Seventeen Moments of Spring

‘Seventeen Moments of Spring’: Stirlitz as Soviet, Female-authored Bond

Viacheslav Tikhonov as Stirlitz, smoldering suppression and cigarettes

Unlike Bond, who uses the dangers of his job as a pretext for casual flings with disposable women, Stirlitz holds himself longingly aloof from women to avoid endangering them. Unlike Bond, who is empowered by his “license to kill,” Stirlitz kills only once, and his victim is fully humanized. Finally, unlike Bond, Stirlitz’s cinematic image is the creation of a woman.