Balls...Hair Balls: Best Bond Villain Deaths

It's a time-honored rule of mainstream cinema that evil never triumphs. And in the case of the James Bond franchise, evildoers often come to an elabroate and overly painful end. Here then are the best villain death from the 007 series.

5. Alec Trevelyan (Sean Bean) - Goldeneye (1995)

Sorry, but everyone in the audience sitting through Trevelyan's ridiculously convoluted justification for turning traitor wanted to drop a flaming antenna array on him as well. "The son went to work for the government whose betrayal caused the father to kill himself and his wife?" Jesus. Just die already.

4. Ernst Stavro Blofeld (John Hollis and Robert Rietty) - For Your Eyes Only (1981)

Blofeld's throwaway demise in the pre-title sequence of FYEO was meant as a dig at screenwriter Kevin McClory, who owned the rights to Thunderball and had been warring with the Broccolis for years. And I'm sure Tracy Bond, who was killed by Blofeld and whose grave we see Bond visiting here, would've been touched to know her husband still had time for a few quips at the expense of her killer.

3. Frank Sanchez (Robert Davi) - License to Kill (1989)

Another drug dealer, and probably the most sadistic Bond villain to come along until Mads Mikkelsen perfected the whack-a-ball. Unfortunately, despite his real world cred (Sanchez was based on Pablo Escobar), he falls victim to the classic villain's mistake of verbally haranguing Bond instead of just burying a machete in his skull. The results are depressingly predictable.

2. Dr. Kananga (Yaphet Kotto) - Live and Let Die (1973)

Having seen LaLD at a young age, I found myself growing needlessly tense when seeing Kotto in later endeavors, going so far as to yell at the TV, "Don't piss him off, Munch...he's got a knife!" whenever he and Richard Belzer would argue on Homicide. Kananga was also scarier than many of his peers, not because drug smuggling was much more menacing than world domination -- in a cinematic sense -- but because of the voodoo angle.

1. Sir Hugo Drax (Michael Lonsdale) - Moonraker (1979)

Crappy movie, dull Bond girl, laughable special effects (which were nevertheless nominated for an Oscar), and one hell of an inspired death. Not content merely to shoot Drax with a cyandide-tipped dart, ensuring a painful death, Bond blasts him out an airlock, Alien style. That's cold, Obi-Wan.

-- Pete Vonder Haar


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