Characters / GoldenEye

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

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     Natalya Simonova 

Natalya Fyodorovna Simonova
"Oh, stop it, both of you! Stop it! You're like boys with toys!"
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: After meeting Bond, she's present through pretty much all of his action scenes and hangs on pretty well, given that she doesn't do any fighting. She does, at least, have working knowledge of pistols and uses one to hold up a helicopter pilot.
  • Catch Phrase: "Boys with toys!", said not long after she encounters a man who's not exactly very serious and creates a conflict. Which happens a lot.
  • 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: A redhead who takes no crap from Bond or Trevelyan.
  • Girl of the Week: The main Bond Girl of the film, but not in 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.
  • It Is Pronounced Tro PAY: Natalya corrects Bond on pronouncing her name.
    Bond: This is Natalya Simonova—
    Natalya: Natalya Sim-yon-oh-va.
  • 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: Downplayed; 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.

     Alec Trevelyan 

Alec Trevelyan, 006, a.k.a. Janus
"Why can't you just be a good boy and die?"
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, being one of Bond's old friends. Slips into Faux Affably Evil side near the end of the film when he asks James to be a good boy and die.
  • Authority Equals Asskicking: Trevelyan stands out among Bond villains for being just as much a physical threat to Bond as an intellectual one. In their final fight, Trevelyan manages to outfight Bond until he gets distracted by Natalya putting a gun to his helicopter pilot's head.
  • Big Bad: The main villain of the film.
  • Big Bad Friend: Trevelyan was once Bond's partner and best friend, but after faking his death becomes the Big Bad of the film.
  • Breaking Speech: Has a tendency to give these to Bond, pointing out his hard-drinking, that he had killed many people, and has seen in turn people close to him die.
    Trevelyan: Oh please James, spare me the Freud! I might as well ask if all those vodka martinis silence the screams of all the men you've killed... or if you find solace in the arms of those willing women, for all the dead ones you failed to protect.
  • 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.
  • Death Glare: Gives a splendid one of these, followed by an extensive Motive Rant when Bond glibly remarks that his plan boils down to little more than petty theft.
  • 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.
  • Et Tu, Brute?: Bond was visibly shocked and betrayed that not only did Trevelyan survive the Arkhangelsk explosion, but is also the Big Bad.
  • 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.
  • Evil Wears Black: He mostly wears all black clothes.
  • 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: Faked his death in an operation gone awry in 1986 and maintained it 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 Bond's Fatal Flaw 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.
    • It's also implied that he sent Xenia to the 'meeting' Bond arranges through Zukovsky, resulting in the sauna encounter; naturally, he knows about his top enforcer's bizarre predilections, but also that Bond likely couldn't resist a gorgeous, sexually assertive woman.
  • Good Scars, Evil Scars: Trevelyan's right cheek has the type that is decidedly evil. It's similar to Hugo Drax's physical description from the original Moonraker novel.
  • 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 (though he rather seems to like it).
  • 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: "Janus" was a two-faced Roman deity. Lampshaded by Bond.
  • Never My Fault: He holds part of his grudge at Bond for scarring his face, because Bond set the bombs planted in the chemical factory for three minutes instead of six. He omits the important detail that by the time Bond did that, he had faked his death, which is what made Bond shorten the timer.
  • 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, as these events caused his father (a surviving Cossack) to kill Alec's mom then himself. 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.
  • Weapon of Choice: Trevelyan seems to favor either the Browning BDA and BDM, double-action semi-automatic pistols based off the Browning Hi-Power.
  • We Used to Be Friends: With Bond. Once partners and best friends, become enemies at the time of the film.
  • Woobie, Destroyer of Worlds: Trevelyan's backstory is quite sympathetic, although Bond hypothesizes that he's Only in It for the Money.

     Xenia Onatopp 

Xenia Sergeyevna Onatopp
"This time, Mr. Bond, the pleasure will be all mine!"
Played by: Famke Janssen

A Georgian former Soviet fighter pilot and ex-KGB operative, 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.
  • 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.
    Xenia Onatopp: 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.
  • Covert Pervert: A Very dark example.
  • 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.
  • 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, May Day 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.
  • Faux Affably Evil: Xenia may have exquisite tastes and seems to enjoy flirty jousting with Bond (and is the subject of a Moneypenny double entendre) but she's a straight up killer Bond's not about to be able to sway. Or even safely interact with, really.
  • Femme Fatale: Fitting, as The Baroness.
  • Former Regime Personnel: According to M, she was a fighter pilot for the Soviet Union back in the day. This is a Hand Wave as to how she's able to pilot the Tiger prototype. Well, sort of, since fixed wing and rotary wing aircraft are entire different beasts.
  • 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.
  • Meaningful Name: Xenia means stranger in Greek, and she certainly is strange..
  • 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.
  • Modesty Towel: Invoked in the sauna with a robe in place, despite the nature of the scene; in the original script and novelisation of the scene, she actually has the towel, but loses it early on.
  • Ms. Fanservice: Big time, with her theme of Interplay of Sex and Violence.
  • 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. Further invoked in the sauna, where Bond's efforts to free himself contribute to her pleasure.
  • 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 to kill.
  • 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.

     General Ourumov 

General Arkady Grigorovich Ourumov
"Do you know even who the enemy is, Dimitri? DO YOU?!"
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.
  • Bad Boss: Shoots one of his own men during the PTS when said soldier shoots a trolley Bond is using as a shield, as he previously told his men not to shoot at it because of the explosive barrels in it that could kill all of them.
  • Co-Dragons: One of two that Trevelyan has.
  • Disc One Final Boss: Drives the plot for most of the first act, and is killed at the halfway point of the film.
  • Even Evil Has Standards: His Eye Take reaction at Xenia after she looks like she got off on massacring the Severnaya staff looks like he's thinking "What kind of psychopath did I get partnered up with?"
  • Eye Take: He does one at Xenia after she looks like she got off on massacring the Severnaya staff.
  • The Heavy: He drives the plot for most of the first act.
  • I Need a Freaking Drink: When being chased by a tank through the streets of St. Petersburg, he whips out a flask and starts downing it.
  • Not What I Signed On For: He gets second thoughts as Bond informs him that Trevelyan is a Lienz Cossack, but doesn't switch sides.
  • Put Down Your Gun and Step Away: Twice, once with Trevelyan, and again with Natalya.
  • Renegade Russian: Is working against the Russian government, but unusually for this trope, isn't actually trying to start a war.
  • Sanity Slippage: Develops into a half-drunken, nervous wreck when his involvement with Trevalyan started to catch up with him, leading to him killing the Minister of Defence and a guard, then frame Bond for it.
  • Staged Shooting: Delivered to Trevelyan in the opening scene.
  • Starter Villain: Bond fights him in the PTS and is directly responsible for the attack on Severnaya, but is revealed to be working for Trevelyan, of course.
  • Treachery Cover Up: Claims the GoldenEye attack was the work of Siberian separatists. Sure it was. But was it a good idea to say that when two of the staff had escaped?
  • You Have Failed Me: Trevalyan really doesn't seem fussed by his death.

     Boris Grishenko 

Boris Grishenko
"Better luck next time, SLUGHEADS!"
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 than him beat him at his own game.

  • Bunny-Ears Lawyer: Good enough at what he does that Natalya and the rest of his co-workers are willing to overlook his sexism, his love of online douchebaggery, his awful fashion sense, and in the case of Natalya, his repeated attempts at flirtation.
  • 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.
  • Insufferable Genius: He's a computer genius with terrible people skills.
  • 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. Then the error message appears when Bond sabotages the antenna...

     Jack Wade 
See his character sheet here.

     Valentin Zukovsky 
See his character sheet here.