The dirty dozen; 40 YEARS OF BOND.
IT'S 40 years since movie-goers were first shaken and stirred by the collection of bad guys who tried to terminate secret agent James Bond with extreme violence.
To celebrate 007's 20th movie, Die Another Day - which is released on November 20 - the Sunday Mail looks back over the Dirty Dozen, the top 12 Bond baddies we all love to hate.
Here is the cream of the evil crop he faced - from Dr No and Auric Goldfinger to Max Zorin and Robert Carlyle's Renard.
We tell you the stars who played them... and how Bond made them take their final bow.
FILM: Dr No (1962)
WHO IS HE: A SPECTRE scientist who is based in a secret island HQ in the Caribbean. Has metallic hands.
WHAT'S HIS EVIL PLAN: World domination, of course. Dr No's scheme is to wreck the USA's space programme.
WHO PLAYS HIM: Canadian-born stage actor Joseph Wiseman, whose other movie appearances include The Valachi Papers and Viva Zapata.
HOW DOES HE MAKE HIS EXIT: Nastily. After a fight with Bond (Sean Connery), Dr No is plunged into the deadly waters of the nuclear reactor.
STORY BEHIND THE BADDIE Wiseman spent several days at a hospital studying patients who had artificial limbs so he could get used to wearing metallic hands. After Dr No, he continued the Bond connection when he played the voice of SPECTRE mastermind Ernst Stavro Blofeld in Thunderball.
FILM: From Russia With Love (1963)
WHO IS HE: A psychopathic killer who escaped from prison on Dartmoor and was recruited and trained by SPECTRE.
WHAT'S HIS EVIL PLAN: To trap and kill 007.
WHO PLAYS HIM: Robert Shaw, an actor and writer who earned an Oscar nomination for his portrayal of Henry Vlll in A Man For All Seasons and played the shark- hunter in the first Jaws film.
HOW DOES HE MAKE HIS EXIT: After a terrific fight on a train - one of the best hand- to-hand sequences in Bond movie history - 007 (Sean Connery) uses Q's gadget-packed briefcase to help him kill Grant.
STORY BEHIND THE BADDIE: To prepare for his arduous role, Shaw took lessons in Graeco- Roman wrestling and body building.
FILM: Goldfinger (1964)
WHO IS HE: A tycoon with an obsession for gold - tons and tons of it.
WHAT'S HIS EVIL PLAN: To destroy the gold reserve at Fort Knox by exploding an atomic bomb, thus increasing his wealth and power.
WHO PLAYS HIM: German actor Gert Frobe, in his first-ever English language film. In fact, all his dialogue was expertly dubbed by British actor Michael Collins.
HOW DOES HE MAKE HIS EXIT: He is sucked out the window of an aeroplane.
STORY BEHIND THE BADDIE: Frobe was in the Nazi party during the Second World War but was also credited with protecting Jews from the Gestapo. He played an oafish German sergeant in the epic D-Day movie, The Longest Day.
ERNST STAVRO BLOFELD
FILM: You Only Live Twice (1967)
WHO IS HE: The SPECTRE head who was never seen without his pet white pussycat.
WHAT'S HIS EVIL PLAN: Taking over the world by causing global warfare.
WHO PLAYS HIM: Donald Pleasence, who also starred as Ft. Lt. Colin Blythe in The Great Escape. The character Blofeld was also portrayed by Telly "Kojak" Savalas in On Her Majesty's Secret Service (1969) and Charles Gray in Diamonds Are Forever (1971).
HOW DOES HE MAKE HIS EXIT: He flees from Bond (Sean Connery) on a mono- rail, then he blows up his island stronghold.
STORY BEHIND THE BADDIE: This was the first time filmgoers saw the face of Blofeld. Pleasence played the role at the last minute after Czech actor Jan Werich took ill.
FILM: Live And Let Die (1973)
WHO IS HE: As Dr Kananga, he is Foreign Minister of a sun-kissed island called San Monique. But he is also Mr Big, the boss of a massive drug-smuggling operation.
WHAT'S HIS EVIL PLAN: To flood the USA with heroin and become a major world player.
WHO PLAYS HIM: Yaphet Kotto who was in Alien and played Idi Amin in Raid On Entebbe.
HOW DOES HE MAKE HIS EXIT: He literally blows up when Bond (Roger Moore) forces him to swallow a compressed air pellet.
STORY BEHIND THE BADDIE: Politically-active Kotto caused quite a fuss by giving the Black Power salute during a photo shoot.
FILM: The Man With The Golden Gun (1974)
WHO IS HE? A former KGB agent who is a deadly marksman. His trademark is to take out his victims with a golden bullet.
WHAT'S HIS EVIL PLAN: To kill Bond and gain power through an energy device called The Solex.
WHO PLAYS HIM: Dracula star Christopher Lee, who appeared in the first film of the Lord Of The Rings trilogy.
HOW DOES HE MAKE HIS EXIT: He takes on Bond (Roger Moore) in a cat-and-mouse duel but is out-gunned by 007.
STORY BEHIND THE BADDIE: Hollywood heavy Jack Palance was originally lined up for the part. Lee's cousin is Bond author Ian Fleming, who had wanted him to play Dr No.
FILM: The Spy Who Loved Me (1977) and Moonraker (1979)
WHO IS HE: A 7ft 4in heavy whose weapon is steel teeth which could bite a car in half.
WHAT"S HIS EVIL PLAN: Helping Stromberg create nuclear mayhem in The Spy Who Loved Me. In Moonraker, Drax hires Jaws but the giant falls in love and becomes a good guy.
WHO PLAYS HIM: Richard Kiel.
HOW DOES HE MAKE HIS EXIT: Starry-eyed, as he drifts off into space with his girlfriend.
STORY BEHIND THE BADDIE: The big man had hoped to gain fame on the small screen as The Incredible Hulk but it was decided that he was not bulky enough for that role.
FILM: A View To A Kill (1985)
WHO IS HE: A refugee from East Germany who has become a power-mad billionaire.
WHAT'S HIS EVIL PLAN: To destroy Silicon Valley in California and bring down the world of computers.
WHO PLAYS HIM: Christopher Walken, who won the Best Supporting Actor Oscar for his performance in The Deer Hunter.
HOW DOES HE MAKE HIS EXIT: From a great height... after battling with Bond (Roger Moore) on a blimp 750ft above San Francisco's Golden Gate Bridge.
STORY BEHIND THE BADDIE: Rock legend David Bowie had been fancied to play Zorin.
FILM: Licence To Kill (1989)
WHO IS HE: An evil drugs boss from South America.
WHAT"S HIS EVIL PLAN: A worldwide deal to put even more cocaine on to the streets.
WHO PLAYS HIM: Robert Davi, who trained as an opera singer until he damaged his voice. His films include City Heat and Die Hard.
HOW DOES HE MAKE HIS EXIT: During a fight on a petrol truck, Bond (Timothy Dalton) sets the fuel-soaked Sanchez ablaze.
STORY BEHIND THE BADDIE: This role was supposed to launch Davi's movie career. Sadly, that never happened.
FILM: Goldeneye (1995)
WHO IS HE: He is 006, Bond's colleague, who fakes his own death and then starts plotting some serious nastiness.
WHAT'S HIS EVIL PLAN: Use a hi-tech gizmo to make every electrical device useless.
WHO PLAYS HIM: Sean Bean, who achieved TV fame as Napoleonic Wars hero Sharpe.
HOW DOES HE MAKE HIS EXIT: After a fight on top of a satellite dish Bond (Pierce Brosnan) lets the traitor fall to his death.
STORY BEHIND THE BADDIE: The original choice for Trevelyan was Hannibal Lecter star Anthony Hopkins.
FILM: Goldeneye (1995) and The World Is Not Enough (1999)
WHO IS HE: An ex-KGB man who is now a Russian Mafioso boss and a flashy dresser.
WHAT'S HIS EVIL PLAN: To get even with Bond (Pierce Brosnan) because 007 put a bullet in his leg, leaving him with a limp.
WHO PLAYS HIM: Scots star Robbie Coltrane.
HOW DOES HE MAKE HIS EXIT: Felled by bullets that were intended for Bond.
STORY BEHIND THE BADDIE: Robbie has been a Bond fan since 13, when his dad took him to see Dr No. "Going to your first Bond film was like having your first pint," he says.
FILM: The World Is Not Enough (1999)
WHO IS HE: A crazed terrorist who has a bullet lodged near his brain. It is slowly killing him but also renders him impervious to pain.
WHAT'S HIS EVIL PLAN: To take control of the world's oil supply... and to make off with billionairess Elektra King.
WHO PLAYS HIM: Scots star Robert Carlyle, who starred as TV's Hamish Macbeth and in the films Trainspotting and Angela's Ashes.
HOW DOES HE MAKE HIS EXIT: In a fight inside a submarine, he gets nuked by Bond (Pierce Brosnan).
STORY BEHIND THE BADDIE: 007 fan Robert Carlyle says his favourite villain was Donald Pleasence as Blofeld in You Only Live Twice. He used him as a guide when creating Renard. Robert said: "He was an incredibly dangerous actor. Even walking across a room seemed bizarre with Donald Pleasence. His stillness was a key for me for playing Renard. I wanted to slow Renard down, because he's dying. So I decided on very small, slow movements."
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|Publication:||Sunday Mail (Glasgow, Scotland)|
|Date:||Oct 27, 2002|
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