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The Many Looks Of The Bond Villain
After Silva’s look is revealed, how do other Bond baddies compare?

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So you’ve lined up your volcanic lair, your army of henchmen and your gorgeous moll; you’ve crafted your plan for world-domination and remembered to feed the sharks swimming under the glass floor of your office. Now what? Well, no real villain – and certainly no Bond villain – would be caught without a distinctive personal style. After Skyfall villain Silva (Javier Bardem) appeared in action for the first time in this week’s trailer, we assess his predecessors for their distinctive fashion choices…

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The Many Looks Of The Bond Villain | Dr Julius No (Joseph Wiseman)
Dr Julius No (Joseph Wiseman)

Film: Dr. No (1962)

Style: As a mad scientist on an island protected by a dragon (actually a flamethrowing tractor) you might expect Dr No to be a ranter and raver. He’s actually eerily calm and buttoned down, despite the absence of any buttons at all on his Nehru-collared tunic: the first of many in the Bond villain pantheon. There’s a whiff of Orientalism about him, and he has black metal pincers instead of hands. No physical match for Bond, you suspect he could crush him intellectually… if not for the whole explaining-the-plan and letting-Bond-escape thing. The template for the next five decades is set right here.

Plan: Disruption of US space shuttle launch with atomic radio beam.

Best Line: "Unfortunately I misjudged you. You are just a stupid policeman whose luck has run out."

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1 Moonraker Quote
Dax; "At least I shall have the pleasure of putting you out of my misery." Thought that was a better line personally... More

Posted by Morteus on Monday August 6, 2012, 20:32

2 Hair
So many blonde of silver Bond villains. What does that mean? More

Posted by Pelle on Sunday August 5, 2012, 10:56

3 Request
Do the Bond girls next! (not literally, of course) More

Posted by danielthompson99 on Saturday August 4, 2012, 09:14

4 I thought it was obvious
Mr Stromberg prefers not to shake hands.... More

Posted by rich on Saturday August 4, 2012, 01:03

5 RE: Curd Jurgens?
Not necessarily: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Curd_Jürgens More

Posted by Osric on Friday August 3, 2012, 11:08

6 Curd Jurgens?
Curt, is who I think you mean More

Posted by chris wootton on Friday August 3, 2012, 10:45

7 Octopussy?
Technically speaking, Octopussy would've been the first female Bond villain. It's really a fine line as she was working with Kamal Khan at the same being an ally/love interest to Bond. Still, Elektra is the first full-on female villain. More

Posted by EriCritic on Friday August 3, 2012, 02:57

8 Stromberg's webbed!
Not many people know this but Curt Jurgen's Karl Stromberg character has webbed hands! The hands are only really noticeable if you see the movies in theaters or watch it on an HDTV. Otherwise, if you watch it on DVD on a standard TV, you'll have to zoom in or freeze frame to really spot them. They're perhaps most noticeable when they show a closeup of his hands pushing the button that leads to his secretary's death. More

Posted by EriCritic on Friday August 3, 2012, 00:24

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