Karl Stromberg (Curt Jurgens)


Actor: Curt Jurgens
Character: Karl Stromberg
Movie: The Spy Who Loved Me
Date of Birth: 13 December 1915
Height: 6' 4" (1.93 m)
Distinguishing Feature: Webbed fingers
Status: Terminated
Organisations & Alliances: Jaws, Naomi, Sandor

A rich and successful marine biologist, head of the Stromberg shipping line and an eccentric recluse, Karl Stromberg conducts life on his own terms – beneath the waves. His profession has lead him to an unhealthy obsession with the ocean and as a result the scientist is mad-tack on savoring the peace and quiet of the deep oceans, at the cost of all human life on land. He believes he has the power to decide who should die and who should live.

“Well, well... a British agent in love with a Russian agent.
Détente, indeed.”

At Stromberg’s secret laboratory, scientists Dr Bechmann and Professor Markovitz develop the submarine tracking system, capable of pinpointing nuclear subs across the globe based purely on their wake. With this security-shattering tool at hand, Stromberg’s organisation captures both Russian, British and American nuclear submarines. His intent is to destroy civilisation so that he could start a new one, a very different one. Stromberg plans to use the submarines to start WW III by bombing two high-population cities - New York and Moscow - causing a full scale nuclear war between the USA and the USSR, wiping out most of the world's population.

I've Been Expecting You
"Why do we seek to conquer space, when seven-tenths of our universe remains to be explored?"

Bond poses as globe-trotting marine biologist Robert Stirling in order to get an audience with the elusive Karl Stromberg. Bond irks Stromberg by attempting to shake hands - something he refuses to do (perhaps because of his webbed fingers?) He lives up to his cover when quizzed about sea life, but 007 does not fool the manic mastermind for long and Bond and Anya are soon set upon by Stromberg’s goons.

Stromberg spends much of his time onboard Atlantis – the giant, submergible mansion off the coast of Sardinia, Italy. This massive contraption has living rooms, banquet halls, aquariums and laboratories. Returning to the surface only to receive goods and visitors, Atlantis allows the ocean-obsessed mastermind the peace and quite he craves.

Gadgets & Vehicles
Stromberg is the commander of the giant Supertanker Liparus, whose massive bows open to swallow nuclear submarines whole. On the inside of Liparus is a docking bay, command post, armory and holding bay to trap the abducted crew.


Dress Code
Often seen in a polo top and long casual pants, Stromberg need not worry about style or fashion within the hermit-like lifestyle he has chosen.

Goodbye, Mr Bond
James Bond: Your time is running out
Stromberg: Yours too, Mr. Bond. Yours too. And faster than you think.

After seeing the Liparus destroyed, Bond risks everything to rescue the beautiful Russian agent from Stromberg’s inner sanctum. Stromberg’s demise comes down to a short sharp gun-battle in the elaborately decorated dining room of Atlantis.


Born Curd Gustav Andreas Gottlieb Franz Jürgens in Barvaria, Germany – Jurgens is a is a talented bi-lingual actor of French-German origin.

Curt Jurgens began a career in the journalism industry before his marriage to Louise Basler, an actress. It was through Basler that he entered the entertainment industry and shined.

He began his career on stage in Vienna before making his first feature film, “Königswalzer” in 1935. He did not, however, frequently make English films until the late 1950s. His Hollywood break came with “The Longest Day” – a classic war film – starring along-side Bond veteran Sean Connery in 1962.

In his wide and diverse acting career, Curt Jurgens was nominated for two BAFTAs and was gifted an honorary award at the German Film awards for outstanding contributions to film.

Jurgens appeared in over 160 productions for TV and film before passing away in Vienna, Austria in June 1982.