The Complete History of Bond Villains

General Orlov

Appeared In: Octopussy (1983)
Played By: Steven Berkoff
Diabolical Weapon: Standard issue weaponry
Killed By: Border guards shooting him

General Orlov’s plan is to detonate an atomic bomb at an American Air Force base in Germany. His hope is that this would cause nuclear disarmament in Germany, which he could then invade with his Soviet forces. Remember, this movie came out during the Cold War, so propaganda was at an all-time high.

Orlov wasn’t a nuanced, complicated villain; he was just a crazed member of the Soviet military who dreamed of expansion and world domination. This type of antagonist was prevalent in Bond movies during the time, and despite how they are perceived now, they were legitimately diabolical back then.

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