Patrice's name might as well be Red Herring. He is the man Bond pursues at the beginning. Why is Bond after him? Because he stole a list of secret government identities. Tanner gives Bond the details on Patrice when Bond resumes the chase after a brief vacation (i.e., after apparently being dead):
TANNER: He's a ghost. No known residence or country of origin.
Bond ends up dropping this dude off a skyscraper in Shanghai. Oops. What a way to go. If a ghost falls off a building, and no one is around to see it, did he fall at all?