Life Lessons From Bond Villains

4 Leadership Lessons from James Bond Villains

Life Lessons From Bond Villains

Ernst Stavros Blofeld. Hugo Drax. Auric Goldfinger. Francisco Scaramanga. Le Chiffre. While the world might applaud the heroics of James Bond, it’s villains who are the driving force in his books and movies. And many of them happen to make great managers.


Think about it. With only a few people and some oversized ambition, they’re able to conceive and execute astonishing plans while leading small teams and managing tight resources.

So what can we learn from the Bond villains and their never-say-die attitude?

Promote an agenda with charisma

According to Project manger Kymberli Morris, Vice President of sourcing and vendor management for Credit Suisse, the really interesting Bond villains are charismatic, a quality that every good leader needs.

Charisma isn’t manipulation. It’s a combination of charm, sensitivity, and encouragement. Good leaders use their charisma to motivate their stakeholders with positive words and energy.

Morris said, “I fall back on using charisma to motivate. I encourage leaders to listen to the objections and concerns and give them proper consideration. Charisma can go a long way in turning half-hearted obedience into an enthusiastic buy-in to your agenda.”

Morris also doesn’t recommend executing your minions for asking questions.

Use a small crew to great effect

In the Bond oeuvre, villains frequently lead small groups to oppose governments or even the entire world. In the book Dr. No, the American missile program is almost destroyed by a small crew…of dedicated of guano gathers (really).

Dindy Robinson, HR director for a higher education institution, notes that villains “don’t need a huge staff; they just need one or two people who are totally committed to the promised reward. They assemble people for their crew usefulness.”

And while a Bond villain would include beautiful women on their roster for the purpose of seducing the international secret agent, a leader in the no-less-critical world of business might want to keep a lean team, which promotes clearer communication and a more hands-on style of leadership. When it comes to team management, bigger isn’t always better.

A word of advice: Villains may promise riches but not deliver, because they’re evil. But a good leader will beat these bad guys at the game by delivering on promised rewards.

Delegate effectively

Of course a villain doesn’t chase Agent 007 down mountain slopes himself. That’s what henchmen are for. Oddjob dusts off victims for Auric Goldfinger, and Jaws (in the films) does the fatal chomping for Drax.

Robinson said that villains who manage staff have an instinctive sense of performance management. “The henchpeople know exactly what they are supposed to do. The lesson here is very simple and very clear: Assign people to roles where they have the strongest aptitude and interest, and you will have the greatest impact with the fewest people.”

Every good villain (and leader) knows they cannot be everywhere at every moment, and it is crucial to delegate. Having people on whom you can rely frees you up so you can become the force driving everyone to the common objective.

Master buoyancy skills

Of course, we are still all here because Mr. Bond defeated each evil scheme to take over the world. But still, villains such as Blofed keep coming back. How do they manage it?

Sylvia Gaffney, PhD, change management/organizational development practitioner, says, “Really good villains master buoyancy skills, because their lives are continuously chaotic, and ongoing disruptions are standard operating procedures. They learn to accept their newest reality rapidly, regain balance, recover quickly, and simply bounce back.

“Any management team can be inspired to develop resilient behaviors from observing Mr. Bond’s villains.”

The Bond villains are tenacious enough to not let a single defeat detract from their overall vision. If one method doesn’t work, they simply find another strategy.

And if this involves extra meetings across departments, budget planning, and challenging yourself and your team, you’re more than able to do so, because any good Bond villain, your resilience is equalled with a drive to change–and to succeed.

Now go out there and conquer the quarterly earnings report.


12 valuable lessons Disney villains taught all children

Life Lessons From Bond Villains

It’s shameful to admit but some of Disney’s best characters were the villains.

Whether it was the hilarious fits of rage from James Woods’ Hades or the sheer sass of the evil Ursula from The Little Mermaid, every child had a Disney baddie that they secretly (or not so secretly) adored.

But they weren’t just entertaining – they taught us some of the most important life lessons we still hold close to us today.

Here are just some of the ways Jafar, Scar, Kaa and co educated us in childhood and helped to shape us into the flawless adults we all are today.

Lesson One: The importance of paperwork

Ursula taught us that binding contracts are a necessary part of every deal. We can thank her for all of our business sense as we are always sure to triple check that paperwork when stealing voices securing deals.

Granted, her client’s frustrations by her watertight contract led to poor Ursula being stabbed by a ship but that’s pretty unly to happen to us. We hope.

Lesson Two: Don’t trust anyone

Always have your wits about you. Even if that creepy snake with the hypnotic eyes is singing for you to trust him, it’s best not to. We learned that lesson from the slithery predator Kaa – and there are plenty of Kaas hiding in the grass waiting to exploit you in the real world. Jungle Book warned you.

Lesson Three: Greed doesn’t pay

Prince John was loaded for a while and lost it all in Robin Hood and the wonderfully manic Madame Medusa’s obsession with a gem led to her inevitable downfall in the Rescuers.

Money is tempting kids – but it just leads to misery for all.

Lesson Four: Less is more where style is concerned

The most confident babes in the Disney universe were Maleficent who was dressed almost entirely in black and Ursula who wore nothing but a strange tentacle shaped bathing suit. But man, did she know how to work those curves?

Meanwhile, rich, jewel covered Queen Grimhilde of Snow White fame was as glamorous as they come and yet was also the most insecure. Embrace the simple styles you have.

Lesson Five: Mirrors lie

Speaking of that wicked queen, her mirror was also telling her that she was inferior which led to her major obsession. It got so bad that she transformed herself into a hag, tried to murder a young girl and fell from a cliff to her death – all because she struggled with what her mirror was saying.

The lesson here is to ignore that damn mirror and learn to love yourself.

Lesson Six: Blood isn’t always thicker than water

We’re not saying it’s time to start viewing your family members with suspicion but Scar in The Lion King certainly opened our eyes. Sibling jealousy led to the most devastating Disney death ever – and we can only learn that the best way to cause yourself and your loved ones damage is by getting jealous of each other.

Let’s feel the love y’all. None of us want to be dropped into a stampede by our bro.

Lesson Seven: Don’t put faith in the incompetent

If a job needs doing, sometimes it’s best to do it yourself. Just ask Yzma from the Emperor’s New Groove, whose reliance on the bumbling Kronk meant that every scheme she had was destined to fail spectacularly. If your mates aren’t bright, don’t trust them with your most important tasks.

Lesson Eight: Body language is key

So says Ursula. She may not have been beach body ready if the sexist ads are to be believed, but she exuded a real passion that couldn’t fail to be weirdly attractive. Gaston meanwhile was more muscular than a montage of Men’s Health covers and yet his arrogance meant that the object of his affections was more attracted to a Beast.

Says it all, right?

Lesson Nine: Treat your friends right

Friends are the best things you can ever have but they won’t stick around forever if you treat them badly. Just ask Scar – his hyena mates would have done anything from him – even committing regicide- but when he refused to even help them eat, they did the only reasonable thing. They ate him.

Lesson learned.

Lesson Ten: If she’s not into you, live with it

No-one s a clingy stalker. Frollo’s lust for Esmerelda in The Hunchback Of Notre Dame reached the crazed point of burning down half of Paris in her pursuit. Things might have ended a bit less fatally for him if he’d have just backed off and headed for Tinder.

Lesson Eleven: Think through major decisions

Jafar got a little bit excitable when presented with three wishes and didn’t really consider all options when he demanded to become a genie. As such, he ended up trapped in a lamp. Major fail, mate.

Every child who saw that blunder now knows to think through every eventual outcome before committing to a big decision. It’s called being an adult, Jafs.

Lesson Twelve: Don’t lose your cool

The ultimate rule in life – and the one that every Disney villain failed to grasp – is to keep calm even if everything is against you. The moment you lose your cool you’ll get eaten by a bird Hopper from a Bug’s Life or stabbed in the heart Maleficent.

If they’d had only kept their tempers in check, some of their schemes might have paid off and villains wouldn’t have such a reputation for screwing life up.

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Once Improbable James Bond Villains Now Close To Real Thing, Spy Researcher Says

Life Lessons From Bond Villains

Professor Richard J. Aldrich, Professor of International Security at University of Warwick, who has just been awarded a £447,000 grant from UK's Art and Humanities Research Council to examine 'Landscapes of Secrecy' says that the once improbable seeming villains in the Bond movies have become close to the real threats face faced by modern security services.

He says: “Throughout the Cold War, Bond's villains looked improbable, but now life imitates art. Indeed, in the early 1990s as the Cold War came to a sudden end, real MI6 officers worried about redundancy.

Their boss, the real “M”, Sir Colin McColl reassured them that the end of the Cold War would be followed by a Hot Peace. He was quite right.

Within a few years they had joined with special forces to battle drug barons in South America and to track down war criminals in the former Yugoslavia.”

“Remarkably, the Bond villains – including Dr No, Goldfinger and Blofeld – have always been post-Cold War figures.

Bond's enemies are in fact very close the real enemies of the last two decades – part master criminal – part arms smuggler – part terrorist – part warlord.

They are always the miscreants of globalization, they endanger not only the security of single country, but the safety of the whole world. our modern enemies, they thrive on the gaps between sovereign states and thrive on secrecy.”

The full text of his comments now follows:

“Spying is often thought of a Cold War phenomena. Ten years ago, in the film “Goldeneye”, the stern figure of “M” told 007 that he was nothing more than a historical relic. Yet even before Ian Fleming's extraordinary hero first appeared on the screen, the world of James Bond was in fact looking forward to the twenty-first century – and not backwards.”

“Remarkably, the Bond villains – including Dr No, Goldfinger and Blofeld – have always been post-Cold War figures.

Bond's enemies are in fact very close the real enemies of the last two decades – part master criminal – part arms smuggler – part terrorist – part warlord.

They are always the miscreants of globalization, they endanger not only the security of single country, but the safety of the whole world. our modern enemies, they thrive on the gaps between sovereign states and thrive on secrecy.”

“Throughout the Cold War, Bond's villains looked improbable, but now life imitates art. Indeed, in the early 1990s as the Cold War came to a sudden end, real MI6 officers worried about redundancy.

Their boss, the real “M”, Sir Colin McColl reassured them that the end of the Cold War would be followed by a Hot Peace. He was quite right.

Within a few years they had joined with special forces to battle drug barons in South America and to track down war criminals in the former Yugoslavia.”

“In “The Quantum of Solace” this forward-looking theme is continued. Counter-terrorism is already yesterday's business and instead Bond looks forward to the next decade when the enemies will be climate change, environmental hazard and global uncertainty.

Here the villain – Dominic Greene – played by Mathieu Amalric – together with the mysterious Le Chiffre and Mr White – hide behind an organisation appropriately titled “Greene Planet”. This looks a foundation for global preservation and eco-friendly fundraising. In fact Greene Planet is a front for a secret criminal conspiracy and kleptocratic generals.

007 and the villain first come face to face at a lavish eco fund-raising cocktail party.”

“The role of film and fiction in shaping the public understanding of espionage is serious stuff.

Curiously, although government secret services hide in shadows, the public somehow feels it knows more about them than the more mundane work-a-day civil service.

This is because “007”, together with television series such as “Spooks”, “24” and the “X-Files” have allowed the viewer to spend literally hours inside their highly-secure buildings.”

“Programme-makers often go to obsessive lengths to get things right, albeit in reality “M”s office on the south bank of the Thames is a little less glitzy than the one portrayed in “Quantum of Solace”.

Secret services have come to recognise that film and fiction play an important part in the public understanding of intelligence work and the CIA has gone so far as to appoint a Hollywood liaison officer to assist film-makers whose wish to portray the agency. “

“Many films, “The Good Shepherd”, are retrospective and are praised for their historical accuracy, and some, “The Bourne Conspiracy”, seek to capture the present.

But few capture the wave of the future with the wonderful insight of Ian Fleming. His villains, drawn half a century ago, are truly the miscreants of globalisation.

Far fetched in the 1960s, they are now the stuff of reality. We need James Bond more than ever.”

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No Time To Die trailer review: Bond baddie channels your granny in 1987 | Stuart Heritage

Life Lessons From Bond Villains

The trailer for the new James Bond film, No Time to Die, has arrived, and not a moment too soon. There is a weird lack of excitement about the instalment arriving next April, partly down to how immensely boring Spectre was, and partly down to Daniel Craig’s reluctance to ever star in a James Bond film ever again. If even 007 doesn’t want to be 007 any more, we’re all in for trouble.

So the No Time to Die trailer is the Bond franchise’s big chance to show that it can still compete. In a world where people only watch Disney movies, how are we going to cope with the further adventures of a posh British drunk with a limp? There’s only one thing to do: dive into the trailer.

Let’s start with the good news: the No Time to Die trailer opens with Craig doing more acting than he has in the last three Bond films combined. Look at his face – that’s anger, an identifiable emotion.

Better yet, he’s in the car having an argument with Léa Seydoux. This is perfect news for anyone who’s ever wished they were the children trapped in James Bond and Madeleine Swann’s loveless marriage.

However, that first shot appears to be nothing more than sizzle. Now we’re treated to what seems to be the opening scene of the film itself. “Where’s 007?” asks M impatiently, before we cut to the most incredible and remote lake-house known to man. What an idyllic holiday spot for Bond – no wonder he isn’t answering the call any more. He must be having the time of his life.

No, as it turns out, James Bond hates lakes. You wouldn’t think it was possible for someone to hate lakes as much as he does, but here we are. It’s a shame this will be Daniel Craig’s final outing as 007, because there goes my brilliant idea to give Bond 26 the title Lakepuncher.

“The world’s moved on, Commander Bond” says Lashana Lynch. She’s the newest 00 on the block, and she means business.

Yes, every Bond girl for the last 50 years has said something along the lines of “The world has moved on” to demonstrate the franchise’s understanding of social progressiveness.

And, yes, James Bond has almost exclusively responded to this by aggressively skirting the lines of sexual consent with them in the very next scene. She’ll be fine, this one. She’ll definitely be fine.

Hey, it’s Christoph Waltz! You forgot he was a Bond baddie, didn’t you? Well here he is again, only horribly disfigured to prove that he’s evil. He’s here to tell James Bond that Dr Madeleine Swann has a secret.

This is why Bond was so angry at her in the car. He left the service for her, and she broke his heart. Here we are in the middle of the heartbreak, as Bond slowly realises he junked his entire career for a woman who actually wanted to go on holiday to wherever they shot Mamma Mia.

We still haven’t met the Big Bad for this film yet, have we? Here’s a hint: he wears too much makeup and he’s apparently hiding behind the front door that your granny had in 1987.

Just kidding, here he is. It’s Rami Malek from Mr Robot, dressed in the anorak that your granny had in 1987. He’s definitely the baddie, by the way. You can tell by how horribly disfigured he is. Remember kids, facial disfigurement means evil. It always means evil.

Finally, here’s Bond being shot at in a car for no reason. I hate that I’m excited about this stupid film.

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James Bond: 10 Scariest Villains, Ranked

Life Lessons From Bond Villains

James Bond is one of the longest-running movie franchises of all time. Since 1962, Bond has gripped us all with his daring missions, high tech gadgets, and terrifying villains. Due to the fact that the film series has been running for so long, there is a wealth of villains in Bond's rogues' gallery.

Some of these villains are laughably bad, with schemes that have been parodied over the years, while others can be creepy and unnerving, imposing, or just outright scary.

The upcoming Bond film certainly appears to have an unnerving villain, with Rami Malek's masked Safin looking incredibly scary in the trailer released thus far.

This article will list the 10 scariest Bond Villains.

10 Mr. Wint And Mr. Kidd

Mr. Wint and Mr. Kidd represent a strange, progressive yet problematic moment in Bond's history. It is heavily implied that the two are gay, with the two assassins holding hands at times and when Mr.

Kidd suggested that Miss Case was attractive 'for a lady', Mr. Wint looked offended.

On the one hand, their representation is homophobic due to the fact that they fall into gay stereotypes, on the other hand, their sexuality isn't even mentioned, meaning it is just a part of their character.

Their creepiness, however, comes from their conversations with each other and how they tried to kill Bond. The way they speak is unnerving and they tried to kill Bond by locking him in a coffin, ready to be cremated.

9 Dr. Julius No

Dr. No is one of the most memorable and unique Bond villains of all time. Dr. No is a nuclear scientist working for SPECTRE, plotting to sabotage an American rocket for SPECTRE. Not only does Dr. No have terrifying weaponry, including a tank, on his island, but he also has extremely strong prosthetic hands.

While the hands aren't particularly dexterous, they are more than capable of crushing objects, as the film shows clearly with Dr. No crushing a metal figurine.

8 Renard

Renard is an underrated Bond villain. While the villain did show up in the World is not Enough, a maligned Bond film, Robert Carlyle did a fantastic job of bringing the character to life. Renard is a terrorist who was shot in the head by another Mi6 agent, rather than killing Renard, it simply cut off the pain receptors in his brain, meaning that he feels no more pain.

Aside from the fact that he is difficult to fight as he feels no pain, Renard is also a sadistic character. He enjoys punishing his henchmen if they fail, with many of his henchmen killing themselves if they fail in order to avoid Renard's punishment.

7 Alec Trevelyan

Alec Trevelyan isn't only one of the best Bond villains of all time, but he is also one of the scariest. While initially an Mi6 agent, Trevelyan felt betrayed after a mission with Bond left him scarred and believed dead by both James Bond and the rest of Mi6.

As a consequence of the betrayal, Trevelyan took a villainous turn and plotted to disrupt the UK's economy, stealing millions from the Bank of England using the Goldeneye satellite.

6 Raoul Silva

Raoul Silva's plot in Skyfall was largely a revenge mission against M, which ultimately resulted in both her death and his own. While one of the scariest things Raoul Silva does involves removing his fake jaw, even if we put this aside he is a terrifying villain.

Silva is the head of an organization that is run fear of him. We see Sévérine twitch in fear at the mere mention of his name, he is certainly a terrifying villain.

5 Donald 'Red' Grant

Donald 'Red' Grant was a thematic 'dark mirror' to Bond. Red Grant was an agent working for SPECTRE and the Aryan henchman became a bit of a cliche in the Bond franchise after this, with henchmen such as Stamper being cut from the same cloth as Red Grant.

What made Red Grant so scary was his ruthlessness, as well as his method of execution. At the start of From Russia With Love, we see Red Grant strangling someone wearing a Bond mask, an unnerving scene that makes us worry for Bond's life.

4 Oddjob

Oddjob is one of the most iconic Bond villains. The character was the henchman and personal bodyguard of Auric Goldfinger, yet stole a fair amount of the limelight from the titular villain of Goldfinger. While Oddjob is most well known for his iconic razer brimmed bowler hat, it is his personality that makes him so intimidating.

Throughout the film, Oddjob never says a word making him a silent assassin. We never know what he is thinking and he appears to be unable to reason with so, if you wish to stop him, you will have to fight him.

3 Baron Samedi

Baron Samedi represents a foray into the supernatural for the Bond franchise. Throughout Live and Let Die, we cannot tell if the character does actually possess legitimate voodoo powers, or if he simply pretends to use dark magic as a form of intimidation.

One of the most terrifying aspects of this character is his maniacal laugh, which we see several times throughout the movie, most notably at the end of the film when it is revealed that Baron Samedi survived his apparent death and heavily implying he is a supernatural villain.

2 Jaws

Along with Oddjob, Jaws is one of the most iconic Bond henchmen of all time, with the character appearing in both the Spy Who Loved Me and Moonraker. The character is most well known for his stainless steel teeth that could bite through almost anything and his gargantuan stature.

Naturally, it is the character's huge size and stainless steel teeth that make the character so terrifying. No one would want to see Jaws smiling at them in a dark alley.

1 Blofeld

No one else could have topped this list. While many different actors have portrayed the infamous and mysterious Ernst Stavro Blofeld and head of SPECTRE, they have all captured his terrifying and intimidating character (with or without a white cat).

Not only does Blofeld have a scary scar across his face, but his tone of voice and the fact that he is the head of an incredibly powerful organization only makes him scarier.

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Top 10 James Bond Villain Gadgets

Life Lessons From Bond Villains
James Bond's nemeses love bleeding-edge tech as much as 007 does—the Man with the Golden Gun even takes his name from his favorite nifty gizmo.

We didn't think it made much sense to list our most memorable Bond gadgets without showing off the villainous gizmos, too.

If we left off your favorite, tie us to a table, point a laser at us, and explain why we've got this all wrong.

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10. Lipstick Bomb, You Only Live Twice (1967)

It looks an innocuous makeup applicator, but that's just what she wants you to think.

Helga Brant drops her lipstick, which blasts out disorienting gas. With Bond trapped, she parachutes her small plane, leaving 007 only a few minutes to manage an escape before everything explodes.

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09. Flute Radio, Live and Let Die (1973)

Similar to the broom transmitter that Q uses in Licence to Kill, this gadget lets henchman Baron Samedi recede into the background a local just jammin' away on his wooden flute. When 007 and Solitaire (Jane Seymour) walk by, he pulls out an antenna and contacts Mr. Big.

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08. Domination, Never Say Never Again (1983)

Okay, we're going to talk about one of the noncanonical James Bond films. No, not the 1967 comedy version of Casino Royale with Woody Allen as 007's nephew Jimmy Bond or the BBC teleplay from the 1950s that nobody's ever seen, but the 1980s update of Thunderball called Never Say Never Again that, for strange copyright reasons, got made outside of EON Productions. (Making it more confusing is that the original Bond, Sean Connery, was in it.)

Anyway, one of the strangest scenes in any Bond film ever takes place when evil Klaus Maria Brandauer challenges 007 to a 3D holographic video game that is something Risk, but played Tempest. The controllers emit electric shocks and the loser, if he doesn't relent, will receive such a zap that he'll end up in a body bag.

The tech on display here is something that isn't even plausible now, but if you ever want to see Sean Connery give crazy reaction shots as the Intruder Alert voice from the old video game Berzerk is speaking, this is your only chance.

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07. Dragon Tank, Dr. No (1962)

Let's say you've got a secret headquarters on a small island off Jamaica and you want to make sure the locals don't bug you. You can erect a fence or perhaps some nice obscuring landscaping.

Or you can go the other route and get a tank, attach a flamethrower, paint on a fearsome mouth, and spread folk tales about a dragon. I would've gone with the first route, but hey, I'm a doctor.

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06. Kamal Khan's Loaded Backgammon Dice, Octopussy (1983)

Maybe this one won't seem quite as cool to everyone as it does to me, but I think it's essential.

Louis Jordan's Kamal Khan is an exiled Afghan prince, jewelry smuggler, and aid to a complicated atomic detonation scheme that somehow involves a traveling circus.

All I know is that he has some trick backgammon dice that, as anyone who plays what is (arguably) the world's oldest board game would know, could really come in handy. Just imagine the ability to roll doublets whenever you wished.

You'd surely beaver every cube, disregard an opponent's low pip and erect a fearsome seven-prime with no real fear of fanning. Such a dream!

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05. Remote-Control Steroid-Activation Walking Stick, A View to A Kill (1985)

Christopher Walken is one the most entertaining of all Bond villains. It's not just the hair, or that Grace Jones is his muscle, or that he flies around in a blimp with a staircase that turns into a slide of death when business associates don't his destructive methods. It's the disconnect between his posh airs and flat American mannerisms.

When we first meet Zorin, he's at the races, and he keeps winning. Bond later surmises that his horses have been implanted with a syringe that delivers a steroid shot each time Zorin pushes a button on his cane.

(Note, he's not only holding a cane, but wearing a top hat, too.) I love that it wasn't enough to have his scientists create a remote-control steroid-activation button. They put it inside a cane. Classy.

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04. Dream Simulator, Die Another Day (2002)

Walken may be one of the most entertaining Bond villains, but Toby Stephens's Gustav Graves is one of the strangest.

Graves began life as Colonel Tan-Sun Moon. After a series of gene therapy “treatments,” he changes his form and assumes his new identity. A side effect, however, is permanent insomnia.

Without sleep, Graves can't dream and may go insane. That's where this device comes in. Whether the artificial dreams of this nutty-looking gadget actually protect Graves from madness is open to interpretation.

He is an evil Bond villain, after all.

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03. Jaws' Teeth, The Spy Who Loved Me (1977) and Moonraker (1979)

To some, Jaws represents the absolute nadir of the James Bond franchise: a big, lumbering hulk villain with a dopey gimmick who later “turned good” when he fell in love. In space. The movies come this close to dropping an anvil on his head and spinning chirping birds around his head.

But, if you saw the movies when you were a kid, as I did, there was nothing cooler than seeing the guy try to chew through ski-lift cables. And Richard Kiel (who is a mainstay at every fourth-tier comic book convention) is a genuine presence on-screen. It's never quite explained, though, just how his teeth are able to do all the things they do.

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02. Oddjob's Bowler, Goldfinger (1964)

Auric Goldfinger kept a rotund Japanese man with him at all times to do odd jobs. This was a wonderful coincidence because this was also his name. He serves as Goldfinger's caddy, chauffeur, and assassin. He shoots people, covers people in paint until they suffocate, and slices them up by hurling a bowler lined with sharp metal. He never speaks; he's just violent in really weird ways.

The famous hat kills one person, decapitates a statue and does a little bit of damage to Bond in a third-act fight scene. Bond is quick to use the hat's metal properties to his advantage, however, by zapping Oddjob with a heavy electrical current that leaves him permanently work.

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01. Poison-tipped razor shoe, From Russia With Love (1963)

Maybe Oddjob's hat is more famous, but this is the sneaky bit of Bond villain tech that really freaked me outwhen I was a kid. The sourpuss Soviet Rosa Klebb, played by Lotte Lenye, was the No. 3 of SPECTRE and was the prototype for many Russian-spy femme fatales to come. Her secret weapon was a spike that popped her shoe that she could jab into people to pump them full of poison. It is a little unclear how she would activate the spike; maybe she pushed on her heel, or maybe she curled her big toe. Similarly, we don't know if she would soak the spike in poison at night, or if there was a little reserve tank that would shoot out the venomous liquid with each kick.

All I can tell you is that every time I received a kick to the shin as a kid, even during a friendly soccer game, I was convinced I'd been given a deadly stab. To this day I look at certain black shoes with suspicion, thinking maybe something sharp and deadly is waiting to come out.

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