Quick Cuts: Best Bond Villains and “Bond Girls”
QUICK CUTS: James Bond 007
With Michael Arruda, L.L. Soares, Colleen Wanglund, Garrett Cook, Daniel Keohane, and Nick Cato.
MICHAEL ARRUDA: SKYFALL (2012), the latest Daniel Craig James Bond movie opened this week (our review is coming on Monday).
Today on QUICK CUTS we’re talking a little Bond. James Bond. We ask our panel of Cinema Knife Fighters to name their top 3 favorite Bond villains, as well as their top 3 favorite Bond girls.
Here’s what they had to say:
I’m quite old school when it comes to 007.
My top three Bond villains are:
1. Blofeld (specifically from YOU ONLY LIVE TWICE, 1967)
2. Dr. No
My top Bond girls are:
1. Honey Ryder (Ursula Andress) from DR. NO (1962)
2. Andrea Anders (Maude Adams) from THE MAN WITH THE GOLDEN GUN (1974)
3. Pussy Galore (Honor Blackman) from GOLDFINGER (1964)
Three favorite villains:
3. Donovan “Red” Grant (Robert Shaw in FROM RUSSIA WITH LOVE, 1963)
Three favorite girls:
1. Honeychile Ryder
2. Pussy Galore
3. Tatiana Romanova (FROM RUSSIA WITH LOVE).
Well, easily #1 would be Bernard Madoff and his famous Ponzi schemes. Close to a tie of course are the entire Enron board of directors. These latter weren’t exactly selling bonds, but the idea is still the same.
The only bond girl I can think of along these lines is Martha Stewart.
…and Octopussy, simply for having the most disturbing character name in cinema history.
1) Blofeld (as played by Donald Pleasance in 1967’s YOU ONLY LIVE TWICE) After all, not only the coolest Bond villain, but he also had the iconic look that Mike Myers borrowed for his AUSTIN POWERS parodies.
2) Largo (as played by Adolfo Celi in 1965’s THUNDERBALL) Easily the most suave megalomaniac of all time, complete with eye patch, spear gun, and pet sharks in his backyard pool.
3) Jaws (as played by Richard Kiel in 1977’s THE SPY WHO LOVED ME and 1979’s MOONRAKER). Kiel was so loved in this role he became the first henchman to make two appearances in the series.
1) Goodnight (as played by Britt Ekland in 1974’s THE MAN WITH THE GOLDEN GUN). Just a year after dazzling audiences with her sexy performance in THE WICKER MAN (1973), Ekland became THE hottest Bond girl, running around a deranged madman’s island with Roger Moore in nothing but a bikini. The 70s were a good time.
2) Vesper Lynd (as played by Eva Green in 2006’s CASINO ROYALE). While it’s true this reboot featured the best and most current 007 (Daniel Craig) since Sean Connery, it was the exotic looks of the mysterious Vesper Lynd that held my attention more than almost any other Bond girl.
3) Naomi (as played by Caroline Munro in 1977’s THE SPY WHO LOVED ME). Munro’s hard-to-decipher facial expressions (coupled with her skimpy outfits) helped to make this one of the most successful Bond films of all time. We young geeks (at the time) all yelled “It’s that girl from the Sinbad movies!” when her beautiful face first appeared across the screen.
My top 3 Bond villains? I’ve got to go with:
3. Largo (Adolfo Celi) from THUNDERBALL (1965) – love that eye patch!
2. Goldfinger (Gert Frobe)
And at #1 – no surprise here – Christopher Lee as Scaramanga in THE MAN WITH THE GOLDEN GUN (1974).
And for my top three Bond girls:
3. Vesper Lynd from CASINO ROYALE (2006)
2. Tiffany Case (Jill St. John) from DIAMONDS ARE FOREVER (1971)
And at #1, also from THE MAN WITH THE GOLDEN GUN (1974), Britt Ekland as Goodnight. As Nick said, she’s the hottest Bond girl.
I’m not much of a Bond fan, so I’ll just skip the villains. The only thing I ever liked about the series was the “Bond Girls.” My top 3 would be:
1. Britt Ekland – Goodnight – THE MAN WITH THE GOLDEN GUN (1974) – if you want to know why, just check out what Nick and Michael said. She was just the hottest Bond girl.
2. Caroline Munro – Naomi – THE SPY WHO LOVED ME (1977) – because I’ve always been a huge fan of Ms. Munro.
3. Diana Rigg – Tracy Bond – ON HER MAJESTY’S SECRET SERVICE (1969) – because I always had a thing for Diana Rigg too. Although I think she was hotter as Emma Peel in THE AVENGERS (1965 – 1967) (the British TV series, not the Marvel superheroes)
HONORABLE MENTION: Honor Blackman as Pussy Galore in GOLDFINGER (1964), because she had the best character name. Blackman was also in THE AVENGERS from 1962 – 1964 as Cathy Gale, prior to Diana Rigg joining the show. Funny how both of these women from THE AVENGERS were also Bond girls.