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The 10 Best Bond Villains – Esquire.

James Bond is often only as good as his villains, which is why the Internet went nuts when rumors began circulating late last week that 007’s next adversary might be played by Chiwetel Ejiofor. The Oscar-nominated 12 Years a Slave star would be not only the rare black actor to face off against Bond (at least, as his prime antagonist), but also one of the few actors to take on such a role at the apparent height of his career…

According to Esquire, the 10 best are:

  • Le Chifflre
  • Nick Nak
  • Scaramanga
  • Zorin
  • Dr. No
  • Goldfinger
  • Odd Job
  • Jaws
  • Blofeld

Nice try, but wrong.  First of all, Nicknak, Odd Job and Jaws are all henchmen, not villains. Second, this is not a “who is the best actor to salvage a shitty character?” list.

Here is the correct list, in no particular order:

  • Le Chiffre
  • Elektra King
  • Raoul Silva
  • Ernst Stavro Blofeld (in “Twice”/”Diamonds“/”Majesty”)
  • Dr. No
  • Alec Trevelyan
  • Rosa Klebb/Red Grant (whichever was the “villain”)
  • General Orlov
  • Auric Goldfinger
  • Emilio Largo
  • Whoever the next villain is, because it’s gotta be better than Zorin or Scaramanga or Mr. Big

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