… and here are the ones that didn’t make the cut. Following up on Top 10 James Bond Movie Villains, these are the villains that we would have like to include, but just couldn’t justify doing so given our criteria. Nonetheless, they deserve some accolades by the merits that they do have. So:
1. Grant: The blond assassin played by Robert Shaw in From Russia With Love makes the list because he’s a super soldier that’s specially trained as a brutal KGB killer and he’s an all around bad man. He performs his sinister business with precision and antipathy. Grant is a formidable physical foe for James Bond. Grant’s downfall, ultimately, is that he just isn’t as clever and resourceful as James Bond. That and he allows his greed to get the better of him.
2. Max Zorin: We likes us some Christopher Walken. He’s such a delightful weirdo. In A View to a Kill, he gets to play a zany madman with too much money and charisma, and a master plan to nuke the San Francisco area so he can cause a rift in the Hayward and San Andreas faults, flood Silicon Valley, and dominate the microchip marketplace. And who doesn’t love a villain that owns his own blimp, dammit. It’s a crazy good time!
3. Rosa Klebb: Who knew that a small, ugly, mean KGB Colonel whose primary weapon is a pair of shoes could be such a threat, but Rosa uses what’s she’s got to get more of what she wants…something like that. With her awesome powers of seduction (ah? clever?), she is almost more than Bond can resist … forget it, we’re not going to go anywhere with this story. Leave us to say, Rosa is a dangerous toad. Perfectly cast with Lotte Lenya doing the favors in From Russia with Love.
4. Wint and Kidd: OK, these guys aren’t anything major on the megalomaniac scale, but they make up for it in sadism and sheer creepiness. Bruce Glover is a whole mess of strange (and we have to assume that this is in the genes since his spawn, Crispin, is also a freak). We really can’t tell if Putter Smith is a terrible actor or if he plays it aces high as a genuinely weird villain. Either way, we were distracted while watching Diamonds are Forever by these dangerous doofs and just couldn’t figure out what to think of them. For that, we give them a place on this list.
5. Kananga/Mr. Big: Here’s another weirdo masquerading as a villain with Yaphet Kotto playing the mysterious Kananga in Live and Let Die. It’s all well and good that Kananga proves to be a bad guy, but when he converts to Mr. Big (essentially a bad ass voodoo Mr. Hyde-like gangster), James Bond wonders when he gets to play with the Russians or S.P.E.C.T.R.E. again. By the way, we’re not going to give Baron Samedi his own place on this list, but he does deserve to get some airtime. Again, another voodoo freak and we like him particularly because of his voice. If any of you remember the vintage Seven-Up commercials with the big black man that says “Crisp and clean, and no caffeine. Never had it, never will. Ha, ha, ha,” you’ll recognize that the actor, Geoffrey Holder, was the same guy that played the witch doctor in LALD.
Scaramanga (The Man with the Golden Gun) and Hugo Drax (Moonraker) made the bottom of our “best villains” list but mostly because they were played by actors we like — Christopher Lee and Michael Lonsdale, respectively. We don’t care for these characters, but Jaws (played by Richard Kiel in The Spy Who Loved Me and Moonraker), and May Day (played by Grace Jones in A View to a Kill) are certainly memorable.
And, just so we don’t get grief from NICO.D. over at Technology4Democracy again, we’ve deliberately excluded Blofeld. He’s too big for this list.
So, anyone else we missed?