The JBR Bond Villain Rating System

Following our special two-parter podcast on the villains of Bond, we’ve decided to rank each of them using our official, tiered rating system. The rules are simple: 4 villains per tier with each villain placed in order of preference.

So JBR listeners, are you up to the challenge of making your very own Bond villain ratings list? Be sure to leave your thoughts in the comments area below.

We should stress that these ratings are purely based on the characters themselves and not the actors who played them. For example, you could put the character of Francisco Scaramanga at the bottom of your list but still love him as an actor.

Let the mayhem begin…

CHRIS

Tier 1:

  • Auric Goldfinger
  • Blofeld (Pleasance – YOLT)
  • Dr. No
  • Rosa Klebb

Tier 2:

  • Blofeld (Savalas – OHMSS)
  • Franz Sanchez
  • Max Zorin
  • Francisco Scaramanga

Tier 3:

  • Raoul Silva
  • Hugo Drax
  • Emilio Largo
  • Dr. Kananga

Tier 4:

  • Le Chiffre
  • Elektra King
  • Kamal Khan
  • Karl Stromberg

Tier 5:

  • Alec Trevelyan
  • Dominic Greene
  • Georgi Koskov
  • Blofeld (Gray – DAF)

Tier 6:

  • General Orlov
  • Elliot Carver
  • Brad Whittaker
  • Aris Kristatos

Tier 10:

  • Gustav Graves

TOM

Tier 1:

  • Blofeld (Pleasance – YOLT)
  • Dr. No
  • Auric Goldfinger
  • Rosa Klebb

Tier 2:

  • Le Chiffre
  • Francisco Scaramanga
  • Blofeld (Savalas – OHMSS)
  • Dr. Kananga

Tier 3:

  • Emilio Largo
  • Raoul Silva
  • Franz Sanchez
  • Max Zorin

Tier 4:

  • Elektra King
  • Hugo Drax
  • Alec Trevelyan
  • Kamal Khan

Tier 5:

  • Blofeld (Gray – DAF)
  • Karl Stromberg
  • Georgi Koskov
  • General Orlov

Tier 6:

  • Elliot Carver
  • Aris Kristatos
  • Brad Whittaker
  • Dominic Greene

Tier 10:

  • Gustav Graves
  • Poor Gustave Graves must feel lonely down there.
    There are some hard choices when you pack together some if the best vilain, and put some other less memorable ones in other Tier.
    Anyway, here is my list :

    Tier 1:
    Auric Goldfinger
    Blofeld (Pleasance – YOLT)
    Rosa Klebb
    Dr. No

    Tier 2:
    Blofeld (Savalas – OHMSS)
    Franz Sanchez
    Francisco Scaramanga
    Max Zorin

    Tier 3:
    Raoul Silva
    Dr. Kananga
    Emilio Largo
    Hugo Drax

    Tier 4:
    Le Chiffre
    Elektra King
    Kamal Khan
    Alec Trevelyan

    Tier 5:
    Dominic Greene
    Georgi Koskov
    Karl Stromberg
    Blofeld (Gray – DAF)

    Tier 6:

    Gustav Graves
    Elliot Carver
    Aris Kristatos
    Brad Whittaker
    General Orlov

  • Joshua David Goener

    Hi guys, I’ve been listening for a couple of weeks and I thought I’d join in. I’ve always liked villains who look like they can have a chance at taking Bond physically, so if you can’t be a megalomanic or a SPECTRE leader then they should be close to his equal.

    Tier 1:

    Auric Goldfinger

    Blofeld (Savalas – OHMSS)

    Dr. No

    Rosa Klebb

    Tier 2:

    Franz Sanchez

    Le Chiffre

    Max Zorin

    Fransisco Scaramanga

    Tier 3:

    Blofeld (Pleasance – YOLT)

    Raoul Silva

    Alec Treveleyan

    Emilio Largo

    Tier 4:

    Dr Kananga

    Elektra King

    Aristotle Kristatos

    Georgi Koskov

    Tier 5:

    Kamal Khan

    Hugo Drax

    Karl Stromberg

    Bolfeld (Gray – DAF)

    Tier 6:

    Gustav Graves

    Elliot Carver

    Dominic Greene

  • Jeff Silence

    Man, this was still difficult to rank. Plus, I feel this list is going to change after future re-watches.

    Tier 1:
    Blofeld (Savalas)
    Auric Goldfinger
    Le Chiffre
    Rosa Klebb

    Tier 2:
    Franz Sanchez
    Blofeld (Pleasance)
    Dr. No
    Max Zorin

    Tier 3:
    Francisco Scaramanga
    Emilio Largo
    Dr. Kananga
    Elektra King

    Tier 4:
    Blofeld (Gray)
    Raoul Silva
    General Orlov
    Alec Trevelyan

    Tier 5:
    Aris Kristatos
    Kamal Kahn
    Brad Whittaker
    Hugo Drax

    Tier 6:
    Dominic Greene
    Georgi Koskov
    Karl Stromberg
    Elliot Carver

    Tier So Large Of A Number It’s Barely Worth Putting It On This List:
    Gustav Graves

  • David Diabolik

    Almost impossible to do. Your tier system works a lot better than all those weird top 10 lists. I mean, how can you choose between Blofeld or Goldfinger? They’re different, but both awesome! There are so many great villains that it’s impossible to rank them in a top ten list. Same with everything else 007 related.
    So, mine would be like this:

    Tier 1 (007’s greatest foes):
    * Ernst Stavro Blofeld (in the Donald Pleasance incarnation)
    * Auric Goldfinger
    * Dr. No

    Tier 2 (right up there) :
    * Le Chiffre

    * Ernst Stavro Blofeld (in the Telly Savalas incarnation
    * Francisco Scaramanga
    * Emilio Largo
    * Max Zorin

    * Rosa Klebb
    * Franz Sanchez

    Tier 3 (great memorable villains):
    * Ernst Stavro Blofeld (in the Charles Gray incarnation)
    * Alec Trevelyan

    * Hugo Drax
    * Mr Big
    * General Orlov

    Tier 4 (solid territory):
    * Karl Stromberg
    * Aris Kristatos
    * Kamal Kahn
    * Dominic Greene

    Tier 5 (could have been better):
    * General Koskov
    * Brad Whittaker
    * Elektra King

    Tier 6 (mwa):
    * Elliott Carver
    * Raoul Silva

    Tier 10000 (awful):
    * Gustav Graves (the least said, the better)

  • David Diabolik

    Mine would look like this:

    Tier 1
    * Ernst Stavro Blofeld (in the Donald Pleasance incarnation)
    * Auric Goldfinger
    * Dr. No
    * Le Chiffre

    Tier 2
    * Ernst Stavro Blofeld (in the Telly Savalas incarnation)
    * Francisco Scaramanga
    * Emilio Largo
    * Rosa Klebb

    Tier 3
    * Max Zorin
    * Ernst Stavro Blofeld (in the Charles Gray incarnation)
    * Alec Trevelyan
    * Franz Sanchez

    Tier 4
    * Hugo Drax
    * Mr Big
    * General Orlov
    * Karl Stromberg

    Tier 5
    * Kamal Kahn
    * Aris Kristatos
    * General Koskov
    * Dominic Greene

    Tier 6
    * Brad Whittaker
    * Elektra King
    * Elliott Carver
    * Raoul Silva

    Tier 10000 (awful):
    * Gustav Graves (the least said, the better)

  • George Ferencz

    As Telly said in those 1970s ads, “who loves ya baby?!” I love his Blofeld but still can’t put him above Goldfinger. Bringing up the rear, Elliot Carver bumps Gustavo Graves out of the sewer.

    Here’s how I rank ’em:

    Tier 1
    Auric Goldfinger
    Blofeld (Savslas-OHMSS)
    Le Chiffre
    Blofeld (Pleasance-YOLT)

    Tier 2
    Dr. No
    Franz Sanchez
    Rosa Klebb
    Raul Silva

    Tier 3
    Francisco Scaramanga
    Kamal Kahn
    Emilio Largo
    Max Zorin

    Tier 4
    Hugo Drax
    Dr. Kanaga
    Blofeld (Gray-DAF)
    Alec Trevelyan

    Tier 5
    Electra King
    Aris Kristatos
    Dominic Greene
    Karl Stromberg

    Tier 6
    Brad Whitaker
    Gustav Graves
    Elliot Carver

  • Art Freen

    How would you classify Cigar Girl? Hench-person? Yet she comes as close as anyone in the entire series to handing Bond his ass…

  • Guest

    Really interesting to see how much we can all differ on

  • Alright, here’s my list! I must admit I was surprised to see how I ranked some of them when it came down it. Don’t know if everyone did it this way, but they are all ranked in order, even within the tiers. Otherwise I may have found it slightly easier.

    Tier 1
    Dr. No
    Goldfinger
    Blofeld (Pleasance)
    Silva

    Tier 2
    Le Chiffre
    Elektra King
    Zorin
    Drax

    Tier 3
    Blofeld (Savalas)
    Klebb
    Kananga
    Largo

    Tier 4
    Scaramanga
    Blofeld (Gray)
    Stromberg
    Sanchez

    Tier 5
    Orlov
    Khan
    Trevelyan
    Carver

    Tier 6
    Greene
    Koskov
    Kristatos
    Whittaker

    Tier 10
    Graves (I kinda felt like I had to…peer pressure and whatnot)

  • Judah Zachary’s Head

    Alright, after much deliberation and contemplation, here’s my list. This was a hell of a lot of fun!

    Tier 1:
    Auric Goldfinger
    Ernst Stavro Blofeld (Pleasance)
    Dr. No
    Rosa Klebb

    Tier 2:
    Le Chiffre
    Raoul Silva
    Francisco Scaramanga
    Ernst Stavro Blofeld (Savalas)

    Tier 3:
    Dr. Kananga
    Max Zorin
    Elektra King
    Franz Sanchez

    Tier 4:
    Alec Trevelyan
    Hugo Drax
    Emilio Largo
    General Orlov

    Tier 5:
    General Koskov
    Ernst Stavro Blofeld (Gray)
    Kamal Khan
    Karl Stromberg

    Tier 6:
    Elliot Carver
    Brad Whittaker
    Kristatos
    Dominic Green

    Tier 10:
    Gustav Graves

  • Ralf Lewandowski

    This was really difficult to do and I’m not really satisfied with the outcome… Oh well. Give Elliot Carver some love! His “There’s no news, like bad news” speech is solid-mad!

    Tier 1:
    Auric Goldfinger
    Blofeld (Pleasance – YOLT)
    Max Zorin
    Raoul Silva

    Tier 2:
    Franz Sanchez
    Francisco Scaramanga
    Hugo Drax
    Rosa Klebb

    Tier 3:
    Elliot Carver
    Le Chiffre
    Dr. Kananga
    Dr. No

    Tier 4:
    Emilio Largo
    Blofeld (Savalas – OHMSS)
    Elektra King
    Kamal Khan

    Tier 5:
    Alec Trevelyan
    Blofeld (Gray – DAF)
    Georgi Koskov
    General Orlov

    Tier 6:
    Dominic Greene
    Aris Kristatos
    Karl Stromberg
    Brad Whittaker

    Tier 10:
    Gustav Graves

  • Jason Ulane

    This is the way I rate them:

    Tier 1
    Auric Goldfinger
    Blofeld (YOLT)
    Blofeld (OHMSS)
    Dr. No

    Tier 2
    Hugo Drax
    Karl Stromberg
    Emilio Largo
    Blofeld (DAF)

    Tier 3
    Rosa Klebb
    Francisco Scaramanga
    Dr. Kananga
    Le Chiffre

    Tier 4
    Eliot Carver
    Alec Trevelyan
    General Koskov
    Dominic Greene

    Tier 5
    Max Zorin
    Raoul Silva
    Elektra King/Renard
    General Orlov

    Tier 6
    Brad Whittaker
    Aris Kristatos
    Kamal Khan
    Franz Sanchez

    Left Out In The Cold:
    Gustav Graves

  • Stu Bell

    Can’t believe you both have Dr Evil in tier 1! Just can’t take him seriously. Having said that, I’m going to have to put a bit of thought into this…!

  • Stu Bell

    Love everyone’s contributions so far – thanks all for making this so much fun to do! Anyway, my table is thus:
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    T1: Sanchez, Kananga, Blofeld (Savalas), Le Chiffre
    T2: Klebb, Scaramanga, King, Trevelyan
    T3: Largo, Silva, Goldfinger, Kristatos
    T4: Drax, Dr No, Khan, Orlov
    T5: Blofeld (Pleasence) (but where are the ill-tempered mutated sea bass – with fricking lasers on their heads?); Stromberg, Greene, Zorin
    T6: Whitaker, Koskov, Carver, Graves (hah!)
    T7: Blofeld (Gray – in drag, really?)
    Disect at leisure!

  • Darren Noble

    Have a feeling in 12 months time we’ll be adding Oberhauser/Blofeld? to the Tier 1 list. In the meantime…

    Tier 1 – Goldfinger, Blofeld (Pleasance), Klebb, Le Chiffre
    Tier 2 – Kananga, Blofeld (Savalas), Largo, Sanchez
    Tier 3 – Silva, Scaramanga, Dr. No, Zorin
    Tier 4 – Electra King, Orlov, Trevelyan, Drax
    Tier 5 – Khan, Stromberg, Koskov, Kristatos
    Tier 6 – Blofeld (Gray), Greene, Whitaker, Graves
    And finally…
    Tier 7 – Carver, Tamahori, McClory, Cleese

    Sorry, but it felt mean to have Carver in a tier on his own. And I fInd it easy to enjoy Dr. Evil as a comedy character and appreciate Blofeld (Pleasance) as the iconic villain that he is. Good fun…

  • GSmith

    Love all the list, lets be honest, there isn’t much between the top 16 villains at least :-). Its also good that for a series of films everybody has different options & I like reading them all. Also as some have stated the list can change after re-watching the films.
    Tier 1 – Auric Goldfinger, Raoul Silva, Blofeld (Pleasance YOLT) & Le Chiffre.
    Tier 2 – Blofeld (Savalas OHMSS), Dr. No, Alec Trevelyan & Francisco Scaramanga.
    Tier 3 – Franz Sanchez, Max Zorin, Rosa Klebb & Hugo Drax.
    Tier 4 – Dr Kananga, Elektra King, Kamal Khan & Emilio Largo.
    Tier 5 – Elliot Carver (Never trust the press), General Orlov, Karl Stromberg & Dominic Green.
    Tier 6 – Bolfeld (Gray DAF), Georgi Koskov, Brad Whittaker & Aris Kristatos.
    Tier 7 (Wooden Spoon) – Gustav Graves.

    Honorable Mention Tier 3.5 – The unseen Bolfeld in the earlier films.

    Looking forward to seeing other peoples list.

  • David Jackson

    Right ladies and chaps my turn to get involved in this.

    My list based in order of ruthlessness and diabolical “fiendishness”

    T1: Sanchez (vicious killer and mass killer via world wide drug exports),
    Drax (wants to destroy the World – cant get more diabolical than that),
    Blofeld (Savalas) (wants to wipe out humanity via a honey trap – sexy diabolical), Zorin (out and out lunatic and psychotic killer)

    T2: Blofeld (Pleasence) (creepy dude who wanted to start world war 3), Stromberg (creepy dude with webbed hands that wanted to start world war 3), Carver (white haired fella without a cat who wanted to start world war 3)Goldfinger (wanted to kill thousands and detonate a nuclear device!!!)

    T3: Kananga (wanted to get millions hooked on drugs – and not for the right reasons)
    Largo (willing participant in a nuclear attack on Washington)
    Dr No (the chap responsible for the whole craze of stealing nuclear weapons)
    King (the first woman who wanted to set off a nuclear weapon in the series)

    T4: Orlov (another who wanted to set off a nuclear device and start world war 3 – how many times has this been used as a plot???),
    Silva (cyber villain though more dangerous to his own men),
    Le Chiffre (didn’t kill anyone but funded world terrorism through the stockmarket)
    Khan (teamed up with Orlov to detonate a nuclear device)

    T5: Klebb (iconic and just plain nasty)
    Greene (the thirstiest villain of the series)
    Kristatos, (double crossed Bond tut tut)
    Scaramanga (killer but only one at a time)

    T6: Whitaker (no real threat), Graves (not saying a word), Trevelyan (thief), Koskov (seems like a nice bloke)

    T7: Blofeld (Gray) the least terrifying villain of the entire series
    Right that’s my 2 cents worth let me know what you think

  • Stu Bell

    Thanks for doing the correlation, spreadsheet boy! Pretty happy with the results.

    I think you’re right about Austin Powers rubbing off (!) negatively on Donald’s Blofeld. But also you only really see him right at the end of the film. With Telly he’s much more of a presence in the movie and more involved in the plot. The physicality also adds something, which is why I rated him higher.

    Not happy about King and Trevelyan being so far back though. :-/

  • lgsnelh

    Tier 1:

    Auric Goldfinger
    Le Chiffre
    Franz Sanchez
    Dr. No

    Tier 2:

    Blofeld (Savalas – OHMSS)
    Max Zorin
    Rosa Klebb
    Raoul Silva

    Tier 3:

    Dr. Kananga
    Kamal Khan
    Dominic Greene
    Alec Trevelyan

    Tier 4:

    Georgi Koskov
    Emilio Largo
    General Orlov
    Aris Kristatos

    Tier 5:

    Blofeld (Pleasance – YOLT)
    Elliot Carver
    Blofeld (Gray – DAF)
    Francisco Scaramanga

    Tier 6:

    Gustav Graves
    Brad Whittaker
    Karl Stromberg
    Hugo Drax

    Tier 7:

    Elektra King

  • Paul Coulthard

    Thanks for making the league table, Chris. I (like Ms. Zhu) am outraged at Trevelyan’s low ranking. I absolutely love him!

    I am SO outraged that I have been inspired to submit my own list.

    T1
    Goldfinger
    Le Chiffre
    Trevelyan
    Dr. No

    T2
    Silva
    Stromberg
    Sanchez
    Zorin

    T3
    Blofeld (YOLT)
    Klebb
    Largo
    King

    T4
    Carver
    Scaramanga
    Greene
    Kananga

    T5
    Blofeld (DAF)
    Blofeld (OHMSS)
    Drax
    Khan

    T6
    Graves
    Koskov
    Orlov
    Kristatos

    T7
    Whittaker

  • Duncan Browne

    Sorry guys, but I am that outraged Gustav Graves fan you didn’t believe existed (okay, I’m not a groupie or anything, but there’s no way he should be ranked so low).

    I’ve touched on this before, but there are reasons that make me warm to the character. Most of all, it is how I believe he is based on the Sir Hugo Drax character from the Moonraker novel: he is a flame-haired British hero and self-made millionaire who turns out to be not who he seems, and in fact grew up amongst, and remains affiliated to, the enemy. The ultimate double agent. Not only that, but both characters are building an immense weapon which is believed to be for the common good, but is in fact planned to hurt Britain from within.

    I’m a sucker for those original Fleming characters and was gutted with the Drax from the movie. I know some love him, but I find him a charisma-less monotone bore who doesn’t look villainous, but more like someone’s stuck a fuzzy felt beard on an egg. And for that reason – plus his ludicrous plot which really belongs in an unused Lost In Space script- he is probably my least favourite villain (even more so than Kristatos, who looks like the head of your local swinging club).

    In defence of Graves, he’s a bad guy who is also snide, a cheat at sport (a bit like the novel’s Drax when it comes to cards), ruthless and physically tough. He’s no button-pushing bad guy, he’s hands on and intelligent. And that sneer is pretty cool too.

    Basically, he’s by no means a top tier villain, but he’s not the worst by a long shot. If anything, he’s the victim of being surrounded by arguably the lamest Bond elements of all time. From the theme tune to Madonna’s cameo, from the awful birdwatching dialogue to Halle Berry and Denise Richards being about as classy as a fart at a funeral, and stopping off at Mr Kil, an invisible car, too many nods to the past – including the Union Flag parachute, secret filming in a hotel room and bikini scene – a Face Off rip off and a power suit that looks like it was borrowed from The Running Man… there’s so much to hate. But don’t make Graves guilty by association, in another film he’d be a thoroughly well loved baddie.

    And in case anyone hasn’t fallen asleep yet, I’m also a big fan of Dominic Greene. He’s a weasly, physically weak coward, but proof that anyone can rise to the top through villainy, skulduggery and ruthlessness.

    He may not live in an underground paradise or a hollowed-out volcano, but his backstabbing business deals are making him powerful. He’s more akin to the wealthy and dislikable gits that we can find in control of governments, big business and the like. He’s not flashy or a superpower, but very much a modern day villain and a precursor to the warnings in Skyfall of how the enemy now lives amongst us. Plus that “then why is he looking at me?” moment is spinechillingly brilliant.

    Anyway, sorry to go on. Love the show and website.

  • Jeff Cervi

    Guys – I included Brandauer’s Largo from NSNA, as I thought he did a pretty decent job. I know I have some highly respected villains in the middle of my list, but that just indicates how well the franchise has done in this area. Can’t wait for Spectre – 2 months, and counting…..
    Level 1

    Le Chiffre

    Silva

    Blofeld (Pleasance)

    Zorin

    Level 2

    Goldfinger

    Emilio Largo (Celli)

    Kananga

    Scaramanga

    Level 3

    Rosa Klebb

    Dr. No

    Blofeld (Savalas)

    Renard / Electra King

    Level 4

    Kamal Khan/Orlov

    Franz Sanchez

    Emilio Largo (Brandauer)

    Elliott Carver

    Level 5

    Dominic Greene

    Hugo Drax

    Blofeld (Gray)

    Gustav Graves

    Level 6

    Koskov/Whitaker

    Kristatos

    Stromberg

    Alec Trevelyan

  • Kalle Rydholm

    I just listened to the Villains of Bond episode of JBR, and here is my villain ratings:

    Tier 1
    Ernst Stavro Blofeld (Savalas)
    Doctor Julius No
    Francisco Scaramanga
    Emilio Largo

    Tier 2
    Sir Hugo Drax
    Auric Goldfinger
    Ernst Stavro Blofeld (Pleasance)
    Franz Sanchez

    Tier 3
    Dr. Kananga
    Colonel Rosa Klebb
    Alec Trevelyan
    General Orlov

    Tier 4
    Le Chiffre
    Karl Stromberg
    Raoul Silva
    Ernst Stavro Blofeld (Gray)

    Tier 5
    Prince Kamal Khan
    Elektra King
    Aris Kristatos
    Max Zorin

    Tier 6
    Elliot Carver
    Brad Whittaker
    Gustav Graves
    General Georgi Koskov

    Tier 10
    Dominic Greene