Characters: The Living Daylights
Characters specific to The Living Daylights. For those in the entire film franchise, see here.
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 plays cello.
- Expy: Of Tanya 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 Tanya in screen tests for potential Bonds.
- Girl of the Week
- 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's also the last good blonde Bond girl to date.
- Nice Girl
- Plucky Girl
- Unwitting Pawn
General Georgi Koskov
Played by: Jeroen KrabbéA 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.
- Affably Evil
- Big Bad Duumvirate: With Whitaker.
- The Chessmaster
- Chronic Backstabbing Disorder: He backstabs the East, the West, Kara, his men, and eventually Whitaker, post mortem, but trying to blame him. He ultimately fails.
- Dirty Coward
- Fake Defector
- 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
- Obfuscating Stupidity
- Playing Both Sides
- Renegade Russian
- Smug Snake
- 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 General Koskov.
- 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.
- Big Bad
- Big Bad Duumvirate: With 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: Fake ones.
- False Flag Operation: The kidnapping of General Koskov and setting up Pushkin.
- Miles Gloriosus: Fancies himself as a great miliary leader.
- Obviously 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).
- Phony Veteran: Pushkin reprimands him for pretending to be a decorated general when he's nothing but an arms dealer. He was apparently expelled from West Point for fraud.
- Smug Snake
- Spanner in the Works: Bond in this case.
- Xanatos Gambit: It almost worked too.
- We Can Rule Together: Offers Bond half of the take for his original plan without missing a beat.
- You Look Familiar: Joe Don Baker went on to play CIA agent Jack Wade in Goldeneye and Tomorrow Never Dies.
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.
- 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.
Played by: Thomas WheatleyThe 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.
- By-the-Book Cop: Well, By-the-Book agent; Saunders 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.
- Only One Name
- Sacrificial Lion
- The Strategist
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.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.
- Genius Bruiser: He's an Oxford-educated Mujahideen.
- Horseback Heroism
- Obfuscating Stupidity
- Rebel Leader
- La Résistance
General Leonid Pushkin
Played by: John Rhys-DaviesThe 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.
Played by: Julie T. WallaceBond's contact in Bratislava, Czechoslovakia. She helps get General Puskin out via the TransSiberian pipeline