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, meets her at a casino, and places her under surveillance.
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.
In 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 kisses him passionately. While the two are having sex, she suddenly flips him over and wraps her legs around him and crushes his chest between her thighs, achieving orgasm while killing him. 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.
Later, she and turncoat Russian General Arkady Ourumov use the hijacked Tiger in an attack on the Severnaya satellite control center in central Siberia, where they steal the controller for the GoldenEye electromagnetic pulse (EMP) satellite weapon. During the attack, she fires an AKSU-74 carbine/sub-machine gun around the control room, murdering all the military personnel and technicians present, again getting sexually aroused in the process.
She encounters Bond two more times during the film, attempting to crush him between her thighs on both occasions. The first time, Bond gets away and forces her to lead him to Janus. The second time is after he and Natalya Simonova, the only innocent survivor of the Severnaya attack, enter Cuba to stop Trevelyan.
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. 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 was unfortunately crushed to death.
Personality & Abilities
Xenia Onatopp was extremely 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.
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.