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Venz was one of several fictional Russian bodyguards assigned to protect General Anatol Gogol, the head of the Soviet KGB. He briefly appears in the 1985 James Bond film A View to a Kill and was portrayed by Swedish actor, director, and martial artist Dolph Lundgren. The small part was Lundgren's debut role.


Early in the film, General Gogol is forced to take the risk of personally meeting with Soviet operative Max Zorin after he refuses to answer to his KGB controller. Venz and Klotkoff accompany the General to a Race Course to meet with the rogue agent.

During the heated meeting Gogol rebukes Zorin for his unauthorized 'assassination' of 007, his attention-drawing racing activities and unauthorised commercial ventures. Zorin responds by officially renouncing his KGB membership, prompting Klotkoff to angrily assert that he would be nothing without the KGB's financing and training; a mere biological experiment, a physiological freak.

At this, May Day grabs Klotkoff and raises him above her head. As her armed henchwomen burst in, Venz draws his sidearm and a hostile standoff occurs. Furious, Gogol orders them to control themselves and Zorin complies by having May Day hurl the man to the ground. Staring bitterly at her, Venz proceeds to tend to the wounded man. Noting that no-one ever leaves the KGB, Gogol turns and leaves. Venz is not seen again.


  • Lundgren was dating Grace Jones, who played May Day in the film at the time of filming and one day while Lundgren was visiting her on set. Director John Glen asked Lundgren to replace an extra who didn't show up. Lundgren had no lines in the movie.


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