Top Ten Actors, Dead and Alive, Who Would Make Excellent James Bond Villains

We need someone dark, sinister, mysterious and cunning. Playing a Bond villain is no easy game. But these actors, I think, would cut it.

The Top Ten

1 Benedict Cumberbatch Benedict Cumberbatch Benedict Timothy Carlton Cumberbatch is an English actor and film producer who has performed in film, television, theatre and radio.

Ok, after viewing this entire list, I came back to Cumberbatch because quite frankly, I couldn't find anyone I felt could best him in the role. That being said, and given the parameters of this list, I do feel that Marlon Brando would have made an exceptional Bond villain, but I was unable to add him. - Ned964

He'd be a great choice for the role, but I imagine he's getting a little too familiar with playing villains in major franchises. I'd guess that he'd turn the role down for the time being. At least until he's had time to distance himself from the typecasting issues. - BKAllmighty

I think he would make an excellent Bond himself, but his acting style as a villain, from Kahn to the Necromancer, is near unbeatable. Deep and dark voice, sharp emotional and physical expression, and in the plot development of a class-act Bond film, the last thing you'd expect. He would only make a mindblowing Bond villain. - PositronWildhawk

He would be perfect as a Bond villain but I think he should try playing more protagonist in movie franchises so he can avoid getting typecast.

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2 Heath Ledger Heath Ledger Heathcliff Andrew Ledger was an Australian actor and director. After performing roles in Australian television and film during the 1990s, Ledger left for the United States in 1998 to develop his film career.

If only he was still with us. Just picture it. As a villain, he was vastly different from what we're after, but he'd have brought something else to Bond. - PositronWildhawk

Yes. He would have been perfect for being a Bond villain. There's no denying that. - BKAllmighty

3 Tim Curry Tim Curry Timothy James "Tim" Curry is an English actor, voice actor and singer, known for his work in a diverse range of theatre, film and television productions, often portraying villainous roles or character parts.

Tim Curry hasn't exactly been busy these past few years. Maybe a role such as this would be the ticket he needs into becoming a bankable star again. I've always been a fan of his. - BKAllmighty

4 Gary Oldman Gary Oldman Gary Leonard Oldman is an English actor, filmmaker, musician and author. Renowned for his "big" acting style, Oldman is one of the most celebrated thespians of his generation, with a diverse career encompassing theatre, film and television.

Considering how easy it is to play a convincing hero as it is for him to play a convincing villain, I'd say that he'd be a great choice since the 007 series could use a villain that isn't obviously evil from the moment we meet them (similar to Kristatos in 'For Your Eyes Only'). - BKAllmighty

5 Robin Williams Robin Williams Robin McLaurin Williams was an American actor and comedian. Starting as a stand-up comedian in San Francisco and Los Angeles in the mid-1970s, he is credited with leading San Francisco's comedy renaissance. He died in 2014.
6 Arnold Schwarzenegger Arnold Schwarzenegger Arnold Alois Schwarzenegger is an Austrian-American actor, filmmaker, businessman, investor, author, philanthropist, activist, former professional bodybuilder and former politician.

I'll be back Bond

I guess it's time to have a 'bonding' session. - DapperPickle

7 Cate Blanchett Cate Blanchett

I must admit that her as a 007 villain has never crossed my mind. But now, with the idea planted in my head, I think she'd be brilliant. Imagine a twist involving her as a Bond girl that is revealed to be the main villain (sure, it's not a new idea but every time we've seen it it's always involved a #2 villain or lower - she'd be the MAIN boss). I'm not going to be able to get this out of my head, now. - BKAllmighty

Outstanding actress, and maybe a good Bond girl, but I imagine a Bond girl who would betray Bond, and slowly be revealed as the snake behind the whole villain's operation. - PositronWildhawk

8 Johnny Depp Johnny Depp John Christopher "Johnny" Depp II is an American actor, producer, and musician. He has won the Golden Globe Award and Screen Actors Guild Award for Best Actor. His role in a movie is often rather big. His character is often on the "loopy side" and his character being in a darker state of mind, etc.

His diversity would definitely be a strength if he was to accept the challenge. I'd be willing to give him the benefit of the doubt (I've become slightly disenchanted with his work in recent years - he needs to lay off of working for Tim Burton - too much white face makeup). If he's as good as their saying he is in 'Black Mass' then I might just give him my vote of confidence. - BKAllmighty

The man can do absolutely anything and everything. Including a wicked, sinister villain. And I imagine Ian Fleming and Christopher Lee would very much approve. - PositronWildhawk

Would be great but they're never gonna do it cause he would be so much better than James Bond.

This would be great to see - Thecyanryan

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9 Bruce Willis Bruce Willis Walter Bruce Willis, known professionally as Bruce Willis, is an American actor, producer, and singer. V 1 Comment
10 James Gandolfini James Gandolfini

The Contenders

11 Tom Hiddleston Tom Hiddleston Thomas William Hiddleston is an English actor. He is best known for his role as Loki in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, appearing in Thor, The Avengers, and Thor: The Dark World.
12 Robert Duvall Robert Duvall Robert Selden Duvall is an American actor and director. He has been nominated for seven Academy Awards, seven Golden Globes, and has multiple nominations and one win each of the BAFTA, Screen Actors Guild Award, and Emmy Award.
13 Charlie Sheen Charlie Sheen

Okay, admittedly, I don't think he can pull off a Scottish accent, but, I think he could probably pull of the character, particularly with his relationships with women.

This list is for potential villain candidates, not for Bond, himself. Plus, Bond is natively British (Connery just kept his native accent). - BKAllmighty

14 Steve Buscemi Steve Buscemi
15 Sean Penn Sean Penn Sean Justin Penn is an American actor, filmmaker, and political activist. He has won two Academy Awards, for his roles in the mystery drama Mystic River and the biopic Milk.

To think that he's the same actor who played Jeff Spicoli in 'Fast Times at Ridgemont High' amazes me since the guy has got some of the best serious chops in the business. His intensity levels go through the roof when he wants them to. Imagining him as a Bond baddie paints a pretty interesting picture, I think. - BKAllmighty

16 Colin Firth Colin Firth Colin Andrew Firth is an English actor. Firth's films have grossed more than $3 billion from 42 releases worldwide.

Colin would be amazing! Handsome and he'd play 'quietly deadly' amazingly. Let's have a suave Bond Villian for a change. - Britgirl

17 Christian Bale Christian Bale Christian Charles Philip Bale is an English actor. He has starred in both blockbuster films and smaller projects from independent producers and art houses.
18 Kevin Spacey Kevin Spacey
19 Penelope Cruz Penelope Cruz
20 Helen Mirren Helen Mirren Dame Helen Lydia Mirren, is an English actor. Mirren began her acting career with the Royal Shakespeare Company in 1967, and is one of the few performers who have achieved the Triple Crown of Acting, having won the Academy Award for Best Actress in 2007, after two previous nominations, for her performance more.

She's been in the news a lot within the past few months thanks to her enthusiasm behind possibly playing a villain in the next 'Fast & Furious' installment. Well, I'd love to see her as a Bond villain first. Perhaps the main reason why she'll likely never play the role, however, is due to the fact that she can be very similar to Judi Dench (their personalities can be very much the same when playing characters that have power). Too bad. She'd be a natural choice. - BKAllmighty

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2. Robin Williams
3. Charlie Sheen
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2. Heath Ledger
3. Tim Curry
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