Characters / GoldenEye

Characters specific to GoldenEye. For those in the entire film franchise, see here.

Natalya Fyodorovna Simonova
Played by: Izabella Scorupco

A technician at Severnaya, she survives the massacre of her colleagues and the subsequent EMP attack on the facility. She then starts searching for the other survivor, Boris Grishenko, and meets Bond along the way.

  • Action Survivor: Given that she doesn't do any fighting.
  • Badass: She's easily the craftiest Bond Girl in the whole series, and thinks on her feet several times. She's the only survivor at the Severnaya massacre due to faking her death, contacts Boris through a clever lie at a computer store, is the one who actually saved the day when she sabotaged the second Goldeneye satellite before it zapped London, and then rescues Bond from the dish cradle by holding a helicopter pilot at gunpoint. Not bad for a simple techie, or the first Bond girl of the 90's.
  • Berserk Button: While Natalya's not very happy with Boris to begin with, what with the whole "betraying her and willingly participating in the murder of everyone in London" thing, when he sneers at her being an inferior programmer to him she looks really pissed off.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Yup. After her day from Hell, where she narrowly avoids being gunned down, killed by a Kill Sat, blown up by a missile, shot by Russian troops, kidnapped by Ouromov, and blown up by a bomb, she has quite a very sarcastic barbs about everything trying to kill her and Bond.
  • Deuteragonist: She has her own sub-plot which runs parallel to Bond's until they meet in the stolen helicopter.
  • Exactly What I Aimed At: A meta case. While she couldn't remote-command the second Goldeneye satellite to self-destruct or to cancel the countdown, she did command it to de-orbit and burn up in re-entry. She's only a second-level programmer that worked on the guidance system, and that is exactly what she sabotaged.
  • Fiery Redhead: Takes no crap from Bond or Trevelyan.
  • Girl of the Week: But not a Token Romance. Her character is given more focus than most, and she has her own sub-plot up until she meets Bond.
  • Heroes Want Redheads: Bond does anyway.
  • Hollywood Nerd: She's one gorgeous computer programmer.
  • The Lancer: To Bond. As said above, she has her own sub-plot prior to meeting Bond.
  • Living MacGuffin: For the villains, she is a target, as she witnessed Ourumov's betrayal. Bond knows about her as well, but she isn't his primary target.
  • Sensual Slavs: A sensual Russian programmer. Although it's downplayed, since while she's undeniably an attractive woman, she initially dresses and carries herself in a slightly dowdy fashion, and it's only once she starts hanging out with Bond that her more sensual side comes out.
  • Trauma Conga Line: The whole Severnaya sequence can essentially be summed up as the universe playing a game of "let's see how many ways we can traumatise Natalya Simonova while narrowly avoiding killing her".
  • Tsundere: Type A. She only warms up to Bond after he saves her life, although this is with good reason; while clearly viewing him as something of a lecherous pig, she was clearly friends with Boris and shocked by his betrayal; she also has no idea who Bond is and what side he's on.

Xenia Sergeyevna Onatopp
Played by: Famke Janssen

A former Soviet fighter pilot and ex-KGB operative with a Georgian accent, she is an assassin who works for the Janus Syndicate. She enjoys sexual pleasure from murder, whether from brutally gunning people down, or by crushing them to death between her Murderous Thighs during sex. She manages to meet her match in Bond, who bests her twice, the second time through shooting the pilot of her helicopter, which gets her crushed against a tree.

  • Attempted Rape: Due to her nature of combining a beatdown with her personal pleasure, Onatopp crushing Bond between her thighs in the sauna has shades of this, as detailed below.
  • Badass Goes toe to toe with Bond.
  • The Baroness: Sexpot variant, natch.
  • Berserk Button: While she gets off on killing people with her Murderous Thighs and does enjoy it more when they try to fight back, she hates losing. "BULIATCH!"
  • Bond One-Liner: Attempts to have her own line of them, the chief one being "I had to ventilate someone," when working alongside Ouromov. She's later the subject of one by Bond himself.
  • Chekhov's Gunman: First appears in a scene where she challenges Bond to a downhill race.
  • Combat Sadomasochist: Xenia literally gets off on murdering people, as shown during the Severnaya massacre. It's enough to get an Eye Take from Ourumov himself. On the masochist side, she loves Bond hitting her in the sauna scene. She also seems rather excited by the idea that Bond is going to derail the train she's on.
  • Dark Action Girl: Is quite skilled, and certainly evil.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Typically when she loses out to Bond, the key one being her refusal to let him have the last word after their confrontation in the sauna.
  • Death by Sex: The perpetrator of it, in a literal intepretation.
  • Depraved Bisexual: It's hinted pretty strongly that Xenia swings both ways when Trevelyan taunts Bond about how Natalya "tastes like strawberries" and Xenia moans and licks her lips, and all but spelled out explicitly when Natalya tries to attack her.
    Xenia: [to Natalya] Wait for your turn!
  • Double Standard: Rape, Female on Male: In sheer contrast with Bond's sexual encounters of the past, this is deliberately played with and averted; Onatopp's treatment of Bond in the sauna basically implies rape with her forcing sexual stimulation from an unwilling Bond in a very violent situation, but it's treated as something Bond has to fight back against, and then it's totally played for laughs a scene or two later.
  • The Dragon: For Ourumov and Trevelyan.
  • Eerie Pale-Skinned Brunette: A lesser example, but she's distinctly pale compared to the other Bond Girl, and her actions and unnerving attitude could certainly qualify her as 'eerie'.
  • Erotic Asphyxiation: Part of Xenia's MO. She wraps her thighs around the ribcages of her lovers and victims and squeezes, depriving them of air and thoroughly enjoying the situation herself. Most prominently employed in the Interplay of Sex and Violence scene that is the sauna.
  • Evil Is Sexy: Most definitely; Bond finds her appealing enough to let his guard down, and Xenia typically tops a number of 'best Bond Girl' polls.
  • Expy: Onatopp is a nod directly to classic Bond villainess Fiona Volpe of Thunderball fame, but there are also elements of other bad Bond Girls, including Bambi and Thumper, Naomi, Mayday and even the unofficial bad Bond Girl of Never Say Never Again, Fatima Blush, who is herself a redo of Fiona Volpe. Xenia also has her own expy in the form of the buff SIE of Alpha Protocol fame, who shares Onatopp's tendencies toward rough sex and violence.
  • Femme Fatale: Fitting, as The Baroness.
  • Go Seduce My Archnemesis: Employed by Janus to do this to Bond in the sauna scene, seemingly.
  • Honey Trap: For the Admiral she seduces and violently murders early in the film, and for Bond in the sauna scene.
  • The Immodest Orgasm: And how. Onatopp vocally expresses her sexual satisfaction to an insane degree.
  • Interplay of Sex and Violence: A thoroughly disturbing example, and one of the most popular.
  • Large Ham: She is delightfully over the top.
  • Messy Hair: In the sauna. In the rest of the film, Onatopp is dressed and styled in a manner befitting someone higher up on the payroll of a criminal organisation, and actually appears quite classy, if obviously a villain.
  • Ms. Fanservice: Big time.
  • Murderous Thighs: A notorious example. This results in a Karmic Death for her.
  • Orgasmic Combat: During the Severnaya massacre she acts like her gun is a sex toy. She even looks like she had an orgasm after she's done.
  • Professional Killer: Murder seems to be her day job.
  • Psycho for Hire: After seeing Xenia act sexually aroused during her machine-gunning of the Severnaya staff, Ourumov momentarily has a look of "What the hell is wrong with you?!" directed at Xenia.
  • Punny Name: Xenia Onatopp, pronounce it out loud.
  • Sadist: Derives literal sexual gratification from brutally murdering others. Unlike a lot of examples, however, she also thoroughly enjoys her own pain.
  • Sensual Slavs: The resident Ms. Fanservice and a slavic woman.
  • Sex Is Violence: Again, one of the most prominent examples; she enjoys mowing down innocents with a machine gun just as much as having Bond at the mercy of her thighs.
  • She's Got Legs: And she very much knows how to use them.
  • Villainesses Want Heroes: Invoked particularly in the sauna where Xenia could easily kill Bond while she has him at her mercy, but doesn't because she wants to subject him to her take on combining sex and violence, and she continues to kiss him even as he reacts to the embrace of her thighs. The two also have pretty strong chemistry throughout the film.

Alec Trevelyan, 006, a. k. a. Janus
"For England, James?"
Played by : Sean Bean

A renegade 00 agent and the main villain of the film. Having come from a family of Lienz Cossacks who were betrayed by the British when attempting to defect from the USSR in World War II, Alec seeks revenge on all of England. Quite possibly Bond's most personal enemy in any of the films, having been his friend while serving in the MI6.

  • Affably Evil: He's actually pretty polite.
  • Badass: One of the few Bond villains who managed to pose a physical threat to James Bond as well as an intellectual one. He has the upper hand throughout most of their fight, and Bond is forced to improvise and withdraw to keep up with him. In the end, he's only fully defeated when he's distracted by Natalya commandeering his helicopter.
  • Big Bad: The main villain of the film.
  • Big Bad Friend: To Bond.
  • Breaking Speech: Has a tendency to give these to Bond.
  • Catch Phrase: "For England, James?" Which starts to veer in a Armor-Piercing Question as the movie goes by.
  • Deadpan Snarker: As per the running motif of him being a Evil Counterpart to Bond, he indulges in similar sardonic wit.
  • Death by Looking Up: He survives a Disney Villain Death just to get crushed by the antenna.
  • Diabolical Mastermind: A massively powerful criminal and renegade.
  • Disney Villain Death: When Bond is able to defeat him, he gets dropped off the cradle and onto the concrete lakebed of his satellite. Then the antenna explodes and falls on him to make sure he's dead.
  • Evil Counterpart: To Bond of course. Sean Bean works so well because he's almost as perfect as James Bond as he is as James Bond's enemy. Along with Pierce Brosnan, Bean was in fact one of the actors initially considered to replace Roger Moore before Timothy Dalton took the role.
  • Evil Former Friend: Bond even reflexively catches him before a fatal fall at one point, seemingly on sheer reflex because of their friendship. And then coldly drops him, but not before making it clear It's Personal.
  • Face–Heel Turn: Subverted in that, while appearing a loyal MI6 agent on the outside before his supposed death, he was seemingly planning his Evil Plan for who knows how long.
  • Faking the Dead: For several years.
  • First-Name Basis: Always refers to Bond as James.
  • Freudian Excuse: Trevelyan claims to be seeking revenge for the betrayal of his family by the British government in WWII, although Bond's opinion is that Trevelyan is Only in It for the Money, with his Freudian excuse just that, an excuse.
  • Genre Savvy: Justified as he's a former MI6 agent. He lampshades this throughout the film, such as when Bond asks him where Natalya is, and he replies, "Ah, yes. Your fatal weakness." He's also savvy enough to have Bond hand over his watch after capturing him, and asks, "So how is old Q? Still up to his usual tricks? Still press here do I?" before using the watch to deactivate the explosives Bond has placed.
  • Good Scars, Evil Scars: Trevelyan's right cheek has the type that is decidedly evil.
  • It's Personal: One of the only Big Bads to approach Blofeld for the raw anger Bond feels towards him.
  • I Have You Now, My Pretty: He gets a bit unwelcome-touchy-and-kissy with Natalya when they're on his train. Her response is to give him a smack.
  • Knight Templar: Sees himself as fighting for a just cause against the English government.
  • Made of Iron: Somehow, some way, he was not killed by being inside a chemical weapons plant when it exploded while he was right next to the gas tanks with the explosives on them, then he survives a very, very, very long fall onto concrete. He wasn't in great shape, might have been dying, but was still alive. Of course, then the antenna fell on top of him, so we'll never know.
  • Meaningful Name: Lampshaded by Bond. "Janus" was a two-faced Roman deity.
  • Omnicidal Maniac: Is more than willing to throw the world economy into chaos just to settle his score with England.
  • Red Right Hand: The explosion in the pre-credits sequence visibly scarred the right half of his face.
  • Remember the New Guy: Trevelyan never appeared or was mentioned in another Bond film before this one, yet here everyone is familiar with Bond's "old friend". This might be justified, given that GoldenEye was technically a reboot of the James Bond franchise... a series never known for its continuity to begin with.
  • Revenge: Trevelyan is seeking revenge for the betrayal of his family, who were part of the Lienz Cossacks who worked with the Nazis against the Russians during WWII. The Cossacks, who believed that they were under British protection near the end of the war, were sent back to Stalin, who promptly had them all shot. Trevelyan, needless to say, is pissed about this, and seeks to make the British government pay. Averted in Bond's opinion though. He believes Alec is simply in it for the money, with his Freudian Excuse just that, an excuse. Which kind of makes sense; Alec appears to have faithfully served the British Government for decades before faking his death.
  • Rogue Agent: Former British Intelligence, Agent 006.
  • Sins of Our Fathers: He seeks to punish England for something that happened some time ago, and most of the people he's going to kill have nothing to do with it.
  • Tragic Villain: Trevelyan's backstory is quite sympathetic, although Bond hypothesizes that he's Only in It for the Money.
  • Two-Faced: A mild example. After the opening scene in, his right cheek is scarred, but it's much less exaggerated than most uses of the trope.
  • Walking Spoiler: Well, at one point, before It Was His Sled kicked in.
  • We Used to Be Friends: With Bond.
  • Woobie, Destroyer of Worlds: Trevelyan's backstory is quite sympathetic, although Bond hypothesizes that he's Only in It for the Money.

General Arkady Grigorovich Ourumov
Played by: Gottfried John

A Soviet colonel who Bond and Trevelyan face off with during their mission to blow up the Arkangel Chemical Weapons facility, Ourumov is now a general and the head of Russia's new Space Division. One of Trevelyan's two henchmen (the other being Xenia), he is the one who stole the control keys for the GoldenEye satellite and detonated the first of them over Severnaya. He meets his end when he murders Defense Minister Dmitri Mishkin and kidnaps Natalya, leading to Bond gunning him down on board a missile train.

Boris Grishenko
Played by: Alan Cumming

A masterful hacker who used to work at the Severnaya facility along with Natalya. He is the only other survivor of the massacre, and was spared only by his agreement to work with Trevelyan and Ourumov. He is put in charge of the technical aspects of Trevelyan's plans for the GoldenEye.

  • Berserk Button: Two. One, he hates getting beat up by a girl as proven when he flips his shit after Natalya beats him up. And two, he hates when people he considers lower then him beat him at his own game.

  • Bunny-Ears Lawyer: Good enough at what he does that his co-workers. It says something that his first scene shows that Natalya is willing to overlook his sexism, repeated attempts at flirtation, his love of online douchebaggery and his awful fashion sense.
  • Can't Kill You, Still Need You: Not said, but heavily implied on Trevelyan's part when it comes to Boris. In every scene they share Trevelyan clearly finds Boris deeply infuriating and and appears to have to suppress an urge to break his neck every time they speak. He's also not shy about veiled threats about the misfortunes that will befall Boris should anything go wrong, and when everything starts going a bit wrong makes a point of assigning a guard to stand over Boris pointing a gun at his head with orders to shoot him if he moves.
  • Catch Phrase: "I AM INVINCIBLE!" ...which leads immediately to his death the final time he says it, after he survives the destruction of Trevelyan's base, only to be frozen solid by bursting liquid nitrogen tanks.
  • Character Tic: Boris' habit of spinning pens and clicking them while he's working. This becomes a Chekhov's Gun when he gets his hands on Bond's pen grenade, which has to be clicked three times to arm it, and has to be clicked another three times to disarm it.
  • Chewing the Scenery: When isn't he?
  • The Cracker: An evil hacker whose job is to crack codes for the main villain.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Albeit with less emphasis on the "deadpan", but Boris loves to quip.
  • Dirty Coward: Sides with the bad guys and is solidly a Non-Action Bad Guy, he even shouts "I AM INVINCIBLE!" after he survives the destruction of Trevelyan's base, only to be frozen solid by liquid nitrogen.
  • Evil Genius: Of Trevelyan's Five-Bad Band.
  • Four Eyes, Zero Soul: He always wears glasses on the edge of his nose and is one of Trevelyan's minions.
  • Hollywood Hacking: Boris' "spike" is pretty classic Hollywood Hacking, including an Extreme Graphical Representation. It ultimately gets used against him when Natalya spikes him in order to locate the Janus base just three minutes before the train she and Bond are on is set to blow.
  • Jerkass: An utterly obnoxious prick, how his co-workers resisted killing him for so long will forever be a mystery.
  • Kill It with Ice: His fate. While he does survive the destrucion of Trevelyan's base, several liquid nitrogen tanks above him blow up and he gets bathed in it, becoming an ice statue when the gas clears.
  • Large Ham: Especially in his exchanges with Natalya.
  • Laughably Evil: Due to him being the sole Plucky Comic Relief character in the film.
  • Nerd Glasses: Which he always wears on the edge of his nose, somewhat defeating their purpose.
  • Playful Hacker: A particularly villainous one. Natalya calls him on treating people's lives like a game during their confrontation.
  • Plucky Comic Relief: Much like the characters before him Sheriff J.W. Pepper in Live and Let Die and The Man with the Golden Gun and Professor Joe Butcher in Licence to Kill. He is played by Alan Cumming after all.
  • Smug Snake: Not nearly as smart, charming or cunning as he thinks he is. This leads to his Villainous Breakdown when he realizes his former colleague Natalya had one-upped him and programmed the Goldeneye satellite to burn up in orbit AND changed the access codes to inhibit Boris's chance of correcting that program. It only gets worse when Bond sabotages the antenna to make it impossible to catch Goldeneye after he DOES break Natalya's code.
  • Thinking Tic: Boris has a tendency to fidget with his pen and click it when mulling something over. This turns out to be a Chekhov's Gun later when he has 007's pen which is actually a mini-grenade in hand while thinking.
  • Villainous Breakdown: "GIVE ME THE CODES, NATALYA! GIVE THEM TO ME!". It's somewhat frightening to see an otherwise goofy Laughably Evil character crack like that.

Valentin Dmitrovich Zukovsky
Played by: Robbie Coltrane

A former KGB operator, who is now a Russian gangster and arms dealer. He likes to live large, surrounded by women. Valentin has left the KGB and now finances his lifestyle through various criminal endeavors with the Russian mafia. Bond has to go to him for info about Janus, which is complicated by the history he has with Valentin — the reason he has the limp in his right leg is because Bond shot him in the knee, and Bond also stole his car and his girl, giving Valentin plenty of reason to be pissed off. Valentin appears once again in The World Is Not Enough.

  • Butt Monkey: His backstory: The reason he has the limp in his right leg is because Bond shot him in the knee, and afterwards he stole Zukovsky's car and girl.
  • *Click* Hello: Used by Bond on him in their first meeting:
    Valentin: Walther PPK. 7.65mm. Only three men I know use such a gun. I believe I've killed two of them.
    Bond: Lucky me.
    [another PPK is pointed at Bond's head]
    Valentin: I think not.
  • The Mafiya: Valentin's current line of work.
  • Nominal Hero: Valentin only helps Bond because neither one likes Janus.
  • Paid Harem: In both films, Robbie Coltrane has showgirls jumping all over his fat ass (proving that everyone in these movies is getting more sex than you and I).
  • Villain of Another Story: While he and Bond are usually enemies, they team up here.

Jack Wade
Played by: Joe Don Baker

A veteran CIA agent working the same case who is Bond's initial contact in Russia. Calls Bond "Jimbo." He reappears in Tomorrow Never Dies.

  • Americans Are Cowboys: The hat and Texan accent.
  • The Cavalry Arrives Late: He arrives with the Marines after Bond has everything taken care of. It was the "backup plan".
    Bond: This is no time for a rescue!
  • Cool Shades: Wears a pair of them the second time he meets Bond.
  • Eagleland: An oddly sympathetic portrayal of Type 2. He is a bit obnoxious, and not the extraordinary wetwork operative like Bond, but he is still in the same business as Bond and is competent at it. It goes with his "Stale Beer" contrast to Bond's "Martini" style.
  • Embarrassing Tattoo: "The Rose", with the name of his third wife, Muffy. Used to verify his identity, much to his chagrin.
  • Expy: He's pretty much Brosnan's version of Felix Leiter.
  • Hero of Another Story: Given that he has somehow the authority to arrive with Marines as reinforcements for Bond. Too bad that they arrived late.
  • I Was Never Here: He mentions that, as a CIA operative, no, of course he's not there. He was never there.
  • Kidnapped by an Ally: In a rare reversal of the trope in the franchise, Bond threatens him to check his identity.
  • Nice Hat: Wears a chapka the first time he meets Bond, and a straw hat the second time they meet.