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General Anatol Alexis Gogol (Анатолий Алексис Гоголь) is the head of the KGB in the James Bond films The Spy Who Loved Me (1977), Moonraker (1979), For Your Eyes Only (1981), Octopussy (1983), and A View to a Kill (1985). In his final appearance in The Living Daylights (1987), he has been transferred to the Soviet Foreign Ministry. General Gogol is portrayed by Walter Gotell.
Despite the popular assumption about the James Bond series' Cold War focus, Gogol is never depicted as a true villain. At his most hostile, he is a respectful competitor and more often is an ally against the common foes of peace.
The Spy Who Loved Me
His first appearance is in The Spy Who Loved Me, where he is seen sending Anya Amasova to recover an important roll of microfilm. Later in the film Gogol and James Bond's superior, M, form an alliance, which is the start of the Anglo-Soviet relationship as a result of their mutual pursuit of Karl Stromberg.
Gogol is seen next in Moonraker, talking to a US official over the telephone about Hugo Drax's space station. He tells the Americans it is not a Soviet station and that they would investigate it themselves after the US had intercepted it.
For Your Eyes Only
In For Your Eyes Only, Gogol wants to buy an ATAC communicator from Aristotle Kristatos. When Bond throws it off a cliff, Gogol is dismayed but keeps his guard from shooting Bond; he rationalizes that the machine's destruction maintains the relatively peaceful status quo of the nations. The assistant of General Gogol, appearing briefly in For Your Eyes Only, is called Rubelvitch, a wordplay on the name Moneypenny.
In Octopussy, when General Orlov proposes invading the West, Gogol is the loudest voice opposing the reckless plan, asserting both the danger of provoking a nuclear war and that the USSR wants peace, not war. Gogol's investigations of Orlov's scheme to weaken NATO's defence runs parallel to Bond's, but his subordinates' unauthorized fatal shooting of the traitor prevents him from learning the full details of his plot and warning NATO, though Bond is able to stop Orlov's plan on his behalf, and later appears before M to inform him that his government will deny the incident and request that Bond return their treasure Romanov Star that he has in his possession which Orlov previously stole.
A View to A Kill
In A View to A Kill, Gogol tries to stop Max Zorin, an erstwhile KGB agent, from destroying Silicon Valley. When Zorin defies the order to stop his plan, Gogol sends KGB agent Pola Ivanova to see what Zorin is up to. When Pola meets Bond, she tries to take the tape from him and give it to Gogol. Gogol is embarrassed that Pola got the wrong tape. At the end of the film Gogol awards Bond the Order of Lenin for foiling Zorin's plan to destroy Silicon Valley, stating that Bond was the first non-Soviet citizen to receive it and that the KGB has its own heart of operations producing their own technology at Silicon Valley (being awarded this medal contradicts a statement in the novel Goldfinger that stated that people in the British Secret Service could not accept awards from foreign services, no matter how friendly (such as the CIA). However, Bond may not have accepted the award, and the Russians may have insisted he was awarded it anyway, whether he'd accepted the medal or not.)
The Living Daylights
In The Living Daylights, Gogol is only seen in the end, as a diplomat in the Foreign Ministry. He attends Kara Milovy's concert with M, offering Milovy a visa which would allow her to leave the Eastern bloc at will.
- Walter Gotell has been in seven James Bond films; in addition to his appearances as General Gogol, he appeared in From Russia with Love (1963) as Morzeny.
- Initially the character of Gogol was to play a larger role in The Living Daylights, being the Soviet diplomat who James Bond faked assassinating in Tangiers. Due to Gotell's health the scenes were passed to General Pushkin.