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Xenia Zirgavna Onatopp is a former Soviet fighter-pilot and the top assassin working for the Janus Crime Syndicate. She appears as the secondary antagonist in GoldenEye, and is played by Dutch actress Famke Janssen.
Onatopp, born in the former Soviet republic of Georgia, was a fighter pilot in the Soviet Air Force. After the collapse of the USSR, she joined the crime syndicate Janus, led by renegade MI6 agent Alec Trevelyan.
Early in the movie, Bond gets into a car chase with her. He later meets her at a casino, where she claims Russia is trying to shed its drab Soviet-era image and create a vibrant economy akin to western Europe, to which Bond humorously remarks "a chicken in every pot and a Ferrari in every driveway?" referencing their earlier chase. Suspecting her, he places her under surveillance, and runs a background check of her via MI6.
Her main characteristic is that she apparently can receive sexual satisfaction through killing. Her sadistic sexual proclivities, coupled with her overall lack of conscience as well as remorse for the deaths she causes, would seem to qualify her as a sociopath.
Stealing the Helicopter and GoldenEyeIn a memorable scene, she lures a Canadian admiral onto her yacht for a night of fun, moored off Monte Carlo. In the next scene, she leaps on him and snogs him passionately. While the two are having sex, she suddenly violently flips him over and wraps her legs around him and crushes his chest between her thighs, achieving orgasm she moans in pleasure as he moans in pain screaming yes , yes YES !!!!!!! while killing. Afterward, she steals the admiral's ID, enabling her and an unidentified Janus operative to steal a prototype of the Eurocopter Tiger, which was scheduled for a high-profile test flight the following day.
Arriving at Siberia hours later, Russian general Arkady Ourumov and Onatopp enter a russian base, gaining entrance through Ourumov's position. Ourumov and Xenia enter the satellite base where the corrupt general orders one of his men to give him the GoldenEye and authorization codes they need to testfire the GoldenEye. Upon receiving these, Xenia suddenly shoots and murders all the military personnel and technicians present, again getting sexually aroused in the process. Together Ourumov and Onatopp arm the GoldenEye to fire on the base in order to eliminate the evidence. The two leave, pleased with their success, not knowing one person is still alive - Natalya Simonova. Due to the EMP attack of GoldenEye all pursuing fighting jets are rendered immobile but Onatopp and Ourumov escape safely inside the Tiger.
When the MI6 finds out about the attack, Bond realises that the Janus group is behind the attack on the base. Watching satelite footage of the scene he finds out that one person is still alive. M also finds out that, despite the Russians denying it because he doesn't fit the profile, Ourumov must be involved. To find GoldenEye, Bond is sent to Russia. Together with Boris Grishenko, the traitor who revealed the location of the GoldenEye to Janus, Onatopp later kidnaps Natalya after she has revealed herself to Boris.
After Bond has made contact with Janus and asked for a meeting at the Grand Hotel Europe, Janus sends Onatopp to kill him. After Bond leaves the hotel's pool he reveals that he anticipated Onatopp's arrival and aims his gun at her. Onatopp tries to seduce Bond but Bond shoves her off him. As he loses his gun in the process, Onatopp attacks him, climbing on top of him and trying to suffocate him with her thighs as she did with the admiral. However, Bond drops her into a vat of hot water and grabs his gun, forcing her to bring him to Janus.
Onatopp drives Bond to an abandoned junkyard, claiming that Janus is waiting for him. After knocking her out, Bond exits her car and walks towards the Tiger helicopter which he spots in the distance.Later, Bond pursues a fleeing Ourumov who has taken Natalya. Ourumov eventually arrives at Janus' converted missile train. Bond drives his tank on the rails, intending to derail the train. Alec orders a henchmen to keep the train at full speed, to ram Bond's tank. However, Bond uses the tank to shoot at the train, killing the driver as well as blasting the front cabin. The driverless train crashes into the tank and derails, knocking everyone inside off their feet.
After a short moment of dizzyness Alec realises what's going on. He crouches towards his gun but Bond steps on it, forcing him backwards. Although he is unarmed Alec is not impressed, stating that Bond has no way to escape and that Alec has the only bargaining chip, Natalya. He orders Ourumov to bring her to them and the general enters the wreckage with Natayla at gunpoint. Bond tries to drive a spike between Alec and Ourumov by revealing that Alec is a Lienz Cossack. Ourumov is startled and Bond uses this to swiflty turn around and shoot him in the head. This however gives Alec and Onatopp the second they need to flee from the train wreckage and lock all doors. Alec and Onatopp escape in a helicopter. While they fly off, Alec uses a walkie to contact Bond and tell him that he rigged the train with explosives. After gleefully telling Bond that he set the timer to the same six minutes Bond gave him, he cuts the connection, leaving Bond and Natalya behind.
After hacking the computer inside the train and finding the location of Alec's base, Natalya and Bond manage to leave the train before it explodes. They set out to Cuba to defeat Alec.
DeathShe makes a final appearance in Cuba, where Natalya Simonava had tracked Boris Grishenko to, after their plane was shot down, 007 and Natalya found themselves in a small clearing, when Onatopp suddenly rapelled down. Kicking Bond in the chest, then in the back, Xenia suddenly grasped Bond between her legs and by the collar, and told him that the pleasure was going to be all hers, this time (a running joke between the two, starting with the casino scene), before starting to crush him with her thighs once more licking his face and getting off . Despite Bond's best attempts, he began to succumb to her orgasmic embrace, when Natalya intervened, attempting to hit Xenia. Blocking the assault, Onatopp instructed Natalya to wait her turn, presumably revealing her intention to crush her, too, before headbutting her. This had given Bond the breather he needed, however, and he used the gun strapped to Xenia's back to shoot down the helicopter she had rapelled from. Having been reattached to her jump rope, the henchwoman was thrown backwards by the force of the chopper's descent, and caught between two curiously shaped branches, where Xenia met her doom in an ironic manner.
Personality & Abilities
Xenia Onatopp was extremely Erotically Sexy, sadistic, cold-hearted, sexually sociopathic, and villainously playful. She had an amicable relationship with Alec Trevelyan (possibly a romantic one) and the rest of her Janus associates. She is proficient in martial arts, with a slippery fighting style. She had considerable degree of physical strength. She is a skillful aviator, able to commandeer the EMP-hardened helicopter.
Behind the scenes
- She is one of the few Bond girls not to be a romantic interest for Bond. Almost every other primary Bond girl was involved with him romantically, whether it be a part of their mission or not.
Onatopp has appeared in a number of James Bond video games as a playable multiplayer character. Her first appearance was in the 1997 video game adaptation of GoldenEye, GoldenEye for the Nintendo 64. Similar to the film, she is killed in the jungles of Cuba after battling with Bond, however this method of death is more conventional, getting shot. Xenia also appears in a prior stage on the train in Russia. Shooting her will not kill her, but allow Bond precious time to escape as she shouts to Alec Trevelyan she is wounded, thus postponing Trevelyan's time bomb.
She later appeared in the spinoff Bond game, GoldenEye: Rogue Agent where she worked for Dr. Julius No and was GoldenEye's alluring opponent. She is killed in Rogue Agent after being blown off the Hoover Dam when attempting to crush GoldenEye between her legs. In the game she was voiced by actress Jenya Lano.
Xenia also appeared in a 1995 edition of Esquire magazine prior to the debut of Goldeneye, introducing her as the "Bad Bond Girl" and explaining some of her traits and clothing in the film, as well as saying she would be played by Famke Janssen, a model and actress from Holland.