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.

  • 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.
  • 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 good blonde Bond girl until Spectre.

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.

  • 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.

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.

  • 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: The main villain of the film 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.
  • 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.
  • Miles Gloriosus: Fancies himself as a great military 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).
    • This also further underscores Whitaker's ignorance, as Hitler 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 apparently expelled from West Point for fraud.
  • Smug Snake: 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.
  • 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 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, 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.
  • 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 "struggling for world revolution" 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.
  • Disney Villain Death: Bond cuts his shoe off in the airplane scuffle, and Necros falls off with it in his hands, with Bond snarking, "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 Crowning Moment Of Awesome.
  • Expy: of Donald "Red" Grant, a blond assassin who 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.
  • Just a Stupid Accent: 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.
  • 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.
  • 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. 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").
  • 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 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.

  • 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.
  • 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.

Kamran Shah
Played by: Art Malik

An 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.
  • 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.

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.

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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