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Henry Gupta was a fictional American "techno-terrorist" in the employ of media baron Elliot Carver. He appears in the 1997 James Bond film Tomorrow Never Dies and was portrayed by American stage magician, actor, and writer Ricky Jay. The character also appeared in the film's accompanying novelization.


Intent on starting a war between the United Kingdom and China, Elliot Carver sends Henry Gupta to a terrorist arms bazaar to purchase an American military GPS encoder. Using this device, Gupta meacons the GPS signal and sends the British frigate HMS Devonshire off-course into Chinese-held waters in the South China Sea, where Carver's stealth ship sinks the frigate with a sea drill and steals one of its missiles. Afterwards, his men shoot down a Chinese J-7 fighter jet sent to investigate the British presence, and kill the Devonshire's survivors with Chinese weaponry. After the Devonshire is sunk, Gupta is informed by Stamper that Phase 1 is complete.

When looking through the sound files of Carver's satellite launch event, Gupta hears Bond talking to Paris. When he shows Carver the footage, Carver decides to have his wife killed by Dr. Kaufman.

While infiltrating Carver's agency at Hamburg, Bond sneaks into Gupta's bureau and opens his safe, finding the GPS encoder inside and returning it back to the American military.

Near the end of the film, Bond sneaks aboard Carver's stealth ship and takes Gupta hostage. After a brief discussion with Bond about his plans, Carver asks Gupta if the missile is ready to fire. When Gupta says it is, Carver remarks, "Then it seems you've outlived your contract", and shoots Gupta, killing him. Gupta's body is later vaporised when the Stealth Ship explodes.

Alternate continuities

Tomorrow Never Dies (novelisation)

Behind the scenes

Bruce Feirstein said he named this character after a Gupta Bakery, which he passed on the way to the studios.[1] Gupta's character portrayal is based on the real-life Apple co-founder Stephen Wozniak.

In one of the deleted scene of the film, Gupta throws some playing cards at a wall and they stick to it, which shows Gupta can partly fight. In another deleted scene when Bond was shooting up the place, Gupta tries to throw a card at Bond, but misses and hits a henchman instead.


  1. Dye, Kerry Douglas. "His Word is Bond: An Interview With 007 Screenwriter Bruce Feirstein",, 15 November 1999. Retrieved on 5 January 2007. 
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