Top 5 Bond villains
To celebrate the release of Steve's first Young Bond adventure, Shoot To Kill, we set off on a ski chase down the Cairngorms, eventually catching Steve long enough to extract this blog in which Steve recalls his favourite Bond villains from print, and the silver screen…
Ernst Stavro Blofeld
Blofeld notches up a remarkable six appearances and is never knowingly played by the same actor twice.
The ultimate master criminal. In the novels he first appears as a leader of global terrorist organisation SPECTRE (in Thunderball), goes on to kill Bond’s new bride in On Her Majesty’s Secret Service and finally gets his overdue comeuppance in You Only Live Twice, when Bond dispatches him in a very ‘hands-on’ sort of way. In the movies, Blofeld notches up a remarkable six appearances and is never knowingly played by the same actor twice.
His name (Fleming actually called him after modernist architect Erno Goldfinger) means ‘Of gold Goldfinger’. That’s some quite hefty nominative determinism going on there, so it’s little wonder he never went after any silver or platinum. Goldfinger is treasurer of Soviet Counter-Intelligence agency SMERSH, and as Shirley Bassey likes to tell us, “He loves only gold. Only gold. He loves gold. He loves only gold. Only gold. HE LOVES GOLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLD!” How many times do you need telling?
Colonel Rosa Klebb
The female of the species is more deadly than the male, they say – and in the novel of From Russia With Love, Klebb comes closer than most to giving James Bond the boot (she has venom-laced blades hidden in her shoes) in a dramatic cliffhanger that could have ended the series.
Lord Randolph Hellebore
A Young Bond baddie created by Charlie Higson in the debut book, Silverfin. Hellebore is a monster – a controlling, overbearing and extremely rich American who operates in the arms trade, designing top-secret avant-garde weapons. Ruthless in the extreme, if he’s willing to experiment on his own family to bring about success, what hope does young James have of escaping…?
Based loosely on a minor-league Fleming villain named Horror in The Spy Who Loved Me, the film turned a hood with a set of steel-capped teeth into something truly memorable – an indestructible giant of a man who can bite through steel and walk away from scenes of hideous destruction unscathed. It’s a shame he was brought back in the next film, Moonraker, as an outright comedy character. An even bigger shame that he falls in love-at-first-sight with a girl called Dolly instead of flattening her in his runaway cable car. An even bigger, bigger shame that Dolly falls in love right back and ends up joining Hugo Drax’s elite space corps without logical explanation, etc etc…
Young Bond author Steve Cole toured with our touring team for Book Week Scotland 2014. You can read all about his adventures in our tour diary.
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