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Played by: Maryam D'AboA Czechslovak cello player who ends up being used as sniper bait by her Russian boyfriend, Koskov. Bond recognises she's an amateur and merely injures her. They end up riding a cello case through the snow and a cargo plane in Afghanistan.
- Elegant Classical Musician: She's an elegant cello player.
- Expy: Of Tatiana Romanova, somewhat. She's a thoroughly normal and naive but beautiful blonde Eastern European girl who falls in love with Bond. Before getting this gig, D'Abo had played Tatiana in screen tests for potential Bonds.
- Girl of the Week: The main Bond girl of the film.
- Hair of Gold, Heart of Gold: A fairly good example of this given she's one of the nicest Bond girls in the series. She's a great deal more accepting of the craziness around her than most women would be. Interestingly, she was also the last blonde Bond girl to be the lead Bond girl until Spectre.
- Kiss-Kiss-Slap: Deeply infatuated with Koskov and completely loyal to him; this wears off with time though, and the final straw is when he coldly turns her in as a defector, and she deals him a well-deserved slap for it.
- Nice Girl: She's one of the most friendly and lovable women in the series.
- Plucky Girl: She's left to be killed by her own boyfriend as part of his Evil Plan and a lot of craziness happens in between, but damn it, she takes it upon herself to help foil said plan and take said craziness in stride.
- Slap-Slap-Kiss: Her relationship with Bond falters when it's revealed that he's actually a secret agent, but it doesn't last long.
- Unwitting Pawn: It turns out that Koskov himself set her, a civilian, to act as the fake sniper during Koskov's defection as part of his plan, fully knowing (and not telling her) that MI6 would try to shoot the sniper dead.
General Georgi Koskov
Played by: Jeroen KrabbéA defecting Soviet general, whom Bond assisted in defecting from the union. He subsequently accusses Leonid Pushkin of the "Death to Spies" plot.
- Affably Evil: He's a very suave man who turns out to be one half of the Big Bad Duumvirate of the film.
- Big Bad Duumvirate: He and Whitaker work together as the Big Bads of the film.
- The Chessmaster: Masterminded his own entire defection, putting MI6 and KGB against each other, and the embezzlement of Soviet government funds to buy a massive shipment of opium from the Mujahideen, intending to keep the profits with enough left over to buy more arms from Whitaker.
- Chronic Backstabbing Disorder: His Fatal Flaw. He backstabs the East, the West, Kara, his men, and eventually Whitaker, post mortem, but trying to blame him when things go south. He ultimately fails.
- Dirty Coward: He tries to blame Whitaker solely for his plan. Nobody buys it.
- Fake Defector: Koskov's defection to the West turns out to be a ruse, as he's Playing Both Sides against the middle.
- Karma Houdini Warranty: It seems that he will get away with what he has committed by smooth-talking Pushkin, but Pushkin has seen through him, and orders his sending to Moscow... "in the diplomatic bag."
- Non-Action Big Bad: Never engages in any hand-to-hand action. The climax even involves just Bond and Whitaker; Koskov appearing only after Whitaker is killed.
- No-One Could Have Survived That: He survives a head-on collision with a plane which is followed by a massive explosion, yet he climbs out of the Jeep he drove with only some minor burn scars on his face. He's implied to have been executed offscreen when he was captured by Pushkin at Whitaker's mansion however.
- Obfuscating Stupidity: Acts like a total buffoon in front of Bond and the rest of MI6 to deceive them, though that narmy "happy dance" seems to be actually all him.
- Playing Both Sides: Tries to get the British and Soviet intelligence agencies to duke it out while he gets away with his scam.
- Renegade Russian: The film begins with his defection. Turns out that he's less of a "West collaborator" guy than a "wants to get away with his scheme" guy.
- Smug Snake: Koskov so very much wants to be a Magnificent Bastard, but doesn't quite make the cut.
- Walking Spoiler: All those white spaces...
Played by: Joe Don BakerA failed West Point candidate and military history buff turned arms dealer, Brad Whitaker wants to make a billion dollars via opium for diamonds. He is the Big Bad of the movie, though he shares the spotlight with his Dragon, Necros, and an associate with whom he forms a Big Bad Duumvirate.
- Affably Evil: He is genuinely cordial as opposed to many previous Bond villains. This isn't just to Bond too, he's equally so to his allies and General Pushkin.
- Armchair Military: Bond finds him playing the Battle of Gettysburg with models and speculating how it should have gone. He even has a pantheon of "great military commanders" in his headquarters, which included some of history's most famous and infamous figures, such as Adolf Hitler, Napoleon I of France, Genghis Khan, Julius Caesar, Alexander the Great, and Attila the Hun. Whitaker holds these men in high regard and calls them "surgeons who removed society's dead flesh". Perhaps the most disturbing thing about this collection is that all representations of these "surgeons" are sculpted to resemble Whitaker himself.
- Big Bad Duumvirate: One of the two main villains of the film, alongside General Koskov.
- Bunny-Ears Lawyer: Has a play room and wax museum with him as the star. He's also capable of running rings around the KGB and MI6.
- Chest of Medals: His uniform of full of medals. Fake ones, in fact, as it's revealed that he was kicked out of West Point for cheating.
- False Flag Operation: The kidnapping of General Koskov and setting up Pushkin.
- Fatal Flaw:
- Four Is Death: Appears a grand total of 4 times throughout the film, and dies in the 4th appearance after Bond blows a Wellington bust, which falls on Whitaker and crushes him against a Waterloo display. Bond even lampshades on his death, stating he "met his Waterloo".
- Manchild: The actor himself called his character a delusional nut who fancied himself a military leader. In fact, during his 4th appearance, he laughs like a child while fighting with Bond.
- Miles Gloriosus: He fancies himself as a great military leader. He isn't.
- Napoleon Delusion: Joe Don Baker, the actor who portrayed him, described his character as a loon who "thought he was Napoleon." In fact, the entrance hall of his house is littered with wax statues of war leaders, or as Pushkin thought of them, "butchers". This showcases his ignorance, as Whitaker thought of himself as a military commander, but he obviously isn't.
- Obliviously Evil: The entrance hall of his house is a wax museum of history's greatest military chiefs, which are all portrayed with his face, including Adolf Hitler. No wonder why Pushkin dislikes him so much (besides Whitaker being a criminal, of course). This also further underscores his ignorance, as Hitler (like Whitaker) was a horribly incompetent strategic commander.
- Phony Veteran: Pushkin reprimands him for pretending to be a decorated general when he's nothing but an arms dealer. He was expelled from West Point for cheating, to which Pushkin says with disgust and contempt.
- Private Military Contractors: He's an arms dealer, serving as a mercenary in the Belgian Congo before working with various criminal organizations to help finance his first arms deals after he was kicked out of West Point.
- Smug Snake: His Fatal Flaw. Masterminds the Evil Plan and acts like a real military commander, but he only appears in four scenes total, and gets outwitted and crushed by Bond in the fourth of those scenes.
- We Can Rule Together: Offers Bond half of the take for his original plan without missing a beat.
Played by: Andreas WisniewskiWidely regarded as the most badass character in the film, save for Bond, he is an ex-KGB Agent and the personal assassin and Dragon to Whitaker and Koskov.
- Abnormal Ammo: The famous milk bottle grenades in the mansion attack.
- Ain't Too Proud to Beg: Just before falling to his death, he pleads shortly for his life. By far not enough to compromise his badassery though, since in his defense he's hanging out of an airplane holding onto a man's boot thousands of feet in the air, which would be enough to tax even the strongest of men.
- Brief Accent Imitation: He speaks with four different accents to fool the agents, during the mansion attack sequence. He uses an American accent as a jogger when he first sees the milkman, a Cockney accent while impersonating the milkman after strangling him, a generic "British" accent while on Green-4's radio, and a Russian accent while pretending to be KGB.
- The Brute: Though significantly more cunning and badass than that.
- Complexity Addiction: A rare case for a Bond villain, where this carries no consequences. When he assassinates Saunders, he chooses not to shoot him or use his preferred method of strangulation to kill him. Instead, he strangles another man (the balloon salesman), disguises himself as him, and programs an automated door to slice Saunders in half. He gets away with this task, and when he tries to strangle Bond in the Final Battle, it was because he was otherwise unarmed, and to show how much of a Combat Pragmatist he is.
- Combat Pragmatist: Since he cannot enter the mansion in the beginning armed, his improvises alot. Five words: electric knife and frying pan.
- Dirty Communists: Implied. He mentions he has "comrades" who are "struggling for world revolution" and who depend upon him, and Whitaker notes that his "comrades" are people he sells weapons to. Notably, he does not work for the Soviet Union, as he is worried that if he assassinates Pushkin they will recognise his handiwork and come after them, so he is probably a member of an extremist group in another country.
- The original script refers to him as a "Greek terrorist assassin", though the film never does.
- Disney Villain Death: Bond cuts his shoe off in the airplane scuffle, and Necros falls off with it in his hands, with Bond remarking, "He got the boot".
- The Dragon: He's the one who does most of the legwork for the villains, carrying out assassinations and staged kidnappings. He is also easily the most competent of the bad guys.
- Establishing Character Moment: Hell, the entire attack on the mansion in the beginning of the film is this. Doubles as a Moment of Awesome.
- Expy: Of Donald "Red" Grant: While several Bond films had blond assassins as a running reference to him, Necros shares more traits with him; he has a liking for strangling people with strange objects (Grant uses a garrote hidden in a watch, while Necros uses a walkman), dogs Bond throughout the film, kills one of his closest allies and fights him to the death on a moving vehicle.
- Genius Bruiser: Very good with making explosives, particularly the milk bottle grenades, and planning fatal ambushes, such as the one on Saunders.
- Improvised Weapon: Several during the mansion scene, as well as the cargo net on Bond in the Final Battle.
- Leitmotif: The instrumental version of "Where Has Everybody Gone", by The Pretenders. He even listens to it with his earphones.
- Mad Bomber: He's very good with explosives, with several grenades disguised as milk bottles and murders Saunders with a bomb-rigged automatic door.
- Master of Disguise: He disguises himself as a jogger, a milkman, a balloon salesman, and a doctor, among other disguises.
- Meaningful Name: His name is the Greek prefix for death.
- Mr. Fanservice: One of the biggest examples among male Bond villains. He's at one point seen emerging from a swimming pool in a speedo, and later wears skintight blue jeans that leave very little to the imagination.
- Names to Run Away from Really Fast: A man only known by the Greek prefix for death must leave a lot of people unconfortable.
- Pop-Cultured Badass: He's quite fond of The Pretenders, an 80's rock band.
- Professional Killer: This appears to be his actual profession. He is tasked with the abduction of Koskov, and the assassinations of Pushkin and Saunders.
- Renegade Russian: A former KGB assassin. Though, given that he says that he worked with the Russians, he might not actually be Russian himself (his actor is German, and "Necros" is Greek for "death").
- Shirtless Scene: While in Whitaker's swimming pool.
- The Stoic: Quite calm and cool, even when blasting an MI-6 safehouse to bits with exploding milk bottles.
- Villain Song: "Where has Everybody Gone", by the Pretenders.
- Weapon of Choice: He likes using a garrotte, or anything that can be used for strangulation. He is evidently good at it though, as even Bond appears harrowed by it, and only escapes thanks to his quick thinking.
Played by: Thomas WheatleyThe head of MI-6 Section "V" Vienna, and the mastermind behind Koskov's defection. He is a rather typical British bureaucrat. Following up on a lead Bond gave him, Saunders meets him at the Wiener Prater, in a cafe. His investigations have however made him a threat to Whitaker's plans, and so Necros rigs the automatic doors to the cafe with an explosive device. As Saunders leaves, Necros, with precision timing, detonates the device and this causes the glass doors slam shut with amazing force, crushing Saunders and killing him instantly.
- By-the-Book Cop: Saunders constantly cites the book of rules of procedure of MI6 to Bond.
- Da Chief: Berates Bond for not having killed Milovy when he thought she was a sniper.
- Defrosting Ice Queen: He is much more friendly with Bond at the cafe.
- The Door Slams You: As he leaves his meeting with Bond at the cafe, Necros detonates a bomb hidden in the automatic door's controls. This causes the door to slam shut rapidly just as Saunders is passing it, either crushing him or slicing him in two.
- Half the Man He Used to Be: The implied fate of Saunders when Necros shuts an automatic door on him from the bushes.
- Only One Name: He's only referred through as Saunders.
- Sacrificial Lion: His death clearly makes the film take a turn for the (even more) serious.
- The Strategist: Averted; he brainstormed Koskov's defection, though going by the fact that his plan involves simply putting Koskov in the trunk of his car (which Bond objects is the first place they'd look, and indeed, Saunders is later seen looking on in exasperation as the border guards search the trunk of his car), his strategies are for crap.
Played by: Art MalikAn Afghanese rebellion leader fighting against USSR.
- Androcles' Lion: In return for freeing him from the Soviet prison, he orders his men not to kill Bond, and help him and Milovy foil Whitaker's and Koskov's plans.Kara: Not now? What about later?
- Anti-Hero: He peddles heroin, but it's to get money for his resistance movement. And he's more than willing to help Bond destroy the Soviet plane containing the heroin that Koskov plans to sell in the West so long as the local heroin ring and his group are both paid first.
- Badass Beard: A rebellion fighter with a rather robust beard.
- Cultured Badass: A rebellion fighter who studied at Oxford.
- Flipping the Bird: Does this to a Soviet army warden after James beats the crap out of the former.
- Genius Bruiser: He's an Oxford-educated Mujahideen.
- Horseback Heroism: He and his forces arrive on horseback to back up Bond and Milovy on the airstrip in Afghanistan.
- Obfuscating Stupidity: Pretends to be an ignorant peasant so he will not be executed on the spot by guards. Actually learned, literate and exceptionally well-spoken.
- Rebel Leader: A Mujahideen leader during the Soviet–Afghan war.
- La Résistance: Part of the Mujahideen during the Soviet–Afghan war.
General Leonid Pushkin
Played by: John Rhys-DaviesThe new head of the KGB, replacing General Gogol, and the target of Koskov's claims that he's a hardliner and has recently revived SMERSH.
- Butt-Monkey: He's treated like a ragdoll through the film.
- Deadpan Snarker: On finding his mistress being held hostage, having James Bond get the drop on him and ending up roughly thrown around the room until he ends up prone with a gun in his face, his response is:Pushkin: I take it this is not a social call, 007.
- Everyone Has Standards: Chews Whitaker out for dressing up as a decorated general when he's only a mercenary (alongside bringing up the fact that Whitaker was kicked out of West Point for cheating), and hates him for having wax statues of butchers such as Adolf Hitler.
- Faking the Dead: In the film's third act, Bond fakes assassinating him to draw Koskov out into the open.
- Friendly Enemy: Seems to have something like this going with Bond, or at the very least a healthy mutual respect; when he learns of his orders to assassinate Pushkin, Bond protests on the grounds that he can't believe Pushkin is the psychotic hardliner Koskov is painting him as, but relents when M suggests another double-oh agent can take his place. ("If it must be done.") He also proves willing to team up with Bond to help him uncover their real enemy, to the point of getting a minor Big Damn Heroes moment at the end.
- Real Life Writes the Plot: Pushkin's character was created when Walter Gotell's health was found not to be up for a major role as Gogol.
- Reasonable Authority Figure: He proves willing to team up with Bond to help him uncover who's incriminating him for Smiert Spionom. He also refuses to fall for Koskov's attempts to suck up for him at the end.
- Remember the New Guy: Though this is his first appearance, Bond seems to be quite familiar with him. Of course, this is because he's a substitute for Gogol.
Played by: Julie T. WallaceBond's contact in Bratislava, Czechoslovakia. She helps get General Koskov out via the TransSiberian pipeline.
- Brawn Hilda: Subverted. She's presented as a straight example of one (a mannish Czechoslovakian woman). However, she's later shown to be able to do the Amazonian Beauty act (to her boss, at least).
- Marshmallow Hell: She distracts her boss by pushing her cleavage on his face.
- Show Some Leg: She distracts her boss so as to not notice General Koskov's defection via the pipeline.
Played by: Bill WestonA MI-6 security operative and butler present during Georgi Koskov's debriefing at Blayden House.
- Badass Bystander: He's notable because he looks like an unremarkable Red Shirt yet holds his own surprisingly well against Necros, landing a few good punches to the ruthless assassin who's taller, younger and much stronger than him and lasting about 45 seconds, whith painful burns on half of his face after Necros forced it on a cooking plate no less, before the assassin knocks him out with a frying pan (and Word of God says he lived to tell the tale). The average Red Shirt wouldn't last more than, say, five seconds, provided Necros doesn't strangle him by surprise.
- Battle Butler: A trained security agent passing as a butler serving drinks at Blayden House.
- No Name Given: He's only known by his Code Name, "Green 4".
- Red Shirt: An unnamed MI-6 operative Necros has to get rid of in order to kidnap Koskov.