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Daniel Craig’s fifth and final Bond film No Time To Die opens in cinemas today, after it premiered at a star-studded Royal Albert Hall on Tuesday. The film, directed by Cary Joji Fukunaga, sees a retired Bond help CIA agent and friend Felix Leiter search for abducted scientist Valdo Obruchev. On his mission Bond encounters supervillain Safin, played by Rami Malek, who has a devastating plan which could see the death of millions.
Mr Malik is one of Hollywood’s most sought after actors, after his 2019 Best Actor Oscar win for his performance as Freddie Mercury in Bohemian Rhapsody.
No Time To Die also sees the return of Christoph Waltz as Ernst Stavro Blofeld, a criminal mastermind with aspirations of world domination, who has traditionally been cast as Bond’s archenemy.
Mr Waltz, a coveted actor with two Oscar wins to his name, reprised the role of Blofeld which had been a feature of the franchise throughout the Sixties and Seventies.
The first time James Bond fans encountered Blofeld was in the form of Donald Pleasance in You Only Live Twice (1967).
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Mr Pleasance’s performance became iconic and was used as the model for Mike Myers’ Dr. Evil in the Austin Powers series.
The actor had a distinguished film career before his death in 1995, including a role as Lucifer in ‘The Greatest Story Ever Told’ and Dr. Sam Loomis in the first two ‘Halloween’ films.
In 1969, Blofeld was played by Telly Savalas in On Her Majesty’s Secret Service.
Mr Savalas, who died in 1994, had an early career marked by supporting roles in ‘Birdman of Alcatraz’ and ‘The Dirty Dozen’ before becoming a pop culture icon when he starred in TV show Kojak.
Another notorious Bond villain was the very first ‒ Dr Julius No, who was played by Joseph Wiseman in the 1962 film Dr No.
Mr Wiseman had a lengthy and dramatic stage career before becoming the iconic villain, while later was cast as gangster Manny Weisbord in the acclaimed but short lived Eighties TV series Crime Story.
Two years later Auric Goldfinger, played by Gert Frobe, had one of the most memorable exchanges in Bond series history.
Bond asked, while a laser slowly made its way to his crotch, “Do you expect me to talk?” only for Goldfinger to reply “No Mr. Bond, I expect you to die!”
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Mr Frobe was a veteran of German cinema before landing the role in 1964 film Goldfinger, and later had roles in ‘Those Magnificent Men in Flying Machines’ and ‘Chitty Chitty Bang Bang’ before his death in 1988 at 75.
In the same film, Harold Sakata’s performance as Oddjob cemented the character as one of the most famous Bond henchmen, thanks to his ability to lethally fling his steel-brimmed hat.
The Hawaii native won a weightlifting silver medal at the 1948 Olympics and had been a wrestler before making his acting debut in the Bond film,
Mr Sakata used Oddjob as his middle name in future acting gigs before his death at age 62 in 1982.
Christopher Lee, one of the most lauded actors of his generation, played villain Francisco Scaramanga in the 1974 film The Man With the Golden Gun.
Mr Lee also played Dracula in a series of Hammer films, Saruman in The Lord of the Rings trilogy and Count Dooku in Episode II and III of Star Wars, before his death in 2015, aged 93.
Richard Kiel played the arguably the franchise’s most famous henchman in The Spy Who Loved Me (1977) and Moonraker, two years later.
Mr Keil, who was cast as metal-toothed henchman Jaws, subsequently appeared in comedies including The Nutty Professor and Silver Streak before his death in 2014 aged 74.
Hollywood star Christopher Walken played Max Zorin, an industrialist who tries to destroy Silicon Valley in the 1985 Bond film ‘A View To Kill’.
Mr Walken, known for The Deerhunter and Catch Me If You Can remains one of most prolific actors in Hollywood.
In the modern era, Mads Mikkelsen’s performance as Le Chiffre in 2006 film Casino Royale propelled the actor to international acclaim.
Since Mr Mikkleson’s role as the terrorist funded banker, the actor has been in Clash of the Titans and The Three Musketeers as well as Danish masterpiece The Hunt.
Six years later, Javier Bardem was cast as Raoul Silva, a disgraced ex-British agent who turned to cyberterrorism in Skyfall.
Mr Bardem had spent over 15 years in Spanish cinema before shooting to international acclaim after his Oscar winning performance as Anton Chigurh in the Coen Brothers’ No Country For Old Men.
Since Skyfall he has starred alongside his wife Penelope Cruz in ‘Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales’ and ‘Everybody Knows’.
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