November 05, 2008 at 12:00 PM EST

All I know about the new James Bond movie, Quantum of Solace, is what I read on, but something has me worried: the name of the new villain, played by Mathieu Amalric: Monsieur Greene. Ooh, scary! What happened to the tradition of giving the big Bond bad a cool name, like Dr. No, Le Chiffre, Ernst Stavros Blofeld, Francisco Scaramanga, and, my favorite, Auric Goldfinger (Gert Fröbe, pictured with Sean Connery’s Bond)?

All in all, Mr. Vert is going to have a hard time matching up to my man Auric in the coolest-Bond-villain-ever competition. First of all, Goldfinger has built an entire lifetime of wickedness around the pursuit of a commodity that happens to appear in his last name. (What is Monsieur Greene going to do, destroy America’s stock of lettuce?) And Goldfinger has by the far the best murderous assistant in any of the movies: Oddjob (if only for the razor-Frisbee derby). Plus, even though Bond could outcheat him in golf, Goldfinger could nearly match 007 in a zinger-off. (”Do you expect me to talk?” “No, Mr. Bond, I expect you to die.“)

But that’s just me. Who’s your favorite Bond villain of all time? Name your nominee(s) in the comments section below, and be sure to state your reasons why. The most convincing answers may appear in an upcoming gallery!

More on James Bond, ‘Quantum of Solace’:
Visit’s James Bond HQ (it’s awesome!)
Read Lisa Schwarzbaum’s ‘Quantum of Solace’ review
Read EW’s current cover story on ‘Quantum of Solace’ (featuring exclusive pics!)
Listen to EW’s movie critics talk 007
James Bond: The Spy Who Raised Me

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