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.