|Died:|| November 2002, |
Ice Palace, Iceland
|Hair/eye color:||Brown (later Blue) (Eyes), Black (later Bald) (Hair)|
|Dist. Features:||Diamonds in right side of face, caused by an explosion|
|Occupation:||North Korean Agent|
|Status:||Deceased, impaled by diamond chandelier|
|Behind the scenes|
|Portrayed By:||Rick Yune|
|First Appearance:|| Die Another Day (Film)|
|Last Appearance:|| Die Another Day (Film)|
007 Legends (Other)
He was originally Korean operative under the command of Col. Tan-Sun Moon as the Colonel dealt in arms in the Demilitarized Zone of North Korea. Bond, posing as a diamond smuggler called Van Bierk infiltrated Moon's base as part of an MI6 operation, hoping to exchange diamonds for arms and expose Moon. The case of diamonds was rigged with explosives and blew up, embedding several stones in Zao's face. Moon was supposedly killed in the assault. Zao went rogue, attempting to blow up a summit between the Chinese and the South Koreans. He killed three Chinese agents, but was later found and arrested by the UN forces. Bond was held captive by Moon's father.
14 months later, MI6 received intelligence that Bond may have cracked under the torture and revealed vital information, so a trade was arranged - Zao for Bond. Following Moon, Zao traveled to Cuba, planning to receive gene therapy to alter his appearance. However, Bond found the lab and halted the procedure before it was completed: Zao was left as a hairless albino with silvery eyes and with the diamonds still embedded under his skin. Zao fought Bond to a draw and escaped again. During his escape, NSA Agent Giacinta "Jinx" Johnson attempted to shoot Zao, but failed.
Zao caught up with Moon, who, through a course of gene therapy, was now Sir Gustav Graves, in Iceland. Bond, however, had figured out Graves' true identity and escaped in his invisible car. Ordered to kill Bond, Zao got into his modified Jaguar XKR, activated thermal imaging and chased Bond and his Aston Martin Vanquish across the ice plains using a number of deadly weapon emplacements installed in the Jaguar, such as a gun that rose from the rear section of the car.
The chase led back to the melting ice palace, where Bond used the Aston Martin V12 Vanquish's adaptive camouflage to fool Zao into driving into the melted ice while the latter attempted to ram the Vanquish with the Jaguar's front retractable battering ram. Bond shot down a chandelier which landed on Zao as he tread the freezing water, impaling him. The chandelier was, fittingly, made from diamonds.
Behind the scenes
- Despite the character being a North Korean, Zao is not a Korean name, and therefore cannot be written in Korean since the language has no "z" sound (although it is possible to transcribe it as Jao). However, the word itself coincidentally means evil in serbo-croatian.