Brad Whitaker is a fictional character and a main antagonist in the James Bond film The Living Daylights. He was portrayed by American actor Joe Don Baker. Baker also played Jack Wade, Bond's CIA contact in GoldenEye and Tomorrow Never Dies.
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. He 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" are sculpted to resemble Whitaker himself, which is highly noticeable when Whitaker hides among the statues waiting for Pushkin to visit.
In the film
Whitaker joins forces with 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. 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 Koskov'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 a light machine gun
with an integral ballistic shield), and Bond using his Walther PPK
. After Bond hides behind a bust of British commander Wellington
, he sets 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.