Do you expect me to talk? No Mr Bond I expect you to die! Many James Bond villains have tried a variety of assassination attempts, but few have come close to killing the world’s most famous secret agent.
Since the launch of Dr. No in 1962, James Bond has had to deal with an array of memorable James Bond villains. After nearly becoming half a man at the hands of Auric Goldfinger, placed on an alligator’s lunch menu by Tee Hee, nearly being drowned by Aristotle Kristatos, and inches from being sliced into small pieces at the order of Franz Sanchez, Bond has survived it all. The boundaries of the James Bond Villain have for the most part been fixed, but in more recent times these boundaries have become blurred. With manipulative and seductive femme fatales like Elektra King, and even genetically appearance changed villains like Sir Gustav Graves, the James Bond villains are becoming truly challenging adversaries for Bond to face.
The nature of the James Bond villains has also changed through time. Early villainous schemes were relatively modest; plots to kill James Bond, extortion attempts and the stealing of secrets or technology. The changing times have definitely been reflected in new generations of James Bond villains. The villains schemes are no longer pure fantasy; they are becoming more realistic, albeit with a touch of Bond glamour. The villains themselves are also changing with the times, taking influences from current affairs and topical issues. However the future unfolds, there will always be villains and femme fatales to contend with, allowing James Bond to hopefully save the day once more. §