Characters: The Living Daylights

Characters specific to The Living Daylights. For those in the entire film franchise, see here.


Kara Milovy

Played by: Maryam D'Abo

A 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.


General Georgi Koskov

Played by: Jeroen Krabbé

A defecting Soviet general, whom Bond assisted in defecting from the union. He subsequently reveals the death to spies plot of Leonid Pushkin, after which Necros abducted him from the mansion. Eventually revealed to be a Big Bad Duumvirate with Whitaker, and the actual chessmaster of their Evil Plan, having faked his defection.


Brad Whitaker

Played by: Joe Don Baker

A 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 General Koskov.


Necros

Played by: Andreas Wisniewski

Widely 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.
  • Badass
  • Blond Guys Are Evil
  • 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.
  • Disney Villain Death
  • The Dragon
  • Establishing Character Moment: Hell, the entire attack on the mansion in the beginning of the film is this. Doubles as a Crowning Moment Of Awesome.
  • Genius Bruiser
  • Improvised Weapon: Several during the mansion scene, as well as the cargo net on Bond in the Final Battle.
  • Just a Stupid Accent: He speaks with three different accents to fool the agents, during the mansion attack sequence.
  • Leitmotif: The instrumental version of "Where Has Everybody Gone", by The Pretenders. He even listens to it with his earphones.
  • Master of Disguise
  • 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
  • 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.
  • Shirtless Scene
  • The Stoic: Quite calm and cool, even when blasting an MI6 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.


Saunders

Played by: Thomas Wheatley

The head of MI6 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 with amazing foresight, has rigged 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.


Kamran Shah

Played by: Art Malik

An Afghanese rebellion leader fighting against USSR.


General Leonid Pushkin

Played by: John Rhys-Davies

The new head of the KGB, replacing General Gogol. Koskov claims he's a hardliner and has recently revived SMERSH. He's lying.

  • Butt Monkey
  • 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.")
  • Loveable Sex Maniac: Has a very attractive mistress.
  • Real Life Writes the Plot: Pushkin's character was created when Walter Gottell's health was found not to be up for a major role as Gogol.
  • Reasonable Authority Figure
  • 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.


Rosika Miklos

Played by: Julie T. Wallace

Bond's contact in Bratislava, Czechoslovakia. She helps get General Puskin out via the TransSiberian pipeline