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In the 50 years since Her Majesty's Secret Service first let 007 loose on the silver screen, James Bond has faced some truly fearsome adversaries. Menaced by steel-toothed giants, Koreans wielding killer bowler hats, and dagger-shoed Russian madwomen, it's fair to say that the world's favourite spy has survived some of the most …

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Lucy Butler was the scariest villain ever...

But that was another series

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What? No Nick Nack?

Clearly he was by far the most villainous of villains.

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I always though Stromberg was the creepiest and therefore quite vile.

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I agree that Stromberg has got to be high on the list. He scores highly for his Proper 'Bond villain' base + supertanker with private army. Also the harpoon gun under the table adds a personal touch to his killings. Somehow having minions do all the dirty work seems to me to be too 'remote' to be a proper villain.

Blofeld is the 'classic' Bond villain, it's just that for me just pressing a button and having someone die, or being basically a 'CEO' of a villanous organisation without getting your hands dirty doesn't cut it. At the top end of the REALLY getting your hands dirty scale is Sanchez who is personally handling a couple of rather gruesome killings.

Incidentally, why is teh list a mix of master-minds and henchmen. Odd-Job and Jaws are fearsome opponents but not much in the way of brains. Why not have a vote for best super-villain and another vote for best henchman?

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Hugo Drax needs more love

"Look after Mr. Bond. See that some harm comes to him."

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Re: Hugo Drax needs more love

Indeed. Also: "At least I shall have the pleasure of putting you out of my misery."

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Re: Hugo Drax needs more love

Not forgetting "You defy all my attempts to plan an amusing death for you!"

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Re: Re: Hugo Drax needs more love

And while we're at it: "James Bond. You appear with the tedious inevitability of an unloved season."

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Got to be a candidate for the best line of the series...

At least Drax thought big - kill everyone on the planet and replace them will your own super humans. No small-time suffl like cornering the gold market.

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In my book

Hugo Drax was no villain. To me he was a hero and a martyr, who sadly failed in a noble endeavour. If I had his money and resources, I'd certainly do exactly what he tried to do - wipe the human plague off the face of the planet and replace them with a selected few - namely, non-religious people with at least a semi-decent education who aren't concerned with telling everyone else how to live their lives.

Only I wouldn't do it with mere poison gas from orbiting probes - there's NO substance toxic enough that a handful of bar-fridge-sized probes' worth would wipe out every last human on the planet (yes, I know about botulinum toxin, and no, those probes would not be an effective method of spreading it sufficiently.) My preferred technique would perhaps be a weaponised disease with the fatality rate of ebola and the contagiousness of the common cold, since most other forms of destruction (like my erstwhile favourite, grey goo) would wipe out all other life as well.

I 'm surprised Elliot Carver didn't get more votes - after all, he's the only one obviously based on a real-life villain, namely Rupert Murdoch. Now there's an evil megalomaniac despot if ever there was one.

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Re: In my book

Well, of course, in Fleming's Book he was an ex-Nazi who wanted to collude with the Russians to nuke London!

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There's a difference

Between a villain and a henchman (goons? hired goons!).

Put up two seperate poll's one for the main baddie (Blofield, Drax, Goldfinger, etc) and another for the henchmen (Jaws, NickNack, RandomTask, etc).

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Hmmm......

While I remember the villains, I'm struggling to remember what most of them actually did/tried to do, which is making the vote tricky. Carver was pretty vile when he tried to start a war to profit, but wasn't that Blofeld's objective in You Only Live Twice? Where's Emilio Largo on the list? He held cities to ransom with nukes in Thunderball.

I think El Reg should re-run this poll after ITV have finished their seasonal 'show every Bond film we can afford over Christmas' and we've reacquainted ourselves with the baddies.

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Obviously

the author of this tech news (???) doesn't know the difference between villan and henchman...

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Trust me, I do. However, they're all technically Bond villains, and I decide what's included in the poll. TBH, I'm surprised you clicked on it, since the headline give a strong hint that there's not much tech content.

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Zing.

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Odd Job

I am biased because I like hats

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Where's Renard?

From "The World Is Not Enough" (my favourite Bond film.)

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Re: Where's Renard?

Slav-looking evil, actually from the UK.

Beds Sophie Marceau (HNGGG!!)

Holds Plutonium with bare hands (ok, that's not hard to do).

Nonchalantly poisons his country fellows.

ALL MY POINTS!

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Missing the obvious candidate

Where's Juilan Assange??? I know he hasn't actually had a role yet but he's clearly born for it so it's just a matter of time. It's not hard to picture him with the white cat..........

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Re: Missing the obvious candidate

To go with his white hare (sic) ?

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Re: Missing the obvious candidate

We could do a budget reshoot of the opening to Casino Royale where 007 tries to extract a wanted man from the grounds of an embassy; only instead of shooting 100 guards in Foreignistan he's knocking in a back window with a half brick in London.

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Re: Missing the obvious candidate

I'd have thought the obvious candidate missing was Rupert Murdoch rather than Assange :-)

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Trevelyan

Because Sean Bean's RP is one of the most painful things I've ever heard.

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For me it's Blofeld

Stroking the white cat is a mastertouch of psychotistry.

So how about Kim Dotcom as Goldfinger and Julian assange as Blofeld

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Re: For me it's Blofeld

And don't forget his tenacity. No other villian kept coming back, again and again, no matter how handicapped, with Bond's death as an essential part of his schemes.

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well

I've gone for Rosa Klebb,

But in my mind its a three way tie between Goldfinger, Her and Scaramanga.

Goldfinger... classic bond villian

Klebb... a mean ol' witch of a villianess... and the last woman ever you'd want on a blind date.

Scaramanga.. Played by Christopher Lee.. need I say more?

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I went with Klebb too. Un utterly chilling, completely unpleasant vicious psychopath with not one redeeming feature. And highly innovative footwear to boot.

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Agreed. The others were obviously villanous, but Klebb was definitely the most unpleasant.

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I'm going to have to go with Hugo Drax, if only because his stated aim was to wipe out the vast majority of the human race.

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Do you regard the "aim was to wipe out the vast majority of the human race" as so bad he deserves the villain title, or a redeeming feature that deserves a vote?

Having recently watched some celebrity TV, I have some sympathy for him...

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Max Zorin

Christopher Walken creeps me out every time.

Reading the poll question literally, a lot of the adversaries fail the "most believable" test.

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I voted for him, too, in spite of Kevin Pollack ruining Walken in a serious role for me.

"Frankenstein neveh scahed me."

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I think you've missed my favourite

Pussy Galore - the whole lesbian flying circus and 'converting' her back to straight sex - saw it at an impressionable age, put a kink in my personality that I've enjoyed ever since

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Re: I think you've missed my favourite

I'd have Fatima Blush

Erm I think that cameout right....

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Franz Sanchez - Most realistic, most violent

Franz Sanchez for me. He's the least comic book of the villains, an ultraviolet drug cartel leader based on real life characters. Unlike Blofeld et al he didn't have henchmen doing his dirty work, he got his hands dirty, very dirty. Whether it was dismembering people with a machete or string them up and lowering them slowly to a hungry shark - not to kill outright in one bite as other Bond villains might but to be chewed up piece by piece.

There was always a touch of the absurd to the other Bond villains which made them hard to take seriously, but Franz Sanchez was a cold blooded, psychopathic butcher and by far the vilest of them all. Not my favourite, but that wasn't the question being asked.

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Re: Franz Sanchez - Most realistic, most violent

The guy is now in charge...

http://www.elpasotimes.com/ci_21389331/even-more-brutal-leader-takes-over-mexicos-zetas

MEXICO CITY (AP) - A falling out between the leaders of the hyper-violent Zetas cartel appears to have put the gang in the hands of a brutal and feared gangster who has been blamed for an eruption of bloodshed in Mexico's once relatively calm central states. Miguel Angel Trevino Morales is a former cartel enforcer who apparently won a showdown with Zetas founder Heriberto Lazcano Lazcano for leadership, law enforcement officials say. Lawmen and even competing drug capos picture Trevino as a brutal assassin who favors getting rid of foes by stuffing them into oil drums, dousing them with gasoline and setting them on fire - a practice known as a "guiso," a Spanish word for "stew."

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Difficult decision

One's instinct is to go for Blofeld, but in fact he was quite charming, in all his guises, rather than frightening or villainous. Eliot Carver was quite nasty - much more obviously evil, to my mind, possibly because his plot was almost believable.

Some of the others mentioned were too over the top to be really menacing, and in fact I always had a sneaking feeling of pity for Jaws, he didn't really come out of things well.

Red Grant was pretty evil, he came across as a real psychopath, but I would say that the outright nastiest, though, was Franz Sanchez, definitely the most vile.

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Eliot Carver believable?

What about Dominic Greene? He's not too much of a stretch from real life I think... given the opportunity I could see the radical greens giving us a real life villain somewhere between Greene and Drax.

Speaking of, I think Al Gore will make a great Bond villain someday. Trying to take over the world economy with a mandatory carbon credit regime enforced by the UN. Quick, someone give that man a yacht with a submarine (like Paul Allen has - another real life candidate for being a Bond villain someday) or a volcano island base!

On second thought, maybe I like my Bond villains a little more comic book (Blofeld) than real (Sanchez).

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Reminds me

I need to watch my 20th year at work present.

Box set of Blu Rays of Bond

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But...

...what I want to know is why Pierce Brosnan isn't on the list?

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Re: But...

And where is General Orlovski?

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Obvious

Has to be Trevelyan, he's a Blades fan....

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For me its Jaws

Probably because when I was a child it was the first bond baddie I saw and I wanted those teeth!

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Le Chiffre...

By virtue that all beancounters are inherently evil, not to mention that he's a pretty unpleasent character in general.

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May Day

Grace Jones always scared the hell out of me. Still does. And that's just her music...

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what no Onatopp?

i can see Pussy Galore not being a villain, she'd fall into the Bond Girl category. But surely Onatopp was pretty villianous, especially with her preferred method of assassination, no?

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Important omissions

1. Albert Broccoli

2. Ian Fleming

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Only one answer

My vote will always go to the rat bastard that shot Emma Peel.

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Blofeld

Perhaps it was just my age, but killing Diana Rigg is traumatically, absolutely, eternally, totally evit.

I know he was just an actor, but I could never watch Telly Savalas in a any role, ever, again.

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