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Professor Markovitz 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 Polish-born English actor Milo Sperber, Markovitz also appeared in Christopher Wood's accompanying novelization.

Film biography

Very little of Markovitz's background is provided but as his title implies, he likely had a job teaching prior to falling in with Stromberg Shipping. What he is a professor of is never revealed, but given that Markovitz works with Dr. Bechmann to create Karl Stromberg's submarine tracking system, it is implied his professorship was in physics or one of the hard sciences. 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 Professor Markovitz and Dr. Bechmann 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 Professor Markovitz or Dr. Bechmann 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 Markovitz, and both he and Dr. Bechmann react with horror at this. Stromberg's tone changes to a pleased one, saying once again he congratulated the scientific pair for their system. Markovitz 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 Professor Markovitz's next of kin be informed that a "tragic accident has taken his life, and the funeral was at sea".

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