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Aristotle "Aris" Kristatos
Character from the James Bond franchise
Aristotle Kristatos by Julian Glover 2.jpg
Affiliation Russia (short story)
KGB (film)
Nazi Germany (previously) (referenced in film)
Portrayed by Julian Glover

Aristotle "Aris" Kristatos is a fictional character and the main antagonist in the Ian Fleming short story "Risico" found in the anthology For Your Eyes Only and the 1981 James Bond film For Your Eyes Only, in which he was referred to as Aris Kristatos. In the film, he was portrayed by Julian Glover.

Short story biography

In the short story, Kristatos is Bond's CIA contact for a mission to break up a drug smuggling operation in Italy. Kristatos informs Bond that the man behind the operation is Enrico Colombo. After being captured and taken aboard Colombo's ship, the Colombina, Bond learns that Kristatos is actually a double agent, working for the Russians and the man behind the drug smuggling operation. Colombo proves this to Bond by taking him on a raid of Kristatos' warehouse where they catch Kristatos and his men loading a shipment of drugs. During a gun battle, Kristatos flees, only to be confronted and shot by Bond.

Film biography

Generally regarded as a hero for his bravery in World War II and the Greek Civil War, which the British government awarded him the King's Medal, Kristatos was actually a double agent during both conflicts. Though he appeared to be a respectable businessman in the years thereafter, he was in fact a heroin smuggler and a Soviet agent. He developed a bloody feud with Milos Columbo, a rival drug smuggler. He is in union with rogue Nazi supporters who have aided him in smuggling gold, drugs and other supplies out of Britain. In the film, he is hired by General Gogol to obtain the British device ATAC, which controls Polaris missiles.

When Bond meets Kristatos in the Alps, he seems to be an ally to Bond and is uncle to Bibi Dahl, the young iceskating champion who is tipped to be a future Olympic gold medalist.

Later, Kristatos catches up with Bond when catching him playing cards. They have a private dinner about what Kristatos was going to tell Bond about his rival, Columbo. After meeting Columbo's mistress, Countess Lisl von Schlaf and Columbo himself, Bond is told that Kristatos is the "heroin smuggler", not Columbo. Lisl was later killed by Emile Locque, who had presumably been alerted by Kristatos's henchman Apostis (the chauffer who had driven them back to Lisl's house), and Locque had attempted to kill Bond at the same time, only for Bond to disarm Locque and for Locque's accomplice to be shot dead by four men working for Columbo who then captured Bond and took him to Columbo for him to find out that Kristatos was the real villain.

And when Bond and Kristatos cross passes again, he has captured Bond and Melina Havelock and tied them with a rope to his boat and taken for a torture ride along the many coral beds and shark-infested waters. Kristatos then flees to his headquarters on St. Cyril, Greece with Eric Kriegler, convinced that he has killed Bond and Melina.

After harming Bibi and watching Kriegler and Bond fight, Kristatos runs off with the ATAC but to be confronted by Columbo. After a fierce physical battle, Melina is just about to gun Kristatos down but James pleads not to with a better alternative. But as Kristatos reaches for a hidden switchblade knife, Columbo throws his own knife into Kristatos's back, killing him instantly and ending the bloody feud.



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