General Gogol

General Alexis Gogol was a recurring character who appeared in six Bond films in the 70s and 80s. He was played by Walter Gotell, who had previously appeared as Morzeny in From Russia With Love. The character was a creation of the movies and did not feature in any of Fleming's novels.

Gogol was introduced in The Spy Who Loved Me as the Soviet counterpart to M - the head of the KGB. He has a large office in the Kremlin and a personal secretary, Rubelvitch, who appeared in three films, including For Your Eyes Only in which it is implied that Gogol and Rubelvitch have a more than professional relationship.

Clearly, Gogol appeared to represent the interests of the Soviet Union, although he was clearly shown as a moderate, particularly in Octopussy when he is completely against the plans of General Orlov, who wished to invade Western Europe. However, sometimes Bond and Gogol still found themselves on opposing sides, such as in For Your Eyes Only.

After playing relatively minor parts in most of his films, the original intention was for Gogol to play a pivotal role in The Living Daylights. In early drafts of the script Gogol was still head of the KGB when General Koskov defected, and it was Gogol who was accused of initiating the Smiert Spionan plot. However, Walter Gotell proved to be unavailable, so the part was written for a new character, General Pushkin, with it being mentioned that Gogol had been promoted to the Foreign Service. As such, the film lost some of its impact, particularly regarding how Bond is sent to kill the KGB head (although the dialogue about Bond knowing his target was retained). However, room was still found for Gotell to put in a cameo appearance at the end of the film. Strangely the credits name the character as "General Anatol Gogol" - this forename was never used on screen and contradicted that given in The Spy Who Loved Me.

The Living Daylights proved to be the last appearance of Gogol. The character was unnecessary to Licence To Kill, and by the time of GoldenEye the world had moved on. Walter Gotell's death in 1997 now prevents any further cameos, and it is clear that the contribution that the character made to the Bond movies is now complete.

The Bond Film Informant was compiled by Matthew Newton. © Copyright MJ Newton. No part of this site may be reproduced without permission unless otherwise stated.

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