- Le Chiffre 2006
The World, it is said, is not enough and, bored by lockdown, it appears that villainous in-fighting has broken out to such an extent that things have to be settled between the Bond villains.
Accordingly, fate brings forth a series of 12 deathmatches, villain v villain – and you determine who wins, simply by voting for your favourite.
Winner goes through to the next round, loser receives a small funeral service with only pirhanas and a few tearful jumpsuited goons in attendance.
Picking the first round of matches at random from names drawn from the Covid-19 face-covering Mrs Jim has ordered for me (a bucket), there are some interesting encounters and some potential first round giantkillings and clashes of titans (and Titans! Will! Clash!, apparently).
Yes, I know some are tag-teams (eg Whitaker & Koskov) but this is only for giggles, they are fictional and – ultimately – are two heads better than one?
Will cast my eye over the bloodstrewn battlefields in a week from now. Any ties will be administered a coup-de-grace, also known as a flip of a coin. I know that’s unfair but consider who we’re dealing with here, and cope.
For me Kristatos.
The Bond villain from the first Bond movie I ever saw and I realy like it that half off the movie you don’t realise that he’s not Bond’s ally, but the villain of the movie.
Ofcourse I like Le Chiffre also very much, but his sudden disappearance is somewhat disappointing, although it’s like in the book.
There was nothing sinister about Kristatos, whereas Le Chiffre’s desperation made him dangerous and unpredictable.
It really comes down to a choice between the wicker chair and the keel-hauling. Point to Le Chiffre for being the original villain applying his technique.
I don’t dislike Kristatos but he is rather pedestrian. What I like about Le Chiffre is how he mocks “all these elaborate tortures”, making Casino Royale a true postmodern Bond film in the way it updates the formula and remains true to it at the same time. Mads put in a fine performance, and it’s all in the details: the inhaler, the blood weeping and the way he handles the poker chips.
Madds was such an inspired choice - kudos to Eon. Krista-tosh is no competition.
What sets 2006’s LeChiffre apart is that he’s under duress himself. As @AMC_Hornet points out, he’s desperate, unpredictable and therefore dangerous in ways most other villains are not. A real villain who doesn’t need a ‘super’ to be threatening (and entertaining).
Thanks, Jim for coming up with these! The fun distraction I think we all needed. For me it’s a welcome respite from digging myself into polemic holes with the shovel du jour.
Yes, thanks from me too. My girlfriend was watching a ballet blu ray last evening, so I was a little bored after a while and than I saw this here and went for it.
Thanks thirded! Best threads in aaaaaaages!
While I like Aris Kristatos better, I believe that in a straight up death match, Le Chiffre would be the victor.