Actress: Barbara Bach
Character: Anya Amasova
Movie: 'The Spy Who Loved Me'
Date of Birth: 27th August 1947
Place of Birth: New York, USA
Trivia: Was born Barbara Goldbach
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When investigating the death of Fekkesh, a wheeler-dealer middleman, Bond gets more than he's bet on. In the dark tombs of the Egyptian Pyramids, Bond fends off several Russian goons and comes face to face with Agent XXX.
"Commander James Bond, recruited to the British Secret Service from the Royal Navy. License to kill and has done so on numerous occasions. Many lady friends but married only once. Wife killed..."
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Bond chases Anya across the globe in an attempt to out-do the Russian agent in her work, and it is not until the mission ends that he gets what he deserves. Indeed, Stromberg's luxurious escape pod sets the perfect mood and 007 demonstrates in front of both M and the Minister of Defense that he can definitely keep the British end up.
Hailed as the first liberated Bond girl, Major Anya Amasova of the Russian Army is 007's Russian counterpart. Code named XXX, Anya, like Bond, has never failed on a mission, and cleverly outwits and outthinks 007 on more than one occasion.
Trained in the tough, frozen wastelands of Siberia, XXX is a highly regarded spy for the KGB and is dispatched for the most challenging of missions.
Her lover, a fellow Russian agent, is killed when 007 shoots him in a frenetic ski chase. To settle the score, she vows to kill Bond at the end of their joint mission, but eventually warms to 007.
Born in Queens, New York, Bach is the eldest of 5 siblings. She met her first husband, Augusto Gregorini while working as a model. The couple were married in 1968 and soon had two children. Often hailed as a B-Movie Queen, Bach made her name in shoot-em-up style spaghetti-westerns - commonly playing the standard damsel in distress. Barbara Bach won her role in "The Spy Who Loved Me" on a friend of a friend's recommendation. The Bond production team had been searching for a leading lady for months and was delighted when Bach fell into their laps.
By the end of the '70s, Bach had divorced her first husband and despite a steady stream of work, struggled to break back into Hollywood - even on the success of "Spy". She did, however, win a role in the 1981 production "Caveman" - starring Beatles legend, Ringo Starr. The couple was married the same year and Bach retired from acting 5 years later in 1986.