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MI6

The following bulleted items are agents of MI6 who are described on other character pages:

     Saunders 

Saunders

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"I'm reporting to M that you deliberately missed. Your orders were to kill that sniper!"
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 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 King: 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.
  • Reasonable Authority Figure: He eventually reveals himself to be one when Bond urges him to work around protocol to identify Koskov's accomplice. It is with Saunders' help that Bond makes the connection between Koskov and Whitaker.
  • 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.
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     Green 4 

"Green 4"

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"Green Four to base!..."
Played by: Bill Weston

A MI6 security operative and butler present during Georgi Koskov's debriefing at Blayden House.


  • 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 and unremarkable-looking MI6 operative Necros has to get rid of in order to kidnap Koskov.
  • Surprisingly Elite Cannon Fodder: 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, with 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 he survives to tell the tale. The average Red Shirt wouldn't last more than, say, five seconds, provided Necros doesn't strangle him by surprise.

Bond's Allies

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     Kara Milovy 

Kara Milovy

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"We must not leave without my cello!"
Played by: Maryam d'Abo

A Czechslovak cello player who gets used as sniper bait by her Russian boyfriend, Georgi Koskov. When having to shoot her, Bond notices that she's just a stand-in and merely injures her. Afterwards, Bond gets closer to her to investigate what's wrong in the Koskov case, and ends up bringing her along in his mission.


  • Action Survivor: By no mean an Action Girl, she nonetheless handles herself very well in the climax, helping Bond a great deal during the battle when driving a jeep under enemy fire and managing to keep a Lockheed C-130 Hercules in the air long enough for Bond to deal with Necros and the Time Bomb.
  • Adaptational Heroism: Her novel counterpart, Trigger, is actually an undercover assassin working for the KGB. Kara is just an ordinary cello player who is used as The Bait by her Bastard Boyfriend.
  • Adaptational Wimp: Unlike her novel counterpart who is a professional assassin, Kara is just a normal girl who had never held a gun in her life, which was why Bond decided not to shoot her knowing that she is just The Bait.
  • The Bait: Koskov has her faking being a sniper for his initial scheme, likely because she knows too much about him. If it had been someone else than Bond who was tasked to protect Koskov during his defection to the West, she would very likely be dead.
  • 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 gets manipulated by the villain and falls in love with Bond (though she's not sexualized here, unlike Tatiana). Before getting this gig, Maryam d'Abo had played Tatiana in screen tests for potential Bonds.
  • Girl Next Door: Overall, she's unassuming and far from archetypes such as Ms. Fanservice / The Vamp / Femme Fatale, which is extremely rare for a Bond girl.
  • Girl of the Week: The main Bond girl of the film, though it should be noted her romantic bond with 007 is definitely not treated the same as if she was a Girl of the Week. Alas, Bond has seemingly broken up with her afterwards since he's single again at the start of the next movie...
  • 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 leading Bond girl to be a blonde for 28 years until Spectre came out.
  • 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.
  • Ms. Fanservice: Downplayed. Maryam d'Abo is a gorgeous woman (she posed for Playboy as soon as they learned that she was cast as a Bond Girl), but she is among the least sexualized main Bond Girls in the franchise, without any bikini, lingerie or even Modesty Towel scene.
  • 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.
  • Pursue the Dream Job: She dreams of playing cello in the West's most prestigious concert halls, such as Carnegie Hall.
  • 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.
  • Sympathetic Adulterer: She never has sex with Bond (at least until the end of the movie) but you can't blame her for wanting to cheat on Koskov seeing as he tried to have her killed... except that at the time she didn't know that Koskov had made such arrangements and that Bond was simply a friend of his, making their affair rather skeevy in retrospect. That being said, on top of everything else it's heavily implied that Koskov is taking plenty of advantage of the beautiful women hanging around Whitaker's compound to enjoy himself and isn't particularly concerned about Kara to begin with, so it's not like we feel that sorry for him or anything.
  • 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. She would be this again when Koskov manipulates her into drugging Bond by lying to her that Bond is an undercover KGB agent trying to assassinate him.

     Kamran Shah 

Kamran Shah

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"Please forgive the theatricals, it's a hangover from my Oxford days."
Played by: Art Malik

An Afghani rebellion leader fighting against Soviet troops.


  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Majored in Western Hypocrisy: Fairly heroic example. He studied at Oxford and trades drugs that will end up in the West, but otherwise he doesn't put his knowledge to use against the West or for selfish ends and only wants to free his country from Soviet occupation.
  • Obfuscating Stupidity: Pretends to be an ignorant peasant so he will not be executed on the spot by Soviet soldiers. He's 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.

     Rosika Miklos 

Rosika Miklos

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"What kind of girl do you think I am?"
Played by: Julie T. Wallace

Bond'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.
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Villains

     Koskov 

General Georgi Koskov

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"I'm sorry, James. For you I have great affection, but we have an old saying-duty has no sweethearts."
Played by: Jeroen Krabbé

A defecting Soviet general, whom Bond assisted in defecting from the union. He subsequently accuses 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 back-stabs the East, the West, Kara, his men, and eventually Whitaker, post mortem, by 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: His defection to the West turns out to be a ruse; 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 Survive 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 off-screen 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.
  • Put on a Prison Bus: In a rare case of a main villain not being killed outright, the wily Georgi Koskov is ultimately arrested by the Russians after all his schemes unravel. His last scene leaves it open to interpretation whether they're going to imprison him or simply execute him but in either case, he's taken away and never seen again.
    • If he wasn't executed, then he would be the only main villain to survive their film besides Blofeld.
  • 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.
  • Suspicious Spending: His luxury tastes are already noticeable when Bond brings hime some foods and liquor at the safehouse but the fact he bought a Stradivarius cello to Kara is definetely anormal. This is the lead that allows Bond to find out about his ties with Whitaker.
    • Before his defection, he was about to be arrested for "misusing state funds".
  • Walking Spoiler: All those spoiler tags...

     Whitaker 

Brad Whitaker

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"You've had your eight, now I have my eighty!"
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 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 Hitler, Napoleon, 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.
  • Arms Dealer: His main business.
  • 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.
  • Cheaters Never Prosper: His military career came to an end when he was expelled from Westpoint for cheating.
  • 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.
  • Con Man: He got 50 million from the Soviets to smuggle them state-of-the-art Western weaponry, but stuck the money in his Swiss bank account for several months so Pushkin is demanding a refund which is part of the reason they want him killed.
  • False Flag Operation: The kidnapping of General Koskov and setting up Pushkin.
  • Fatal Flaw:
    • Overconfidence. Whitaker thought of himself as a military commander, but he obviously isn't.
    • Joe Don Baker, the actor who portrayed him, described his character as a "a nut" who " thought he was Napoleon".
  • From Camouflage to Criminal: A military school drop-out who, after a stint as a mercenary, became an arms dealer with delusions of grandeur.
  • Manchild: The actor himself called his character a delusional nut who fancied himself a military leader. Bond finds him gleefully reenacting the Battle of Gettysburg as though he's playing with toy soldiers, complete with light and sound effects. In fact, 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 was overall an incompetent strategic commander once he started taking matters into his own hands.
  • Phony Veteran: Pushkin reprimands Whitaker 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 points out with disgust and contempt.
  • Politically Incorrect Villain: He never expressed any racist sentiments but his pantheon of great military leaders includes Hitler and he describes all of them as "surgeons who cut away society's dead flesh".
  • 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.
  • Small Name, Big Ego: Thinks of himself as an excellent military strategist and expert as well as a decorated war hero. In reality, he was expelled from West Point for cheating and his only time as a soldier was a short stint as a mercenary and is nothing more than a petty arms dealer.
  • Smug Snake: His Fatal Flaw. Masterminds the Evil Plan and acts like a real military commander, but he gets rather easily outwitted and killed by Bond during their fight.
  • Southern-Fried Genius: He has Joe Don Baker's famous Texas accent and he's a skilled strategist who can outwit both MI6 and the KGB.
  • Unskilled, but Strong: In the final shootout, Whitaker clearly isn't anywhere near Bond's skill level, but he does have some basic combat training, not to mention being equipped with high-level body armour and a small arsenal of high-grade assault weaponry, while Bond just has his Walther PPK.
  • We Can Rule Together: Offers Bond half of the take for his original plan without missing a beat.

     Necros 

Necros

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"I did not kill him. Bond did!"
Played by: Andreas Wisniewski

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 defence 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.
  • AM/FM Characterization: He's frequently playing "Where Has Everybody Gone" by The Pretenders on his walkman.
  • 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.invoked
  • 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.
  • Hyper-Competent Sidekick: Easily the most effective of the three main villains.
  • Improvised Weapon: Several during the mansion scene, as well as the cargo net on Bond in the Final Battle.
  • Interesting Situation Duel: Instead of a straight punch-out or shoot-out, the climactic fight between Bond and Necros involves the two of them striking at each other while dangling from a cargo net that's been ejected out the back of a cargo plane several thousand feet in the air.
  • 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 Actor: He's able to flawlessly impersonate an American jogger, a Cockney milkman and an Austrian balloon salesman.
  • 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 '80s 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 MI6 safehouse to bits with exploding milk bottles.
  • Villain Song: "Where Has Everybody Gone", by the Pretenders.
  • Weapon of Choice: He likes using a garrote, 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.

    Colonel Feyador 

Colonel Feyador

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Played by: John Bowe

A Soviet military officer (somewhat unwittingly) abetting Koskov.


  • Affably Evil: Seems to be on quite friendly terms with General Koskov; of course, he is oblivious to the man's true agenda.
  • Kill It with Fire: Courtesy of a loaded fuel truck and a grenade.
  • Mook Lieutenant: Serves as this for Koskov at the Soviet airbase.
  • Too Dumb to Live: Of all the things he could've done to stop Bond's escape, he chooses to commandeer a fuel truck, presumably to drive into Bond's path as a sort of improvised explosive. Naturally, a loaded fuel truck was too good a target for the Afghans to ignore.
  • Unwitting Pawn: To some extent, as he believes Koskov is on a legitimate mission with Russian interests at heart and not actually working alongside Whitaker.
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    "Imposter" 

"Imposter"

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Played by: Carl Rigg

A Soviet assassin working for Koskov to kill 00 agents and make it seem like it's the KGB doing it.


  • Disney Villain Death: Drives off a Gibraltar cliff in his stolen Land Rover and explodes on the way down.
  • Drives Like Crazy: Justified; he swerves wildly while escaping, though you would too if you were trying to dislodge James frickin' Bond from your roof, your windscreen is covered in paint, and the rear of your car was on fire.
  • Hero Killer: Cuts 004's rope, causing him to fall to his death, and also guns down two S.A.S. soldiers.
  • Hollywood Silencer: His suppressed pistol makes the typical "pew" sound.
  • No Name Given: He's never identified in the story and the credits just call him "Imposter."
  • Non-Indicative Name: "Imposter" is kind of a weird moniker to saddle him with, as he impersonates neither a 00 agent or an S.A.S. guard, though one of the soldiers does briefly mistake him for the latter because he's dressed similarly.
  • Small Role, Big Impact: His killing of 004 helps drive the plot, allowing Koskov to claim that Pushkin is eliminating British agents.
  • Spanner in the Works: The 00 agents were just supposed to be participating in a training exercise against a group of S.A.S. soldiers, but this guy turns up armed with a gun that isn't firing paintballs and starts killing people for real. Of course, Bond ends up this guy's spanner in the works.
  • Villain Stole My Bike: Swipes an S.A.S. Land Rover in his attempt to get away.
  • Weapon of Choice: A Heckler & Koch PS9 pistol.

    Jailer 

Jailer

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Played by: Ken Sharrock

The sadistic jailer at the Soviet airbase.


  • Evil Has a Bad Sense of Humor: Makes several unfunny jokes that he laughs heartily at, such as Kamran Shah:
    "Good news! You won't be hanged in the morning. You'll be shot."
  • Lawman Baton: Carries a baton that he uses to beat down his prisoners, including Bond.
  • No Name Given/Everyone Calls Him "Barkeep": The character is not named, and is identified in the credits as 'Jailer'.
  • Tae Kwon Door: Bond slams his arm in the cell door, possibly breaking it.
  • Wardens Are Evil: Physically and mentally torments his prisoners, and implies he is intending to rape Kara.

KGB

     Leonid Pushkin 

General Leonid Pushkin

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"You do not kill without reason!"
Played by: John Rhys-Davies

The 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.

The character of Pushkin was created when Walter Gotell's health was found not to be up for a major role as Gogol.


  • Butt-Monkey: He's treated like a rag-doll 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 that 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 he 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 00 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.
  • 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 to 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.
  • Suspiciously Similar Substitute: For General Gogol. While he doesn't look like Gogol, he is loyal to the Soviet state and has to deal with renegade Russian generals like Gogol, and both have mistresses in private.
  • Taking the Bullet: Literally, as he conspires with Bond to fake his own assassination to smoke Koskov out, and takes three well-placed shots to the chest just as Necros was about to take the shot.
  • Throw the Dog a Bone: After Whitaker and Koskov have been dealt with, Bond inquires on what's to become of Kara. It is implied that Pushkin made it so tha Kara was cleared of any crimes for her part in Koskov's plot, as she is awarded a travel visa to the West by Pushkin's predecessor, General Gogol.

     Anatol Gogol 
See here.

Other characters

    Rubavitch 

Rubavitch

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Played by: Virginia Hey

General Pushkin's mistress, who gets put through the emotional wringer when he and Bond pull a Faking the Dead without telling her.


  • Locked Out of the Loop: Pushkin apologises to her for not telling her about the plan to fake his assassination, but he needed her reaction to be convincing.
  • Ms. Fanservice: Spends much of her time onscreen in a state of undress.
  • One Steve Limit: When he was head of the KGB, General Gogol had a secretary name Rublevitch, also implied to be his mistress. It's unclear if this is supposed to be the same character with the name misspelled and played by a different actress (Rublevitch was played by Eva Reuber-Staier), or if she just happens to have an almost identical name and work for Gogol's successor Pushkin (especially since Pushkin's role was originally supposed to be Gogol's).
  • Shameful Strip: Bond rips her robe off, leaving her topless, and uses her as a distraction against Pushkin's bodyguard.
  • Statuesque Stunner: Hey is 5'10" (178 cm), which is noticeable when she standing next to Dalton and Rhys-Davies, who are both 6'1".
  • Stocking Filler: Is wearing a garter belt, stockings, panties and nothing else when Bond allows her to tun into the bathroom and look herself in.

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