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Rubelvitch (alternatively spelled Rublevich, Rublevitch) is the fictional personal secretary (and it is strongly implied lover) to KGB Head, General Gogol. The character appeared briefly in the James Bond films The Spy Who Loved Me (1977), For Your Eyes Only (1981), and Octopussy (1983) and was portrayed by Eva Reuber-Staier.

Film biography

The Spy Who Loved Me

When General Gogol is informed of the missing nuclear submarines during the pre-title sequence, his beautiful secretary - effectively, the Soviet equivalent of Miss Moneypenny - is briefly seen. After putting down the phone to his superiors, the General hits the intercom and asks for the location of their best operative, code-named Triple X. Rubelvitch informs him that she is on leave, at the People's Rest and Recuperation Centre.

For Your Eyes Only

After an absence from 1979's Moonraker, she is present in For Your Eyes Only. This time sharing a corner of General Gogol's office, she demurely sits on his desk as he informs the Comrade Secretary that there is an opportunity to acquire an ATAC transmitter from a British spy ship which had recently sank off the coast of Albania. The pair hold each-others gaze during the discussion and after hanging up the phone the General kisses her hand with an impish smile on his face.

Octopussy

General Gogol's faithful secretary returns in Octopussy, this time present in the background of a Soviet Security Council meeting discussing the possibility of Soviet arms reductions. During the 'Committee' meeting she receives a phone call from Lenkin at the Kremlin Art Repository and relays the message to the nearby General Orlov. Orlov tells her to inform him that he will be there as soon as possible.

Behind the scenes

Given the similarity of their names and appearance, there is some debate as to whether the character Rubavitch in the 1987 James Bond film The Living Daylights was initially intended to be Rubelvitch at an earlier stage in its production. Notably, the head of the KGB was originally penned to be Rubelvitch's superior, General Gogol; however, actor Walter Gotell was too sick to handle the major role, and the character of Leonid Pushkin replaced Gogol, who appears briefly at the end of the film, having transferred to the Soviet diplomatic service.

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