There’s a fine line between Star Trek’s infamous “redshirts” and lesser henchmen in James Bond films. While both are almost guaranteed to bite the dust almost immediately, there’s one important distinction between two of the most hazardous onscreen occupations.
On top of having to endure some gruesome and/or hilarious end, those of the latter group are usually forced to endure the indignity of having a crack made at their expense even as they shuffle off this mortal coil, courtesy of 007.
Speaking ill of the dead certainly isn’t frowned upon in Bond’s world.
Of course, in keeping with their roles as cannon fodder across 24 official films, Bond henchmen have suffered a greater variety of mishaps and catastrophes than Wile E. Coyote. After all, there’s only so many times a Walther PPK will suffice.
And yet, owing to the nature of the bloody business they’re in, sometimes the instigators of their colourful demises are none other than the megalomaniacal masters signing their paycheques. On top of making 007’s job that much easier, this also adds to the litany of cruel, sticky deaths available to rank, review and remember with a grimace.
Here are the ten messiest, or, generally least desirable.
Chest thumping James Bond fanatic and Game of Thrones aficionado living in China. Once had a fever dream about riding a rowboat with Davos Seaworth. Hopelessly dedicated to prestigious TV dramas (and Star Trek), movies, sports, and Haruki Murakami novels, he particularly revels in top 10 lists with titles that end with "...of all time." Currently neglecting his pollution mask in Tianjin.