Bonds greatest asset? His luck, his charm, his marksmanship... there are few who would claim that James Bond is an intellectual giant. Hes able to improvise well, can apparently speak a few languages and is a master poker player but thats all part and parcel of the secret agent gig. Indeed, hes often teased by his opponents for being nothing more than a faithful terrier for Her Majesty. And this is a universe in which Denise Richards is a nuclear physicist. Its natural, then, that Bond often has to face off against geniuses. Its a different skill set, and while it will inevitably ultimately prove ineffectual against Bonds ability to use part of the villains arsenal against him and then fire off a quip, it can certainly provide an exciting challenge for the hour and a half leading up to that point. This trait is often combined with others, but there are a few examples of Bond villains whose intelligence was their greatest asset. Examples: Max Zorin, Kronsteen, Le Chiffre.
Laurence Gardner was born in Canterbury, England. After moving around various cities during his childhood, and spending some time travelling in Europe and America, he studied English Literature at Oxford University. Since then, he’s been living abroad, teaching English, learning a range of languages, and writing in his free time. He can currently be found in Heidelberg, working as an English Tutor and Translator and studying at the University. If you liked this article, follow him on Twitter to get automatic updates on his work.