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Irma Bunt is the secondary antagonist in the 1969 James Bond film On Her Majesty's Secret Service, as well as the secondary antagonist in the book On Her Majesty's Secret Service and the sequel You Only Live Twice, and the main antagonist in the short story Blast From The Past. She is the main henchwoman of Ernst Stavro Blofeld.

She was portrayed by the late Ilse Steppat.

Literary Biography

On Her Majesty's Secret Service

Bunt has her debut in On Her Majesty's Secret Service, in which she is the matron for Blofeld's agent of death, women kept at the Piz Gloria clinic who have been brainwashed by SPECTRE to spread biological warfare through Britain, destroying Britain's agriculture. After Bond discovers the plot, MI6 destroy the clinic, seemingly killing Bunt. However, it's revealed in the last few pages that she survived, as she and Blofeld kill Bond's new wife Tracy in a drive-by shooting just after their wedding.

You Only Live Twice

Bunt is revealed to have escaped in You Only Live Twice, in which it's revealed that she and Blofeld fled to Japan after the events of the previous book, and are now hiding in a castle, where Bunt is moonlighting as Blofeld's wife. Bond observes the two walking in Blofeld's "Garden of Death", a garden of Blofeld's full of poisonous plants that he uses to help depressed Japanese to commit suicide in return for their money to refinance SPECTRE. After attempting to follow them, Bond is lead into a trap, and Blofeld, Bunt and ten guards beat him to a pulp before throwing him into "the Question Room", where he will be killed unless he admits his identity and is taken away. However, Bond manages to escape from Blofeld however, and throws a stave at Bunt, knocking her out. He then disarms Blofeld and strangles him to death, before blowing up the castle, leaving Bunt to be killed in the explosion.

Blast From The Past

Bunt returns as the main antagonist in Raymond Benson's short story Blast From The Past, in which she is revealed to have been horribly disfigured in the explosion of Blofeld's castle. Swearing revenge on Bond for Blofeld's death, she murders James Suzuki, his son by Kissy Suzuki (Bond's lover in You Only Live Twice) by nicking his arm with a razor blade dipped in fugu poison and rigs a bomb in a failed attempt to kill Bond, but is spotted by Bond and station branch head Cheryl Haven when they arrive at James's building. Bond follows her, and is abducted by her henchmen in a warehouse. Bunt then attempts to kill Bond by forcibly shaving him with the poisoned blade, but Cheryl arrives and shoots one of the gunmen down, forcing Bunt to flee pursued by Bond, who guns her down and kills her as she escapes.

Film Biography

A middle-aged woman with red hair, Irma lives in a clinic on Piz Gloria with her boss. First introduced meeting Bond at a train station before transporting him to the clinic, she looks after girls who have allergies, but she also has far more sinister plans, changing them into Ernst's henchwoman, a group dubbed the "Angels of Death". Bunt's main goal is keep any interaction between Bond (Disguised as Sir Hilary), and the girls plentiful. In the book, Bond tricks her into believing she is actually a duchess, but just subtly insults the woman in the movie. 

Escaping Piz Gloria after he is discovered, Irma, along with her men, chases after Bond in a car. However, she fails to stop him and nearly escapes death after he car explodes in a stock car rally, Tracy tricking her to go through it as a distraction. Bunt and her helpers (Barring one unlucky one, who is in the blast radius when trying to escape.) make it out right as it blows up.

She is seen again at the end of the film at Bond's wedding, shooting at him and Tracy through a car, killing the latter. Although Irma was the one using the weapon, Bond held the driver, Ernst, more responsible. It is unknown if Bond manages to track her down and murders her in revenge.

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