The James Bond franchise features a lot of Diabolical Masterminds and Corrupt Corporate Executives who want to either get rich, start World War III or fund various terrorist plots. Most villains avoid falling into this trope due to redeeming qualities, but some go above and beyond the call to establish their pure malevolence.
Entries in each group are by release date.
- Goldfinger: The titular Auric Goldfinger is a man whose wit and politeness only mask the dangerous psychopath that he is. Obsessed with increasing his wealth at any cost, Goldfinger plans on poisoning an army barracks and the surrounding town, which would kill 60,000 peoplefor which he cares nothing about—and then detonating a nuclear device in Fort Knox to trigger a major economic crisis for his own profit. He punishes his assistant, who becomes a Bond girl and costs him a rigged card game, by having her murdered with golden paint that suffocates her, and later tries to have James Bond sawn in half with a laser. He gloats to his mob partners even though he was always planning on killing them and does— simply to bask in his own ego at his plan. Despite being one of the earliest villains that Bond ever faced, Goldfinger still remains one of the worst.
- Ernst Stavro Blofeld, head of Special Executive for Counter-intelligence, Terrorism, Revenge and Extortion (SPECTRE) , is an icy sociopath interested only in what profits him. Running SPECTRE with an iron fist, Blofeld facilitates terrorism around the world, and any underling who fails dies a painful, ignominious end. When he and Bond finally come face to face, Blofeld is attempting to start a nuclear war to have the Soviets and the Americans wipe one another out, allowing SPECTRE to blackmail the newest superpowers. When this fails, Blofeld undergoes plastic surgery and attempts to swindle his way into a pardon and a noble title, with brainwashed women spreading a bacteria to annihilate the world's agricultural supply. When this fails, Blofeld takes revenge by murdering Bond's new wife on their wedding day. Later having plastic surgery again, Blofeld has multiple diamonds stolen to power a satellite with an orbital laser. Blofeld calls an auction between the Soviets, Chinese and Americans: The winner will possess nuclear supremacy in the world. The losers will be wiped out by the satellite.
- Thunderball: Emilio Largo is the sadistic, cruel Number Two of SPECTRE. Plotting to blackmail the world at large, Largo has a pilot murdered to have an agent steal his identity, leaving the man to drown when his usefulness is expended, and stealing two NATO warheads. Largo showcases a willingness to feed failed agents to sharks, and is an enthusiast for torture, with one British agent taking cyanide to avoid that fate. Later torturing his mistress Domino, Largo reveals he plans to nuke Miami when his ransom isn't met.
- Moonraker: Hugo Drax is a cold, snobbish, understated executive who wishes to exterminate the human race, except for those he considers "superior beings". To this end, Drax captures men and women whom he sees as physically perfect, planning to keep these people in his giant space station while he covers the earth in a rare toxin that will kill every human being on Earth. When one of his Moonraker space shuttles is hijacked, Bond is sent to investigate. Fearing that Bond will discover his plans, Drax sends his assassins to kill him, not doing the job himself because he wants Bond's death to amuse him. When he discovers that his personal pilot, Corrine Dufour, helped Bond uncover his plan, he fires her, then sends his dogs out to rip her apart. After he tells Bond his plan, he traps him and one of his scientists, Dr. Holly Goodhead, under one of his rockets, planning on burning the both of them. When he discovers Bond and Goodhead on his space station, he threatens to shoot them both out the airlock. When Bond corners him after his plans are failing, Drax finds a gun and threatens to shoot him, knowing that he'll at least "have the pleasure of putting [Bond] out of my misery". Drax is a chilling, dark villain who stands out in such a campy, silly movie.
- A View to a Kill: Maximilian "Max" Zorin, the former KGB operative in charge of Zorin Industries, presents himself as an affluent and fashionable individual, but is in truth a vicious, greedy psychopath who will do anything to further his own gains. Abandoning the KGB in order to pursue his scheme to submerge Silicon Valley and monopolize the global microchip supply, not caring that his plan will cost millions of lives, Zorin proceeds to involve his investors in his scheme, having a detractor ejected from his airship when the latter refuses to co-operate. When James Bond and Stacey Sutton go to San Francisco city hall to investigate, Zorin kills a city official and a CIA Agent, framing Bond for the murders before setting the building on fire. After placing explosives along the Hayward and San Andreas fault lines, Zorin floods the mines where the explosives were placed, proceeding to gun down any fleeing employees, despite their loyalty, driven by a combination of resource disposal and schadenfreude, and allows his mistress May Day to die in an explosion alongside his remaining employees. When Bond sabotages his plot, Zorin attacks Bond and Sutton atop the Golden Gate Bridge with an axe. Despite his civilized facade, Zorin makes his mark as a particularly vicious individual.
- Licence to Kill: Franz Sanchez can be charming, but he's also uncommonly brutal and ruthless in dealing with his enemies or those he perceives as disloyal to him. He brutally whips his mistress, Lupe Lamora, with a stingray-tail whip as a punishment for infidelity, and also orders his top henchman Dario to remove the heart of the man she has slept with. He feeds Bond's best friend, Felix Leiter, to a shark (he had his newlywed wife raped and killed right before), and he kills one of his collaborators, locking him in a decompression chamber, believing he stole his money. Towards the climax, he also decides to start "cutting overhead" and shoots his financial advisor. While lacking the body counts of other villains that Bond has faced, Sanchez makes up for it by having a visceral cruelty that is unmatched.
- GoldenEye: Xenia Onatopp, a psychotic Russian assassin working for the Janus Syndicate, has the dubious honor of being the most depraved Femme Fatale Bond has ever come across. Initially seen as a charming, elegant woman, Xenia reveals her true nature when, in bed with her target, she kills him by crushing him between her thighs to suffocate him, getting clear sexual ecstasy from the murder; she later tries to kill Bond the same way. She steals his security clearance and murders several innocent sailors before eluding Bond. Later, when Xenia arrives in a Russian facility, she massacres all the techs with machine gun fire, getting very visibly aroused by the killings; even her partner for the mission looks a bit stunned at this. Xenia has one of the largest body counts for a Dragon in the franchise, and unlike the majority of her male counterparts, Xenia is in it for money and thrills. She has no issue helping to use the GoldenEye satellite to plunge England into the dark ages as long as she gets rich from it. The fact that this gives her the ability to express her sexualized love for killing is just a bonus.
- Tomorrow Never Dies: Elliot Carver is a media mogul and head of the Carver Media Group Network. The actions of himself and his group range from releasing software with bugs in order to require constant updates, releasing stories about mad cow disease involving a British beef baron who lost money to Carver in poker and keeping those stories running after getting paid by the French, blackmailing the President to sign a bill only to release the tape anyway, and causing "floods in Pakistan, riots in Paris and a plane crash in California". His latest and most heinous project involves sinking a ship and killing the survivors, sinking a Chinese jet, and attempting to use a stolen British missile to destroy Beijing, leading to World War III; all of this is so he can gain exclusive broadcast rights in China. When James Bond investigates this, he murders his wife when she gets too close to Bond and orders the brutal torture of Bond and Wai Lin by Richard Stamper. Already a wealthy man, Carver is willing to cause millions of deaths just to satisfy his greed.
- Quantum of Solace: General Medrano raped and killed Camille's family in front of her, and burnt down the house. He conspires with Dominic Greene of the organization Quantum, deliberately engineering a nationwide drought in Bolivia to allow Quantum to get its hands on his nation's water supply and having the gall to frame the government for selling off its rainforests. Medrano is willing to plunge his nation into drought and famine, dooming multiple innocent people, just so he can have an excuse to seize power. When Greene informs Medrano how expendable he truly is to Quantum, Medrano buckles under pressure and acquiesces to Greene's demands before trying to rape his maid out of frustration. When Camille intervenes, Medrano tries to rape and murder her as well, mocking her about her mother and sister.
- Spectre: Franz Oberhauser, real name Ernst Stavro Blofeld, was once a sociopathic boy who murdered his own father for loving a young, orphaned James Bond the Oberhauser family took in. Faking his own death and adopting his new name, Oberhauser built up the criminal organization SPECTRE, which finances and facilitates terrorism around the globe, allies with interested parties to topple governments, prolong civil wars, horde natural resources, and eventually involves itself in the sex trade where hundreds of thousands of women and children are trafficked to feed SPECTRE's accounts. Oberhauser gleefully reveals himself as the architect of James's pain, having arranged various events to result in the deaths of Bond's friends, and loved ones. He was also the one behind Raoul Silva, having wanted M herself to die to hurt Bond. With Bond himself, Oberhauser has small needles drilled into his head to torture him and even threatens to steal his ability to recognize faces by drilling in the right place. When this fails, Oberhauser holds Bond's Love Interest in a rigged chamber—also forcing her to watch the footage of her father committing suicide—so Bond must either try to save her and die in an explosion, or abandon her to save himself and live with the shame of it. Obsessed with destroying his stepbrother and devoted only to his own massive megalomania and eagerness to condemn the world to chaos or tyranny if it suits his purposes, Oberhauser is the ultimate villain of the rebooted chronology to date.
- Moonraker: Though his plan is smaller in scale than his film counterpart's, Ian Fleming's original version of Sir Hugo Drax is no less vile. Born "Hugo von der Drache" in Germany and an avid fan of Hitler, Drax ran undercover missions against Britain for the Reich until he was mistakenly wounded by his own side and nursed back to health by the British. Stealing the identity of a MIA soldier with a similar name and feigning amnesia, Drax murdered the first rich man he could find after leaving the hospital for startup money and began plotting to avenge Nazi Germany's defeat. Using his family's holdings in rare metals, Drax paid out of his own pocket to design the Moonraker, a state-of-the-art nuclear missile meant to defend Britain from the Russians, with Drax's philanthropy elevating him to a national hero. The only problem was, the missile was set to destroy London on its first test-firing with a real atomic bomb. When Drax describes the intended death toll for this catastrophe to him, Bond, a hardened killer himself, is left almost catatonic. Other crimes include running a motorist off the road and over a cliff due to the mere possibility he might've been a spy, and having people tortured for information with welding torches. For Drax, the mere destruction of their greatest city was not enough; he made himself into the British people's greatest hero just so their collective spirits would be crushed when the nuke hit.
- From Russia with Love: Donovan "Red" Grant has been afflicted with a burning urge to kill during the full moon since his youth. Starting with animals, he graduated to vagrants and tramps before becoming a Serial Killer who targeted young woman in his native Ireland. Escaping justice by joining the military, Grant would defect to the Russians after he realized they could offer him the bloodshed he craved. A ruthless, efficient killer, Grant rose to the position of head executioner of the clandestine group SMERSH and was indulged in being allowed to murder with impunity during the full moon. This even extended to Grant being allowed access to prisons with chainsaws during those nights. Bond's chosen executioner, Grant kills his ally Darko Kerim and proceeds to try to murder Bond and his lover, admitting that all he cares about in life is his ability to murder people.
- Scorpius: Vladimir Scorpius is a weapons dealer who mostly trades with terrorists, making him indirectly responsible for over a thousand deaths before the book even begins. The main story of the novel concerns of him using the cult he has establishedThe Meek Onesto produce generations of suicide bombers for sale, simply for more profit. He declares a "holy war" against mankind, inducing his cultists to commit several terrorist acts to kill hundreds of people in the United Kingdom in particular. He is treated with utter revulsion by those who know the real man beneath his persona as Father Valentine, and Bond even states he is the worst criminal he ever had to deal with.
- Young Bond: Dr. Perseus Friend is a cold, cruel man. In SilverFin, he helps Randolph Hellebore create a Super Serum despite its ugly results. In By Royal Command, he stages a car crash with Graf Otto von Schlick to graft his skin onto himself, and has Otto's wife killed. He joins up with the Third Reich and participates in a scheme to inspire the workers of Britain to revolt against their leaders with a Communist front, resulting in the assassination of King George V, which would place the Fascism-friendly Edward VIII back on the throne, allying with Hitler's Germany against Russia. When he has Bond and his Love Interest Roan captive, Friend decides to repay Bond for their previous encounters by flaying Bond alive while recording it for later viewing and forcing Roan to watch, just for the amusement that he'll gain.
- Serpent's Tooth, by Doug Moench, Paul Gulacy, et al.: The madman Indigo is a reptilian-looking man running a base called New Eden. Abducting women from their families to serve as brainwashed concubines, Indigo experiments on them to eventually make them breeding stock for his new world, also converting innocents into degenerated neanderthal-like brutes to serve as muscle. Indigo plans to detonate nukes upon sea cradles, causing waves that crash down on all coasts, 100 miles inland, wiping out 83 percent of all terrestrial life and leaving a new people he can rule himself.
- Dynamite Comics comic, by Warren Ellis
- Slaven Kurjak, from the first arc, VARGR, seems to be a respected Serbian inventor, but in actuality is a former worker at concentration camps during the Kosovo War. Longing to replicate the series of contained tortures and experiments on an unprecedented scale, Kurjak starts peddling a flesh-eating drug throughout Britain as a test pool, resulting in countless lives being agonizingly lost to the drug. Once ousted, Kurjak slaughters the totality of his own staff and gloats to Bond as he leaves him to die in a decontamination chamber that his intention is to turn the entire world into a grand system of horrific torture and cruelty, where he and other like-minded sadists can slake their thirst for hurting people with full impunity.
- Hammerhead Spinoff, by Andy Diggle & Luca Casalanguida: Victoria Hunt intends to usurp her father's company and take the railgun project Hammerhead for her own by having her father murdered. Secretly the underworld mastermind "Kraken", Victoria seduces Bond and arranges a nuke to be delivered to Yemen to be detonated there. When this fails, Victoria opts to nuke London to wipe the city and everyone in it off the map while blackmailing Britain's allies to fall behind her in a resurgent British Empire. Upon seeing the approach of British forces, Victoria has Hammerhead simply begin vaporizing all of them, intending to rule the world from the shadows in a brutal regime.
- Rafael/Raphael Drake is a beloved philanthropist who secretly plots to remake the would into a corporate dystopia answerable only to himself. The CEO of the environmentally-friendly corporation Phoenix International, Drake poses as a respected anti-nuclear weapons activist who uses his company's wealth and resources to decommission nukes; in reality, he takes these weapons for himself to be used in a private arsenal against anyone who resits his takeover. Key to his plan is a new space weapons platform developed by the US; James Bond is put on Drake's case after it is discovered the latter has stolen the weapons guidance chip for the satellite. When one of his subordinates tries to turn informant for MI6, he orders not just the man's death, but those of his innocent household servants as well; he later murders his mistress by defenestration, forcing Bond to watch, after she is exposed as a deep-cover French agent. As his plan commences, he rockets into space to commandeer the weapons platform personally, the platform and his private arsenal giving him enough power to wipe any dissenters off the face of the Earth.