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"Tell me James, do you still sleep with a gun under your pillow?"
― Paris mentioning her past relationship with James Bond[src]

Paris Carver was the fictional wife of British media baron and criminal, Elliot Carver. A Bond girl portrayed by American actress, Teri Hatcher, she first appeared in the 1997 James Bond film, Tomorrow Never Dies, and also appeared in Raymond Benson's accompanying novelization and in his 1999 video game adaptation, voiced by Ève Karpf.

Biography

Paris Carver (née McKenna) was a beautiful brunette who was once a lover of James Bond. She grew up in New York and attended university to become a teacher before leaving to become a model. One night she met Bond at a high profile cocktail party and the two started a relationship. He left her behind after two months in (ironically) Paris, however, because his job was too dangerous for a real relationship. Four years later she later met TV and news magnate Elliot Carver and they married after 3 months together.[2] Carver was leading a conspiracy to concoct a war between England and China; a war that his news divisions would have exclusive coverage of, sending his ratings into the stratosphere. MI6 sent Bond to investigate and he eventually crossed paths with Paris. M had instructed him to seduce her and learn some of Carver's plans.

Carver being reunited with James Bond

When he saw her again, her beauty was not lost on him but she was not exactly pleased to see Bond and slapped him across the face the moment she turned to him, shocking the guests. They talk about 007's job and asked if he "still sleeps with a gun under his pillow?." When Bond came up in conversation with her husband, Paris lied, saying that he had dated her roommate and that she barely knew him. After Carver had a talk with her, he had seen the security footage that Henry Gupta showed him the conversation she had with Bond.

Carver's body is discovered by James Bond

Suspecting that the man she had married was up to something nefarious (and out of a need to be with Bond again) Paris went to him after her husband's henchmen tried to kill him. At first he tried to send her away, but they were too strongly drawn to each other. They made love and Bond confessed that he had left her because she had gotten too close. Paris gave Bond the information he needed but Carver, who had been spying on his wife, sent his personal assassin, Dr. Kaufman, to her room hours later to kill her. Kaufman was assigned to make the deaths look like a murder-suicide; Bond killing Paris and then himself but Bond was able to turn the tables on Kaufman and kill him.

Paris' murder ignited in Bond the desire for revenge, shaking his usual professional detachment and clouding his judgment. His eventual partnership with Chinese Intelligence agent Wai Lin brought him back to his senses, however, as well as providing him another lover. When the two were held by Carver at his headquarters in Saigon, Carver reminds Bond of her death and indicates he deems it Bond's fault.

Bond eventually avenged Paris by killing Carver with a powerful sea drill which tore him to shreds.

Behind the scenes

Teri Hatcher was three months pregnant when shooting started, although her publicist stated the pregnancy did not affect the production schedule.[3] Hatcher later regretted playing Paris Carver, saying "It's such an artificial kind of character to be playing that you don't get any special satisfaction from it."[4] Actress Sela Ward had auditioned for the role, but lost out, reportedly being told the producers wanted her but ten years younger.[5] Hatcher, at 32, was seven years Ward's junior and was in the midst of playing Lois Lane on the television show Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman for which she had been voted the "Sexiest Woman on Television" by readers of TV Guide the previous year. According to Pierce Brosnan, Monica Bellucci also screen tested for the role but as Brosnan remarked, "the fools said no."[6] Daphne Deckers, who portrays the PR Lady, also confirms that she saw Bellucci the same day she herself auditioned.[7] Bellucci would later go on to play a role in the 24th Bond film, Spectre.

Gallery

Paris Carver/Gallery

Trivia

  • Paris is the eleventh woman that Bond fails to protect from death.
  • On the Ultimate Edition DVD main menu of the film, Paris is pictured alongside the villains. She is also considered a villain by the James Bond edition of Life Magazine. She could somewhat be considered a villainess prior to her telling Bond information, as she does her husband's bidding and knows of his work.
  • In the PlayStation game version of 007 Tomorrow Never Dies, Bond was able to rescue Paris from Kaufman.

References

  1. (1997). Tomorrow Never Dies (Blu-Ray). 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment. Event occurs at 00:25:20. "Friday 11, April, 1997 Late Edition"
  2. (1997) Tomorrow Never Dies. London, England: Hodder & Stoughton Ltd. ISBN 978-0340707418. 
  3. Johns, Elizabeth. "Teri Hatcher Pregnant", E!, 2 May 1997. 
  4. "Live and let lie?", Yahoo! News, 28 November 2008. 
  5. Rorke, Robert. "CSI: Sela", New York Post, 8 May 2011. 
  6. Rebello, Stephen (December 2005). "Playboy Interview: Pierce Brosnan". Playboy 52 (12): 61–62+65–68+70.
  7. Daphne Deckers: 'Ik at sateetjes met James Bond' (nl) (27 October 2015).

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