Valdosta Daily Times


November 4, 2012

Developing a Personal Bond, James Bond

A retrospective of James Bond through the years


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What’s James Bond without the challenge of some powerful, strong and insidious villains? Some of the men, and women, who would topple the world but were toppled by Bond.

Dr. Julius No: Radio waves to interfere with missile guidance systems.

Ernst Stavro Blofeld: The bad guy who kept returning. Stroking his white, long-haired cat, Blofeld, played by different actors, is featured in “From Russia With Love,” “Thunderball,” “You Only Live Twice,” “On Her Majesty’s Secret Service,” “Diamonds Are Forever.”

Auric Goldfinger: With a penchant for painting women gold, he also hopes to radiate America’s gold supply by triggering an atomic device at Fort Knox.

Oddjob: With a steel hat that he tosses to kill his targets, Goldfinger’s henchman is a deadly man.

Dr. Kananga: Hopes to flood the American drug market with heroin with a little voodoo.

Francisco Scaramanga: He uses a golden gun to unerringly kill his targets while he plots to steal solar technology.

Jaws: Appeared in two Bond movies, “The Spy Who Loved Me,” and “Moonraker.” The nearly indestructible giant with steel teeth could not be killed. No matter how hard Bond tried, Jaws kept returning.

Alec Trevelyan/Janus: Carrying a deep sense of being betrayed, he plans to control the GoldenEye satellite to detonate a nuclear device.

Elektra King: Through patricide, she hopes to dominate the oil market.

Raoul Silva/Tiago Rodriguez: Javier Bardem plays this new Bond villain in “Skyfall,” with the aim of humiliating M before destroying her.

IAN FLEMING: The Man With the Golden Pen

Before becoming the world’s most successful movie series (yes, adjusted for inflation, the Bond series has still made more money than the Harry Potter series), James Bond was the main character in a number of books written by Ian Fleming. Written in 1952, “Casino Royale” was Fleming’s first Bond book. From 1953-1966, 11 Bond novels and two short-story collections followed. Fleming served in British naval intelligence during World War II. He died in 1964, the same year that witnessed the release of “Goldfinger,” which some argue is the best of all Bond films. Fleming also wrote the popular children’s story of a versatile car called “Chitty-Chitty-Bang-Bang.” Several others have written additional James Bond stories; one such recent novel even claimed the author had abandoned his writing style to write in the style of Ian Fleming.

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