Vijay was a fictional British Secret Service intelligence operative and James Bond's contact in India during his investigation of Kamal Khan. One of Bond's allies from the 1983 James Bond film Octopussy, he was portrayed by professional tennis player Vijay Amritraj. The character also appeared in the 1986 James Bond 007 tabletop role-playing game.
An agent in the British Secret Service's Indian Station, Vijay, playing the flute to an asp, sees Bond come to port and plays the James Bond Theme with his flute to get his attention. After getting rid of the asp, stating he hates snakes, he takes Bond to the head of Station 'I', Sadruddin. Later, after Bond wins a rigged game of Backgammon against Khan, the villain makes an assassination attempt on his life as Vijay transports him from the casino by auto rickshaw. The vehicle, modified by the Secret Service's R&D division, Q Branch, speeds through the crowded streets. At one point Vijay fends off his pursuers using a tennis racket. After losing them, they make their way to the local Q Branch workshop. Bond subsequently investigates Octopussy's mysterious island residence and Q waits on the bank, fishing. Late in the evening, Vijay takes over from Q and is attacked by hit-men employed by Khan. Maimed with a yo-yo saw, Vijay manages to live long enough to tell Q what happened before succumbing to his wounds.
Behind the scenes
Vijay was played by Vijay Amritraj, who was a professional tennis player. His character not only shares the same first name, but he is also the tennis pro at Kamal Khan's club, and he uses his tennis racket as a weapon during the auto rickshaw chase (accompanied by the sound of a tennis ball being hit and scenes of onlookers turning their heads left and right as if they are watching a tennis match).
Like his fictional counterpart, the real Vijay had a distinct fear of snakes and found it difficult to hold the snake basket during filming.
The roles of Vijay and Sadruddin were originally going to be one character.