Magda Played by: Kristina Wayborn
Description: At first glance, Magda appears to be one of Kamal Khan’s henchman after she sleeps with Bond and steals the Faberge Egg. However, it is later revealed that she is in fact a member of Octopussy’s Traveling Circus and helps lead the attack on Kamal Khan’s palace during the film’s finale.
From Faberge perfume to Faberge eggs, from Ingmar Bergman to James bond, Kristina Wayborn who plays the enigmatic Magda in Octopussy 1983 has seen it all.
Born in a small town Nybro, nearly deserted Baltic Sea island off Sweden`s east coast, Kristin Wayborn maintained an academic record of top honors while also developing some very unusual skills. Britt -Inger Johansson , Kristina Wayborn was a Swedish track champion, running 100 meters in 11.3 seconds. Asa lark, she decided to enter a light-weight arm-wrestling championship contest which she won. She has been a race car driver, a jockey and horsetrainer,a wild animal trainer, a clothes designer, and she takes more than a passing interest in gourmet cooking.
Wayborn was spotted by famed Ingmar Bergman while performing a play and subsequently trained with him for three years at the Royal Academy in Stockholm. This was not enough acitivity for Kristina Wayborn, so she studied to become a veterinarian as well. But she never to forgot her desire to come to Hollywood and become a respected actress.
As a teenager on her first trip to the United States, Wayborn sent pictures of herself to top modeling agents in New York. Shortly thereafter, Faberge invited her to their office and promytly signed her to an exclusive five-year contract. This took her to Hollywood, but she was put off by the exploiers who were only concerned with her looks and nother talent. After appearing in the televison movie ”Victory at Entebbe” in 1976, she returned to Sweden, and learned that DavidWolper and Stan Margulies were going to film Greta Garbo`s life story for television, Ingmar Bergman suggested to Wolper that he meet Kristina, so she flew to Hollywood once more and landed the part.
When Albert Cubby Broccoli was casting for Octopussy 1983, he remembered her sensitive portrayal of the legendary Garbo and invited her to play a starring role in the 007 epic. Wayborn said ”It`s a wonderful picture to be part of and I couldn´t be happier. The costumes are wonderful and the action which involves me is exciting and dramatic. The director, John Glen allows me to do a few minor stunts-which have always interested me-and I have been able to perform some very athletic scenes without the use of a double” Filming one fight scene, Wayborn sent a stuntman to the sick bay with the unexpected power-punches she landed in his abdomen.