The Operative: No One Lives Forever (commonly shortened to No One Lives Forever, abbreviated NOLF or NOLF 1), is a video game developed by Monolith Productions and published by Fox Interactive. It was released on November 9, 2000.


UNITY is a secret international organization headquartered somewhere in England that protects humanity from outsiders that want to take over the world. In 1960, over half of the UNITY's elite agents are murdered by an unknown assassin within a week, leaving UNITY with a critical manpower shortage. They are forced to send UNITY agent Cate Archer and her mentor, Bruno Lawrie, on a series of high-profile missions. Cate is an ex-cat burglar and is UNITY's first female spy operative. UNITY's leaders, Mr. Jones and Mr. Smith, are skeptical of Cate working as a field agent, and have previously relegated her to more mundane assignments. Intelligence reveals that a Russian assassin named Dmitrij Volkov and a new terrorist organization named H.A.R.M. are responsible for the murders of UNITY's former agents. Cate and Bruno embark on a dangerous assignment in Morocco, which later turns out to be an ambush set up by Volkov and his men. Cate manages to escape Morocco whilst Bruno is shot by Volkov. In the UNITY headquarters, Jones and Smith reveal that Volkov killed Bruno simply because he was the traitor, to which Cate reacts with disbelief.

She is then tasked to escort Dr. Otto Schenker, an East German scientist, to England. Later on, as Cate and Dr. Schenker fly back to England, he is captured by H.A.R.M., led by Magnus Armstrong, who knocks Cate unconscious. Armstrong decides to spare Cate's life, believing that she is a fellow Scot. Cate awakens and is soon thrown from the plane as it explodes. As she was falling, she grabs the parachute from one of H.A.R.M. man surviving the fall, Cate is later introduced to a new partner, Tom Goodman, a UNITY agent from the American branch. After meeting him in a nightclub in Hamburg, they are ambushed by H.A.R.M. but manage to escape. The nightclub is owned by a German singer named Inge Wagner, whom Cate suspects is connected with H.A.R.M. The two are then tasked to investigate a cargo freighter containing several suspicious chemical containers that UNITY believes are linked to Dr. Schenker. Cate gets in the freighter and after taking photos of the containers, is knocked unconscious by Armstrong, who spares her life again by locking her in a cargo hold, thus ignoring Wagner's insistence that she must be liquidated. As the freighter heads out to sea, it slowly begins to sink, due to a huge explosion. Wagner and Armstrong escape immediately, but Cate has to fight her way out of the bowels of the freighter. Because Cate could not obtain the required information, she and Tom must return to the sunken freighter to finish gathering intelligence aboard. Cate goes scuba diving, and after investigating the shipwreck and obtaining the captain's log and the cargo manifest, she is ambushed by H.A.R.M. divers sent from a submarine commanded by Armstrong and Wagner but manages to escape.

Later, Cate finds out about a connection between H.A.R.M. and a large manufacturing firm named Dumas Industrial Enterprises, which was operated by Baron Archibald Dumas. However, the Baron claims he has no intelligence regarding his connection to H.A.R.M.

Later, Cate infiltrates the Dumas corporate headquarters, gaining access to their highly guarded safe and photographing some relevant documents, despite heavy opposition, including an ear-splitting deathmatch against Wagner. However, after photographing the headquarter's final document, Cate escapes the headquarters despite witnessing Tom being shot by Volkov.

Meanwhile, H.A.R.M. starts infecting and killing innocent people using Dr. Schenker's biological explosive development. The chemical is injected into the living host and it feeds on organic material until it culminates in a massive explosion. H.A.R.M. states that if their ransom demands are not met, they will continue to use human time bombs to cause destruction around the world. Cate embarks on a train ride to Washington State, where Dr. Schenker is believed to be located. Cate finds him and manages to escort him to safety using an underground base.

Soon after, Dr. Schenker reveals that the antidote for the chemical reagent is located in H.A.R.M.'s space station. Cate travels to a small island located in the Caribbean, where she infiltrates a secret launch facility. Cate discovers that a rocket will be sent to the space station that afternoon to collect some antidote. Disguised as a H.A.R.M. space agent, Cate boards the rocket and travels to H.A.R.M.'s space station. While she is searching for the antidote, the space station is struck by a meteor shower, causing it to implode. Cate obtains a large antidote sample and uses an escape pod to return to Earth safely.

Now in possession of the antidote, UNITY needs the list of infected people to find out who administered it, during which Cate believes that the real mastermind behind H.A.R.M.'s events is the Baron's wife, Baroness Felicity Dumas, who is believed to be in possession of the list. Later, Cate heads to the Dumas' château located in the German Alps. While there, she is knocked unconscious by Armstrong, who spares her life by locking her in a cell. The Baroness gloats at Cate about her plans to take over the world and leaves. Cate then provokes Armstrong into an ensuing fist fight. After being defeated, Armstrong agrees to let Cate go and defects H.A.R.M. by telling her where the list is located. Cate then realizes that she was infected after being knocked unconscious by Wagner in Hamburg days ago. The Baroness mentions that Wagner must have set the count-down to 10 days instead of 10 hours. Eventually, Cate obtains another antidote and later, the list located in the Baroness's hidden lair.

When Cate traveled down the mountain via Gondola, defeating the H.A.R.M. helicopters in the process, she encounters Volkov and a gun duel ensues. During their duel, an explosion causes an avalanche to send Volkov over the edge of a cliff. Later, Cate is confronted by the Baroness and another gun duel ensues. After defeating the Baroness, she reveals that she has also infected herself and is about to detonate. Cate hurries to clear the civilians off the streets and hides inside a building as the Baroness explodes.

Back at UNITY's headquarters, Cate is congratulated for a mission well done, and everybody leaves to grab some rest. Cate arrives at a graveyard where Bruno was buried to pay her respects. She is then confronted by the supposedly long-dead Tom Goodman, who reveals that he is the real traitor within UNITY and a final gun duel ensues. Cate manages to injure Tom and is about to a arrest him, but Smith shoots Tom, causing him to fall into a freshly dug grave. Smith then tries to shoot Cate as well, but Jones shoots Smith and reveals that Bruno is still alive. Smith attempts his one last effort to shoot Cate, but Cate kills Smith just in time. With Tom and Smith shot dead, Jones and Bruno decide to tell Cate the truth; Bruno falsified his death so that Cate and the rest of UNITY could find the real traitor. Seven years ago, Smith was taken out of the field by UNITY due to his inadequate fieldwork. In order to sabotage UNITY as a way to avenge himself, Smith joins H.A.R.M. to kill the real Tom Goodman and replace him with an impostor. When Cate's investigation initially foiled H.A.R.M.'s plan, both Smith and his mole were forced to reveal their true intentions. Cate reacts in shock upon finding out the truth.

In a post credit scene, it is revealed that Volkov survived the avalanche and reports back to H.A.R.M.'s mysterious Director, a middle-aged drunk man who Cate has seen several times in different countries during the game.

In a level exclusive to the Game of the Year Edition, Cate is sent on vacation to a small island, only to discover and destroy a H.A.R.M. secret base.

Credits and CastEdit

This page lists the credits for the Windows versions of The Operative: No One Lives Forever (NOLF) – both the original version and the Game of the Year (GOTY) edition combined.

In order to compile this "ultimate" list, the following sources were used:

  • NOLF game manual
  • In-game closing credits in NOLF (v1.000 to v1.003)
  • In-game closing credits in NOLF GOTY
  • Readme file for NOLF v1.002
  • Readme file for NOLF GOTY
  • Official NOLF website
  • In-game closing credits in the NOLF tech demo, extracted with the use of NOLF Tools

These sources give quite a differing account of people involved in the production, even between the materials for the same release (e.g. the manual, the readme and the in-game credits for the initial release of the game). This page intends to provide the most complete and correct account of people who worked on NOLF and discrepancies between the various sources are noted.

In the readme file for the original game, nicknames for most of the testers and Quality Assurance employees were included. Where this was the case, the nickname is mentioned next to the person's name, between single quotation marks.

The official NOLF website includes a short credits page. The page is made up of two sections: "UNITY Operations Team" and "Additional Operations". In the first section, employees are mentioned, along with a humorous, fictional UNITY job title, that somewhat reflects their role in the creation of the game. The latter section lists other people, but without any job descriptions. These are also mentioned on this page, where applicable.




  • Various female characters (voiced by Kit Harris and Barbara Dirickson)
  • Various male characters (voiced by Ken Boynton, Scott Burns, Mark Dias, John Patrick Lowrie and Mike Madeoy)


  • Cate Archer (NOLF cover model) (portrayed by Mitzi Martin)
  • Game Director (Craig Hubbard)


  • On the main menu, Cate can be seen wearing sunglasses and holding a Shepherd Arms 9mm. In the actual game, however, Cate can only hold a weapon or a gadget, but not both.

Fox InteractiveEdit

Production Team

Name Credit Mock credit on NOLF website
Chris Miller Producer External Fiscal Modifications Supervisor
Aaron Blean 'ApB' Associate Producer Listed under "Additional Operations"
Tim Hall Associate Producer (GOTY)

Fox Quality Assurance DepartmentEdit

Name Credit Other notes
Don Sexton 'KILLJOY' Q.A. Supervisor (non-GOTY)
Q.A. Manager (GOTY)
Igor Krinitskiy 'Russo2000' Q.A. Assistant Manager (GOTY) Was a tester for original NOLF; see Fox Test Team

Q.A. LeadsEdit

Name Credit Mock credit on NOLF website Other notes
Kaycee Vardaman 'Mulletino' Q.A. Lead Listed under "Additional Operations" Not credited for GOTY
Chris Wilson 'Lancer' Q.A. Lead Only credited as a tester in NOLF manual; in in-game credits, he is credited as Q.A. Lead and tester. See Fox Test Team
Tim Harrison 'Landshark' Q.A. Co-Lead Listed under "Additional Operations" Credited as Co-Lead in GOTY, and simply as Lead in non-GOTY; however he is credited as Co-Lead in the tech demo, too

Fox Test TeamEdit

The size of the list of testers varies substantially between the sources. This table lists everybody who has been mentioned in at least one of the sources. The sources in which a given person appears is denoted by the word "Yes" in the respective column for the source.

Name Credited in Other notes
Non-GOTY in-game Non-GOTY readme Manual GOTY in-game and readme Tech demo in-game
Ken AndersonYesYesYes
Sweet BillyYesYesYesYes
Tony BlackYesYesYes
Joe Castellano 'Slider'Yes
Francis Choi 'Big Frank'YesYesYesYes
Kristian Davila 'Brock Landers'YesYesYesYes
Matt Dell 'Matty'YesYesYesYes
Glenn Dphrepaulezz 'LegO'Lamb'YesYes
Michael DunnYesYes
David Farkas 'PaLaDiN#67'YesYesYes
Kevin HuynhYesYesYes
Anant JiemjitpolchaiYesYes
Igor Krinitskiy 'Russo2000'YesYesYesYesQ.A. Assistant Manager for GOTY (see Q.A. Dept.)
Javier LagosYesYesYesYesYesEmpty nickname quotes in readme
Joe LamasYes
Duc Lai 'shoot@fox'YesYesYes
Frantz LattenYesYesYesYes
Cris Lee 'Soupafly'YesYesYes
Jeremy Luyties 'Ludies'YesYesYes
Red Magpantay 'Teeth'YesYesYesYes
Kerry Marshall 'Bling Bling'YesYesYesYesYes
Aaron MinjaresYesYesYes
Arabian Nazel 'Panic Zone'YesYesYesYes
William Pamies 'KMA'YesYes"Billy Pamies" in readme
Young Park 'Bad Bo0oy'YesYesYesYesYes
Kyle Peschel 'Pezman'YesMentioned in "Special Thanks" section for the released game
Victor RodriguezYes
Gabriel Slater 'Kamikaze'YesYesYes
Jeff Spierer 'Jiggleypeff'YesYesYes
Nathan Sutter 'THX'YesYes
Jeff TatmanYesYes
David Taylor 'skultomb'YesYes
Luke Thai 'Thai Fighter'YesYesYesYes
Tim Tran 'GunBuster'YesYesYes
Ellen WilliamsYesYesYesYes
Chris WilsonYesQ.A. Lead (see Q.A. Dept.)
Daan Wisehart 'BlueGrass'YesYes
Hal Zabie 'Durden'Yes



No One Lives Forever series
The Operative: No One Lives Forever · No One Lives Forever 2: A Spy in H.A.R.M.'s Way · Contract J.A.C.K.