JURGENS, CURT

Entry Source: The James Bond Movie Encyclopedia by Steven Jay Rubin


(December 13, 1915–June 18, 1982; birth name: Curd Gustav Andreas Gottlieb Franz Jürgens): Tall, accomplished German character actor who portrayed billionaire shipping magnate and megalomaniac Karl Stromberg, the man with the webbed hands in The Spy Who Loved Me.

A native of Munich, Jurgens made his big-screen debut in director Herbert Maisch’s pre–World War II musical Königswalzer (1935). His first English-language role was as Emperor Joseph II in the biographical drama The Mozart Story (1948). His other feature credits include . . . And God Created Woman (1956), opposite Brigitte Bardot; The Enemy Below (1957), as the wily U-boat commander, with future Bond player David Hedison; Me and the Colonel (1958); I Aim at the Stars (1960), as rocket scientist Wernher von Braun; The Longest Day (1962), as General Gunther Blumentritt, adjutant to Field Marshal Von Rundstedt; and Battle of Britain (1969), for Bond producer Harry Saltzman.