Even as he was rubbing shoulders with the likes of Robert De Niro, Milchan was arranging big-ticket arms sales for Lakam -- AKA the Bureau Of Scientific Relations, the now-defunct Israeli agency that was top-secretly devoted to the science of relating to countries willing to sell them all the shit necessary to assemble nuclear weapons. Personally recruited in the mid-'70s by future prime minister Shimon Peres, at the height of his career Milchan operated 30 different companies in 17 countries and regularly oversaw nine-figure deals to greatly expand the nation's global outreach (expand it explosively, one might say). Israel's press labeled this then-mysterious figure the "Chuck Norris Of The Lakam," presumably because he signed off on every deal with a sweet-ass spin kick.
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"Who needs leg kicks when you have nuclear arms."
It wasn't all fun and games and "James Bond" levels of excitement (as Milchan put it). There's the fact that he helped South Africa put a positive public-relations spin on its appalling apartheid system, all in exchange for some aftermarket uranium (obviously, Milchan was not a producer on Back To The Future). Then there was the time in 1985 when, as Milchan was struggling to keep the production of a little flick known as Brazil afloat, he suddenly found himself under fire of the legal variety when it was discovered that one of his companies had smuggled nuclear triggers -- AKA krytrons, AKA the things that make nuclear goddamned weapons go boom -- to Israel.
"Maybe no one will notice."