ByJess O'Kane, writer at
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Jess O'Kane

Some childhoods were scarred by the death of Bambi, or by Luke Skywalker realizing his father's an asthmatic evil genius in Star Wars.

I, on the other hand, will always associate pure terror with this:

There really is nothing like a seven-foot man chomping down on a cable to bring back happy memories. Doing crazy shit like this made Jaws the iconic Bond Villain, despite only appearing in Moonraker and The Spy Who Loved Me.

Since the golden age, the newest Bonds have tended to opt for more serious, emotionally unstable villains, from Javier Bardem's bizarre outing as Raoul Silver in Skyfall:


To Mads Mikkelsen's role as weepy-eyed Le Chiffre in Casino Royale:


But now it seems that the classic Bond campiness is back in a big way. In Daniel Craig's words, [Bond 24](movie:660009) will try and reclaim some of the "irony" and humour of the series. And with Skyfall director Sam Mendes at the helm once more, expectations are riding high.

Unsurprisingly, then, he's looking to pull out all the stops where the villain of the piece is concerned. A recently released casting call suggests Bond's new nemesis will have some interesting attributes:

Former sports athletes will be under consideration along with anyone 'very unusual'. The character has the working name of 'Hinx' (which may change before shooting starts) and is said to be between 30 and 45 years old... The goal is to find the next Jaws or Oddjob - a henchman so different to anything that has gone before that they will become instantly iconic in the film series.

Please, dear god, no more teeth.

With casting still underway, there's more than enough time to speculate about the identity of 'Hinx'. Here's four possibilities that fit the brief:

1) The Hound (Rory McCann)

He's big, he's bad, he can do horrible disfigurement. At 6ft 6 inches, McCann is an imposing figure who's fresh from playing serious hard-nut The Hound on Game of Thrones.

McCann has had his share of real life danger, once plummeting 70 feet during a rock climb in Yorkshire and fracturing his skull. He'd certainly teach Mr Craig a lesson or two.

2) Andrei Kirilenko

Something of a wild card, but the 6 foot 9 basketball star is admittedly rather odd looking, and at 31 with a flagging career, is getting towards retirement age for a professional athlete. Maybe a turn to acting would be on the cards?

Stranger things have happened: Arnold Schwarzenegger was a professional body-builder, and Burt Reynolds did things with balls before he got to use his own around Hollywood.

3) Sultan Kosen, the tallest man alive

Since previous Bond villains have been physical oddities, it wouldn't be unlikely that 24's producers will be looking to the record books for their new nemesis. At 8ft 3 inches, Kosen has the biggest hands on record - something that'd be pretty useful in stopping oncoming trains or crunching a few windpipes.

4) Rick Ross

Because Rick Ross. Who doesn't want to see the 'Teflon Don' who's lived through multiple seizures, a drive-by shooting and a hilarious feud with Fiddy get his hands on the British establishment? He wouldn't even need to act.


Who would be your choice?

(Source: Coming Soon)


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