Who’s Your Favorite James Bond Movie Henchman?

Who’s Your Favorite James Bond Movie Henchman? Is it Oddjob from Goldfinger, May Day from A View to a Kill or Jaws from the James Bond Thriller, The Spy Who Loved Me? Vote today!

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  • Nick Z

    Goldfinger was, is, and will always remain the perfect Bond movie. Harold Sakata’s Oddjob is just one reason. Gert Frobe’s chilling Auric Goldfinger and Honor Blackman’s sultry Pussy Galore are two more. But Goldfinger was arguably the first Bond movie to perfectly blend action, drama, girls and gadgets into a seamless, peerless entertainment that continues to entertain. Other Bonds have been bigger, but I’ll venture an opinion ans say none have been better.

    • Bruce Reber

      You got that right! Add Shirley Bassey’s belting out that famous theme song and it’s indeed that. “Goldfinger, his heart is cold, he loves only gold!

  • Antone

    Pussy Galore from Goldfinger. A perfect blend of beauty, brains, humor & danger.

    • Bruce Reber

      I’d consider her a Bond Girl/villianess.

      • Antone

        Technically, the entire debate has been 180 degrees off. A henchman is a strong supporter. So by the end of the movie Pussy had become a Bond henchman [along with M & Miss Moneypenny] and lover [unlike M and possibly Miss Moneypenny].

        Odd Job, Pussy and the others discussed were initially Bond adversaries, or nemeses. I could tell that this was the question actually being discussed; so that’s what I addressed

  • TedC

    A emphatic vote here for Jaws as the worst henchman (in fact, worst character) in all James Bond movies! I rate the two movies he appears in as the worst James Bond movies of all time.

    • Bruce Reber

      I’ll have to take issue with you on this – IMO the absolute worst Bond hench(wo)man is May Day from “A View To A Kill”. As for the two worst Bond movies, that goes to “Never Say Never Again” and “Die Another Day”.

  • nicolas

    Red Grant in From Russia With Love for me is the best, though I will also talk about another henchmen not mentioned here. Characters like Odd Job are just stereotypes to me. What made Red Grant so interesting was that you never here him speak, and for a certain time he is Bond’s guardian angel, though clearly vicious. When we do here him speak, I think it is something of a shock to the viewers and perhaps touches on something that Bond films have never really touched on, but which would occupy Great Britain in the following years. I thought that Benico De Toro as Robert Davi’s henchman in License To Kill is also very good. The feeling of loyalty he has to his boss. I might also add that for me< Davi is the greatest Bond villain of all, a more complex character than many other Bond films.

    • Charles Lee

      nicolas you make a very good point about Odd Job. He had no depth as a character, but, he was so much fun. I don’t think Bond fans are looking for depth, they (we) want thrills.

      • Bruce Reber

        Yeah, but he had that very cool metal-edged Bowler hat that could take the head off a statue!

  • Dora

    Fatima Blush in Never Say Never Again

  • rodahaco

    Even though I put in a vote for Oddjob, I was also thinking of Fiona Volpe from Thunderball. Her appearance may have been brief, but she was effective.

  • http://www.facebook.com/reneeromaine Renee Williams

    I’ve been watching james Bond Movies every since last week on channel 62. Sean Connery is still the best at being Bond shaken not stirred. Then I love license to kill too, You only live twice. Any of the Bond movies that Sheena Easton, Shirley Bassey,Garbage,Tom Jones and Gladys Knight sang the theme songs to, I really fell in love with

    • Charles Lee

      Who can forget Shirley Bassey’s rendition of Goldfinger!!!! And Tom Jones when he says, “And he strikes, like Thunderball. Love those themes

      • Bruce Reber

        Miss Bassey also sang the themes to “Diamonds Are Forever” and “Moonraker”. BTW, I know the artists/groups who did the theme songs for every pre 2K Bond film. with the exception of four (“Dr. No., “Never Say Never Again”, “The Living Daylights” and “Goldeneye”) The 1969 entry in the series “On Her Majesty’s Secret Service” theme was an instrumental (no words), so I don’t count that one. Does anyone care to test me? And also, if anyone about my exceptions, please let me know. It’s been a while since I saw them, so I can’t remember.

        • GeorgeDAllen

          Bruce, a 007 junkie here with your answers: The title song for Dr. No, “The James Bond Theme,” was composed by Monty Norman (that’s how it’s been legally decided) and performed by the John Barry Orchestra; a-ha performed “The Living Daylights,” the last Bond song to be composed by Barry; Tina Turner sang “GoldenEye,” written by Bono and The Edge; and Lani Hall performed composer Michel Legrand’s title song for “Never Say Never Again.”
          Here’s your test: Bassey recorded two Bond title songs not ultimately used in the films for which they were written. What are they?

          • Bruce Reber

            Thanks. Re: the test – since the title songs for “The Spy Who Loved Me” and “Octopussy” (“Nobody Does It Better” and “All Time High”, respectively) didn’t have the same title as the movie, I’m guessing these two. I’m basing my guess on the fact that the three she DID sing had the same title as the movie.

          • GeorgeDAllen

            Nice guessing (and kudos for not cheating and looking it up first!) — however, the answers are: First, “Kiss Kiss Bang Bang,” which was originally intended to be the title song for “Thunderball.” An instrumental version of the tune does appear in the film. Go here to listen to Bassey’s rendition of the song set against the film’s title credits: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l1debbldqGc

            –and second, Bassey recorded “No Good About Goodbye,” which was produced as a potential song to head up Daniel Craig’s “Quantum of Solace.” Again, you can hear composer David Arnold’s primary motif for this song in the musical score. Here, listen to the song and see it against the film’s opening titles: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rCX4SxhpPwE

            Others may disagree, and Bassey’s just terrific in general, but I think the Broccolis/Eon made the right call both times in using the songs they eventually used.