Dr. Bechmann is a fictional scientist associated to Stromberg Shipping and a supporting antagonist in the 1977 James Bond film The Spy Who Loved Me. Portrayed by the late British actor Cyril Shaps, Bechmann also appeared in Christopher Wood's accompanying novelization.

Film biography

Very little of Bechmann's background is provided and what he is a doctor of is never revealed. He works with Professor Markovitz to create Karl Stromberg's submarine tracking system. After the successful capture of HMS Ranger and the Potemkin, Stromberg calls the two men into his office, saying he is pleased with the system and that Dr. Bechmann and Professor Markowitz are to be paid $10 million for their efforts. Stromberg then reveals secrets of his have been compromised and takes an accusatory tone of voice. He tells that someone has been trying to sell the plans to competing world powers. Ordering his assistant out of his office strongly suggests Dr. Bechmann or Professor Markovitz is guilty. As the beautiful woman is standing in the elevator, Stromberg presses a button which makes the floor give away and she falls into a shark tan and the shark swims after her and she is eaten by it, which is viewed firsthand by Bechmann, and both he and Professor Markovitz react with horror at this. Stromberg's tone changes to a pleased one, saying once again he congratulated the scientific pair for their system. Bechmann is last seen boarding a helicopter flying away from Atlantis, and shaking hands with his partner over their success. Shortly into the flight Stromberg blows up their helicopter, killing the two scientists. Stromberg then orders that Dr. Bechmann's next of kin be informed that a "tragic accident has taken his life, and the funeral was at sea".