James Bond Girls
The Spy Who Loved Me (1977)
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|Film Title/Year/Director, Bond Girl (Actress)|
The Spy Who Loved Me (1977)
Log Cabin Girl (Sue Vanner)
British agent 007 Bond (Moore) was on a mission in Austria. He was notified by "M" (Bernard Lee), through Miss Moneypenny (Lois Maxwell), to "pull out, immediately."
He was making love to a white fur-draped, blonde female known as Log Cabin Girl (Sue Vanner) in front of a roaring fire in a cabin in the snowy Alps. His Seiko watch (with ticker-tape message device) sent a message: "007 to report HQ. Immediate. M."
Bond told the Log Cabin Girl: "Sorry darling, something came up." She responded: "But James, I need you." Bond loyally replied: "So does England!"
The KGB death squad double agent betrayed Bond when she radioed her four colleagues on a ski-slope after he departed - to kill him.
Major Anya Amasova, Agent Triple XXX (Barbara Bach)
In the film's very first opening scene, KGB agent/officer Major Anya Amasova, Russian code-named Agent Triple XXX, was interrupted while making love to fellow KGB agent Sergei Barsov (Michael Billington). He was assigned to journey to the Austrian Alps to kill agent Bond (Moore). At the same time, she was summoned to report to Soviet General Anatol Gogol (Water Gotell) to investigate the mysterious disappearance of the Russian nuclear submarine Potemkin, when she learned of her lover's tragic death at the hands of the British Secret Service during his mission on a ski slope (in the pre-title credits sequence).
Bond was also called upon by MI6 to investigate the disappearance of a British nuclear ballistics submarine (HMS Ranger) with 16 Polaris missiles aboard - both vessels were apparently abducted by a mysterious giant underwater craft, later revealed to be supertanker The Liparus. Bond (and Amasova) were simultaneously commissioned by their respective governments to locate and retrieve the microfilmed plans of a submarine tracking system, developed by villainous billionaire shipping magnate Karl Stromberg (Curt Jurgens), but then stolen and available for sale on the black market.
In their pursuit, they first met in Cairo (at the Giza Pyramids during a light show). Later at the Mujaba nightclub, she impressed him - knowing his favorite drink when ordering: "Vodka martini, shaken not stirred." She also knew his background, including that he was a British Secret Service agent "licensed to kill" and had "many lady friends, but married only once. Wife killed..." Both Bond and Anya were ready to bid for the microfilm plans, although Bond was at a disadvantage: "It seems you have competition, Mr. Bond. And from where I sit, I fancy you will find the lady's figure hard to match!"
When the microfilm plans were again stolen, they found themselves together in the back of a van headed to remote ancient temple ruins, where they were forced to battle henchman Jaws (Richard Kiel) - they engaged in one-up-mans-ship to take possession of the microfilm. On a Arab dhow sailing on the Nile back to Cairo as the sun set, Bond suggested: "Is there anything I can do to warm you up." When they talked about survival strategies, Bond agreed with her when she suggested: "When necessary, shared bodily warmth." While they kissed, she flirtatiously asked: "You're not trying to take advantage of me, are you?" But then she gassed Bond with knock-out or sleep-inducing gas cigarettes, and escaped with the microfilm.
However, in the next scene, "M" (Bernard Lee) informed Bond of a change in plans - the Anglo-Soviet governments were to cooperate and pool their resources to find out what had happened to their submarines. On their way by train to Stromberg's marine laboratory near Sardinia, the two shared a two-bedroom sleeper cabin - Bond invited her to his adjoining area for "company" and a champagne nightcap, but she graciously declined.
He then helped defend her against a brutal attack by Jaws, who was hiding in her closet - and afterwards, they "shared bodily warmth" together. For saving her life, she rewarded the slightly-wounded Bond with intimacy, affectionately suggesting: "Why don't you lie down and let me look at it?" She asked: "What can we use for a bandage?" and he loosened her nightgown strap: "How about this?"
However, later during their mission, she learned that Bond was responsible for the death of her lover at Berngarten in Austria three weeks earlier: "It was either him or me," Bond claimed. She vowed revenge: "Then, when this mission is over, I will kill you."
In the plot, Anya aided Bond in their coordinated mission of bringing down Stromberg's scheme for world domination - his goal was to aim the nuclear missiles of the stolen submarines at two strategic targets to cause nuclear annihilation and flood everything on Earth, except for his own base headquarters at "Atlantis" near Sardinia, Italy.
In the final scene while in Stromberg's jettisoned escape pod after "Atlantis" was torpedoed, she threatened to shoot Bond dead to fulfill her revenge: "The mission is over, Commander." Bond asked, as a condemned man, for "a final request" -- "Let's get out of these wet things." She decided to forgive Bond and romance him instead of killing him - she embraced and kissed him. Naked and cuddling in bed together under silk sheets, Anya asked: "What would our superiors say?" He was confident: "They're never gonna know."
He was wrong - their escape pod was brought inside the Royal Navy's rescue vessel the HMS Fearless as Bond was engaged in love-making. The two were viewed through the pod's glass porthole. Bond explained what he was doing to the outraged Minister of Defence Sir Frederick Gray (Geoffrey Keen): "Keeping the British end up, Sir" - and then lowered the privacy curtain.
She was considered the first 'liberated' Bond girl that was equal in skills and abilities to Bond himself. She was also the "first girl-power Bond beauty" who posed for Playboy to promote the Bond film.
(chronological, each Bond film a separate page)
Introduction | Dr. No (1962) | From Russia With Love (1963) | Goldfinger (1964) | Thunderball (1965)
You Only Live Twice (1967) | On Her Majesty's Secret Service (1969) | Diamonds are Forever (1971) | Live and Let Die (1973)
The Man with the Golden Gun (1974) | The Spy Who Loved Me (1977) | Moonraker (1979) | For Your Eyes Only (1981)
Octopussy (1983) | A View to a Kill (1985) | The Living Daylights (1987) | Licence to Kill (1989)
GoldenEye (1995) | Tomorrow Never Dies (1997) | The World is Not Enough (1999) | Die Another Day (2002)
Casino Royale (2006) | Quantum of Solace (2008) | Skyfall (2012) | Unofficial Never Say Never Again (1983)