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Meet the BEST Bond villains

April 16, 2014 10:02 IST

Meet the BEST Bond villains

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Raja Sen/Rediff.com in Mumbai

Chiwetel Ejiofor has some really powerful shoes to fill in his next movie project.

Here, in my opinion, is the best thing that came out of 12 Years A Slave.

It not be the greatest film, but it did shine the spotlight quite deservedly on Chiwetel Ejiofor, a truly fine actor.

Ejiofor, it has been announced, will play the villain in the next James Bond film. And while he’s played bad very well before -- see Children Of Men or, better yet, Serenity for evidence -- these are some genuinely legendary shoes to fill.

So just to remind Ejiofor what he’s in for, here’s a look at the seven best Bond villains.

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Image: Chiwetel Ejiofor
Photographs: Tim P. Whitby/Getty Images

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007. Dr Julius No, Dr No

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The very first on-screen Bond villain, Dr Julius No -- played by Joseph Wiseman -- set the standard for every Bond villain to follow.

The checkboxes of perfectly-tailored style (that Nehru jacket), ice-cool temperament (his phrasing is precise and puzzling, all at once) and freakishness (a metallic hand encased in black, the result of a radioactive accident) were all ticked consummately by this man with the most negative last-name of all.


Image: Joseph Wiseman in Dr No


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006. Francisco Scaramanga, The Man With The Golden Gun

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A truly sinister adversary with a weapon that shone far brighter than Bond’s own, this three-nippled assassin was played by the one and only Christopher Lee.

The result was a villain worthy of 007, a man he could respect as well as fear -- and not necessarily in that order.

This is one of those Bond films with a lovely theme song and an infuriatingly odd script, but Lee rises over it all with icy intensity.


Image: Christopher Lee in The Man With The Golden Gun


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005. Le Chiffre, Casino Royale

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There’s something unerringly classic about a 007 villain threatening the spy, all trussed up and helpless, all set to damage him -- starting from the Bond-bits the ladies love best... It’s a moment many a villain has basked in, but in none of them has James appeared as truly imperilled as with Le Chiffre, the card-playing terrorist who wept blood.

The wonderful Mads Mikkelsen takes it to Daniel Craig and makes us wince. Hard.


Image: Mads Mikkelsen in Casino Royale


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004. Jaws, The Spy Who Loved Me and Moonraker

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There are bad guys Bond has has to look up to, but there is only one Jaws, the 7’2” giant with a faceful of nightmarish metal.

Richard Kiel plays the Frankenstinian character with a peculiar vulnerability, making him a fascinating, genuinely bizarre creation.

And, lest we forget, the only Bond villain to attack the secret agent in two movies.


Image: Richard Kiel in Moonraker

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003. Ernst Stavro Blofeld, You Only Live Twice

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The SPECTRE supremo is the root of most evil in the Bond universe, and Ernst Stavro Blofeld is the cat-stroking, monocle-wearing kingpin who gives the orders.

Many an actor has played Blofeld -- from Telly Savalas to Charles Gray to Anthony Dawson -- but the crown must go to Donald Pleasance, the most menacing and memorable of the lot.

Forget the Austin Powers parodies and look at the original; it’s scary how effective he still seems.


Image: Donald Pleasance in You Only Live Twice


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002. Raoul Silva, Skyfall

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He might, alarmingly enough, be blonder than Daniel Craig, but Javier Bardem’s Silva is a phenomenal baddie, a former secret agent trained by M who harbours more than purely platonic hate for Mr Bond.

He’s unpredictable, diabolical, psychotic yet brilliant and -- as Bond learned when he was first being caressed by Silva -- the kind of man you wouldn’t want next to you when you drop the soap.


Image: Javier Bardem in Skyfall

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001. Auric Goldfinger, Goldfinger

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Every single one of has a favourite Bond line, but the very best quip in the 007 filmography isn’t uttered by the secret agent at all.

Strapped to a board with a laser making a bee-line for his family jewels, Sean Connery’s Bond, trying (and, crucially, failing) to sound unflappable, asks, 'Do you expect me to talk?'

The man in charge of the scene and the moment, Auric Goldfinger half-laughs as he says, simply and with perfect timing, 'No, Mr Bond, I expect you to die.'

Gert Frobe’s portly Goldfinger cheats on cards, turns beautiful girls into gold statuettes, has a legendary sneer and the finest theme song in the history of the franchise. If not for Connery, we’d have been hard-pressed to root for Bond, honestly.


Image: Gert Fr?be in Goldfinger

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