Gabor was the fictional loyal bodyguard to oil heiress Elektra King involved in her and Renard's scheme to destroy Istanbul and monopolize the world's oil market for profit. A secondary antagonist portrayed by Australian actor and former professional wrestler, John Seru, he appeared in the 1999 James Bond film, The World Is Not Enough, along with its accompanying novelisation and video games.
Gabor is the personal bodyguard to oil heiress Elektra King. He is first seen in Azerbaijan, accompanying Elektra to a meeting discussing the controversial planned path of her oil pipeline. Although he doesn't exit the helicopter, he is present when she heads high into the mountains to check the survey lines with British agent James Bond. He also accompanies Elektra when they visit Valentin Zukovsky's casino where she loses a game to the Russian businessman. Gabor is then present when M visits Baku and is informed about Renard's plan to blow-up Elektra's oil refinery. At the command center, after Bond is presumed killed in the attempt to prevent the attack, Elektra reveals she and Renard are conspirators. Gabor assists her in abducting M by shooting her guards with another henchman, Elektra having held a bitter grudge against M for having influenced her father not to pay the ransom to Renard.
Later, Gabor and a group of heavies are waiting outside the Federal Security Bureau's Istanbul safe house, when Mister Bullion attempts to kill Zukovsky, Bond and Christmas Jones using a briefcase bomb. They escort 007 and Jones to their base of operations in the Maiden's Tower at the southern entrance of the Bosphorus strait. However, Zukovsky survived the bombing and leads an assault on the tower. Gabor assists in its defense, but is shot dead by Bond after the spy escapes from an antique torture device. Elektra would later suffer Gabor's fate after being shot by 007 for her refusal to call off her plot.
The novelization largely tracks with the film's depiction of Gabor, although slightly expanding his background and dialogue. In the novelization Bond notes that the character is Fijian, a warrior from Bcqa Island. He was assigned to protect Elektra in the wake of the kidnapping and has done so since. His fate in the novelization differs from that of the film, in that he is shot by Zukovsky during his raid on the Maiden's Tower and collapses, riddled with bullet holes, through a shattered stained-glass window.
While the Sony PlayStation and Nintendo 64 editions of The World Is Not Enough vary in their story and character depictions, Gabor is consistently the 'boss' character the player confronts in the Maiden's Tower. In both versions, Gabor ambushes 007 in a scripted event, following the Istanbul safe house bombing. In the N64 version, while Bond is attempting to rescue M from the prison cells, Elektra enters, tells the spy to drop his weapons, and orders Gabor to kill him. A fist-fight in the narrow hallway ensues. The PS1 variant has Bond battling the bodyguard and his henchmen in a large, circular room. Almost indestructible, the PS1 Gabor can only be killed by utilizing the pipe bombs he hurls. He is absent from the Game Boy variant.
Behind the scenes
The role of Gabor was originally offered to the New Zealand rugby player Jonah Lomu but he turned it down. Esquire Magazine ranked Gabor #41 in the list of James Bond Villains, saying, "When Bond casually guns down Gabor during the climax of The World is Not Enough, you may remember that he is the villainous Elektra King's bodyguard. Technically he is ever-present throughout the film. Technically."
- (1999). The World Is Not Enough (Blu-Ray). 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment. Event occurs at 00:23:53. "Receipt dated 15th November 1999"
- Benson, Raymond; Neal Purvis and Robert Wade (18 November 1999). "Chapter 4 - Blood and Oil", The World Is Not Enough (in English). London: Coronet Books. ISBN 978-0340765470.
- Benson, Raymond; Neal Purvis and Robert Wade (18 November 1999). "Chapter 14 - One Last Screw", The World Is Not Enough (in English). London: Coronet Books. ISBN 978-0340765470.
- The World Is Not Enough Trivia (English). MI6. Retrieved on 2022-05-06.
- Jacob Hall. "All 104 James Bond Villains, Ranked", 14 May 2017. Retrieved on 2018-07-18.