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A list of henchmen from the 1977 James Bond film The Spy Who Loved Me.

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Jaws

Jaws
Character from the James Bond franchise
Affiliation Karl Stromberg (The Spy Who Loved Me)
Hugo Drax (Moonraker)
Portrayed by Richard Kiel

Jaws is a fictional assassin in the James Bond films The Spy Who Loved Me (1977) and Moonraker (1979), plus some later video games. He gets his nickname from his trademark cobalt teeth. These are capable of biting through a wide variety of materials, and Jaws prefers to kill his victims by biting through their jugular. The character was played in both films by actor Richard Kiel.

Contrary to popular belief, Jaws was not based on the mute, silver toothed henchman in the 1976 film Silver Streak who was also played by Richard Kiel. However one could argue that Kiel's role in Silver Streak may have secured him the part in the 007 film. Jaws, and his sidekick Sandor for that matter, were based on the villains Sol "Horror" Horowitz and "Sluggsy" Morant from Ian Fleming's The Spy Who Loved Me.

Until the character of Mr. White was introduced in Casino Royale (2006), returning in Quantum of Solace (2008), he was notable for being the only villainous henchman character in the James Bond movies to appear twice in succession.

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Appearances

Films

Jaws first appeared in the 1977 film The Spy Who Loved Me as a henchman to the villain, Karl Stromberg. He would later appear in the sequel Moonraker as a henchman to the villain Hugo Drax. However, in this second appearance, his character was changed from that of a ruthless and unstoppable killing machine to more of a comedy figure. He eventually turns against Drax and helps Bond to defeat him, and also gains a girlfriend named Dolly who never speaks (although she is seen whispering to Jaws in one scene).

In addition to having steel teeth, Jaws was also 7 feet, 2 inches (2.18 m) tall and extremely strong, which forced Bond to be especially inventive while fighting him. In combat during The Spy Who Loved Me, Bond found himself caught in an unbreakable death grip by Jaws, who was about to fatally bite him; Bond only escaped by using a broken electric lamp to send an electric shock through the assassin's teeth to stun him. This happened on a train, and once Bond had stunned him he managed to force him out of the window and roll down an embankment. Such was his strength that he emerged unscathed from a fall of such severity that it would normally be expected to result in a human being killed or seriously injured.

Jaws also has an uncanny ability to survive any misfortune seemingly unscathed and come back to challenge Bond again. In The Spy Who Loved Me, Jaws survives an Egyptian structure's collapse on top of him, being hit by a van, being thrown from a rapidly-moving train, sitting in the passenger seat of a car which veers off a cliff in Sardinia and explodes (landing in a hut below, to the owner's dismay), a battle underwater with a shark, and the destruction of Stromberg's lair.

Most notably, in Moonraker he survives falling several thousand feet after accidentally disabling his own parachute (granted, he falls through a circus tent and lands in the trapeze net), a crash through a building inside a runaway cable car, and going over Iguazu Falls. After each of these incidents, he always picks himself up, dusts off his jacket, straightens his tie and nonchalantly walks away, looking at the person who always asks "Are you okay?" like they asked a dumb question. (Although it was in the aftermath of the cable car incident that he meets his girlfriend, who eventually persuades him to turn good and help Bond stop Drax.) One scene that demonstrates his indestructible nature is when Bond knees Jaws in the groin resulting in a clanging noise (indicating that he also has stainless steel testicles). After the destruction of Drax's space station, a throw-away line near the end is made that the American shuttle rescued him and his girlfriend.

He also appeared in Inspector Gadget during the end credits where Sykes Sandford Scolex's assistant is giving a speech.

Jaws only speaks once, in Moonraker, when he makes a toast to his girlfriend, "Well, here's to us".

Elsewhere in popular culture

  • A year before The Spy Who Loved Me, Kiel played essentially the same character but of a different name (Reace), in the film Silver Streak.
  • Jaws was spoofed in the 1977 Mel Brooks film, High Anxiety, which featured a psychopathic killer named "Braces", who wore large metal braces on his teeth for a reason that was never explained.
  • In a 2008 comic strip featuring Dick Tracy, a henchman, "Braces", who wears dental braces, is electrocuted after wiring from his own robot is caught in his dental hardware.
  • He also makes a cameo in the animated series Jackie Chan Adventures (episode Tough Luck), where he auditions as a prospective henchman for Finn and gets his steel teeth (which are revealed to be dentures) stuck in a board he bites into.
  • Jaws appeared in the 1990s animated spin-off James Bond Jr. as a member of the SCUM organization and partner-in-crime of fellow henchman Nick Nack.
  • In the final credits sequence of the Inspector Gadget movie, Dr. Claw's assistant is shown attending a "Henchman's Anonymous" meetings. Richard Kiel, who is billed in the credits as "Famous Big Guy with Metal Teeth", is in attendance along with Oddjob (who is credited as "Famous Villain with Deadly Hat").
  • Get Smart, which is both a parody and an homage to the James Bond film series, has a character named Dalip, who looks like Jaws and does his Moonraker stunt of falling from the sky without a parachute and surviving. He also turns towards the good side in the end.
  • Mythbusters tested the plausibility of Jaws biting through the steel cable car wire. This was busted, however, to make it work, Jamie Hyneman took huge metal pincers and went as "Claws", who, as the announcer said, was "Meaner than Oddjob, more ferocious than Jaws, taller than Nick Nack, and creepier than Tee Hee." With the metal pincers, he gets through the cord easily. Also, in the storyboard reenactment of the sequence from Moonraker, Jaws appears with a Largo-style eye patch, and a moustache, neither of which was seen in the actual films in which the character appeared.

Games

Jaws' principal videogame appearances are in the 1997 Nintendo 64 game GoldenEye 007 in a bonus mission in which he is a henchman to the deceased Hugo Drax who Bond needs to defeat, and a playable character in the multi-player mode, and the multi-platform 2004 game Everything or Nothing as a henchman to Nikolai Diavolo (voiced by Willem Dafoe). Both games use Richard Kiel's likeness. His likeness can also be found as the character Chuck Ferdon in the 2006 game Rugby by Electronic Arts.

In the game Everything Or Nothing, Jaws is electrocuted and is inside a tanker that is knocked over the side of a bridge. In another instance during a fight on a large lift in which Jaws is equipped with a flamethrower, Bond shoots the flamethrower backpack which ignites Jaws. Bond then climbs into the cockpit of a plane and ejects his seat as the lift plummets to the ground. When Bond later lands on the remains at the bottom, Jaws is nowhere to be found, so this concludes that he has escaped unharmed again.

In a multiplayer arena in the same game, Jaws wanders around looking for players to hurt. He can't be hurt himself, and any players that try to hurt him will be killed almost immediately by him.

Jaws is an unlockable multiplayer character in the game Nightfire. He is the tallest character in the game, and his punches can kill almost instantly. The character model's teeth are visible at close range.

Jaws appears briefly in the Sega Mega Drive/Genesis game James Bond The Duel. He wanders briefly around a section toward the end of the first stage and defeats the player with one touch.

Jaws also appears in the Game Boy game James Bond 007 as a boss. Bond must lead him to magnetized pads that will temporarily hold him in place, allowing time for Bond to attack him.

Films compared with novelisations

Most of the background information on Jaws comes from Christopher Wood's novelisation of the film The Spy Who Loved Me; published as James Bond, The Spy Who Loved Me to differentiate from Ian Fleming's novel. In Wood's version, Jaws's real name is Zbigniew Krycsiwiki and he was born in Kraków, Poland. After a failed attempt at becoming a basketball player (despite his astonishing height) Krycsiwiki was arrested by the secret police for having taken part in the (fictitious) "1972 bread riots". Whilst he was imprisoned the police "beat him with hollow steel clubs encased in thick leather" until they thought he was dead, leaving his jaw broken beyond repair. Krycsiwiki later escaped and stowed aboard one of Stromberg's vessels. Eventually he was caught, but instead of turning him in, Stromberg hired a prestigious doctor to create an artificial jaw. After 14 operations Krycsiwiki's jaw was restored using steel components that created two rows of terrifying razor-sharp teeth, although Jaws was left mute.

Since none of the above is actually mentioned in either movie, this is not necessarily considered canonical, and Wood contradicts his own continuity when one compares his scripts and his novelisations. In the novelisation of The Spy Who Loved Me Wood specifically states that Jaws is a mute. However, though Jaws remains mute in Wood's James Bond and Moonraker novelisation, he actually does speak at the end of the film.

In the book, Jaws remains attached to the magnet that Bond dips into the tank, as opposed to the film where Bond releases Jaws from the magnet into the water:

Now both hands were tearing at the magnet, and Jaws twisted furiously like a fish on the hook. As Bond watched in fascinated horror, a relentless triangle streaked up behind the stricken giant. A huge gray force launched itself through the wild water, and two rows of white teeth closed around the threshing flesh.[1]

The initial script concluded with Jaws being killed by the shark, but after a rough test screening (where Lewis Gilbert's grandson was present), Jaws was so well liked that the scene was changed to have him survive.

Production

The character was inspired by Fleming's description of a hoodlum named Horror in his novel The Spy Who Loved Me. When Horror speaks, he reveals steel-capped teeth.

When Jaws was to bite through an object a normal human can't bite through - for example, cable car wire - film makers used licorice. Still, it was hard for Richard Kiel to bite it because of how painful the metal teeth were.

References

  1. ^ Wood, Christopher (1977). James Bond, The Spy Who Loved Me. Glidrose Publications. ISBN 0-446-84544-2.  

Sandor

Sandor
Character from the James Bond franchise
Affiliation Karl Stromberg
Portrayed by Milton Reid

Sandor is a fictional character in the James Bond film The Spy Who Loved Me, played by actor and wrestler Milton Reid. Sandor, a stereotypical stocky, bald thug, attempts to kill Bond in Egypt under the orders of Stromberg; he finds Bond before Jaws does and ambushes him in a bath after he was lured there by Felicca, a Stromberg agent, but misses his shot and kills her instead of Bond. Bond then pursues him over the rooftops and after a brief fistfight Sandor starts to fall over the edge of the building. Sandor grabs Bond by his tie at the last second to try to hold on. Bond demands information; right after Sandor divulges what he knows, Bond lets him fall to his death.

Last Words:
Bond: "Where's Fekkesh?"
Sandor: "Pyramids!"
Bond lets Sandor fall to his death
Bond: "What a helpful chap."


Log Cabin Girl

Log Cabin Girl
Character from the James Bond franchise
Affiliation KGB
Portrayed by Sue Vanner

Log Cabin Girl is a fictional character in the James Bond film The Spy Who Loved Me, played by actress Sue Vanner. She appears in the intro to the film making love with Bond overnight in the cozy log cabin high in the Austrian mountains. However after he leaves it appears she is an enemy (KGB agent) and contacts her cohorts to pursue Bond as he leaves on skis. [1]


Felicca

Felicca
Character from the James Bond franchise
Affiliation Karl Stromberg
Portrayed by Olga Bisera

Felicca is a fictional character in the James Bond film The Spy Who Loved Me, played by actress Olga Bisera. When Bond arrived in Cairo, Egypt to contact Aziz Fekkesh in regard to the microfilm of the submarine tracking system developed by Stromberg, he instead found Felicca, who coyly said that Frekkesh would be "a little late". As Felicca distracts Bond by kissing him passionately, Sandor, hiding from a behind an overlooking window, attempted to shoot Bond. Felicca meets her demise when Sandor misses his mark and the bullet strikes her instead of Bond in a manner reminiscent of Thunderball.


Naomi

Naomi
Character from the James Bond franchise
Affiliation Karl Stromberg
Portrayed by Caroline Munro

Naomi is a fictional character in the James Bond film The Spy Who Loved Me, played by actress Caroline Munro.

Biography

Naomi is Karl Stromberg's personal helicopter pilot/assistant. She is first seen in the film escorting Dr. Bechman and Professor Markovitz in to see Stromberg and then exits. She is then not seen again until much later in the film.

When we next see Naomi, she is escorting Bond and Amasova, who are posing as a marine biologist and his wife, on a boat to Stromberg's ocean lair Atlantis to meet Stromberg. Bond flirts with Naomi, annoying Amasova. While Bond has his meeting with Stromberg, Naomi entertains Amasova, showing her around Atlantis.

After Bond and Amasova leave their meeting with Stromberg, he orders Jaws to let the couple get ashore and then kill them.

Indeed while driving along Sardinia's coastal roads, several attempts are made to kill Bond and Amasova. There is a failed attempt by a motorcycle assassin, who careers off a cliff after his exploding sidecar triggers an explosion of feathers from a passing lorry which obscures his view. Jaws and his henchmen then appear in a Ford Cortina and three of them fire gunshots at Bond's car, only for Bond to reply with a substance which obsecures their windscreen and causes it to veer off the road and crash into the roof of a barn. A helicopter then appears , chasing the car. As the helicopter comes from behind the cliff, it tries to gun down Bond's Lotus Esprit. It then flies alongside the car, and Bond is shocked to see Naomi piloting it. Bond nods at her, and Naomi responds with a sultry wink and opens fire again.

Naomi chases Bond all over the highways of Sardinia until he comes to a pier which he immediately drives off into the water. Naomi hovers overhead, believing she has won. Unbeknown to her, however, the Lotus is a submersible, and it had disappeared into the water and out of her sight. Bond then arms a surface-to-air missile and blows Naomi out of the sky. She was the first woman to ever be undeniably killed by James Bond. (There is debate over whether Bond actually kills the character of Fiona Volpe in Thunderball or whether it is accidental; the film leaves this ambiguous.)

Sergei Barzov

Sergei Barzov
Character from the James Bond franchise
Affiliation KGB
Portrayed by Michael Billington

Sergei Barzov is portrayed by Michael Billington.

A sniper and assassin for the KGB, Borzov, at a signal from the girl in the cabin, leads a group of men skiing down the slopes to catch up with James. When he gets close, James aims and fires a ski-pole into his chest, killing him.

Later, it is discovered that Barzov is Anya Amasova's boyfriend, and that she has sworn to avenge his death by killing James.

Aziz Fekkesh

Aziz Fekkesh
Character from the James Bond franchise
Affiliation Self-employed
Indirectly, Karl Stromberg
Portrayed by Nadim Sawalha

Aziz Fekkesh is portrayed by Nadim Sawalha.

Fekkesh is an Egyptian businessman and part of the ring smuggling the submarine tracking device's plans that Karl Stromberg commissioned. Bond, hoping to intercept the plans, is ambushed by Sandor at Fekkesh's apartment. Getting the information out of Sandor that Fekkesh is at a show at the Pyramids of Giza, Bond follows him there, but Fekkesh is killed by Jaws, though not before Fekkesh passes the device's plans (on microfilm) on to the next link in the chain, Max Kalba.

Searching for information, Bond opts to follow Fekkesh's trail and meet with Kalba at his nightclub.

Max Kalba

Max Kalba
Character from the James Bond franchise
Affiliation Self-employed
Indirectly, Karl Stromberg
Portrayed by Vernon Dobtcheff

Max Kalba is portrayed by Vernon Dobtcheff.

Kalba is a nightclub owner in Egypt and another link in the chain smuggling the submarine tracking device's plans on microfilm. After he receives the device from Aziz Fekkesh and Fekkesh is killed, Bond takes Fekkesh's place to meet with Kalba.

During the meeting, Kalba is distracted by a phone call, and when he goes to take it, he is met by Jaws, who crushes Kalba's trachea with his metal teeth and steals the microfilm from him.

Dr. Bechmann

Dr. Bechmann
Character from the James Bond franchise
Affiliation Self-employed
Indirectly, Karl Stromberg
Portrayed by Cyril Shaps

Dr. Bechmann is portrayed by Cyril Shaps.

Bechmann is a renowned scientist who is working for Karl Stromberg. He designs the submarine-tracking device along with his colleague, Professor Markovitz. When the device is complete, Stromberg decides that instead of paying them they have outlived their usefulness and has their helicopter blown up.

Professor Markovitz

Professor Markovitz
Character from the James Bond franchise
Affiliation Self-employed
Indirectly, Karl Stromberg
Portrayed by Milo Sperber

Professor Markovitz is portrayed by Milo Sperber.

Markovitz is a renowned scientist who is working for Karl Stromberg. He designs the submarine-tracking device along with his colleague, Dr. Bechmann. When the device is complete, Stromberg decides that they have outlived their usefulness and has their helicopter blown up. A secretary who smuggled the plans for the device on microfilm is also killed by being dropped into a shark tank.

Liparus Captain

Liparus Captain
Character from the James Bond franchise
Affiliation Karl Stromberg
Portrayed by Sydney Tafler

The Liparus Captain is played by Sydney Tafler.

The Liparus Captain is the captain of Karl Stromberg's flagship, the Liparus. He is not seen until late in the film, carrying out various duties and operations in the ship's control centre. The captain ultimately answers to Stromberg. When the American, British and Russian submarine crews escape, the captain of the Liparus is able to warn Stromberg and give the order to seal off the control centre. Although he confidently tells Stromberg no other mishaps will occur, the Liparus Captain is killed when Bond detonates a bomb placed against the wall of the centre. As the crews storm the control centre, the captain tells Bond he is too late to derail Stromberg’s plan.


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