Emilio Largo (Adolfo Celi)
Emilio Largo played by Adolfo Celi
Born in Messina, Sicily, Italy on 27th July 1922
Died 19th February 1986
Starred In Thunderball (1965)
A high-ranking SPECTRE agent, Largo is assigned the task of stealing two nuclear weapons from a NATO Vulcan bomber that will be used to hold the UK and the USA to ransom. Other SPECTRE agents Fiona Volpe and Count Lippe undertake a plan to steal the nuclear bombs by killing NATO pilot Francois Derval and replacing him with a identical twin Angelo Palazzi, who has undertook extensive plastic surgery.
Largo recovers the bombs when the Vulcan is submerged underwater hidden away from view. After Bond interacts with Largo at the casino, he sends one of his henchmen, Quist to kill Bond, who fails. After Bond visits Largo at his waterfront estate for a social call, Fiona Volpe takes on the job of killing Bond. After sleeping with him, Fiona proceeds to escort him back to Largo. Bond manages to escape Fiona and disappears into the local carnival passing by. Fiona manages to catch up with Bond but when Largo's henchmen try to kill Bond, they kill Fiona instead with help of some nifty footwork.
After seducing Dominique 'Domino' Derval, Bond follows Largo to the location of the bombs, hidden underwater. After the resulting large battle at the end of the film, Bond fights with Largo underwater and as he escapes, Bond manages to board the Disco Volante. After a vicious fight on board between Bond, Largo and his henchmen, Domino comes to the rescue and shoots Largo in the back.
Emilio Largo is SPECTRE agent number two. Charming, polite, but a ruthless killer, Largo leads a life of a millionaire aboard his luxury hydrofoil the Disco Volante and his spacious waterfront property Palmyra.
Largo has an excellent physical presence on-screen with his white hair, eye patch and menacing looks. Like many villains past and future, Largo enjoys socialising with Bond on numerous occasions where they play games of wit. He also has no hesitation to kill any of his men if they fail him, and proceeds to throw Quist into his shark pool when he fails his mission to assassinate Bond.
Largo is also Domino Derval's mistress. He keeps a close eye on where she goes and who she sees while he pays her little affection. Ironically it is Domino who kills Largo by shooting him in the back with a spear gun to avenge the death of her brother killed by his orders. §