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Topic: Which villain came up with the best plan?

It's a given that in Bondworld the villain will concoct a despicable plan with the aim of World domination or perhaps vast riches beyond all of our wildest dreams.  The plan will always be fantastical, perhaps a tad over ambitious but we get to the point in the film where it looks as though Bond will finally get his comeuppance and the bad guy is actually going to pull his or her evil caper off.  So confident are they that their plan will work, they can even tell James all the details as there is nothing he can do to stop it now anyway... ajb007/wink  ajb007/wink

Which evil supervillain do you think had the most foolproof plan or was the most unlucky to have Bond scupper it in the end?

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I think Drax was incredibly unlucky. He’s basically pulled off the greatest feat in villain history by building a huge space station unnoticed by anyone, commandeered a fleet of space shuttles, developed the ultimate biological weapon and recruited an army of perfect specimens only to be foiled at the last minute by Dolly! She’s basically the only reason Bond is able to persuade Jaws to change sides and help defeat Drax at the last minute. Now that IS bad luck! ajb007/smile

‘Secret Agent?? On whose side?’

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Goldfinger’s was pretty nifty.
And Carver’s seems more and more plausible as the years go by!

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I always wondered about Blofeld in OHMSS, after all it he'd discovered a cure or treatment
for food phobias. Surely He could have made a fortune from that  ajb007/wink

“I didn’t lose a friend, I just realised I never had one.”

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You know, I'm not so sure about Goldfinger's.  I don't see how he gets away with it in the long term.

The breaking in and not taking any gold, rather contaminating it, does arose the suspicion that someone with a big interest in the price of gold may be behind it.  It's got to be someone with access to his own fleet of several planes to spray the nerve gas too.

MI6 seem to already have him on their radar, and between them and the good chaps at Langley I reckon they might figure this one out.  Changing his name from Auric Goldfinger could help lower suspicion!

I know Bond thinks this plan is inspired and Goldfinger would certainly have driven the value of his stock well up but I reckon he'd be too incarcerated to enjoy it anyway.  A greedy man indeed ajb007/lol

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petelangers wrote:

You know, I'm not so sure about Goldfinger's.  I don't see how he gets away with it in the long term.

The breaking in and not taking any gold, rather contaminating it, does arose the suspicion that someone with a big interest in the price of gold may be behind it.  It's got to be someone with access to his own fleet of several planes to spray the nerve gas too.

MI6 seem to already have him on their radar, and between them and the good chaps at Langley I reckon they might figure this one out.  Changing his name from Auric Goldfinger could help lower suspicion!

I know Bond thinks this plan is inspired and Goldfinger would certainly have driven the value of his stock well up but I reckon he'd be too incarcerated to enjoy it anyway.  A greedy man indeed ajb007/lol

There are plenty of countries that would not extradite Goldfinger to the US. Goldfinger was on his way to Cuba, but there are many nicer countries where Goldfinger could have enjoyed his life. And with all his money, Goldfinger would have had more power than the typical criminal. He could have taken over his own country.

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The most realistic plan, IMO, was pitting MI:6 against the Russians in FRWL.  It required almost no investment on the part of SPECTRE other than a couple of agents, but the return -- both financial and political -- would have been enormous.

In terms of fantasy plans, the best were the ones that most involved the villain's personal angst -- Goldfinger trying to reap a fortune on the gold market to overcome his inadequacies as a man; Blofeld, tired of the game, wanting to retire rich and titled in OHMSS; LeChiffre, a genius mathematician and psychopath believing so much in his own ability that he risks it all on a card game.

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I think Scaramanga's plan to have a duel with James was the biggest gunbarrel measuring contest an assassin could have. Believing he was the best had to be proved by this and...it wasn't. Oh and that solar energy thing is pretty neat too.
Come to think of it that might just be the simplest plan any Bond villain could have (simpler than Licence To Kill by a longshot), motivated by greed to sell the technology to the highest bidder, but it's part of the allure of the film for me.

Simplest might not be best but it's pretty close out of the "realist" plans. After all, there would've been no other Bond films if Bond was dead so that might just have been the best plan of them all.

Out of the fantasy plots, I have to concede that no other villain is a match for Drax...save for the Bond in his soup.

"...I have the oddest feeling we will be meeting again sometime..."
-Roger Moore's James Bond. RIP.
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The name's Bond and Beyond. It's currently on hold, though.

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In FYEO, Kristatos didn't have a plan to destroy or create anything. The Brits had lost at sea an important McGuffin, and the Russians wanted it so tasked him to get it for them. Simples! And perfectly believable.

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I actaully think Sanchez' plan in LTK was pretty sound.

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The best plans are the ones you can empathize with.

With white people not meeting replacement birth rate, Drax creating a white ethno colony in space would be noble minus the nuclear war, or bad gene extermination.

Zorin destroying the fault lines and flooding california i can also respect.

And then you have the ones where the evil organization pits east against the west a'la the siamese fighting fish metaphor.  (FRWL, TB, TSWLM, OP)

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Drax' people werent just white , remember there was a black and asian woman there too  ajb007/wink