Saturday, May 20, 2017

Worst To Best: Bond Villains

No need for a preamble here: what follows is my heavily-biased assessment of the major Bond villains (as well as quite a few of the minor ones).

Before we get going, I've got an Honorable Mention pick I wanted to throw out there:

Honorable Mention -- General Anatol Gogol (Walter Gotell), The Spy Who Loved Me, Moonraker, For Your Eyes Only, Octopussy, A View to a Kill, and The Living Daylights

I've never considered General Gogol to be a villain, and I don't think the series does, either.  He's antagonistic on a few occasions, but the sense you always get watching him is that he is a respectable, highly competent man who is simply doing the best job that he can do on behalf of his nation.  This brings him into opposition with M and M's agents at times, but does that make him evil?  I don't think so.

However, I felt Gogol was well deserving of a mention here; he's not a villain in my estimation, but if he was he'd handily outrank a great many of the lunkheads on this list.

Beginning with this one, who earns my ire as the worst Bond villain of them all:

#119 -- Ernst Stavro Blofeld (Charles Gray), Diamonds Are Forever

I know this movie has fans.  I am not one of them.  Among its chief problems is the bad guy, played here by Charles Gray, who appears at times to have been woken for filming from a deep stupor.  I can't tell if he thinks he's playing the role with an eye toward humor, or if he's instead a genuinely awful actor who thinks he's playing the role seriously.  Probably the former, but would I bet money on it?  Not much.