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There have been 23 James Bond films, six actors who have played the super spy, and a whole host of villains from great to dreadful. It is often sad a film is only as good as its bad guy, and that can be said for Bond films; when the villain is lame, the movie isn’t far behind.
Here are the 9 absolute worst Bond villains in the franchise’s history:
9. Elliot Carver, Tomorrow Never Dies – If a maniacal villain’s plan is to drive up ratings on his networks, you know you’re in trouble. Jonathan Pryce, who isn’t very interesting as an actor let alone a Bond villain, plays Elliot Carver with very little interesting to say or do in one of Brosnan’s worst entries. Clearly it was an attempt to give Bond a new post-Cold War villain, and clearly it didn’t work.
8. The General, The Living Daylights – Brad Whitaker’s General has a boring name and a boring persona, not helping Timothy Dalton in his short stint as 007. This self-appointed “General” just wants to make big bucks through arms dealing. He wasn’t even a military veteran, just a wannabe. Snooze.
7. Gustav Graves, Die Another Day – This dilml served as the death knell for Pierce Brosnan as 007, and part of the blame could be placed at the feet of Toby Stevens, whose plan was to use yet another laser to start yet another war, blah blah blah. Never mind that he had literally no interesting character trait and was just slick and cocky instead of dark and mysterious as he should be. Except for that absurd twist where it turns out he used to be Asian but he did a DNA thing where… Oh forget it.
6. Mr. Big, Live and Let Die – This is a villain that has plenty of wacky traits, too many to be honest. Yaphet Kotto’s Mr. Big (despite having some fun traits, his name is sorely lacking) dabbles in voodoo and black magic, is a drug smuggler, is the head of a street gang, and fills the rest of his time as a businessman. So what is he? Nothing worth remembering when it comes down to it.
5. Stromberg, The Spy Who Loved Me – This is the most innocuous villain in the entire Bond franchise, a villain in name alone who really has nothing to do with the story or the plot, and simply sits back and delivers some dialogue with almost no involvement.
4. Drax, Moonraker – The silliest James Bond movie also has one of the weakest villains, although his diabolical plan was absolutely top notch. Hugo Drax planned on wiping out the entire population of the world and starting his own Master race as the leader. Sounds crazy fun, but Michael Lonsdale’s character seems to be acting in a different movie. He drones on, acting like Orson Wells in a stage play not a super villain in a space Bond.
3. Blofeld III, Diamonds Are Forever – Charles Gray plays Blofeld in Diamonds Are Forever, after the super villain appeared in much better roles in You Only Live Twice and On Her Majesty’s Secret Service. In this third entry, however, Blofeld is reduced to farce as he escaped dressed in very poor drag, looking more like Gene Hackman in The Birdcage than anything in a Bond film.
2. General Orlov, Octopussy – Not only was Orlov’s plan, revolving around stealing some Faberge Eggs, preposterous and dumb, the guy lived in a circus train. A circus train…
1. Dominic Greene, Quantum of Solace – So, this lame villain’s plan is to steal water. Yes, water. While it may be a real-world issue, having a Bond villain try and steal water is the worst idea I have ever heard of. Not to mention the fact that Mathieu Amalric seemed absolutely bored with his character. He had to realize how inane this villain was in the end.