12 December 2012 12:37 PM, PST | Obsessed with Film | See recent Obsessed with Film news »

There are a few elements common to nearly all Bond films: gadgets, girls, guns and villains. While the gadgets were all but done away with in the 2006 “reboot” Casino Royale, we can be relatively sure that Bond baddies aren’t going anywhere. Indeed, a good enemy can often be the selling point of a Bond film – Bond himself is an established character, and there’s a limit to how far the filmmakers can develop him (although they certainly played with that limit in the recent Skyfall.)

His opponent, on the other hand, is an unknown quantity, and usually provides an opportunity for the film team to find new ways to test Bond. Because let’s be honest, without a compelling enemy, 007 is just an alcoholic womaniser with a gambling problem who would be fired from MI6 within days for seemingly never filling in a single piece of paperwork.

It’s this or my tax returns. »

- Laurence Gardner

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