Tomorrow Never Dies Script History (1) (English) (Article). MI6-HQ.com (14th December 2007). Retrieved on 2016-04-22.
  3. Trivia - Tomorrow Never Dies (English) (Article). MI6-HQ.com. Retrieved on 2016-04-22.

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