25 best James Bond villains ever

Le Chiffre (Casino Royale, 1967)

The first Casino Royale movie was a bizarre satirical send-up of the preceding Bond films, and features an eclectic cast including David Niven, Peter Sellers, Woody Allen, Ursula Andress… and none other than Orson Welles as Le Chiffre, financial agent for international terrorist organisation SMERSH and baccarat genius. Welles took the role on condition that he could show off his stage magic skills – and while the film is a certified mess, watching Welles work is, as ever, spellbinding.

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