Somehow I do think that if my favorite Bond film, The Spy Who Loved Me was remembered more fondly by fans and not discarded like most of the other 70's Bond movies, then this little lady would be remembered better for not just being a pretty face, but for being an important piece of Bond's gallery of beauties that for the first time-truly-Bond had an equal partner of the opposite sex that was also an important piece of the movie.
Yes Pussy Galore may have been a tough pilot who aided Bond and Kissy Suzuki was a trained agent, but none of them are featured in their respective movies till well into the second act and neither do their best to one up Bond any chance they get. Sure they might have gotten a smart aleck quip at Bond, but didn't beat Bond at his own game.
Anya Amosova was Russia's top agent, Agent XXX and more or less their version of James Bond with her own gadgets and knowledge of pretty much anything and sent on top secret assignments. She ends up on Bonds very same mission: a quest to look for a mission nuclear submarine. Anya takes great delight in her knowledge of Bond's history including a personal note that causes Bond discomfort.
The two become lovers and partners working together toward a common goal in the movie but when Anya learns that Bond is responsible for the death of her lover, from early in the film she swears revenge even knowing that Bond says is true that "in this line of business it's him or me"- and will kill Bond when their mission is over. Thankfully Bond's charm wins out and all is well.
Why do I like Anya? One- shes burnette and I do have a preference for darker hair. Two she is attractive which is nice. Three she isn't a bimbo. No matter how attractive the Bond girl be it Britt Eckland or Jill St.John some Bond girls are plain empty headed and pure sex appeal. Anya brings more to the table. Four-she did help break the mold. It was the first time a super secret agent in the series was a main character AND the Bond girl who has a part in the story that is important. I can still remember when Tommorrow Never Dies and Die Another Day came out-that you'd swear that this had never been done before with the characters Wai Lin and Jinx. Even Casino Royale's Eva Green got her jabs in at Bond that came dangerously close to this paradigm. I love the idea of a tougher Bond Girl who can stand next to Bond in a fight, but they don't have to keep telling us this is a new thing.
In the end, Anya is my favorite Bond Girl. Yes it does also help that shes in my favorite Bond movie which also has my favorite Bond song, car and henchman. It could also help with all I listed above.
Born in Wausau Wisconsin. Move at an early age to Ventura California and lived for 8 years. Growing up in a big city landscape didn't prepare me for my next move: Archbold Ohio with a population of … more
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