With the passing of Richard “Jaws” Kiel – aka the 7’2’’ dude with the metal teeth that menaced James Bond in Moonraker and The Spy Who Loved Me – it’s time to name the top 10 Bond villains.
And here we go.
Alec Travelian (Sean Bean)
Before he was “Stupid Ned” on Game of Thrones, Bean was the backstabbing 006 who (spoiler alert!) betrayed Bond in Goldeneye … which, incidentally, also became an awesome videogame.
Rosa Klebb (Lotte Lenya)
Mostly for the novelty of seeing her try to kill Bond using a flick knife in her shoe … a move the Joker stole in The Dark Knight.
Fatima Blush (Barbara Carrera)
You could never accuse this over-the-top SPECTRE agent from Never Say Never Again of modesty. As she instructs Bond at gunpoint: “Now write this: the greatest rapture in my life was afforded me on a boat in Nassau by Fatima Blush. Signed James Bond, 007.”
Tee-Hee (Julius Harris)
Because having a hook for a hand – and a weapon – is classic Bond in Live And Let Die.
Ernst Stavro Blofeld
The head of criminal organisation SPECTRE was played by a variety of actors, but we mostly remember him for the white cat he would stroke in his lap, a supervillain trope that has stood the test of time.
Bit of a double act this one. Herve Villechaize brings us the laughs as Scaramanga’s sidekick in The Man With The Golden Gun, while the superfluously-nippled Scaramanga (Christopher Lee) brings us the chills as the killer who only ever needs one bullet to kill his quarry.
Auric Goldfinger (Gert Frobe)
A ridiculous villain ripe for sending up in Austen Powers’s Goldmember, Auric’s outsized evil included wanting to irradiated the entire gold supply of Fort Knox and trying to dissect Bond with a laser. Oh, and he also killed someone by covering them entirely in gold paint (which would work, apparently)
Le Chiffre (Mads Mikkelsen)
Love Mads in Hannibal (and if not, why not? It’s a great show)? Then try him as card-playing, blood-weeping villain Le Chiffre in Casino Royale, the definitive relaunch of the Bond franchise.
Oddjob (Harold Sakata)
Because any former Korean wrestler turned haberdashery-throwing killer is too cool not to include.
And No.1 … Jaws (Richard Kiel)
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