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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.

Later, Stamper captures 007 and Wai Lin (a Chinese spy on the same case) whilst they are investigating the wreck of the Devonshire. He takes them to the CMGN tower in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. Before Stamper is able to torture them and avenge his mentor, the spies manage to escape the building. Although his plan is compromised, Carver continues in his scheme to use the stolen missile to destroy the Chinese government; replacing it with another more amenable to his media network. Carver and his associates take the stealth ship to Ha Long Bay and prepare to launch the stolen British cruise missile at Beijing. After 007's intervention Carver is killed by his own sea drill, leaving Stamper to avenge his masters. Despite his muscular physique, high pain tolerance, and sheer ruthlessness, Stamper was defeated when Bond pinned his leg with the missile's firing mechanism. With detonators placed on its engines, the rocket ignited and exploded, destroying the stealth boat and Stamper.

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] 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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