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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 | Ernst Stavro Blofeld (Donald Pleasence, Telly Savalas, Charles Gray)
Ernst Stavro Blofeld (Donald Pleasence, Telly Savalas, Charles Gray)

Film: You Only Live Twice (1967), On Her Majesty’s Secret Service (1969), Diamonds Are Forever (1971)

Style: In his anonymous, cat-stroking phase in From Russia With Love and Thunderball, Blofeld was played by Anthony Dawson. John Hollis was dropped down the industrial chimney in For Your Eyes Only, and in the unofficial Thunderball remake Never Say Never Again, Blofeld was played by Max Von Sydow as a sort of twinkle-eyed satyr. The big three Blofelds though, are Pleasance, Savalas and Gray. Pleasance played a monkish, bald, facially scarred recluse in a tightly-fitted Mao suit. Cue-ball Savalas played a kind of Brooklyn gangster Blofeld, ditching the scar but returning to the Nehru collar. And Gray played Charles Gray.

Plan: Kidnapping spacecraft to provoke war between the global superpowers; biological warfare through the medium of brainwashed supermodels; building a diamond powered laser satellite.

Best Line: "Give him his cigarettes. It won’t be the nicotine that kills you, 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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