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You should've killed him yourself! You had plenty of opportunity!
~ Brandt trying to defend herself while being accused of the failure to kill James Bond.

Helga Brandt is a supporting antagonist in the 1967 James Bond film You Only Live Twice. She is a henchwoman who works for Ernst Stavro Blofeld and Number 11 in the SPECTRE hierarchy.

She was portrayed by the late Karin Dor.

Biography

Helga Brandt is a low-ranked assistant who works for the evil organization known as SPECTRE as Number 11. She is a German girl who poses as a secretary to Mr. Osato, a fellow SPECTRE operative posing as an industrialist.

Bond first meets Brandt when he comes to meet Osato. She and Osato arrive by helicopter. After being introduced to Bond as Osato's personal secretary, she offers him a glass of champagne, which he politely turns down. Helga takes notes for her boss but seems quite flirty when talking to 007. When Bond leaves, Osato orders Brandt to kill "Mr. Fisher", and she has no choice but to follow this order.

Later at the Kobe docks, Bond is captured and taken to see her on board the freighter Ning-po, where she is now wearing a sexy dress and make-up. She has been ordered to kill him, but luckily for Bond, she is attracted to him, and passionately kisses him. During the interrogation, Bond lies to Brandt saying that he is an industrial spy and offers her one-hundred and fifty-thousand dollars to help him escape to Tokyo. She first tries to refuse, saying her boss would kill her, but she can't resist kissing and subsequently freeing him, and they have sex. The next day while traveling in a Meyers 200, however, she tries to kill Bond to avoid being punished by her bosses. She parachutes out after dropping a magnesium flare disguised as a tube of lipstick onto the floor, leaving Bond to try and control the diving plane. He manages an emergency landing and narrowly escapes before the plane blows up.

Later at Blofeld's volcano lair, she is seen in a red-tailored skirt working for her boss and helping the organization to capture a Russian ship. Blofeld then calls Osato and Brandt to his quarters. Blofeld accuses Osato of failing to kill Bond, and Osato immediately puts the blame on Brandt, who can't deny it due to her very low rank. Fearing she is going to pay the price alone, she panics and says that Osato is as responsible as herself, but Blofeld has decided to make an example of her. Blofeld orders her to leave, and pushes a button that opens a trap door beneath her feet. She plunges into a tank filled with piranhas. Helga then swims to the surface and calls out to Osato for help, but she is unfortunately then dragged underwater as Osato is briefly shown having a shocked, almost guilty expression for what just transpired.

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  • Her first name, "Helga", is never mentioned in the film.

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