Women - The Spy Who Loved Me (1977)

Major Anya Amasova: In a drastic move the script writers must have decided to end Bond's womanising for this film. He is left with just one (except in the pre-credits sequence) for the whole film, Major Anya Amasova or Triple-X, who plays his opposite number in the KGB. She is assigned to work with him to discover what Stromberg is up to. At the time Anya doesn't realise that it was Bond who had shot her former love Sergei Barsov, and when she finds out she promises to kill Bond at the end of the mission. Bond gets out of this one using his charm and desire to get themselves out of their wet clothes... Although the Russian accent is a bit of a non-starter for Barbara Bach, she plays the role of Anya well and is helped enormously by her stunning appearance (of which we get to see quite a lot throughout the film...). No wonder Roger Moore said that he found this film the most enjoyable of the seven to make!

Conclusion: Despite there being just one proper woman in this film, Major Anya Amasova makes up for it in being the most accomplished female role since Honor Blackman's Pussy Galore. The monogamous position Bond is left in is entirely in keeping with the plot, so its alright really. There's more than an eyeful in any case, so what's the problem?

9/10

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