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You know you could have been a live rich man, instead of a poor dead one.
~ Brad Whitaker to James Bond.

Brad Whitaker is one of the two main antagonists (along with General Georgi Koskov) in the 1987 James Bond film The Living Daylights.

He is portrayed by American actor Joe Don Baker, who previously portrayed Jerry Karlin, later portrayed CIA agent Jack Wade during Pierce Brosnan's tenure as 007.

Personality

Brad Whitaker is an international black market arms dealer from the U.S. He is fascinated by war, but his actual military career is a failure, so he turns to arms dealing to organize his own personal military force. Expelled from West Point for cheating, he spends a short stint as a mercenary in the Belgian Congo before working with various criminal organizations to help finance his first arms deals. He loves military history, and it is implied that he wargames various historical conflicts using automated miniature figures and effects, such as the battles of Agincourt, Waterloo, and Gettysburg. In a conversation with Bond, Whitaker believes that Pickett's Charge should have been made up Little Round Top, and that if Grant was in charge of the Union at Gettysburg, he would have crushed the Army of Northern Virginia, ending the war.

Whitaker even has a pantheon of "great military commanders" in his headquarters, which included some of history's most famous and infamous figures, such as Adolf Hitler, Napoleon Bonaparte, Genghis Khan, Julius Caesar, Alexander the Great, and Attila the Hun. Whitaker holds these men in high regard and calls them "surgeons who removed society's dead flesh". Perhaps the most disturbing thing about this collection is that all representations of these "surgeons" (or "butchers" as Pushkin describes them) are sculpted to resemble Whitaker himself, which is highly noticeable when Whitaker hides among the statues waiting for Pushkin to visit.

Biography

Whitaker hires the help of Soviet General Georgi Koskov to secure a large shipment of opium from the Snow Leopard Brotherhood in Afghanistan for $500,000,000 worth of diamonds that he had obtained from an arms deal with the Soviets. Once the opium is sold, Whitaker will have enough money to continue arms deals far into the future. At the same time, they attempt to use Bond to eliminate the Soviet head of secret operations, General Pushkin, on the basis that he has instituted an ongoing operation called "Smert Shpionam" meaning "Death to Spies." Actually, it is their men, especially Whitaker's henchman Necros, who are involved in killing British Secret Service agents. After thwarting Whitaker's plans, Bond hunts him down at his Tangier headquarters and kills him after a game of cat-and-mouse in his gaming room, with him using high-tech weapons, such as an 80-round light machine gun with an integral ballistic shield and a loaded battlefield cannon, while Bond has only his 8-round Walther PPK. After Bond hides behind a bust of the Duke of Wellington, he primes his key-ring finder behind it. Whitaker gets right in front of it, and the key-ring finder explodes, triggered by Bond's wolf whistle. The explosion topples the bust and podium on top of Whitaker, crushing him through a glass display case containing one of his miniature wargaming setups resembling Waterloo–he thus dies on the battlefield after all, Bond ironically quipping, "He met his Waterloo."

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Main Villains
Julius No | Ernst Stavro Blofeld | Rosa Klebb | Auric Goldfinger | Emilio Largo | Dr. Noah | Dr. Kananga | Francisco Scaramanga | Karl Stromberg | Hugo Drax | Aris Kristatos | Kamal Khan | General Orlov | Maximillian Largo | Max Zorin | Georgi Koskov | Brad Whitaker | Franz Sanchez | Alec Trevelyan | Elliot Carver | Elektra King | Renard | Gustav Graves | Le Chiffre | Dominic Greene | Raoul Silva | Ernst Stavro Blofeld

Supporting Villains
Richard Dent | Miss Taro | Annabel Chung | Red Grant | Kronsteen | Oddjob | Pussy Galore | Kisch | Mr. Ling | Sydney | Denise | Mr. Solo | Jed Midnight | Jack Strap | Jill Masterson | Capungo | Fiona Volpe | Vargas | Count Lippe | Jacques Bouvar | Osato | Helga Brandt | Hans | Irma Bunt | Grunther | Wint and Kidd | Bambi and Thumper | Tee Hee | Baron Samedi | Whisper | Solitaire | Rosie Carver | Jaws | Liparus Captain | Naomi | Sandor | Professor Markovitz | Dr. Bechmann | Chang | Erich Kriegler | Emile Locque | Hector Gonzales | Claus | Apostis | Fatima Blush | Octopussy | Gobinda | Mischka and Grischka | Magda | Scarpine | Hans Glaub | May Day | Jenny Flex | Pan Ho | Bob Conley | Necros | Imposter 00 | Dario | Milton Krest | Ed Killifer | Heller | Perez | Xenia Onatopp | Arkady Ourumov | Boris Grishenko | Richard Stamper | General Chang | Henry Gupta | Dr. Kaufman | Captain Scott | Timblin | Satoshi Isagura | Tom Wallace | Philip Jones | Jeff Hobbs | Mary Golson | Beth Davidson | Tamara Steel | Gabor | Sasha Davidov | Mr. Bullion | Giulietta da Vinci | Mikhail Arkov | Trukhin | Lachaise | Miranda Frost | Tang Lin Zao | Mr. Kil | Vladmir Popov | Dr. Alvarez | General Li | General Dong | General Han | Van Bierk | Mr. White | Vesper Lynd | Steven Obanno | Valenka | Kratt | Alex Dimitrios | Mollaka Danso | Carlos Nikolic | Adolph Gettler | Leo | Dryden | Fisher | Luiz Medrano | Colonel Carlos | Gregg Beam | Lieutenant Orso | Craig Mitchell | Yusef Kabira | Elvis | Edmund Slate | Marchetti Pilot | Moishe Soref | Guy Haines | Gregor Karakov | Severine | Patrice | Boat Captain | Max Denbigh | Mr. Hinx | Marco Sciarra | Moreau | Dr. Vogel | Abrika | Marshall | Valerian | Guerra | Lorenzo | Gallo | Francesco and Marco

Video Game Villains
Nigel Bloch | Raphael Drake | Makiko "Kiko" Hayashi | Armitage Rook | Nikolai Diavolo | Katya Nadanova

Organizations
The Union | SMERSH | SPECTRE (Quantum & Greene Planet) | Auric Enterprises (Flying Circus) | Stromberg Shipping Line (Liparus Crew) | Zorin Industries | Janus | Carver Media Group Network (Stealth Ship Crew)