Ilan Bodnar

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Ilan Bodnar
D     E     C     E     A     S     E     D
Gender: Male   Male
Died: April 2013, Port of Baltimore.
Status: Deceased- died after being thrown off a ship by Ziva David.
Portrayed by: Oded Fehr
 First Appearance
  ●   NCIS: Shiva (episode).
 Last Appearance
  ●   NCIS: Revenge (episode)
List of Appearances

Ilan Bodnar was the Deputy Director of Mossad and also the person responsible for ordering the hit on Eli David that was carried out in Shabbat Shalom (episode).

NCIS Season 10

Bodnar made his debut appearance in the Season 10 episode, Shiva (episode) where he personally arrived at NCIS Headquarters to confront NCIS Special Agent Leroy Jethro Gibbs and acting NCIS Director Jerome Craig after learning that they had the Director of Iranian Intelligence, Arash Kazmi in their custody.

He later reconnected with Ziva but never made to the meeting with NCIS Special Agent Timothy McGee learning that the hotel room Bodnar had been staying in during his stay in D.C. had been scrubbed clean with Bodnar disappearing without a trace although the NCIS team discovered thanks to Ziva revealing that Bodnar's middle name meant "virtue" in Hebrew that Bodar planned on becoming the new Mossad Director which Bodnar himself hoped to achieve by killing both Eli and Ziva.

Bodnar reappeared in Seek (episode) as Ziva browsed through images of him from the NCIS database before she spoke to NCIS Director Leon Vance with one image revealing that Bodnar had gone to Dulles International Airport at 8:34 on January 12, 2013.

In Chasing Ghosts (episode), NCIS Special Agent Anthony DiNozzo discovered that McGee and Ziva had been secretly tracking Bodnar with help from contacts of Ziva's from all over the world, and their research managed to narrow down their search to within Western Europe, with his likeliest location being in Rome, Italy.

However, they later deduced he was most likely in Berlin, Germany after a spike in diamonds being sold there (Ziva's father had used diamond dealers to ensure intelligence does not find him) which sent Tony and Ziva to Germany during Berlin (episode).

It was later revealed that Bodnar had never actually left the country, and that the "Bodnar" who had departed for Europe was actually his brother.

In addition, Bodnar then proceeded to ram DiNozzo's car after he and Ziva returned to the States, taking the diamond patch with him.

In Revenge (episode), Bodnar later video contacted Ziva, and informed her that he killed Eli because he believed that Eli was selling out Israel to Iran. He also admitted that, although he did hated and distrusted Karsmi, he was not responsible for his death.

This was eventually revealed to be true: the CIA killed him. They eventually deduced that Bodnar was in New York City although it was later revealed that he had matted himself into pre-existing footage of Central Park to give the illusion that he was in New York City.

After McGee uncovered information that Bodnar was planning to leave for South Africa on board a ship named the Ocean Voyager which was docked at Port 19 in Baltimore, Ziva left the NCIS office and traveled to Baltimore.

She later arrived at the dock and confronted Bodnar with Bodnar stating that he was not willing to stand trial in either the United States or Israel for his crimes.

As such, the two engaged each other in a vicious fight, using only hand-to-hand combat with neither side willing to give up or give an inch.


Bodnar lies on the crate of boxes, dead. From the Season 10 episode, "Revenge".

After a brutal fight, Ziva emerged as the victor and avenged both her father and Jackie Vance which she achieved by throwing him down onto a crate of boxes just as McGee, DiNozzo and Gibbs arrived.

The NCIS official report stated that Bodnar had slipped and that Ziva had apparently tried to stop him.




Hand to Hand Combat

As a Mossad operative, Bodnar was trained in all arts of self-defense and hand-to-hand combat, giving him something of a huge advantage over his opponents.



Leroy Jethro Gibbs



  • Ziva David- (rammed DiNozzo's car while she was alive; survived; attempted to strangle with a chain; survived, died at her hands seconds later).
  • Anthony DiNozzo- (rammed his car; survived).

Proxy victims

  • Eli David- (shot by Roland Ames; intended).
  • Jackie Vance- (shot by Roland Ames; possible collateral damage).

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