The Worst James Bond The Absolute Best James Bond Villains of All Time Ranked and Where to Stream Them
Like most James Bond fans, we’re very excited to see what Rami Malek’s still very mysterious villain, Safin, will bring to the franchise in No Time to Die. In honor of that upcoming movie, we decided to look back at 007’s unique list of villains and rank them.
For this list, rather than rank the villains from worst to best, we specifically looked at villains who were the absolute highlights of the franchise today, starting the list with great antagonists and ending it with absolutely iconic ones.
The Best James Bond Villans
GoldenEye was a deeply important movie in Bond's history. After audience favor with the super spy soured a bit during Timothy Dalton's run as the character, the film's producers tried to make a more updated, modern movie that still paid homage to the nature of the original 007 movies.
Like fellow entrants on this list, Francisco Scaramanga, Elliot Carver, Dr. No, Renard, and Elektra King, Max Zorin is a key example of a great villain who unfortunately finds himself in an otherwise underwhelming Bond film.
Tomorrow Never Die‘s Elliot Carver is an interesting character on this list — namely because his plan is so ridiculous and over the top, even by Bond movie standards. Carver is the head of a larger news broadcast who wants to stage the news by inciting a war between China and England and be the first to provide coverage of the entire thing.
From Russia With Love, the second Bond film in the franchise was surprisingly progressive for its 1963 release. Rosa Klebb, thus far the only female main antagonist Bond has ever faced, seemed a breath of fresh air for a genre dominated by male actors.
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As mentioned above, the Bond franchise, unfortunately, has far too few female villains, and up to 1995's GoldenEye, it had been an incredibly long time since 007 had crossed paths with a formidable female antagonist, the last example being On Her Majesty's Secret Service‘s Irma Bunt in 1969.
Dr. Julius No
Dr. No not might be the first Bond villain written by Ian Fleming (that title goes to Le Chiffre), but as the first cinematic villain ever adapted from the original novels, Joseph Wiseman's portrayal of the titular Dr. No set the standard for what audiences would come to expect from traditional Bond antagonists.
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