Bond Girl: Pan Ho

Pan Ho was a fictional equestrian and enforcer to billionaire industrialist Max Zorin and his mistress, May Day. A supporting antagonist and Bond girl portrayed by actress Papillon Soo Soo, the character first appeared in the 1985 James Bond film, A View to a Kill. It was subsequently adapted for the 1983-87 tabletop role-playing game, James Bond 007: Role-Playing In Her Majesty’s Secret Service.

Biography

Pan Ho is one of the henchwomen working alongside May Day (the other is Jenny Flex). For investigation purposes, British agents James Bond and Sir Godfrey Tibbett are invited to Max Zorin’s stable under false identities and, when they arrive at the compound, are greeted by Pan Ho, who does not manage to pronounce the false name of Bond that she reads on a list.

She is later seen at the reception in Jenny Flex and May Day company, drinking champagne and talking to guests. Pan Ho and Jenny Flex later provide a suitable distraction at the petrol station where Tibbett is about to wash his car, allowing May Day to enter the car undetected.

When General Gogol confronts Max Zorin at the ch√Ęteau, and they insult Zorin, May Day strongarms Klotkoff, Jenny Flex, Pan Ho, and Scarpine also come out, pointing their guns at the KGB general, who threatens Zorin about “No one ever leaving the KGB.”

In San Francisco, at the City Hall scene where Zorin kills W.G. Howe, Pan Ho can be seen in the background making Molotov cocktails to burn the building down, especially Bond and Stacey Sutton in the elevator. Shortly after, she hands the explosive to Zorin to drop on the elevator, rushes out with the gas canisters, and can be seen looking at the destruction she’s caused.

The following day, Pan Ho joins Zorin in Main Strike Mine as he prepares to blast through the lake beds above. After flooding the Fault under the mine, they planned to detonate hundreds of 50 lb sacks of ANFO to destroy the “key geological lock”; creating a catastrophic geological disaster and permanently submerging the region. When Zorin realizes Bond and Stacey are infiltrated the mine and learned the details of his plan, he sends May Day, Pan Ho, and Flex after them. The girls follow 007 and Sutton through the mines with guns, and May Day split up with the other two, telling them to go the other way. However, Zorin betrays the girls and all his miners by blowing up the mines with explosives, causing the mines to flood. Noticing the water flowing and realizing that they have been betrayed, Pan Ho and Jenny attempt to escape along with the remaining miners, but they all end up being drowned in their deaths.

This betrayal caused May Day to turn to Bond for help, even mourning the loss of Jenny and Pan. May Day later avenges Jenny and Pan by helping Bond foil Zorin’s scheme at the cost of her life.