Anya Amasova

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Anya Amasova
Character from the James Bond series
Anya Amasova played by Barbara Bach.jpg
Affiliation KGB (film)
SMERSH (novelisation)
Portrayed by Barbara Bach

Major Anya Amasova (aka Agent XXX) is a fictional character in the James Bond film The Spy Who Loved Me, portrayed by Barbara Bach. In the film, Amasova is an agent of the KGB.

Biography[edit]

After the theft of a submarine, M recalls Bond from a mission where he is currently in a cabin located in Austria (in the novelisation, on the top of Aiguille du Mort, a mountain near the town of Chamonix). While leaving Bond is ambushed by a Russian team, but is able to kill one of them in self-defense prior to parachuting off the mountain. Unbeknownst to Bond, the agent he killed is Amasova's lover Sergei Barsov. She has also been recalled from a mission by General Gogol of the KGB.

Anya meets Bond during a show at the Pyramids in Egypt, where her thugs fight with Bond when she believes he has killed Fekkesh, an Egyptian contact whose body has been found in one of the pyramids. The real killer was Jaws.

However, they become formally introduced to one another in Cairo when they both arrive at Max Kalba's club. After spouting various biographical details to each other (for example, Anya is aware of Bond's doomed marriage), they attempt to outbid one another for a secret microfilm. When Kalba is killed by Jaws, they travel across Egypt tracking the microfilm. After Anya ultimately outwits Bond for the microfilm (but Bond had reviewed it), they report to the Abu Simbel temple where Gogol and M have decided to work together to find out how and why their submarines are being stolen while at sea.

For most of the film Bond and Anya have the same mission objectives and try to achieve the same goals often by attempting to outdo one another, during which they fall in love. While travelling to Sardinia by train they share a meal together and while Anya is preparing for bed in her carriage, having politely declined Bond's offer of a nightcap, she is attacked by Jaws. Bond hears the sounds of a struggle over the noise of the train and arrives just in time to save her from being killed. After a brief fight Jaws is despatched out of a window and Bond returns to Anya, who tends to a cut on his shoulder before they kiss and ultimately spend the night together. On Sardinia Anya accompanies Bond to meet Karl Stromberg posing as his wife. Afterwards Anya learns that 007 killed her lover. She then tells Bond that she will ultimately have revenge once their mission is complete.

Anya is later captured by Stromberg and held captive at Atlantis, Stromberg's undersea base. Bond sneaks aboard and rescues her. As the mission reaches its end, she points her gun at Bond, only to discover that she is too in love with him to kill him.

Anya (pointing gun at Bond), tells him: "The mission is over, Commander". At that moment, as Anya is tightening her finger on the trigger, the cork pops off of a champagne bottle that Bond is in the process of opening. Anya smiles, stifling a giggle, and Bond says "In my country, Major, the condemned man is usually allowed a final request" to which she says "Granted". Bond then suggests that they get out of their wet clothes.

When the escape pod with James and Anya goes into the ship Bond saved from Stromberg's 'instruments of Armageddon', Q, M, and Anya's superiors from Russia look inside a window at James and Anya making love in the luxury bed in awe. "James!" Anya says as she's the first one in the pod to see the duo's superiors.

It was planned to have Amasova make a cameo in Moonraker (which was released in 1979), as the woman in bed with General Gogol, but this never happened.

Reception[edit]

Entertainment Weekly ranks Amasova as the fifth best Bond girl.[1] Fandango ranks her as part of their best Bond Girls.[2] All Women Stalk named her as the fourth sexiest Bond girl.[3] About.com ranked Amasova as number seven in their list of best Bond girls.[4] Bond-Girls.net called Amasova "one of the sexiest and most beautiful Bond-Girls...a brand-new type of Bond-Girl".[5]

Critical Studies[edit]

In Shaken & Stirred: The Feminism of James Bond, scholar Robert A. Caplen argues that Anya's character "is groundbreaking within the Bond Girl paradigm" because she is "imbued with a plausibility that surpasses her predecessors . . . ."[6] Nevertheless, Caplen observes that Anya's "significant moments of independence and assertiveness are tempered by the constraints inherent in the successful Bondian formula . . . ."[7]

References[edit]

  1. ^ The 10 Best Bond Girls The 10 Best Bond Girls
  2. ^ Morgan, Kim. "The Top 10 Bond Girls". Fandango.com. Archived from the original on 15 June 2011. Retrieved 4 June 2011. 
  3. ^ "The 26 Sexiest Bond Girls…". Allwomenstalk.com. 22 April 2011. Archived from the original on 7 July 2011. Retrieved 4 June 2011. 
  4. ^ "Top 10 Bond Girls – The Best Bond Girls in James Bond Movies". Movies.about.com. Archived from the original on 7 June 2011. Retrieved 4 June 2011. 
  5. ^ James Bond. "006 Bond Girls – Barbara Bach is Major Anya Amasova in The Spy Who Loved Me". Bond-girls.net. Retrieved 4 June 2011. 
  6. ^ Caplen, Robert A., Shaken & Stirred: The Feminism of James Bond (2012), pp. 309.
  7. ^ Caplen, Robert A., Shaken & Stirred: The Feminism of James Bond (2012), pp. 309.