The James Bond series is one of the longest-running movie franchises in history, with each chapter in its lifespan embodying the trends and mindsets of the decades they were released in. Sometimes this worked and turned a Bond movie like Goldeneye into a reflection of a post-Cold War world, or it made a movie like You Only Live Twice into a fun farce with ninjas.
This is best seen in some of Bond’s most famous and infamous supporting characters, who either became stars of their own or became walking punchlines in the franchise’s weaker installments. Whether they helped or hindered Bond, here are the 10 weirdest supporting characters from the James Bond franchise.
10 Everyone in Octopussy
Roger Moore’s 007 era is criticized for being a live-action Saturday Morning Cartoon, and Octopussy proves the complaints right. Octopussy is possibly the weirdest Bond movie not only because of its blatant euphemism of a title that refers to a Bond Girl, but because of everyone else with her.
Some notable weirdos include a mad Soviet general who wants to finance a nuclear holocaust using Faberge Eggs, a literal circus of killers, a silent bodyguard who wields the weapon from Krull, Octopussy’s team of lethal dancers, and more. Also, this is the movie where Bond disguised as a clown.
9 Tiger Tanaka’s Ninja Army
Once upon a time, Hollywood was so fascinated with the rise of Japanese trends in popular culture that every movie had to have something Japanese in it. You Only Live Twice does exactly this for the Bond movies, bringing in an army of ninjas for the final showdown in Blofeld’s volcano base.
What’s even weirder is that, outside of skintight suits and throwing stars, the ninjas fight more like generic movie soldiers instead of Japan’s mythical assassins. You Only Live Twice depicts Japanese culture in a cartoonishly insensitive manner that’s both silly and laughable today.
The gimmicky henchman responsible for setting what would become tradition in Bond’s movies is none other than Oddjob from Goldfinger. Oddjob is a sharply dressed bodyguard who’s best known for his signature weapon: a bowler hat lined with blades that he throws like a deadly Frisbee.
As iconic as Oddjob is, his whole getup is both silly and cartoony (in a fun way). There’s a reason why he was so easily parodied in the first Austin Powers movie, where his spoof flung shoes at targets and was dispatched by a genital-enlarging pump.
Of all of Bond’s gimmicky enemies, Jaws stands out for being a towering foe with almost inhuman strength. However, he’s best known for his metal teeth that earned him his nickname. He uses his set of razor-sharp chompers to cut through obstructions or his enemies’ jugulars.
What makes him weird is that, unlike Bond’s other adversaries, Jaws actually gets a character arc that spans across multiple movies. Jaws turns from a bad guy to a gentle giant, which ends with him finding true love by the end of Moonraker.
6 Nick Nack
In Bond movies, the villain’s main henchman is usually a comical foil to the stoic mastermind and Nick Nack from The Man With The Golden Gun embodies this well. You see, Scaramanga’s fiercely loyal butler is a little person who talks in one of the most exaggerated Asian accents ever heard in film.
As if his embarrassing nickname isn’t enough, Nick Nack suffers a humiliating defeat when Bond shoves him into a suitcase and throws it into the ship’s baggage area. At the very least, it’s commonly believed that Nick Nack inspired the creation of Mini-Me in Austin Powers.
5 Col. Moon/Gustav Graves
The cartoonish guilty pleasure that is Die Another Day has a lot of strange ideas, one of which is its main antagonist Col. Moon. A brutal North Korean commander isn’t a bad idea for a contemporary Bond foe, but what he does next is just absurd.
After faking his death, Col. Moon reemerges as Gustav Graves, a British billionaire who finances an orbital laser. Not only did Col. Moon have plastic surgery to become a white guy, but he also wears a suit of power armor with electrical capabilities. To say that Col. Moon is ridiculous is an understatement.
4 Xenia Onatopp
Bond is used to encountering deadly femme Fatales who weaponized their sexuality, though Xenia Onatopp from Goldeneye takes this to a literal extreme. Her preferred modus operandi is breaking men’s backs with her thighs during sex, all the while getting aroused from it.
Additionally, she visibly orgasms while killing people, making her one of the weirdest sociopaths in Bond’s career. However, these over-the-top traits don’t make her bad in any way. To this day, fans fondly remember her as one of Bond’s most memorable and gleefully evil adversaries.
3 Baron Samedi
Live and Let Die was the Bond movies’ attempt to cash in on the Blaxploitation wave, which resulted in a lot of strange characters, one of which was Baron Samedi.
Baron Samedi is the most recognizable figure of the Haitian Vodou religion, which makes his inclusion in a Bond movie even weirder. It’s never made clear if the Baron was just an impersonator or the Haitian deity himself, which only adds to the question marks his mere presence inspires. To date, he’s the only supernatural foe that Bond fought. Hopefully, it stays that way.
2 Sheriff J.W. Pepper
The world of James Bond is a carnival of eccentric heroes and villains, but the one character who clowns it up the most—besides Roger Moore in Octopussy—is Sheriff J.W. Pepper: a loud-mouthed hick who gets into wild car chases with Bond.
The sheriff is basically a caricature of Southern law enforcement, yelling in his exaggerated drawl while arresting black people for yucks in Live and Let Die. This role would go on to define Clifton James' acting career, and he basically reprised Sheriff Pepper in both Superman II and The Dukes of Hazzard.
1 The New Blofeld
The individual reception of Daniel Craig’s 007 movies vary, but one thing fans agree on is that the new Blofeld is just weirdly petty.
In Spectre, the megalomaniac Blofeld reveals that he’s the architect of all of the global chaos and personal suffering that Bond endured… because he was envious that Bond, his adoptive brother, got more love from his father. Making things more awkward is that Bond apparently doesn’t remember what Blofeld’s babbling about.
Depending on who’s talking, this was either a terrible modernization of Bond’s greatest nemesis or a Dr. Evil joke from Austin Powers played horribly straight.