Where have all the Bond Villains gone?

They say a hero is only as good as the villain they face. The last Bond film, Quantum of Solace (2008), really was not up to 007 par and a large part of this is explained by a weak villainous character, Dominic Greene. Who? You ask. Exactly.

If you look back at all the Bond films, the great and memorable ones have been the ones with a good villain played by an actor who has gravitas as well as a tough/interesting henchman.

Great Bond Films Main Villain/Henchman
From Russia with Love Rosa Klebb (Lotte Lenya), Grant (Robert Shaw)

Goldfinger Auric Goldfinger (Gert Frobe), Oddjob (Harold Sakata)

Thunderball Emilio Largo (Adolfo Celi), Fiona Volpe (Luciana Paluzzi)

Live and Let Die Kananga/Mr Big (Yaphet Kotto), Tee Hee (Julius Harris), Baron Samedi (Geoffrey Holder)

The Man with the Golden Gun Francisco Scaramanga (Christopher Lee), Nick Nack (Hervé Villechaize)

The Spy Who Loved Me Karl Stromberg (Curd Jurgens), Naomi (Caroline Munro), Jaws (Richard Kiel)

Moonraker Hugo Drax (Michael Lonsdale), Jaws (Richard Kiel), Chang (Toshiro Suga)

Octopussy Kamal (Louis Jourdan), Gobinda (Kabir Bedi), Orlov (Steven Berkoff)

A View to a Kill Max Zorin (Christopher Walken), May Day (Grace Jones)

Goldeneye Alec Trevelyan (Sean Bean), Xenia Onatopp (Famke Janssen)

The above feature fantastic villains and henchmen/women, but then compare with the Bond films that are not so hot.

Forgettable Bond Films Villain
Diamonds are Forever Ernst Stavro Blofeld (Charles Gray)

For your Eyes Only Aris Kristatos (Julian Glover)

The Living Daylights General Georgi Koskov (Jeroen Krabbe)

Tomorrow Never Dies Elliot Carver (Jonathan Pryce)

Die Another Day Gustav Graves (Toby Stephens)

Quantum of Solace Dominic Greene (Mathieu Amalric)

So, if they ever get around to making the next Bond film, they better have a good villain.

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