Characters / The Spy Who Loved Me

Characters specific to The Spy Who Loved Me. For those in the entire film franchise, see here.

Anya Amasova, a.k.a. Agent Triple X
Played by: Barbara Bach

A KGB agent sent to team up with Bond against Stromberg. She is the lover of an agent Bond killed in the opening sequence and vows revenge.

  • Damsel in Distress: In the climax.
  • Distaff Counterpart: A female alter-ego to 007. To the point where she's introduced to the audience in a manner identical to the way Bond is—canoodling with her lover. The first of that kind, but not much of an Action Girl actually.
  • Easily Forgiven: Well not quite easy, but she does end up sleeping with Bond despite the fact he killed her lover.
  • Enemy Mine: The entire plot of the movie from her perspective.
  • Girl of the Week: The main Bond Girl of this film.
  • Go-Go Enslavement: In the climax.
  • Ms. Fanservice: She even has a Shower Scene in the U.S. submarine. Unfortunately, Stromberg took notice, and when she was captured, he took her to Atlantis (his headquarters), and had her dressed in a revealing outfit and tied up in his study to caress her.
  • Revenge: In the opening scene, Bond kills Anya's lover, a KGB agent who is trying to kill him at the time. When she finds out about it, she vows to kill Bond.
  • Sensual Slavs: As is a staple of the Bond movies for a Russian woman. Incidentally, this movie almost single-handedly changed Americans' views of Russian women. Before it came out, all Russian women were assumed by Americans to be outright Gonks, to the point that American comedians (and especially the hugely influential Johnny Carson) could count on getting cheap and easy laughs by poking fun at the purported hideousness of Russian women. Carson admitted during a visit by Roger Moore that the movie had ruined "half his jokes".
  • Sugar and Ice Personality: Amasova starts the movie having lots of arguments and fights with Bond, only to start liking liking him halfway through. And almost threw it away when she found out Bond killed her previous lover.
  • When Harry Met Svetlana: Soviet Anya Amasova teams up with the British James Bond and, despite the fact that he killed her lover (in self defense), she naturally falls in love with him by the end of the movie.

Karl Stromberg
Played by: Curd Jürgens

A billionaire shipping magnate who intends to exterminate mankind by triggering global thermonuclear war between the East and West so that he can restart human civilization in the ocean.

  • Big Bad: The main antagonist of the film.
  • Captain Ersatz: He is remarkably similar to Captain Nemo. A man with such love of the sea and contempt to the western world that he would want it completely annihilated so he would live in peace under the sea.
  • Cool Boat: He owns a tanker that "eats" up submarines and a truly spectacular underwater base.
  • Collapsing Lair: After it's been hit by a torpedo.
  • Corrupt Corporate Executive: He's a successful businessman as head of his own shipping firm, which is noted to be one of the world's richest shipping companies. He uses its resources for his Evil Plan.
  • Diabolical Mastermind: Having a plan that involves stealing nuclear submarines and operating from an underwater base is as good a sign as any.
  • Establishing Character Moment: Stromberg is introduced by dropping his secretary into a Shark Pool and watching her be eaten while playing Bach over it after she tried to sell his microfilm plans to the world powers.
  • Expy: It's been stated some drafts had him be Blofeld. EON Productions had lost the rights for the character of Blofeld and the SPECTRE by that time. They created one-shot megalomaniac villains like him instead.
  • Generic Doomsday Villain: Averted. His plan is utterly insane but internally consistent.
  • Knight Templar: Cements himself as one when Bond and Anya tell him that he's committing genocide in order to create his underwater utopia. He's so convinced that he's doing humanity a favor, he states that he "is willing to accept the judgment of posterity".
  • Man of Wealth and Taste: He appreciates art and classic music and his main base is Scenery Porn defined.
  • Misanthrope Supreme/The Sociopath: His meeting with Bond (who at the time was posing as a marine biologist) certainly drives the point that he has left humanity behind. And then there's the whole desire for the destruction of the entire human race and then restart it in the ocean. Bond is even told before meeting Stromberg that he's germophobic and won't shake hands (though this may also because he has webbed hands). Bond holds out his hand to Stromberg anyway and is predictably rebuffed.
    Bond: Don't you miss the outside world?
    Stromberg: For me, this is all the world. [shows Bond his aquarium] There is beauty, there is ugliness, and there is death.
  • Non-Action Big Bad: Noticeably less active than many of the usual Bond villains. When he finally tries to stop Bond himself, it goes badly.
  • Omnicidal Maniac: His plan to build his underwater utopia involves annihilating civilization on the surface using the stolen submarines to nuke New York and Moscow, thus triggering a global nuclear war.
  • Red Right Hand: He has webbed fingers. Though unusually, this is never explicitly pointed out and there are only a couple shots where they're obvious.
  • Soft-Spoken Sadist: He never raises his voice. Not that he needs to do that to still come off as creepy, as his Dirty Old Man attitude towards Anya Amasova shows.
  • Supervillain Lair: The Atlantis, one of the most iconic in the franchise.
  • Villain with Good Publicity: When the clues Bond and Amasova discover point towards him, of course there's doubt that the respected businessman is actually behind it.
  • War for Fun and Profit: Subverted. He actually sneers at Bond for asking how much he wants to not destroy the world.
  • Wicked Cultured: Has paintings in his lair and listens to classical music.
  • You Have Outlived Your Usefulness: Kills the doctor and the professor who made the tracking device by blowing up their helicopter.

Played by: Richard Kiel

A henchman who works for Stromberg. He is distinctive for his metal teeth, huge stature and his persistence in surviving everything that gets thrown at him (or falls on him).

He reappears in Moonraker.

  • Adaptational Badass: Jaws is loosely based on the villain Sol "Horror" Horowitz from Ian Fleming's The Spy Who Loved Me, who is a thug with a metal-capped teeth and who ends being killed unceremoniously by Bond while he tries to make a getaway on a car with his partner (who outlives him). Jaws, however, is a man who just won't die, and is one of the most remembered aspects of the film, its subsequent sequel, and of the series overall.
  • Balls of Steel: Literally. When Bond tries incapacitate Jaws with a kick to the groin, a loud "clang" sound can be heard, and he is completely unfazed.
  • The Brute: He's Stormberg's main muscle. He's also clever at times.
  • Determinator: Having rubble fall over you? Get back out. Being left in a ruin the desert? Walk back on foot. Being thrown out of a train or falling off a cliff? Walk away as if nothing happened. Falling in a Shark Pool? Kill the shark. Being left in the middle of the ocean with no land in sight? Swim for shore anyway.
  • The Dragon: To Karl Stromberg, the Big Bad.
  • Dragon Their Feet: Not only does he live longer than Stormberg, he doesn't die.
  • Ensemble Darkhorse:invoked His badassery combined with the physical comedy of the actor playing him earned him enough of a following that he earned the distinction of being the only henchman to make a second appearance, in Moonraker.
  • Genius Bruiser: Not only is he very big, very strong, and very tough, but he's also surprisingly intelligent and shows himself to be quite clever at setting up ambushes.
  • Giant Mook: Probably the most prominent example in the James Bond franchise.
  • Hoist by His Own Petard: His steel teeth are used against him twice in the film; Bond electrocutes him through his teeth with a broken lamp and then attaches Jaws to a magnet, then drops him into the shark pool.
  • Implacable Man: He's a little more emotional than is usual for this trope, his facial expressions show traces of Oh Crap! whenever he's about to get pummelled again, but he always survives and he doesn't stop coming.
    • A list of the damage he takes in this film alone:
      • Collapses part of an Egyptian temple on top of him.
      • Gets run over by a van by Anya.
      • Electrocuted via his steel teeth by Bond.
      • Kicked off a train by Bond (and gets electrocuted again halfway down).
      • Falls of a cliff into a house along with three other henchmen; he's the only who's still alive.
      • Gets shot in the face by Bond (the round hit his teeth).
      • The destruction of Stromberg's base and the ensuing swim to shore.
  • Joker Immunity: A rarety among Bond villains. He shouldn't be able to survive the things that's happening to him, but he does anyway.
  • Jump Scare: When he shows up in Anya's closet on the train.
  • Karma Houdini: Despite failing to kill Bond, he gets away Scot-free at the end of the film.
  • Made of Iron: He survives electrocution, car crashes, kicked through the window of a moving train, fighting a shark, and the explosion and sinking of the base immediately after the shark fight!... and he'd pick himself up, dust off his lapels, straighten his tie and casually stroll away.
  • Mighty Glacier: He's strong and durable, but slow.
  • Only One Name: He's only known as "Jaws".
  • Psycho for Hire: An assassin sent by Stromberg to recover the film and kill anyone who sees it.
  • Red Right Hand: His height (Richard Kiel was 7'2) and steel teeth.
  • Slasher Smile: He always smiles when he's about to attack Bond, making his steel teeth particularly visible.
  • The Voiceless: He's completely silent in this film. He'd end up having a single line at the end of Moonraker.

Played by: Milton Reid

Another henchman working for Stromberg. He tries to kill Bond separately from Jaws but is soon dispatched.

  • Bald of Evil: He doesn't have a single hair in his head. This is something that he carried from his book counterpart, Sluggsy, who is said to suffer from alopecia, to the point that Sluggsy didn't even have nostril hair.
  • The Brute: Shares this position with Jaws.
  • Disney Villain Death: Ends up holding on Bond's tie on the edge of a rooftop in Cairo. Bond interrogates him and then removes the tie with a hand move, causing Sandor to plummet to his death.
    Bond: Where is Fekkesh?
    Sandor: PYRAMIDS! [Bond removes his tie] AAAAAAHHHH! [hits the ground]
    Bond: What a helpful chap.
  • Fat Bastard: A portly man who's a henchman for the main villain.
  • Only One Name: He's only called "Sandor".
  • Stout Strength: He certainly gives what's probably the toughest hand-to-hand fight that Roger Moore's Bond ever had.
  • We Hardly Knew Ye: He's killed after his first ambush against Bond. Contrast it with Jaws, who managed to appear in the next movie.

Played by: Caroline Munro

She is Karl Stromberg's personal helicopter pilot and assistant. She is first seen in the film escorting Professor Beckman and Dr. Markovitz in the Atlantis to see Stromberg and then exits. When we next see her, she is escorting Bond and Triple X, who are posing as a marine biologist and his wife, on a boat to Atlantis to meet Stromberg. Bond flirts with Naomi, enraging Triple X. While Bond has his meeting with Stromberg, Naomi entertains Triple X, showing her around the base. Naomi later chases Bond and Triple X in a helicopter and opens fire on them all over the highways of Sardinia until the Lotus comes to a port which it immediately drives off into the water. Naomi hovers overhead, believing she's won. Bond then arms a surface-to-air missile and blows Naomi's copter out of the sky.

  • Affably Evil: She sure is affable to the visitors of Atlantis, but it turns out that she can also shoot you from her helicopter.
  • Cool Shades: She has a pair of very '70s ones.
  • Dark Action Girl: It's revealed to be one after she shoots Bond and Amasova from her helicopter. Until then, she just seemed to be a Punch Clock Villain by being Stromberg's personal assistant.
  • Ms. Fanservice:
    Bond: What a handsome craft. Such lovely lines.
  • Only One Name: She's only called "Naomi".
  • Sexy Secretary: She sure is sexy, and she's Stromberg's personal assistant.
  • Walking Swimsuit Scene: After her first scene (escorting Professor Beckman and Dr. Markovitz in the Atlantis to see Stromberg), all of her scenes are this, with her in the bikini/robe combo pictured.
  • We Hardly Knew Ye: She has relatively little screen time before her death. Crosses into Dropped a Bridge on Her, given that her flirtation with Bond could easily led the audience to believe that she could become a Girl of the Week.

Sergei Barsov
Played by: Michael Billington

Anya Amasova's lover. A KGB agent who ends up dead while trying to kill Bond in Austria in the pre-credits sequence.

The log cabin girl
Played by: Sue Vanner

A woman seen in the pre-credits sequence, she has spent some intimate time with Bond in Berngarten, Austria. She is actually a KGB mole, and she warns Sergei Barsov and his squad when Bond is leaving the log cabin so they can ambush and kill him.

  • Blondes Are Evil: A blonde woman who turns out to be in cahoots with men trying to kill Bond.
  • Honey Trap: It can be reasonably assumed that she was ordered to seduce Bond so that it would be possible for the KGB to assassinate him.
  • Ms. Fanservice: She spends her entire appereance wearing a white mink coat.
  • Naked in Mink: After she and Bond made love, she wraps herself with the white mink coat over which she and Bond laid.
  • No Name Given: Her name is never mentioned. She's just credited as "Log Cabin Girl".
  • The Vamp: She seduces Bond into a trap by the KGB.