Character: 84 Hotness: 86 Impact: 83 Overall Score: 599,592
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The beautiful, elegant and sophisticated Elektra King in 1999’s The World is Not Enough is not all she seems to be. Played with grace by French actress Sophie Marceau, Elektra is revealed to have a complex character and definitely not the typical Bond Girl.
When Bond (Pierce Brosnan) first meets Elektra, daughter of oil tycoon Sir Robert King, he gets a bit of a frosty welcome. Her father was recently murdered whilst meeting M (Judi Dench) at MI6 and when she was younger she was taken hostage by the terrorist Victor ‘Renard’ Zokas (Robert Carlisle) and her father, on the advice of M, refused to pay the ransom.
So she is rightly suspicious of MI6 and the protection it offers when Bond is sent there to protect her from Renard. 007 discovers she has ably taken control of her father’s business and is a strong determined lady. She demonstrates warmth and compassion but she is not afraid to take risks.
Elektra King: There’s no point living, if you can’t feel alive.
Elektra and Bond are drawn closer together and become intimate and it all seems like the typical scenario of the Bond Girl falling for Bond, but later we realise that it is the reverse. She has seduced him and he seems to be falling for her.
It seems that whilst Elektra was taken hostage, she suffered from Stockholm syndrome to such an extent that she has not just joined forces and is romantically involved with Renard, but is in fact masterminding a plan to blow up her father’s oil pipeline and seek revenge on M.
She blows up the pipeline, believing Bond has died in the blast, and also takes M prisoner. She takes great pleasure in showing Renard the great work she has done and we get to understand more of her motives and the relationship between her and Renard.
Elektra King: [to Renard, as she shows him M locked up] Your present, courtesy of the late Mr. Bond.
Renard: My executioner.
M: Overpraise, I’m afraid. But my people will finish the job.
Elektra King: Your people? Your people will leave you here to rot. Just like you left me- you and my father.
M: Your father wasn’t…
Elektra King: [Interrupting M] MY FATHER WAS NOTHING! The kingdom he stole from my mother, the kingdom I will rightly take back.
[Elektra walks towards the cell door and leaves. Renard closes the door behind her and walks towards M]
M: I hope you’re proud of what you did to her.
Renard: I’m afraid it is you who deserve credit. When I took her, she was promise itself. And then you left her at the mercy of a man like me. You made that happen. For what? To get to me? She’s worth fifty of me
Elektra King is both the Bond Girl and the Bond villain. When 007 finally catches up with her we see how much she has manipulated him and how much Bond has fallen for her.
James Bond: Where’s M?
Elektra King: Soon she’ll be everywhere.
Elektra has captured James and has him strapped into an old garrotte torture device designed to slowly break his neck. She taunts him knowing he has feelings for her and plays on the side effect that when men when are strangled blood goes to a sensitive part of their anatomy.
Even though he realises she is the “bad guy” he struggles to do his duty.
Elektra King: James! You can’t kill me! Not in cold blood!
Elektra fully deserves her place near the top of the list as she scores highly in all categories, being hot, having an intriguing character and her impact in the film is strong and will be long-remembered.
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