The most coveted role in a Bond movie (besides being a Bond girl), is the villain. From Dr. No to Goldfinger to Christoph Waltz’ revival of Ernst Stavro Blofeld...there is a certain breed of bad guy that Bond takes on. They have to be intelligent, powerful and evil to the core. Sounds like a typical comic book super villain to me!
In celebration of Spectre and over 50 years of Bond films, I’ve decided to delve into the comic book world and look at the 7 super villains that would give James a giant headache and the challenge of his life! This is the Bleed....shaken, not stirred!
Yeah, he spends his time and money trying to put an end to a man that’s faster than a speeding bullet and can leap tall buildings in a single bound, so a cocky brit in a tuxedo should be a cinch, right?
Probably not. I get the feeling that even James Bond would give ‘ol Lex a run for his money (that's a lot of money). Luthor is the head of his own corporation and holds lots of influence, very much like Elliott Carver (played by Jonathan Price) in Tomorrow Never Dies. I can definitely see him inviting Bond right into LexCorp Tower and tricking him into a classic Bond villain death trap!
Lex is obsessed with power and never likes to be outdone. James Bond would infuriate him to no end, adding yet another name to Lex’s huge list of rivals.
He may not be the head of a terrorist organization but Bullseye is a top assassin if not the very best and if James Bond inhabited the Marvel Universe, he would no doubt eventually come across the “man that never misses”. And it would be ridiculously entertaining! Bullseye is like Oddjob but on a whole new level.
Bond is a pretty good marksman himself, but his skills don’t even closely match Bullseye, a guy that could turn anything, from a butter knife to a ballpoint pen, into a dangerous projectile. How can someone without superpowers beat someone like that? Bond maybe would figure something out...or meet a grisly demise like so many others!
The one thing Bond should know before engaging this dangerous assassin is that Bullseye has a thing about killing girlfriends...so keep those gorgeous Bond girls away from this guy! You don’t want another Elektra situation!
Ra’s Al Ghul
Another perfect villain for Bond that would match him wit for wit. Ra’s Al Ghul seems like he was MORE made to combat Bond than he was Batman!
In fact, it has been confirmed that Ra’s was inspired by both Fu Manchu and the Bond villain Marc-Ange Draco from Her Majesty’s Secret Service. Draco even had a beautiful daughter which was romantically linked to Bond...very similar to Ra’s daughter Talia and Batman. So, yes...probably no villain on this list was actually “bred for Bond” more than Ra’s Al Ghul.
What is also interesting though is Ra’s connections with the League of Assassins, which would no doubt have Bond tackling ninjas, very similar to You Only Live Twice. But you really only need to put any hero against ninjas and it would be entertaining, right?
Who, you ask? You probably know Justin Hammer better as the guy Sam Rockwell played brilliantly in Iron Man 2, albeit the Marvel Cinematic Universe’s version is younger and much funnier, he’s still a brilliant weapons inventor...that’s about the only thing the MCU version shares with the original comic version.
Hammer in the comics is a much older man, supplies weapons to super criminals and well, he has an evil lair in a fake iceberg...a FREAKING EVIL LAIR IN AN ICEBERG. If that’s not a Bond villain, I don’t know what is. Oh, and he’s usually dressed in a robe with an ascot. He’s like a Bond villain mixed with Hugh Hefner! So, he lives in a tricked out iceberg, dresses like he never gets out of bed and all he has to do is make Doc Ock some new legs every so often...probably with “frickin’ lasers attached”.
I don’t know if comic book Justin Hammer is more of a Bond villain than he is like...my role model in life.
I would love to see James Bond break into the “Hammerberg” and stumble upon all sorts of creepy experimental weapons designed for evil. That’s a Bond movie right there. Not that Hammer would stand a chance if he had to fight Bond one-on-one....he’s a pretty old dude. When Erik “loves to draw wrinkles” Larsen used to draw him during his Amazing Spider-Man run, Hammer looked like he was 96 years old.
So yeah, Hammer’s not very formidable but he’s got so many evil inventions, a whole ICEBERG filled with them...Bond would definitely have his hands full.
He may not be the most villainous foe ever, but when he was the ultimate Soviet killing machine, Bucky Barnes would have proven to be the perfect Cold War villain for Bond.
In fact, I don’t think Bond has ever faced someone so skilled and so dangerous...and I can’t say for sure, even with all his fancy MI-6 gadgets, that he could survive an encounter with a badguy Winter Soldier one-on-one. It would definitely be Bond’s greatest challenge. The closest thing he’s ever faced to Winter Soldier is Jaws from The Spy Who Loved Me, and that guy really only had the world’s gnarliest dental braces, not a cybernetic arm!
Captain America had some legendary battles with Bucky when he first re-emerged as Winter Soldier, and barely made it out in one piece, so what chance does James Bond have? Not a very good one, unless he could find a way to snap Bucky out of it and join forces with him!
When I see Baron Wolfgang von Strucker, I immediately imagine him stroking a cat and letting out an evil cackle like iconic Bond villain, Blofeld. Strucker just simply looks the part, and his evil schemes, usually as a Hydra commander are usually ideal to get the attention of Bond and the MI-6!
Strucker wears a monacle, has control of an evil terrorist organization, speaks with the classic German accent that Bond villains often have and has the Satan’s Claw, a gauntlet that emits electrical shocks. Does he sound like a Bond villain yet? Oh yeah, he emits what he calls Death Spores, a gas that kills his victims. Where does he emit the gas from? Let’s not talk about that! It’s dangerous, that’s all you need to know. Feed this guy bean burritos at your own risk!
James Bond battles guys like Strucker every other week, or at least, guys that LOOK like him. I don’t think he’s ever battled a death gas emitting, electric claw wearing, age-preserved former Nazi before...that’s probably a new one for him. But hey, you punch any villain in the face they all fall down the same way!
Another Hydra head honcho, but this one actually is also has Bond’s biggest weakness at her disposal: she’s a beautiful woman! Equally a potential Bond girl AND a Bond villain, Viper would prove a huge challenge for the superspy playboy. She’s not that different than Pussy Galore or Xenia Onatopp...they are as beautiful as they are deadly.
In a sense, Viper has always had the essence of a true villainous Bond girl, as she has seduced (or tried to) many Marvel characters in her history like Red Skull, Silver Samurai and Wolverine (she actually tricked Wolvie into marrying her once). But like a true snake, don’t get too comfortable around her, or you’ll get bit!
In the comics she doesn’t have the mutant abilities she displayed in the 2013 movie, The Wolverine (played by Svetlana Khodchenkova), but she actually is almost as dangerous. And like Strucker, has Hydra at her beck and call. She often aligns herself with more powerful baddies and manipulates them into doing her dirty work.
Up against Viper, Bond would need to put his fondness for the pretty ladies aside and concentrate on putting her down for good. He wouldn't get a second chance!
That’s it for this look at possible Bond villains in the world of comics, are there any other baddies...or even good guys from the funny books you’d like to see Bond face in a dream match? Let us know in the comment section or on Twitter!
That will be all, kiddos! Bleed out!