The Straits Times
Published on Nov 17, 2012

At Washington's James Bond exhibit, villains are forever


WASHINGTON (REUTERS) - Fans of fictional super spy James Bond rely on the durable film franchise for must-have elements, such as jaw-dropping stunts, great clothes, sultry women - and villains who are drop-dead evil.

An exhibition that opened on Friday makes clear that the nasty types that 007 has battled for five decades have changed but one constant remains. The only true match for the world's greatest secret agent are characters that moviegoers love to hate.

Exquisitely Evil: 50 Years Of Bond Villains at the International Spy Museum in downtown Washington, is dedicated to the most memorable bad guys and gals in the 23-film series.

From the eponymous Dr No in 1962 to the just-released Skyfall, the exhibit shows links between fact and fiction and how villains have kept pace with an evolving world.