Poll

Who is the series' best villain?

Le Chiffre [Casino Royale '54]
0 (0%)
Dr. Julius No [Dr. No]
0 (0%)
Auric Goldfinger [Goldfinger]
5 (31.3%)
Emilio Largo [Thunderball]
0 (0%)
Ernst Stavro Blofeld [You Only Live Twice]
0 (0%)
Le Chiffre [Casino Royale '67]
1 (6.3%)
Dr. Kanaga/Mr. Big [Live and Let Die]
0 (0%)
Francisco Scaramanga [The Man with the Golden Gun]
1 (6.3%)
Karl Stromberg [The Spy Who Loved Me]
0 (0%)
Hugo Drax [Moonraker]
0 (0%)
Aristotle "Aris" Kristatos [For Your Eyes Only]
0 (0%)
Kamal Khan [Octopussy]
0 (0%)
Maximillian Largo [Never Say Never Again]
1 (6.3%)
Max Zorin [A View to a Kill]
0 (0%)
Brad Whitaker [The Living Daylights]
0 (0%)
Franz Sanchez [Licence to Kill]
0 (0%)
Alec "006" Trevelyan [GoldenEye]
3 (18.8%)
Elliot Carver [Tomorrow Never Dies]
0 (0%)
Viktor "Renard" Zokas [The World is Not Enough]
0 (0%)
Gustav Graves [Die Another Day]
0 (0%)
Le Chiffre [Casino Royale '06]
3 (18.8%)
Dominic Greene [Quantum of Solace]
0 (0%)
Ernst Stavro Blofeld [On Her Majesty's Secret Service]
0 (0%)
Ernst Stavro Blofeld [Diamonds are Forever]
0 (0%)
Silva [Skyfall]
2 (12.5%)
Franz Oberhauser [Spectre]
0 (0%)

Total Members Voted: 16

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James Bond 007: Villain
« on: November 08, 2011, 10:49:55 AM »
Le Chiffre (Peter Lorre) from Casino Royale (1954)

Auric Goldfinger (Gert Frobe) from Goldfinger

Ernst Stavro Blofeld (Donald Pleasence) from You Only Live Twice

Dr. Kanaga/Mr. Big (Yaphet Kotto) from Live and Let Die

Karl Stromberg (Curd Jurgens) from The Spy Who Loved Me

Aristotle "Aris" Kristatos (Julian Glover) from For Your Eyes Only

Maximillian Largo (Klaus Maria Brandauer) from Never Say Never Again

Brad Whitaker (Joe Don Baker) from The Living Daylights

Alec "006" Trevelyan (Sean Bean) from GoldenEye

Viktor "Renard" Zokas (Robert Carlyle) from The World is Not Enough

Le Chiffre (Mads Mikkelsen) from Casino Royale (2006)

Ernst Stavro Blofeld (Telly Savalas) from On Her Majesty's Secret Service
Dr. Julius No (Joseph Wiseman) from Dr. No

Emilio Largo (Adolfo Celi) from Thunderball

Le Chiffre (Orson Welles) from Casino Royale (1967)

Francisco Scaramanga (Christopher Lee) from The Man with the Golden Gun

Hugo Drax (Michael Lonsdale) from Moonraker

Kamal Khan (Louis Jourdan) from Octopussy

Max Zorin (Christopher Walken) from A View to a Kill

Franz Sanchez (Robert Davi) from Licence to Kill

Elliot Carver (Johnathan Pryce) from Tomorrow Never Dies

Gustav Graves (Toby Stephens) from Die Another Day

Dominic Greene (Mathieu Amalric) from Quantum of Solace

Ernst Stavro Blofeld (Charles Gray) from Diamonds are Forever
« Last Edit: November 08, 2011, 12:25:20 PM by Corndog »
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Re: James Bond 007: Villain
« Reply #1 on: November 08, 2011, 10:53:54 AM »
How come you separated out the Le Chiffres but not the Blofelds?

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Re: James Bond 007: Villain
« Reply #2 on: November 08, 2011, 10:56:17 AM »
I have come to the conclusion that three-nippled men are not intimidating and therefore do not make good villains. 
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Re: James Bond 007: Villain
« Reply #3 on: November 08, 2011, 11:03:18 AM »
How come you separated out the Le Chiffres but not the Blofelds?

Hmm, I didn't give it much thought. I guess I just felt the Le Chiffre's were more distinctive. I can go in and change it if you like.
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Re: James Bond 007: Villain
« Reply #4 on: November 08, 2011, 11:05:13 AM »
I'm probably completely alone on this, but Orson Welles is fantastic even if he's in a mostly terrible Bond film.

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Re: James Bond 007: Villain
« Reply #5 on: November 08, 2011, 11:15:01 AM »
1. Auric Goldfinger (Gert Frobe) from Goldfinger
2. Maximillian Largo (Klaus Maria Brandauer) from Never Say Never Again

3. Le Chiffre (Orson Welles) from Casino Royale (1966)
4. Kamal Khan (Louis Jourdan) from Octopussy
5. Le Chiffre (Mads Mikkelsen) from Casino Royale (2006)
6. Dr. Kanaga/Mr. Big (Yaphet Kotto) from Live and Let Die
7. Ernst Stavro Blofeld (Pleasence, Savalas & Gray) from YOLT, OHMSS & DAF
8. Alec "006" Trevelyan (Sean Bean) from GoldenEye
9. Dr. Julius No (Joseph Wiseman) from Dr. No
10. Max Zorin (Christopher Walken) from A View to a Kill

11. Viktor "Renard" Zokas (Robert Carlyle) from The World is Not Enough
12. Dominic Greene (Mathieu Amalric) from Quantum of Solace
13. Aristotle "Aris" Kristatos (Julian Glover) from For Your Eyes Only
14. Karl Stromberg (Curd Jurgens) from The Spy Who Loved Me
15. Elliot Carver (Johnathan Pryce) from Tomorrow Never Dies
16. Hugo Drax (Michael Lonsdale) from Moonraker
17. Franz Sanchez (Robert Davi) from Licence to Kill

18. Brad Whitaker (Joe Don Baker) from The Living Daylights
19. Gustav Graves (Toby Stephens) from Die Another Day


A lot of bad ideas here.
Goldfinger is the complete package or evil + genius + fun.
Orson Wells is one of two performances in 1966s Casino Royale that worked. Completely different from the modern Le Chiffre, but it works without completely coming off like something from Austin Powers. You're not alone Sam.
I always liked Dr. Kanaga and Kotto was great in the part, though I know the part smacked of racism to some.
Stromberg, Kristatos and Drax were almost non-entities in their Bond films, a big shame with Drax since Lonsdale is from Day of the Jackal and I love watching him in anything.
Largo was amazing, one of the few Bond villains with fully-dimensional complexity. He's got even more going on than 2006s La Chiffre, and Brandauer is great in the role.
Max Zorin could've been a lot worse, and I do think Walken tries to bring his nuttiness to the part. I'd be up for seeing him cast as another Bond villain.
Whitaker was indicative of what was wrong with the Dalton Bonds. Trying too hard to find real world troublemakers.
Sanchez is a great idea for a villain, but much as I like Robert Davi in Die Hard, he's a character actor and doesn't have the chops for the part. Had this film been made 10 years later, they would've switched him with Benecio and THAT would've been awesome.
You all love Sean Bean, but he's not in the film enough and Famke Jensen makes a more memorable impression.
I'm the big defender of TWINE, but Renard is overshadowed by the real villain and Carlyle isn't given enough to do.
Elliot Carver is a joke of a bad guy played by an actor indulging in too much ham.
Gustav Graves was the bottom of the barrel for me. It was like they wanted Guy Pearce so bad, so they hired this look alike and asked him to try and do a Pearce impression. I wanted Bond to slap that smile right off his face.
Mathieu Amalric is a fine actor, but he seemed tripped up by the english language. He comes off as tired all the time. Playing at being a bad guy, but never feeling the villainy.

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Re: James Bond 007: Villain
« Reply #6 on: November 08, 2011, 11:39:52 AM »
I went with Largo.

1SO - Louis Jordan is pretty high on your list but you don't mention him in your write-up.

Also - I liked Kotto in Live & Let Die as well.
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Re: James Bond 007: Villain
« Reply #7 on: November 08, 2011, 11:46:18 AM »
There have been a few French Bond Villans, but Louis Jourdan is one who didn't seem bored. He had Goldfinger fun in the part. I still remember the delicious delivery of "Mr. Bond is indeed of a very rare breed... soon to be made extinct."

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Re: James Bond 007: Villain
« Reply #8 on: November 08, 2011, 12:35:11 PM »
I think it's got to be Goldfinger, but some other top notch ones include Dr. No, Scaramanga, Kamal Khan, Largo of the Maximillian variety, and Blofeld of the Telly Savalas variety.
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Re: James Bond 007: Villain
« Reply #9 on: November 08, 2011, 12:42:02 PM »
I voted Scaramanga just to not vote for GF or FRWL for once (and because Christopher Lee)

 

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