General Leonid Pushkin (John Rhys-Davies)
General Leonid Pushkin played by John Rhys-Davies
Born in Salisbury, England on 5th May 1944
Starred In The Living Daylights (1987)
Whilst at the Blayden safe house, General Georgi Koskov convinces M that Pushkin has started up an old Soviet program to kill Western spies, and he was behind the 00 agents death in Gibraltar, and so should be killed before its too late.
Later after visiting Brad Whitaker to demand that he returns the money paid for an arms deal, he travels to a hotel to see his girlfriend, where Bond is waiting. After discussing Koskov and Pushkin's loyalties, Bond arranges to have Pushkin 'killed' in order to find out the true motives of General Koskov. With Pushkin out of the way, Koskov and Whitaker carry out their plan.
At the end of the film, Pushkin saves Bond's life when a guard catches him unaware, commenting that he owed him that after everything he had done. When Koskov enters trying to deny everything, Puskin sends him back on the first plane to Moscow, in the diplomatic bag.
General Pushkin is the tough and resourceful head of the KGB after General Gogol leaves. Pushkin is for the most part formal, serious and straight to the point. He does however have another side that is witty, humorous, and respecting. Pushkin is a man of his word after Bond saves his life. At the end of the film Pushkin returns the favour by shooting one of Whitaker's guards as he is about to shoot Bond. §