Soapbox: 15 Major Movie Villains That Didn’t Live Up To The Hype

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There were more than a few cranky faces, when these rankings were announced…

The prevailing wisdom among movie fans is that a big-screen blockbuster lives or dies based off the quality of its main villain. It’s not hard to see why – after all, if the baddie in question isn’t a memorable or credible threat, watching our heroes triumph over them isn’t particularly satisfying.

There are exceptions to this rule, of course. With the exception of Tom Hiddleston’s Loki, the rogues gallery of the wildly successful Marvel Cinematic Universe have largely proven a disappointing bunch. But even so, the marketing machines behind virtually every blockbuster film – including those released by Marvel Studios – put a significant amount of effort into generating pre-release excitement around the supposed awesomeness of their villains.

Sometimes, these big bads really do live up to the promotional buzz. Brilliantly twisted creations like Heath Ledger’s Joker have since gone on to become iconic examples of what a cinematic antagonist should be, far exceeding audience expectations along the way. But more often than not, the hoopla surrounding these nefarious characters turns out to be grossly exaggerated.

Check out our list of 15 Major Movie Villains That Didn’t Live Up To The Hype.

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Soapbox: 15 Major Movie Villains That Didn’t Live Up To The Hype

Soapbox: Every James Bond Villain, Ranked Worst To Best

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Honestly, Blofeld takes the “shadowy villain” trope a bit too literally…

If a hero is only as good as his villains, then James Bond is quite the hero indeed. Over more than 50 years and 24 official film instalments, Agent 007 has faced off against a truly impressive array of ruthless killers, twisted tycoons, and brilliant madmen.

Some wanted to rule the world, others wanted to take revenge, and more than a few just wanted to get very, very rich – regardless, they each proved a bit of a headache for MI6’s finest operative.

That said, not all baddies are created equal, and some of Bond’s enemies rate more highly than others in the eyes of fans. Much like one of our super spy’s trademark cocktails, the best villains to grace the James Bond franchise are characterized by several key ingredients.

First, a great Bond antagonist needs a grand and devious scheme – although these can occasionally go awry, making absolutely no sense whatsoever. Second, they need some kind of gimmick, whether it’s a distinctive gadget or memorable physical skill or ailment. And finally, they have to possess a certain sense of style.

Keeping these three criteria squarely in mind, and limiting ourselves solely to main villains to keep things manageable – so no henchmen like Jaws or Oddjob, sorry – we’ve set out this list of Every Bond Villain, Ranked From Worst To Best.

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Soapbox: Every James Bond Villain, Ranked Worst To Best

Review: Spectre

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There are few men who can still rock a white dinner jacket – Bond is one of them

Back in July this year, I wrote an article listing my predictions for Spectre, the newest instalment in the 007 franchise.

Flash forward several months and it’s now possible for me to gloat like a criminal mastermind over those bits of future-gazing I nailed, even as I steadfastly deny all authorship of those forecasts I flubbed.

But as much as I’d argue that more of my guesses were right than wrong, the one thing about Spectre that I freely admit I didn’t see coming was how much it would ultimately diverge from the tone set by billion-dollar predecessor Skyfall.

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Review: Spectre

Crystal Ball: Bond girls and supervillains – five things we learned from the Spectre trailer

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Say what you will about Spectre: they have a GREAT logo

The first full trailer for the 24th official entry in the 007 franchise, Spectre, has finally arrived online and as expected, it’s cranked the excitement levels felt by fans of Ian Fleming’s super spy up to eleven.

Our latest glance at Daniel Craig’s fourth outing as James Bond (following on from the teaser released in March) seems to suggest that director Sam Mendes is aiming to build on the elements that worked so well for previous installment and billion dollar baby Skyfall, namely spectacle-laden action sequences, an emphasis on emotional and thematic depth, lush visuals and a sly sense of humour.

But what else does the trailer tell us about what to expect from Spectre? Polish your crystal ball and grab hold of your scrying mirror as we attempt to peer into the future and predict what lies in store for Agent 007 come opening night!

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Crystal Ball: Bond girls and supervillains – five things we learned from the Spectre trailer