Milos Columbo (Topol)
Milos Columbo played by Topol
Born in Tel Aviv, Palestine (now in Israel) on 9th September 1935
Starred In For Your Eyes Only (1981)
Whilst Bond and Aristotle Kristatos attend dinner at a casino/restaurant, Kristatos informs Bond about Columbo being involved with various dubious enterprises, where in fact Kristatos is describing himself. Kristatos points out Columbo who is sitting a number of tables away with Countess Lisl. After causing a scene, Lisl walks out the restaurant, and even though the possibility of a trap exists, Bond follows and decides to play the odds. Spending the night with Lisl, she is tragically killed the next morning after being run over by Emile Leopold Locque. Columbo's men (unknown to Bond at this point) save his life, knock him out, and then take him to meet Columbo aboard his yacht.
After explaining that he is actually Bonds ally, Columbo proves his intentions when Bond accompanies him when they raid an Albanian warehouse. In the following exciting scenes, Bond and Columbo take control of the warehouse, narrowing escaping when Locque detonates explosives inside. Bond then cleans up matters when he kills Locque by pushing his car over a cliff after a tense sequence.
After Columbo provides the location of Kristatos' mountain retreat, he plays an important part alongside Bond, with the help of Melina Havelock, in the attack at the finale of the film. Columbo also plays a crucial role in stopping Kristatos from reaching the helipad where General Gogol is waiting to collect the ATAC communicator. While Bond convinces Melina not to kill Kristatos, he slyly gets a knife out his pocket, but is killed when Columbo throws a knife into his back.
Milos Columbo, a Greek smuggler known as 'the Dove' is a very useful contact. He provides intelligence, the use of his men and insider information. However most importantly, Columbo is another one of Bonds most charismatic allies.
Columbo is warm, friendly, and who seems to have a love for pistachio nuts. However this likeable ally has to work quite hard to initially convince Bond that Kristatos was talking about himself and that he can help. Columbo admits to Bond that while he does smuggle gold, diamonds and pistachio nuts, he does not smuggle heroin and various other crimes like the villainous Kristatos. §