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  • Like in the films, most James Bond novels have a Big Bad.
    • Casino Royale: Le Chiffre, the paymaster of a SMERSH-controlled trade union. His plan is less grandiose than usual Bond fare, as it revolves around him trying to save his own ass after he used SMERSH funds to invest in a chain of brothels that were shut down when prostitution in France was made illegal. To this end he puts together a huge baccarat game at the eponymous casino to recoup his losses, while Bond tries to thwart him.
    • Live and Let Die: Buonapart Ignace Gallia, alias Mr. Big, head of a Harlem and Caribbean crime ring/cult that smuggles 17th-century gold coins into the United States to finance SMERSH's operations.
    • Moonraker: Sir Hugo Drax, the wealthy British industrialist behind the United Kingdom's Moonraker ICBM program. His real name is Hugo von der Drache, a bitter unrepentant Nazi seeking revenge on Great Britain by collaborating with the Soviets to engineer the "accidental" bombing of London to scare Western Europe out of stationing nuclear weapons on its soil.
    • Diamonds Are Forever: Jack and Seraffimo Spang, the bosses of the Spangled Mob, a gang smuggling diamonds out of Africa.
    • From Russia with Love: Colonel Kronsteen and Colonel Rosa Klebb of SMERSH, orchestrating a plot to kill Bond and publicly humiliate Britain on the orders of Colonel General Nicholai Sergenovitch Grubozaboyschikov (sic), head of SMERSH, in retaliation for Bond thwarting their previous endeavors.
    • Dr. No: Dr. Julius No, arguably the most colorful of Bond's literary villains. At the behest of the Soviet Union, he's been sabotaging the American missile program from a secret lair in the Caribbean as well as salvaging and providing the downed missiles to the Soviets.
    • Goldfinger: Auric Goldfinger, SMERSH's treasurer who comes up with an elaborate plan to rob Fort Knox of its gold bullion, wiping out the local garrison and most of the town's populace in the process.
    • For Your Eyes Only: A collection of short stories rather than a novel, each story, except for "Quantum of Solace" and "The Hildebrand Rarity," has its own Big Bad:
      • In "From a View to a Kill," it's the nameless assassin who ambushed a NATO dispatch rider delivering top-secret documents to NATO headquarters.
      • In "For Your Eyes Only," it's Herr von Hammerstein, an ex-Gestapo officer and former chief of Batista's counterintelligence bureau, who becomes a target for Bond after he has two British citizens killed to intimidate their daughter into selling their property to him.
      • "Risico" has Kristatos, a CIA informant who's actually in charge of a narcotics smuggling ring funnelling drugs into Britain with the backing of the Soviets.
    • Thunderball: Emilio Largo is The Heavy of the novel, orchestrating SPECTRE's plan to steal nuclear warheads and threaten to detonate them unless a ransom is paid. Ernst Stavro Blofeld, the head of SPECTRE, functions as the Greater-Scope Villain.
    • The Spy Who Loved Me: "Sluggsy" Morant and Sal "Horror" Horowitz, the two mobsters hired by Sanguinetti, the owner of Dreamy Pines Motor Court, to burn down his motel as part of an insurance scam, which also involves killing employee Vivienne Michel and pinning the blame for the fire on her.
    • On Her Majesty's Secret Service: Ernst Stavro Blofeld, alias Comte Balthazar de Bleuville, who, under the guise of running an allergy clinic, is brainwashing women with connections to Britain and Ireland's economically-crucial agricultural industries to poison crops and livestock with deadly pathogens, likely at the behest of the Soviets.
    • You Only Live Twice: Dr. Guntram Shatterhand, a sadistic European expatriate living in Japan who's opened up a "Garden of Death" stocked with deadly plants, animals, and fumaroles where suicidal Japanese can end their lives in exotic fashion, something that has proved to be a political embarrassment for the government. So embarrassed that Japanese intelligence requests Bond kill the man in exchange for some intel on the Soviets. "Shatterhand" turns out to be Ernst Stavro Blofeld, who by this point has cemented his role as Bond's Arch-Enemy, and so 007 is more than willing to carry this task out.
    • The Man with the Golden Gun: Francisco "Pistols" Scaramanga, a Cuban assassin who's attracted the ire of the British Secret Service for killing several of its agents. Worse, he's working with the KGB and the mob to destabilize Western interests in the Caribbean.
    • Octopussy and The Living Daylights: Another anthology of short stories, all but one of the stories, "007 in New York," have their own Big Bads.
      • "Octopussy": Dexter Smythe, a retired British Army major who killed a German mountain guide (and a parental figure of Bond's) in the aftermath of World War II to hide his theft of two gold bars from a Nazi cache.
      • "The Living Daylights": "Trigger", an elite KGB assassin ordered to kill a defector codenamed "272," whom Bond has to keep alive.
      • "The Property of a Lady": The resident general of the KGB branch in London, who has the rather mundane job of surreptitiously paying off one of his spies through an auction at Sotheby's, giving Bond an opportunity to identify him.
    • Colonel Sun: Colonel Sun Liang-tan, who's scheming to disrupt a Middle Eastern détente conference hosted by the Soviet Union and pin the blame on the United Kingdom, thereby triggering a new world war that will leave China as the surviving world power.
    • Licence Renewed: Dr. Anton Angus Murik, Laird of Murcaldy, a nuclear physicist who attempts to blackmail the British, French, West and East German, and American governments by hiring terrorists to capture six nuclear reactors and threatening to start meltdowns.
    • For Special Services: Nena Bismaquer, née Blofeld, who leads a revitalized SPECTRE in what is an apparent attempt to capture NORAD but is actually an elaborate plot to exact a personal revenge on James Bond.
    • Icebreaker: Count Konrad von Glöda, real name Aarne Tudeer, a former Oberführer in the SS and now leader of the neo-Nazi National Socialist Action Army, which is responsible for a wave of assassinations in the Eastern Bloc with the aims of overthrowing said bloc and ushering in a Fourth Reich.
    • Role of Honour: Jay Autem Holy appears to be this, but is actually The Dragon to Tamil Rahani, the new leader of SPECTRE, who's overseeing a plot to replace the United States' nuclear codes with their own and sell them to the Soviet Union.
    • Nobody Lives for Ever: Tamil Rahani again, who literally puts a price on Bond's head after sustaining a terminal injury following his conflict with 007 in the previous novel.
    • No Deals, Mr. Bond: General Konstantin Nikolaevich Chernov, codename Blackfriar, the chief investigative officer of Department Eight of the KGB's Directorate S, who's hunting down Soviet personnel turned by the British in an operation called Cream Cake.
    • Scorpius: Vladimir "Father Valentine" Scorpius, an Arms Dealer to terrorists and leader of a satanic cult called "The Meek Ones" which he has turned loose in a wave of bombings and assassinations.
    • Win, Lose or Die: Bassam Barradj, leader of the Brotherhood of Anarchy and Secret Terrorism (BAST), who schemes to kidnap and ransom President George H. W. Bush, Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher, and President Mikhail Gorbachev.
    • Brokenclaw: Lee "Brokenclaw" Fu-chu, the crime lord of San Francisco. He's working for Chinese intelligence to hack into the New York Stock Exchange and collapse the United States dollar's value, which would trigger the extreme devaluation of most of the world's currency.
    • The Man from Barbarossa: General Yevgeny Yuskovich, the leader of the Soviet terrorist group "Scales of Justice." His ultimate goal is to derail perestroika and arm Iraq with nuclear weapons before the United Nations coalition can invade.
    • Death Is Forever: Wolfgang Weisen, the former spymaster of the just collapsed Soviet Union, who nevertheless is making a last ditch attempt to save communism by killing Europe's heads of government and ushering in a new revolution.
    • Never Send Flowers: David Dragonpol, an actor gone insane on an assassination spree.
    • SeaFire: Businessman, philanthropist, and covert Arms Dealer Sir Max Tarn, convinced that he is the Nazi messiah and who has been secretly destabilizing Europe to pave the way for a Fourth Reich. His Operation SeaFire is one of these destabilizing tactics, and involves causing a catastrophic oil spill in the Caribbean, igniting it, and then dousing and purifying the area with an experimental "automatic anti-oil pollution system" (AAOPS).
    • COLD: The Ice King, or General Brutus Clay, who's leading the Children of the Last Days to take over the United States.
    • Zero Minus Ten: Guy Thackeray
    • The Facts of Death: Konstantine Romanos until he is thwarted by Hera Volopoulos.
    • High Time to Kill: Roland Marquis with Le Gerant as the Greater-Scope Villain.
    • DoubleShot: Domingo Espada, with Le Gerant as the Greater-Scope Villain.
    • Never Dream of Dying: Le Gerant, with his half-brother Marc-Ange Drago forming a Big Bad Duumvirate.
    • The Man with the Red Tattoo: Goro Yoshida
    • Devil May Care: Dr Julius Gorner
    • Carte Blanche: Felicity Willing
    • Solo: Hulbert Linck
    • Trigger Mortis: Jason Sin, with SMERSH as the Greater-Scope Villain.
    • Forever And A Day: Jean-Paul Scipio and Irwin Wolfe.
  • Young Bond
    • SilverFin: Lord Randalph Hellebore, who is developing a Super Soldier serum with the help of an immoral science.
    • Blood Fever: Count Ugo Carnifex, who is going to be the shadow emperor of Europe.
    • Double or Die: Colonel Irena Sedova/Babushka becomes the sole mai villain of the novel after she has her partner shot.
    • Hurricane Gold: Theda Glass and her gang are the main villains of most of the book, but her place is taken by El Huracán once the action moves to the island of Lagrimas Negras.
    • By Royal Command: Dr. Perseus Friend, who wants revenge on Bond for almost having him killed.
    • "A Hard Man to Kill": Caiboche, the man who has take over the ship that Bond's in.
    • Shoot to Kill: Anton Kostler.
    • Heads You Die: Audacto Solares and La Velada.
    • Strike Lightning: Konstantin Grunner.
    • Red Nemesis: Adam Elmhirst and La Velada.
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