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W.G. Howe is the fictional Californian director of Oil and Mines at San Francisco City Hall. A minor character, he appears in the 1985 James Bond film A View to a Kill and was portrayed by actor Daniel Benzali.

Film Biography

Based at San Francisco City Hall, Division of Oil and Mines, W.G Howe unwittingly aids psychotic industrialist Max Zorin in his plot to destroy Silicon Valley. Whilst investigating Zorin's Californian oilfields, James Bond pays a visit to Howe under the guise of James Stock, a reporter from the London Financial Times. After an uneventful interview, Bond notices one of Howe's geologists, Stacey Sutton and recognises her from a party he had attended previously at Zorin's Estate. Howe barely tolerates Sutton and later fires her for asking too many questions about Zorin's activities.

Shortly afterwards, 007 and Sutton return to City Hall and unearth vital records regarding the industrialist's Californian properties. However, they are cornered by Zorin, who plans to torch the building. He attempts to frame the pair by making it look like they had returned to murder Howe as revenge for Sutton's earlier dismissal. Zorin has the unsuspecting Howe call the San Francisco Police Department and inform them of a break-in, before shooting him with Bond's Walther PPK and setting fire to the building. Bond and Sutton manage to escape the inferno, however the SFPD discover 007's sidearm alongside Howe's corpse and attempt to take him into custody.

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