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Bond villain schemes -- We rate the plausibility of the baddies' evil plans

Bond villain schemes

Just how over-the-top have the wicked schemes of Bond villains been? We put some to the reality test.

Least Plausible

Moonraker (1979)
Villain: Hugo Drax
Scheme: To destroy the human race with nerve gas from his space station, then repopulate Earth with astronaut hotties

Die Another Day (2002)
Villain: Colonel Moon
Scheme: To destroy the land mines in the Korean DMZ with a space mirror for the benefit of North Korea

Goldfinger (1964)
Villain: Auric Goldfinger
Scheme: To nuke Fort Knox, increasing the value of his own gold reserve

On Her Majesty's Secret Service (1969)
Villain: Ernst Stavro Blofeld
Scheme: To destroy the world economy with plague-carrying nymphets, unless granted amnesty and a title

Thunderball (1965)
Villain: Emilio Largo
Scheme: To extort 100 million pounds from Britain by threatening to detonate hijacked atom bombs

Casino Royale (2006)
Villain: Le Chiffre
Scheme: To depress the stock value of an aircraft company by destroying its new airliner

From Russia With Love (1963)
Villain: SPECTRE
Scheme: To steal a Lektor decoder and humiliate James Bond (with a secret sex movie)

Most Plausible

Originally posted Oct 31, 2008 Published in issue #1019 Nov 07, 2008 Order article reprints