From Oddjob to Blofeld, Scaramanga to Le Chiffre, the 007 film series has always known the importance of first class Bond villains. As the old adage goes, a superhero movie is only as good as its supervillain. While 007 will always have our heart as sort of the original superhero in cinema, we're thankful for all the worthy Bond villains.
Starting with the original James Bond film adventure, the adversaries were key. Dr. No made an immediate impression as the nefarious eccentric out to undermine the U.S. space program. Over the next few films, Blofeld went from a faceless, insidious force to the bald man with bad intentions played first by Donald Pleasance and next by Telly Savalas. Other grandmasters of evil continued the tradition, and eventually Blofeld came around once more in the modern era with Christoph Waltz bearing the mantle in "Spectre."
Lest we forget, though, there have also been plenty of memorable Bond henchmen. Oddjob, described by his employer Goldfinger as an "admirable manservant, but mute," isn't a guy of words, but he looks dapper in his suit. Plus, he throws a mean, murderous bowler hat. In subsequent films, lots more villainous henchmen attempted to sidetrack our hero. In the '70s, Richard Kiel's giant with the mankilling metal teeth, Jaws, looked cool and made reference to our favorite Steven Spielberg blockbuster.
Here, we present the best of the best bad men, ranked from greatest to absolute greatest. They might have served our man Bond as mostly huge pains in his rear. But we were highly entertained by all of them. We hope you enjoy them as much as we do. And here's to looking forward to more memorable baddies in "No Time to Die."
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Chuck is an editor/writer who's worked for NCM, Fandango, Movies.com, MediaTrip, Hollywood.com and Newsweek. His favorite movie is "Jaws." He's definitely a dog guy.