William "Bill" Randa is a Monarch operative who first appeared in the 2017 Legendary Pictures film Kong: Skull Island. He is set to reappear in the 2023-2024 Apple TV+ miniseries Monarch: Legacy of Monsters.
The only survivor of an attack on the USS Lawton by a Massive Unidentified Terrestrial Organism, Randa joined the government organization Monarch in order to uncover the truth about the ancient superspecies which once ruled the world and protect mankind from their return. Randa recruited geologist Houston Brooks into Monarch and organized an expedition to the supposed Hollow Earth emergence point of Skull Island in 1973. Randa perished on the island after the mission went awry, though ultimately his longstanding belief in the Hollow Earth hypothesis was proven correct.
As a senior operative of the mysterious government organization Monarch, Randa muscles both his team and a military escort onto a Landsat survey expedition to Skull Island. But the myth he’s chasing and his secret obsession with discovering the truth behind it could endanger the lives of everyone onboard.
In 1943, Bill Randa was serving aboard the USS Lawton when it was attacked by a gigantic creature, leaving him the only survivor. The U.S. military officially claimed that the ship was sunk by enemy forces, despite Randa's firm belief that a monster was behind the attack. He became obsessed with proving that monsters existed, convinced that the ancient superspecies which once ruled the planet would return to reclaim it from humanity. By 1952, Randa joined the secretive government research group Monarch, which specialized in the search for Massive Unidentified Terrestrial Organisms like the one which sank the Lawton. Randa became particularly fixated on the long-discredited Hollow Earth hypothesis, which claimed that there was a large subterranean space within the planet, believing that monsters dwelt within it. When a college student named Houston Brooks wrote about the Hollow Earth in his thesis, Randa took an interest in him and recruited him into Monarch.
In 1973, during the closing days of the Vietnam War, Randa learned that a NASA satellite had provided the first overhead images of the fabled Skull Island, an uncharted island in the Pacific Ocean concealed by a perpetual storm. He and Brooks proposed a plan to Senator Al Willis to send a joint Landsat-Monarch expedition to the island to map and document it. Randa believed that Skull Island was an emergence point for the underground Hollow Earth ecosystem, and thus capable of finally proving his beliefs correct. Willis was dismissive of Monarch's mission, despite Randa's insistence that the military's H-bomb tests in the 1950s were actually attempts to kill a giant monster. Brooks ultimately managed to convince Willis, saying that the Soviets would send men to the island if they didn't do so first. After securing funding and transport, Randa and Brooks personally recruited former British SAS tracker James Conrad to help lead the ground expedition. Despite Conrad's pessimism about the mission, he accepted after being offered substantial payment.
Randa and Brooks were joined by a Monarch biologist, Lin San, and boarded the transport ship Athena bound for Skull Island. The expedition was formally headed by Landsat's Victor Nieves, and escorted by the U.S. Army's Sky Devils helicopter squadron under the command of Colonel Preston Packard. Also along for the mission was antiwar photographer Mason Weaver. When the Athena reached the storm surrounding Skull Island, Nieves decided to call off the mission but was overruled by Randa, who convinced Packard to lead them through the storm. The Sky Devils' choppers managed to pierce the veil, revealing land covered in mountains and jungle. Under Randa's orders, the choppers began dropping seismic charges in order to map the island's terrain, revealing the ground underneath it to be virtually hollow. However, the charges also attracted Kong, the self-appointed 100-foot-tall ape guardian of the island. Infuriated by the charges' destruction of his home and inevitable awakening of the subterranean Skullcrawlers, Kong wasted no time in downing all of the expedition's choppers, killing many of Packard's men. Randa became separated from Brooks and San, being stranded with Packard's men. Packard confronted Randa at gunpoint and demanded that he explain what just happened. He finally revealed his affiliation with Monarch and his mission, saying that their encounter with Kong only proved his obsession with monsters correct. He urged Packard to get them all off of the island so they could bring proof of what happened to the rest of the world.
Randa and the others traversed the dangerous environment of the island, encountering other deadly creatures such as the Mother Longlegs and Leafwing. Randa was awestruck upon seeing a bloody handprint left on the side of a cliff by Kong, illustrating the beast's colossal size. Eventually Randa's group reunited with Brooks', who had picked up pilot Hank Marlow, who was stranded on the island since 1944. While Conrad urged everyone to approach the extraction point at the edge of the island, Packard insisted that they needed to rescue his man Jack Chapman first. The party entered a mass graveyard on the island, known as the Valley of the Fallen Gods, where Randa began taking photographs of the various remains. However, a juvenile Skullcrawler began to stalk the group. The flash on Randa's camera malfunctioned, drawing the Skullcrawler right toward him. Realizing the creature's presence, Randa only had time to remark "Oh shit." before being eaten alive.
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- Kong: Skull Island - The Official Movie Novelization (2017)
- Godzilla vs. Kong: The Official Movie Novelization (2021) [mentioned]
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