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Valdo Obruchev is a major antagonist in the 2021 film No Time to Die, the fifth installment of the rebooted James Bond series. He is a treacherous MI6 scientist who is in cahoots with the notorious terrorist Lyutsifer Safin.
He was portrayed by David Dencik.
Kidnapped by SPECTRE
Five years following the arrest of Ernst Stavro Blofeld, Obruchev started out as a loyal MI6 scientist as he was assigned by M to create Project Heracles, a bioweapon containing nanobots that spread like a virus upon touch and are coded to specific DNA strands so they are only dangerous if programmed to an individual's genetic code.
However, things went south when Obruchev ends up being kidnapped by SPECTRE agents led by Primo, as they intend to use Project Heracles as a means of killing Bond in revenge for Blofeld's arrest, freeing Blofeld from custody, and unleashing the nanobots to take over the world.
Upon hearing that the members of SPECTRE are having a meeting in Cuba to discuss about their plans for the nanobots, Bond, along with CIA agents Logan Ash and Paloma, infiltrate into the meeting in hopes of rescuing Obruchev, but they end up being trapped. Blofeld, who is using Primo's bionic eye to see and communicate to lead the meeting while still being imprisoned, orders his members to unleash the nanobots to murder Bond. However, once the nanobots are unleashed, they instead murder all the members of SPECTRE, as Obruchev had them reprogrammed to kill them, something which both Bond and Blofeld didn't expect.
Upon retrieving Obruchev while reuniting with Ash and Felix Leiter on a boat, a suspicious Bond interrogates Obruchev by demanding to know who is he working for. However, Ash reveals his true nature by shooting Leiter before escaping with Obruchev, resulting in Leiter subsequently succumbing to his injuries and drowning to his death.
Following Blofeld's death, Bond soon learned that he was unknowingly infected with nanobots that murdered Blofeld. Upon confronting Swann as she was the one who infected him with the nanobots, Bond was informed was Swann was coerced by Safin to do so. Swann then reveals Safin's backstory: his parents were murdered by Swann's father Mr. White on Blofeld's orders when Safin was a little boy; even after learning that Mr. White committed suicide out of complete remorse after his fallout with Blofeld, Safin still wanted revenge. It was then Bond realized that Primo, Obruchev and Ash are in league with Safin, and that Obruchev deliberately got himself kidnapped as part of Safin's plan to murder Blofeld and dismantle SPECTRE. Bond also learned that Swann has a 5-year-old daughter named Mathilde, who also happens to be Bond's daughter.
Despite having succeeded in murdering Blofeld and his forces and dismantling SPECTRE, Safin continued on his rampage as he converts his island base into a nanobot factory so that he can have Obruchev create millions of nanobots and unleash them globally to kill millions of people and take over the world. Following Ash's death, Safin captures Swann and Mathilde and has them brought over to the base. Infiltrating into the base, Bond and MI6 agent Nori take down many of Safin's men. When Nomi confronts Obruchev, the latter taunts her by claiming that he can reprogram the nanobots into killing anyone of African descent and wipe them out from the face of the Earth, implying that he is racist towards people of African heritage in general. Offended by this as she is of African descent, Nomi furiously pushes Obruchev into a pool full of nanobots, killing him instantly.