Blah! I can’t believe I still have to wait another week before I can see “Spectre.” I call Shenanigans on MGM, Sony, and EON productions!
Anyways, to pass the time I decided earlier this week to watch every 007 film before seeing “Spectre.” The Bond-a-thon started Wednesday morning, and as of Friday morning, I’m up to “On Her Majesty’s Secret Service.”
I don’t know if I’ll meet my goal in time, but it will be fun to find out. Either way, I’ll let my devoted fans know how things turn out. In the mean time, here is my list of my favorite 007 villains:
Rupert Murdoch doesn’t get enough credit for being a psychopathic media mogul who plans to provoke global war in order to boost sales and ratings of his news divisions, and neither does Elliot Carver.
Compared to the current Bond films, Pierce Brosnan’s run looks cartoonish now, but it was quite fun at the time. And, as I said before, Brosnan’s “Tomorrow Never Dies” is my favorite of his films, and Jonathan Pryce as Elliot Carver is my favorite of the Brosnan baddies.
9. Le Chiffre
Le Chiffre from “Casino Royale,” played by Danish actor Mads Mikkelsen. The actor brought a much needed freshness and reality to the reboot of the series. Le Chiffre is not your grandfather’s Bond villain.
With a creepy eye condition that makes him cry blood, a sly arrogance, and the fact he’s one of the few villains to make 007 bleed, Le Chiffre was the perfect rogue for Daniel Craig’s first outing as Bond.
8. Ernst Stavro Blofeld
Even among fans, there is little or no dispute that the ultimate villain in the 007 series is in fact Ernst Stavro Blofeld, the notorious leader of SPECTRE.
Not only did he have the most appearances of all the villains in the films, he also had a notable presence in the novels, something that deserves recognition.
The only reason he’s not higher on my list, is because he was played by multiple actors. From left-to-right in the image above is Telly Savalas in “On Her Majesty’s Secret Service,” Anthony Dawson in “From Russia with Love,” Charles Gray in “Diamonds Are Forever,” and the best, Donald Pleasence in “You Only Live Twice.”
7. Red Grant
An assassin hired by SPECTRE, Robert Shaw’s Red Grant was the first real match for Sean Connery’s Bond, and his role helped make “From Russia with Love” one of the franchise’s finest installments and my favorite of the Connery films.
But I’m still confused why Grand was so adamant that Bond kiss his foot. Perhaps Red Grant had a foot fetish?
There isn’t much to like in 1985’s “A View to a Kill.” Aside from the theme song by Duran Duran, the only good thing about this movie is Christopher Walken’s Max Zorin.
Walken’ steals the show by porting bleach-blonde hair (because he was created as a superhuman by steroids-using Nazi eugenicists) and an equally crazy plan to trigger earthquakes that will eliminate his microchip-business competitors.
If you decide to watch this movie, just skip to Walken’s scenes.
5. Dr. No
Decked out in a 60’s Nehru jacket and boasting an intimidating metal hand — the result of an accident with radioactive material — Joseph Wiseman’s Dr. No, was the first Bond villain in the films. And his performance set the template for all future villains to come.
It’s just a shame we don’t get to see him until the final act of “Dr. No.” I get why the filmmakers did it, but I would have loved to see more of Joseph Wiseman’s epic performance.
4. Odd Job
Sure, Goldfinger was the main villain, and even had the movie named after him. But the truth is, Odd Job did all the dirty work for him.
Silent and deadly, Harold Sakata’s assassin might have technically been only the chauffeur for Gert Fröbe’s Goldfinger. But regardless, he’s still one of the franchise’s most outstanding Bond enemies, courtesy of his lethal bowler hat.
Richard Kiel’s steel-mouthed madman was so great in 1977’s “The Spy Who Loved Me,” he returned to trouble Bond again in 1979’s “Moonraker.” But on the second outing the producers ruined Jaws by turning him into a good guy and giving him a rather voluptuous girlfriend.
Even so, the 7’2” behemoth proved a memorable monster, able to chomp through anything with a smile, including steel cables. and Bond.
Say what you will about “The World is Not Enough,” but I love me some Elektra King. She was one of the few female villains in the Bond series, that made an impact on me.
Played by French actress Sophie Marceau, Elektra King spends at least half of 1999’s “The World is Not Enough” playing 007’s love interest. When her wicked motives are finally revealed, it takes Bond, and possibly some of the audience, by surprise.
The sequence where Elektra straddles Bond on an antique torture chair and slowly cuts off his air supply is one of the cruelest of the Brosnan era, and one of my favorites.
1. Raoul Silva
Javier Bardem pulled out all the stops as a vengeful cyberterrorist with a grudge against MI6 in 2012’s blockbuster “Skyfall.” Whether orchestrating a subway crash, laying siege to Bond’s childhood home, or killing the beloved boss M, Bardem’s Silva was always one step ahead of her Majesty’s secret service.
Javier Bardem delivered one of me most memorable villains, not just of the Craig era, but of the entire 007 series. This was an Oscar caliber performance, which of course, the Academy ignored.
Screw you stupid Academy!