TheVine story: ‘The Top 10 Bond Villains’, October 2012

With the upcoming release of Skyfall — the twenty-third film in the James Bond franchise — I put together a Top 10 of 007’s greatest ever villains for TheVine. Excerpt below.

Bad guys. Loads of bad guys.

If there’s one thing the Bond films have given us – other than a catwalk of ladies for the gents, and Sean Connery, George Lazenby, Roger Moore, Timothy Dalton, Pierce Brosnan and Daniel Craig for the ladies – it’s a cornucopia of power hungry super villains and sadistic henchmen.

Missiles need to be launched. Lasers fired. Spaceships captured. Governments extorted. And entire species – most likely human – annihilated. Sometimes there’s even just an axe or two to grind. Whatever your requirements, there’s a rotten apple with his or her own underground monorail to suit the occasion.

With Skyfall, the twenty-third film in the James Bond series, just around the corner and Javier Bardem set to roll out his best Raúl Juliá impression, we took a look through our Blu-ray DVD VHS collection and came up with this definitive list of the greatest ever Bond villains.

What a bunch of jerks.

10. May Day (A View to a Kill – 1985)

The world pretty much spent the entirety of the 1980s trying to work out whether it had a collective boner for Grace Jones. I mean you’d date her, if you weren’t so concerned about having your arms ripped off. Thankfully, the producers of A View to a Kill leveraged those fears to create one of the greatest Bond villains of the decade – an era and a franchise whose mutual excesses probably should have never mixed. Not only that, but in the film she dated Christopher Walken, the scariest dude of the ‘80s. Perfect. It’s weird, because in the film she doesn’t actually do much, other than hang out and look monstrous. But it’s still enough to make you crap your pants.

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