A few years ago, we discussed whether or not Blofeld could be the next James Bond movie villain. That was before Skyfall, which did not satisfy the rumors. So, now we fans of tradition are left waiting to see if 007’s archnemesis turns up in the as-yet-untitled “Bond 24.” If he is the big bad in that installment, it appears he could be played by Oscar-nominated 12 Years a Slave star Chiwetel Ejiofor. According to The Wrap, he’s the frontrunner for the gig — of villain, not necessarily that villain. But just picture him bald with a cat on his lap. Perfect, I say.
It’s hard not to wonder who else might be on the list, and whether or not they’re also of the level that Ejiofor has recently risen to. Not all of Bond’s adversaries have been played by famous actors, but stars have made for memorable characters. Think of Christopher Walken and Javier Bardem in particular. There’s also well-known performers like Christopher Lee, Donald Pleasance, Lotte Lenya, Telly Savalas, Jonathan Pryce, Mads Mikkelsen, Matthieu Amalric and more. I’ll count Peter Lorre and Max von Sydow, too.
Apparently it helps to be a foreign actor, possibly of some prestige, so Ejiofor certainly qualifies, but who else out there right now is a good fit for the role? Recent Oscar nominee Demian Bichir comes immediately to mind. He’d be pretty enjoyable. There’s also Christoph Waltz, but he’d be a bit too much, even more over-the-top than Walken. I’d really love to see Bollywood legend Amitabh Bachchan, who briefly made his Hollywood debut in The Great Gatsby last year, fill a blockbuster villain role.
As for bigger names, maybe of the American, Australian or British variety, how about Steve Buscemi? Or is that also a bit too much? You can’t have anyone too famous and scene-stealing, right? But what about Paul Giamatti? Okay, how about Ejiofor’s Oscar competitor Bruce Dern? I’d like to see Ian Holm play bad again. Of course, my ideal pick has always been to drag Sean Connery out of retirement to go up against Daniel Craig’s Bond. I could settle for Timothy Dalton, too.
I’m also really into the idea of a woman as main villain, especially if she’s a love or sex interest for Bond. Someone older or eccentric — not that eccentricity stopped Bond from being into Grace Jones. Glenn Close might work. Or Isabella Rosselini. Amanda Plummer, since I didn’t get enough of her in The Hunger Games: Catching Fire. Beauty or youth needed be totally avoided. It’d be neat to see Craig’s wife, Rachel Weisz play another villain, something a little less campy than her witch in Oz: The Great and Powerful.
And yes, I’m totally down for the popular suggestion of Tilda Swinton.
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