Brad Whitaker (Joe Don Baker)
Brad Whitaker played by Joe Don Baker
Born in Groesbeck, Texas, USA on 12th February 1936
Starred In The Living Daylights (1987)
When General Leonid Pushkin visits Whitaker to tell him a deal has been cancelled, Whitaker decides to eliminate Puskin, as he needs the money for another deal. Whitaker is seen in a number of other scenes throughout the film, but merely gives orders to General Georgi Koskov and Necros.
In the films finale, Bond visits Whitaker where he confronts him about blowing up the opium. During an exciting battle Whitaker uses the latest assault rifles, where Bond's gun is useless. However he manages to gain the upper hand by using the Q Branch keyring to topple a statue of Wellington killing Whitaker.
Brad Whitaker is an American arms dealer who thinks of himself as a military genius. Expelled from West Point for cheating, Whitaker has an obsession with the tactics of famous wars, and sees himself as a military general. When not at business, Whitaker enjoys re-playing famous battles with toy soldiers and various other gadgets in his 'hobby room'. Apart from his battles games, Whitaker does very little else just sits around eating lobster giving orders, very much an 'armchair' villain.
Whitaker schemes with General Koskov in a plan to make them very wealthy. Whitaker uses the payment of an arms deal with the Russians to buy a large amount of raw opium to be sold in America, thus turning a huge profit in days, while still being able to provide the Russians with their arms. However when Pushkin declares he wants the money back, Koskov and Whitaker re-launch SMERSH, an old Soviet anti-espionage plan to assassinate British agents, thus forcing the assassination of Koskov and the recommencement of the opium-smuggling operation. §
Joe Don Baker reappears 8 years later in Goldeneye as Jack Wade. §