10 Worst James Bond Characters, Ranked


James Bond‘s 25-film run has seen an enormous quantity of characters come and go over the course of over 60 years. Talking strictly of the EON movies, that’s. As with all movie collection, a few of these characters are going to be memorable, well-written, and iconic. Others, not a lot. Certainly, many 007 movies have seen characters which might be annoying, poorly-written, or simply downright forgettable, making them simply the worst components of the movies they seem in.




The flicks they’re in may not even be that unhealthy, heck, they could even be superb. Nevertheless it’s secure to say only a few folks missed these characters, most of whom solely seem in a single movie, fortunately. Ask any 007 fan who their least favourite character within the collection is, and odds are, they will provide you with considered one of these solutions.


10 Mary Goodnight

‘The Man with the Golden Gun’ (1974)

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Mary Goodnight (Britt Ekland) is a personality that was finished soiled when she transcended from the web page to the display screen. Within the authentic The Man with the Golden Gun novel, Goodnight is definitely fairly good and is a large asset, foolish title apart. Nonetheless, the filmmakers opted to go in a totally completely different route. Within the movie, she is a dolt portrayed as having her head within the clouds. It is type of insulting not simply to her character, however to Sir Ian Fleming, too, who was absolutely rolling in his grave upon the film’s launch.

In distinction, The Man with the Golden Gun really has some nice characters too, reminiscent of Sir Christopher Lee‘s portrayal of the villainous Scaramanga. Lee is so good within the movie that it really makes Goodnight’s function within the story type of off-putting. Actress Britt Ekland is not responsible for this lackluster character–the blame falls to the individuals who wrote Goodnight for the silver display screen and envisioned her as being nothing greater than a cardboard cutout with an IQ to match.

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The Man with the Golden Gun

Launch Date
December 20, 1974

Director
Man Hamilton

Runtime
125


9 Tiffany Case

‘Diamonds Are Perpetually’ (1971)

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Diamonds Are Perpetually is an efficient film, however nonetheless the worst within the Sean Connery period, and Tiffany Case (Jill St. John) is simply one of many the reason why. As if her title weren’t corny sufficient, almost all the things she says and does is equally corny. Some folks like that, and that is positive, however for others, it resulted in a number of eye rolls whereas watching the movie.

That is one other character who was completely destroyed by the filmmakers. Her literary equal may be very good, conscious, and down-to-earth, whereas the movie model of her is naïve, ditzy, and very grasping. Though her wise-cracks can usually be humorous, they’re overshadowed by her extra irritating qualities, giving her a spot amongst the worst characters to look within the franchise.


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Diamonds Are Perpetually

Launch Date
December 17, 1971

Director
Man Hamilton

Solid
Sean Connery , Jill St. John , Charles Grey , Jimmy Dean

Runtime
120

8 Lyutsifer Safin

‘No Time to Die’ (2021)

Rami Malek as Lyutsifer Safin
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Look, once you get an actor nearly as good as Rami Malek to play your villain, you have bought to have the ability to make use of their abilities. Sadly, No Time to Die got here up brief in that division. Whereas Malek delivers an incredible efficiency as all the time, the character suffered from being poorly-written. There was nothing outwardly memorable or superb about him, apart from his superior title, which is supposed to sound like “Lucifer.”


Finally, not even Rami Malek might salvade the writing. So far as Bond villains go, Lyutsifer is one which wanted to be fleshed out far more so as to match the calibre of the actor taking part in him. The results of this lax character growth is a Bond villain that’s unrefined and simply downright forgettable. It is an actual disgrace that he comes as a beacon of wasted potential, as a result of Malek has confirmed earlier than that he could make a unbelievable film villain.

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No Time to Die

Launch Date
September 29, 2021

Director
Cary Fukunaga

Runtime
167

7 Dominic Greene

‘Quantum of Solace’ (2008)

Dominic Greene (Mathieu Amalric) eats an apple in the middle of an atrium, flanked by a henchman
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With regards to forgettable villains, let’s discuss Dominic Greene (Mathieu Amalric). He’s, with out query, one of the vital uninteresting characters in all the franchise. There’s nothing actually threatening about him, and he isn’t distinctive in anyway. It is actually type of arduous to explain what his persona is like as a result of it not often reveals. This is not the actor’s fault, it is only a results of the writing of Quantum of Solace not being the perfect.

Quantum of Solace is commonly thought to be being one of many weaker Bond movies, and one of many predominant causes is its mediocre villain. It would not matter who performed this function, nobody would have been capable of make it higher. Total, Greene is much from fleshed out, unthreatening. and lacks any of the standard “oomph” one can count on from a Bond film.

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Quantum of Solace

Launch Date
October 31, 2008

Director
Marc Forster

Runtime
106


6 Brad Whitaker

‘The Dwelling Daylights’ (1987)

Joe Don Baker as Brad Whitaker
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Bond villains are speculated to be intimidating, which makes it all of the extra spectacular when Bond defeats them, proper? Apparently the makers of The Dwelling Daylights did not get the memo, as a result of the primary villain, Brad Whitaker (Joe Don Baker) is a bumbling fool. There isn’t a query in anybody’s thoughts that Timothy Dalton‘s Bond might simply take him down, particularly given all the things the superspy has been via as much as that time.

Whitaker can be extraordinarily hateable, and never in a approach that feels intentional. He is crude and chauvinistic, and he is only a pig on the whole. It is comprehensible to make villains hateable, however this turns the hate issue as much as ridiculous ranges to the purpose the place it does not even really feel plausible. It is a sharp distinction from different Bond villains, who could also be extraordinarily evil, however typically have comprehensible motives. Lastly, some felt Baker was miscast on this function, although that is very a lot up for debate.


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The Dwelling Daylights

Launch Date
July 31, 1987

Director
John Glen

Runtime
130

5 Dr. Christmas Jones

‘The World is Not Sufficient’ (1999)

Denise Richards as Christmas jones sitting in a car, with Pierce Brosnan's James Bond behind her
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For no matter it is price, Denise Richards really gained a Razzie award for the Worst Supporting Actress for her function as Dr. Christmas Jones in The World is Not Sufficient. Her character is nothing wanting a catastrophe. The writing selections simply did not make a complete lot of sense. Primarily, she is a nuclear physicist, which is okay, however what nuclear physicist is operating round in a tank high and shorts within the potential presence of nuclear supplies? It turns into fairly apparent that this look was impressed by Lara Croft from the Tomb Raider franchise.


On high of that, Jones went via approach too many adjustments throughout pre-production, from her ethnicity to her occupation. She was even recast not as soon as, however twice. The results of this indecisiveness is a personality that comes off as being simply an excessive amount of. She’s additionally type of cringy, particularly in the course of the “romantic” moments with Pierce Brosnan‘s James Bond. Whereas she’s not the worst Bond girl, she’s a far cry from being the perfect, that is for certain.

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The World is Not Sufficient

Launch Date
November 17, 1999

Director
Michael Apted

Runtime
128

4 Stacey Sutton

‘A View to a Kill’ (1985)

Tanya Roberts as Stacey Sutton
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Stacey Sutton (Tanya Roberts) seems in 1985’s A View to a Kill, the place Roger Moore stars because the British superspy. Total, her character generally is a bit annoying, however past that, she is simply plain boring. Even Roger Moore himself acknowledged that he felt no chemistry between Bond and Sutton, or between himself and Tanya Roberts. Sutton did not actually embody the Bond lady archetype very effectively, which is often a job crammed with romantic rigidity.

As a substitute, Sutton got here off as a aspect character greater than only a Bond lady. In truth, Leisure Weekly journal rated her as being among the many very worst Bond women, as they felt Tanya Roberts was miscast within the function, and that Sutton did not actually have a number of persona, particularly contemplating the truth that the Bond lady function is often stuffed with inherent qualities.

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A View to a Kill

Launch Date
Could 24, 1985

Director
John Glen

Solid
Roger Moore , Christopher Walken , Tanya Roberts , Grace Jones , Patrick Macnee , Patrick Bauchau

Runtime
131


3 Boris Grishenko

‘GoldenEye’ (1995)

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Boris Grishenko (Alan Cumming) is a Russian hacker who serves because the tertiary antagonist of GoldenEye. He is a little bit of an egghead, which is not an excessive amount of of an issue on account of the truth that the 007 films have featured a number of related characters with none bother. Grishenko’s greatest drawback is his overdone catchphrase.

He can usually be discovered shouting the dreaded “I’m invincible!’ a number of instances all through the movie. And to be trustworthy, it will get actually outdated, actually quick. Followers who have been aggravated by him cannot even breathe a sigh of aid has he dies, as his catchphrase are the final phrases he ever utters, or somewhat, shouts. Clearly, he isn’t, in truth, invincible, however that is apart from the purpose. The purpose is that Grishenko is among the most hated characters resulting from this silly catchphrase which is used all through the movie approach too usually to be bearable. He is simply the worst a part of an in any other case masterful film.


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GoldenEye

Launch Date
November 16, 1995

Runtime
130

2 Gustav Graves

‘Die One other Day’ (2002)

Toby Stephens as Gustav Graves stands in a glassed-in room in a tuxedo
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Gustav Graves (Toby Stephens) is a personality that just doesn’t make any sense. Initially, he was a North Korean navy official often called Tan-Solar Moon (Will Yun Lee), however assumed the alias of Gustav Graves after receiving superior cosmetic surgery which appeared to have modified his ethnicity fully. Fast query: why? There was no purpose to jot down this into the plot.


It is also a bit insulting to actor Will Yun Lee, who might’ve finished effectively within the movie had his function not been successfully swapped to incorporate Toby Stephens as an alternative. The primary villain’s ridiculous backstory and transformation are a part of the explanation why Die One other Day is considered one of the worst James Bond movies in the entire series.

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Die One other Day

Launch Date
November 22, 2002

Director
Lee Tamahori

Runtime
133 minutes

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1 Sheriff J. W. Pepper

‘Dwell and Let Die’ (1973)

Clifton James as Sheriff JW Pepper, holding his pistol and gurning
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Sheriff J. W. Pepper (Clifton James) is the Jar Jar Binks of the 007 franchise. He was conceived as a comic book aid character, however was executed poorly, leading to a personality that’s not solely extraordinarily annoying, however simply plain unfunny. He first appeared in Dwell and Let Die as a rootin’-tootin’ cowboy sort sheriff embodying Southern stereotypes with a aptitude for the flamboyant. 007 movies are definitely no strangers to wacky, over-the-top characters, however even Sheriff Pepper appeared ridiculous in distinction.


He’s nothing greater than a caricature of an individual, virtually as if he have been generated by a poorly-functioning AI that was instructed to create a personality for the “dim-witted Southern Sheriff” trope. Followers have been relieved when the film was lastly over, so think about the frustration after they needed to watch him come again in The Man with the Golden Gun.Total, whereas Clifton James is a superb actor with a number of good roles, this one stands as his worst resulting from simply how cringey it’s.

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Dwell and Let Die

Launch Date
July 5, 1973

Director
Man Hamilton

Solid
Roger Moore , Yaphet Kotto , Jane Seymour , Clifton James , Julius Harris , Geoffrey Holder

Runtime
121

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