STROMBERG, KARL

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


Billionaire shipping magnate and megalomaniac ocean lover portrayed by Curt Jurgens in The Spy Who Loved Me. Stromberg is planning for a futuristic undersea kingdom by first destroying the rest of the planet with nuclear weapons.

Based off the coast of Sardinia on a huge amphibious structure called Atlantis, he commands a fleet of ships, including his prize, the Liparus—an enormous supertanker that is secretly capturing British, American, and Soviet nuclear submarines. To destroy the world, Stromberg plans to refit the submarines with his own crews and then launch their missiles on specified targets in the United States and Russia.

James Bond (Roger Moore) tracks down Stromberg when 007 and his temporary partner, KGB major Anya Amasova (Barbara Bach), discover the Stromberg shipping-line logo while searching through a roll of microfilm containing a facsimile of a nuclear-sub tracking system that Stromberg’s scientists have engineered. Surviving assassination attempts by Stromberg’s two killers—Jaws (Richard Kiel) and Sandor (Milton Reid)—and his assistant Naomi (Caroline Munro), Bond eventually short-circuits the evil plan, obliterates the Liparus and Atlantis, and kills Stromberg with some well-aimed slugs from his Walther.

One of Stromberg’s unusual traits is that he doesn’t shake hands, probably because he doesn’t want anybody to be shocked that his hands are webbed like a duck’s feet.