The James Bond franchise has traditionally had a hard time deciding just how comedy it wants to inject. Until the Daniel Craig reboot, which has produced the fewest comedic moments in the franchise's history, thank god. Still, a little levity is not necessarily bad. "From Russia with Love" is an entry you either love or hate depending upon how much you need some comic relief. And when it comes to comic relief in Bond movies, the location of humor is very often surprisingly found in the movie's villains.
Oddjob and Goldfinger
The title character of "Goldfinger" gets to deliver what remains probably the best comedic delivery of a line utterly lacking any inherent humor in franchise history. "No, Mr. Bond, I expect you to die" has lived on well past the point where it would have died had it been delivered with sociopathic iciness. As for Oddjob, he's just weirdly funny in servile devotion to Goldfinger and even when he's tossing around his murderous chapeau, there is a touch of the comedic to it.
"The Man with the Golden Gun" is actually one of my favorite Bond movies of all time. Christopher Lee is terrific as the tri-nippled assassin Scaramanga and Herve Villechaize is like a far more sinister version of his future Tattoo character. Nick Nack is a Bond villain, make no mistake: just watch the movie all the way to end. Size along prevents Nick Nack from being a serious villain. Simple genetics mandated that Nick Nack be a comedic Bond villain.
Speaking of genetics. Of course, here we have the completely opposite. You would expect a hulking actor whose more than seven foot tall frame could easily swallow Roger Moore in its shadow would be one of the most threatening and sinister villains in James Bond movie history. Instead, Kiel turns Jaws in "The Spy Who Loved Me" into the comic reverse of Nick Nack. Of course, when you put a character named Jaws in your Bond movie just two years after Steven Spielberg's movie hit theaters, you have to very carefully weigh the risk of trying to make that character into a humorless object of pure evil. Kiel, an actor with a much more delicate comedic touch than he is usually given credit for, hits just the right balance of comedy and terror. Unfortunately, Jaws would be turned into a character of almost pure comedic personality when he was brought back to appear in a second Bond film about which it is almost impossible to say too little.
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