Over the years, Agent 007 has gone up against some of the world's most insane villains from SPECTRE to Russians, to oil tycoons to terrorists. Who could make a great Bond villain next? Since Ralph Fiennes is out of the question and he is the new M, I am going to count down my top 10 picks for who would make a great Bond villain after Christoph Waltz.
10. Alfred Molina
As great as it sounds, the person to kick off the list of future Bond villain is Alfred Molina. He is probably most famous for his portrayal as Dr. Octopus in 2004's Spider-Man 2, a Pope in The Da Vinci Code and as Indiana Jones' guide in his debut Raiders of the Lost Ark. Whenever he plays a baddie, he is creepy, funny and brings everything to the table to make a great next Bond villain if he gets picked.
9. Jeremy Irons
For a guy that can play a great villain, Jeremy Irons comes to mind. He is already known for his roles as the voice of Scar in the animated classic The Lion King and as Brom in the pawned Eragon. But since he is next up to play Alfred Pennyworth in Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice, why can't we see him in the next Bond flick as his next biggest enemy? He is worth a great Bond villain because he poses the look, the voice and the absolute best way to bring Bond villainy up a notch.
8. Vernon Wells
Some guys can have a pretty short temper when it comes to villainy. And Vernon Wells comes to mind at #8. Wells is probably more recognizable as the main villain Ransik in the TV show Power Rangers Time Force to me. But he gives villainy a whole different meaning with his ability to show off his dark side in whatever he is given for a role. He could bring Bond villainy up a notch with a short temper at hand.
7. Hugo Weaving
When bringing villains to the big screen, Hugo Weaving is one worth trying. He has been so many villains through the years from Agent Smith in the Matrix Trilogy to Red Skull in Marvel's Captain America: The First Avenger. Weaving even switched to the good side as V in V for Vendetta and Lord Elrond in Peter Jackson's Middle Earth saga. Weaving brings so much to the table almost as much as #10. But he does it so well, I think Weaving deserves a go as the next Bond villain.
6. Alan Rickman
When villains have a soft spot for the hero but do not, there is one guy who is coming to mind: Alan Rickman. Rickman is not any stranger to a villain role. With his deep voice and charisma, Rickman definitely gives what it takes to go up against 007 in the next film. He is most famous for his roles as Severus Snape in Harry Potter, Hans Gruber in Die Hard, the Sheriff of Nottingham in Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves and Judge Turpin in Sweeney Todd: Demon Barber of Fleet Street. Who can't be a better villain than Alan Rickman?
5. Thomas Kretschmann
No wonder there haven't been any villains in the 007 franchise who are German. But when I think of German actors, I think of Thomas Kretschmann. Now I know some of you may disagree with it, but I think Kretschmann would make a great one to go up against 007. Kretschmann is no stranger to playing a bad guy since he is best known for his roles of voice work as Professor Z in Cars 2 and more recently as Baron Wolfgang von Strucker in both Marvel films Captain America: The Winter Soldier and Avengers: Age of Ultron. So I believe that Kretschmann is worth a go since we haven't seen any German actors take the helm of the bad guy in 007's adventures.
4. Julianne Moore
Since there has been no female villain in the 007 franchise, I think we should give Julianne Moore a go with it. Moore is definitely no stranger to playing a villain and I think she definitely has the look and the sly nerve to be Bond's next big enemy. Moore is a pretty well known actress as villains in films like the Carrie remake and Seventh Son. Most recently, Moore has played the role of President Alma Coin in The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 and is reprising the role in the finale The Hunger Games Mockingjay Part 2 which hits theaters in just a few short weeks. So is Moore up for it? I certainly hope so.
3. James Spader
In question, isn't there that one guy who has played a villain in not only a movie, but in a TV show? One guy comes to mind and his name? James Spader. Spader I think would make a great Bond villain since he has the sinister look in his eye as he did in several of his films. Spader is probably best known for his work in the TV show Blacklist. Spader is also known for his CGI portrayal of Marvel super villain Ultron in this past summer's smash hit Avengers: Age of Ultron. So can we bring in Ultron himself? Certainly worth a go.
2. Robert Redford
Since conspiracy theories are no stranger as a sub-genre in the Bond franchise, there is one guy who has been in a bunch of spy thriller films. Robert Redford is that one guy. If he is accepted as Bond's next big villain, I believe that Redford is no stranger to spy thriller films. His filmography includes The Last Castle, A Bridge Too Far and was the director for A River Runs through it. His most recent roles in film include his portrayal of main villain Alexander Pierce in Marvel's Captain America: The Winter Soldier and he starred opposite Nick Nolte in this year's A Walk in the Woods. Why not put a legendary actor into a villain role? It worked so many times before. Who knows.
1. Sir Ben Kingsley
For my #1 pick on this list of the Next Bond villain, the one who is definitely no stranger to villain roles: Sir Ben Kingsley himself. Whose to say that this guy is not worth going up against Bond in the next film? I definitely believe him to be the perfect choice to get the role of the bad guy in Bond 25. Over the years, Kingsley has been so many great characters. He is even an Academy Award winning legend. His filmography includes films such as Schindler's List, Ender's Game, Exodus: Gods and Kings and Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb. His villain roles include the Hood in Thunderbirds opposite Bill Paxton, Nizam in Prince of Persia: Sands of Time opposite Jake Gyllenhaal and Alfred Molina and Trevor Slattery/The Mandarin in Marvel's Iron Man 3 opposite Robert Downey Jr, Gwyneth Paltrow and Guy Pearce.