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Gobinda is Kamal Khan's primary and most loyal henchman and the secondary villain of the 1983 film Octopussy. He was played by Kabir Bedi.

Film biography

Bond first spies the tall, imposing man when Gobinda is acting as chauffeur for Kahn and Magda in Bond Street after the Sotheby's auction. Later in India, it is clear Gobinda means business when he destroys the rigged dice at the hotel casino and peruses 007 and his Indian ally, Vijay, through the Udaipur markets. Ultimately the goon captures Bond, after Magda seduces the spy, and he is swiftly transported to stay as Kahn's 'guest' at the Monsoon Palace.

Shortly afterward Gobinda chases Bond and Vijay through the streets of Delhi in Tuk-Tuks.

Gobinda appears in a number of scenes, generally accompanying Kamal Khan wherever he goes, and performing various other duties, mainly security based. He confronts Bond on a number of occasions, the highlights being their fight aboard Octopussy’s train, and the climatic high altitude finale, where Gobinda falls to his death.

Gobinda is the personal henchman to Kamal Khan. He takes the role of assassin, bodyguard and also some of the roles of a servant. Like so many Villains around this time, Gobinda is tall, well built, speaks little, but has a large on-screen presence. Addressing Kamal Khan as ‘Your Excellency’, Gobinda follows the orders of his master, even when Kamal instructs him to fight Bond atop their airborne plane, albeit understandably with some reluctance. His reluctance was with good concern, as that was a very risky venture that ultimately led to Gobinda's doom. Bond figured he was outmatched and wing-walking makes a poor choice for a battleground. While Gobinda is attempting to grab Bond, 007 pulls back the plane's antenna and snaps it at Gobinda's head. Gobinda screams in pain due to the blistering sting of the antenna's snap, and it also causes him to loosen his arm's grip on the fuselage, causing him to fall to his death.


  • After Bond wins Kamal’s fixed game of backgammon, Gobinda crushes the loaded dice with his bare hands – similar of Oddjob crushing Goldfinger’s golf ball 19 years earlier.
  • Gobinda was similar to Necros: they were large men fiercely loyal to their boss, both seemed to overpower Bond in an even fight and both men died from being defenestrated from an airplane in flight.


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