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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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The Many Looks Of The Bond Villain | Elektra King (Sophie Marceau)
Elektra King (Sophie Marceau)

Film: The World Is Not Enough (1999)

Style: With apologies for the spoiler inherent in this page, Ms King, though she initially appears to a former kidnap victim in danger again, is indeed the series’ first female Bond villain (the first principal one anyway: obviously there‘s a long history of henchwomen like Xenia Onatopp, May Day, Irma Bunt and Rosa Klebb). More of a clothes horse than yer average Blofeld, costume designer Lindy Hemming says dressing Marceau in “sexy, exotic fabrics”, to reflect her extensive travels, was her favourite Bond job ever. There are silks, velvets and fur-lined ski-suits, but that luxurious hair conceals, of course, a surprise disfigurement…

Plan: The nuclear destruction of Istanbul and the Russian oil pipelines in the Bosphorus, vastly benefitting King’s own oil business.

Best Line: "Who’s afraid now, Mr Bond?"
 

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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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