Countess Lisl von Schlaf was the fictional mistress of Greek smuggler Milos Columbo. Loosely based on Lisl Baum from Ian Fleming's short story "Risico", the character appeared in the 1981 James Bond film For Your Eyes Only, portrayed by Australian actress Cassandra Harris and also appeared in the comic adaptation of the film by Marvel Comics.
The mistress of smuggler Milos Columbo, Lisl is sent to extract information from James Bond. At a casino in Corfu, Lisl and Columbo intentionally quarrel to attract the spy's attention, climaxing with the girl throwing a glass of wine over him and leaving. Bond, posing as a journalist, avails of the opportunity to meet her and the pair share a ride to Columbo's beach property. The Countess invites Bond to share champagne and oysters with her, during which the couple makes love. With her accent slipping, it is revealed that the "Countess" is not actually Austrian nobility and is a native of Liverpool, England.
The following morning, the pair are attacked as they stroll along the beach. Aris Kristatos' enforcer Locque mows Lisl down with a beach buggy, killing her instantly. Later, Bond avenges Lisl and assassinated ally Luigi Ferrara by kicking Locque and his teetering car off the edge of a cliff. Columbo showed little emotion when he learned of her death, although he described her saying, "I would laugh if my heart were not so heavy about my poor Lisl."
Behind the scenes
- Lisl could be considered Columbo's henchwoman since he sent her to spy on Bond.
- Lisl is the tenth woman that Bond does not succeed in protecting from death.
- Lisl is one of the few Bond girls who first becomes acquainted with Bond in a casino. Others from the franchise include Sylvia Trench from Dr. No, Teresa Di Vicenzo from On Her Majesty's Secret Service, Plenty O'Toole from Diamonds are Forever, Solange Dimitrios from Casino Royale and Sévérine from Skyfall.
- Barnes, Alan; Marcus Hearn (2001). Kiss Kiss Bang! Bang!: the Unofficial James Bond Film Companion. Batsford Books.