Aris Kristatos (Julian Glover)
Actor: Julian Glover
Character: Aris Kristatos
Movie: For Your Eyes Only
Date of Birth: 27 March 1935
Height: 6' 2" (1.88m)
Distinguishing Feature: Nazi double agent
Appearance: Tall and slim with a greying, receding hairline. Green/grey eyes, harsh cheekbones, clean cut beard and a wiry smile.
Organisations & Alliances: Emile Locque, Hector Gonzales, Eric Kriegler
Shrewd and sly, Aris Kristatos is completely absent
of morals, often pitting friends and enemies against
each other without distinction. He is a manipulative
thief who will sell whatever
he can to the highest bidder. Involved in a high-profile
smuggling ring, his strongest ties are to rogue Nazi
supporters with whom he smuggled gold and supplies out
of the UK. He was awarded a medal for bravery and resourcefulness
by his British superiors during the WWII - little did
the government know that Kristatos was a Nazi double
agent. He lusts after the young aspiring
skater, Bibi Dahl,
and is funding her road to the Olympic gold medal.
"You have shot your last bolt, Miss Havelock!"
After the British spy-ship the St.
Georges is sunk by a rogue mine, Kristatos sets out to retrieve
NATO's ATAC encoder
the British or Russians can get there. The ATAC is used to communicate
with the allied nuclear submarines, so any
superpower who gained control of the device would have the
tools to deploy a British nuclear sub and target friendly landmarks.
When Bond meets with Kristatos
it is at first as an ally introduced by Ferrara, as he
is believed to be a source of information in the
is however, secretly working for the Soviets, smuggling heroin
and attempting to recover NATO's ATAC. When 007 grills
Kristatos for information, he puts the suspicion on his
rival smuggler Colombo.
becomes suspicious of his sly disposition. Bond investigates
the cheeky but harmless Greek smuggler to find that Kristatos
is the true villain behind the mayhem.
Kristatos snatches the valuable ATAC from under Bond's
and attempts to sell the device to his contacts in the
USSR. Kristatos hires a score of killers led by Emile
Locque to do most of his dirty work.
I've Been Expecting You
Bond turns to Kristatos for some information whilst investigating the location of the St. Georges wreck in Cortina. They share a courteous meeting where Kristatos drops into the conversation the smuggler Colombo is more than likely behind the scheme. He depicts Colombo by explaining his own, double-crossing past before sending 007 on a tangent, investigating the opposition.
"You cannot just arrest him, you
must find a different way. You may have to kill him. "
Lucrative business deals around the world have meant the Kristatos has developed
a network of hideouts - some more exorbitant than others. The location he
chooses for the hand over of the ATAC to the Russians is the high mountaintop
retreat of St. Cyril's Monastery. Previously used by both Kristatos and Columbo
during the war, Kristatos flees
there with the ATAC to await the arrival of General Gogol to
collect the device and relocate Kristatos, Kriegler, Bibi and her training
to the Soviet Union. Looming cliff faces surround the abandoned
outpost the only way to reach the highly guarded precipices
is by basket lift or highly
skilled mountain scaling. Old and delicate stained glass and medieval ornamentation
is still a feature of this impressive lair.
Gadgets & Vehicles
With a personal helicopter at his whim and a luxury launch
to comb the seas for the St. Georges wreck, Kristatos
has everything he desires - except Bibi's affection.
Kristatos keeps a neat and clean appearance often opting for ski-jacket and gloves
whilst in the wintry climates of Cortina. On board his launch the villain is
seen in light shirts and tan chinos, suitable for boating.
Goodbye, Mr Bond
It is not 007 who dispatches this villain. When James Bond
confronts Kristatos on the mountaintop of St. Cyril's he is
ready to take him into custody and have him extradited to the
UK, but the beautiful
Melina has other ideas. When she holds Kristatos at arrow-point
the villain makes a last-ditch attempt to escape but is caught
a blade in the back from his old rival Columbo.
Born in Hampstead, London, to Honor and Gordon Glover, Julian attended Bristol
Grammar School where he shared a class room with a number of would-be actors
of his era. His father was a producer for BBC radio and his half-brother
grew up to be prolific jazz/rock musician Robert Wyatt.
After leaving school, Glover was classically
trained by the Holloway based National Youth Theatre, which
would educate many a famed actor with a Bond connection,
including Daniel Craig, Timothy
Dalton and Rosamund Pike.
Glover soon gained recognition in his chosen field and
won roles with the prestigious Royal Shakespeare Company
during the 1950s. Also in this era Glover began to gain
television roles - starring in classic series such as "The
Avengers" (which he would appear in four episodes
as Masgard) and sci-fi "Blakes Seven".
later considered for the role of time traveling sci-fi
star "Dr. Who" but this was not to be. Also a
contender to play James Bond at one point, Glover ended
up playing a villain against both heroes. In the
case of "Dr
Who", he appeared in
"City of Death" - the highest rated episode in the
series long history.
Glover first played opposite Roger Moore in an episode of "The Saint". The quirky TV adventure saw the actor take a couple of episodes - first as Mr. Halloran and then as Falconi. He would follow this up with a few appearances on ITV's "Saturday Night Theatre", and "Thirty Minute Theatre" which would dramatise short stories by famed authors.
He made a break into Hollywood with Charlton Heston's "Anthony
and Cleopatra" and various bit parts during the early 1970s before
landing his menacing role of General Veers in the sci-fi smash
Wars: The Empire Strikes Back". Since landing this role, Glover became
a recognisable face in cinema, taking lead roles in "Star Wars", "Indiana
Jones", "Harry Potter" and of course the James Bond series.
In 2008 he returned to the West End to perform in the
classic musical of the orphan boy, "Oliver". On screen, Glover
has recently appeared in Simon Pegg black drama "Big Nothing" (2006)
and Kiefer Sutherland horror "Mirrors" (2008).