Vladimir Popov is a russian scientist and inventor who created the Icarus Space Program. Vlad also designs an ice dragster and an armoured battle suit that controls Icarus. Despite this, Gustav Graves is incredibly rude to Vlad, taking his accomplishments for granted is a minor villain in Die Another Day. He was played by Mikhail Gorevoy.
Vlad is first introduced when Gustav Graves heads to his ice palace in Iceland. Graves doesn't appear to be very impressed with his ice dragster and tells Vlad to try to make it faster. Later when Bond steals the dragster making his escape from the ice palace, Graves snarls at Vlad when he rather too cheerily tells him that Bond beat his time.
Later, Vlad shows Graves the controls to use Icarus, and at Graves' request changes the controls over from something that resembles a metal suitcase, to a wearable metal suit.
Vlad is killed during the battle aboard the Antonov when Bond accidentally fires his gun shattering one of the windows of the plane, causing the cabin to loose pressure and Vlad was blowing into the atmosphere and fall to his death.