I forgot about that, you are right, however,
> A woman who creams her panties while gunning down people; a macho, Germanic dude threatening to dismember him for 52 hours straight...
I dunno, maybe these weren't good character but they did feel like an attempt to do a '90s equivalent of traditional Bond villains. The Roger Moore movies were of their times too, Live and Let Die wouldn't have been made in 1964.
I do think that they felt too much like '90s action movies.
Despite the faction that I haven't revisited the series in forever, I do always get drawn into conversations about it because I used to be such a big fan. In retrospect Octopussy was probably the last worthy one. But I do think that The Living Daylights was still reasonably close to the Roger Moore era. Uncoincidentally that is also the last one in a real Cold War setting.
If I were to rate the Bond villains' plots on how likely they were to ever work, even given the ridiculous rules of the Bond Universe, the guy in Tomorrow Never Dies is probably near the bottom. Even if he starts the war he has to get away with his plot *indefinitely,* with nobody ever figuring out what he did. Most of the villains have some kind of plot where at a certain point they'll rule the world or something and the idea of them being exposed will become irrelevant.