Bond is by no means incapable when it comes to hand-to-hand combat. Its slightly more believable in the case of Connery and Craig than Moore and Brosnan, but all the Bonds are equally able to simultaneously dispatch at least five rent-a-goons at once. Whos going to step into the ring with him? The answer lies again with physical deformity, of a specific type one which makes the character bizarrely strong. This is accomplished in a number of different ways. Renard, for example, doesnt feel pain, while Jaws actor Richard Kiel is approximately the size of Switzerland. Even Oddjob was seemingly immune to Bonds blows with a brick in Goldfinger. The Super-Physical is usually not the primary enemy of their film even Renard had Elektra pulling his strings by the end but is often the most memorable. The image of Jaws has endured far beyond that of either Karl Stromberg or Hugo Drax, who were the respective megalomaniacs behind him in The Spy Who Loved Me and Moonraker. Hes also one of the few Bond villains ever allowed the luxury of surviving the final scene, and definitely the first to ever find love during the course of a movie. The Super-Physical provides the most immediate and obvious threat to Bonds well-being of any of the Bond villains. Examples: Renard, Jaws, Oddjob.
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.