List of James Bond henchmen in Thunderball


List of James Bond henchmen in Thunderball

A list of henchman from the 1965 James Bond film and novel Thunderball from the List of James Bond henchmen.

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Count Lippe

Count Lippe
Character from the James Bond franchise
Affiliation SPECTRE
Portrayed by Guy Doleman and
Pat Roach

Count Lippe is a fictional character and henchman in the James Bond novel Thunderball. He also appears in the 1965 film of the same name and the 1983 remake, Never Say Never Again. In Thunderball, he is played by Guy Doleman; and in Never Say Never Again by Pat Roach.

The Counts of Lippe really existed and have descendants still living today. However, since 1806 all members of the family have had the title of Prince, not Count. The name is probably a reference to Prince Bernhard of the Netherlands (originally a Prince of Lippe-Biesterfeld) who was a friend of Ian Fleming. The Prince said to friends the name 'Lippe' in the original novel was a practical joke on the part of Fleming. This joke would be lost on most Germans though; in the German-dubbed movie version, on the other hand, James Bond has an additional line referencing Detmold, the capital of the former principality.

Film

Never Say Never Again

Unlike the previous version of Lippe in Thunderball, in Never Say Never Again there is no mention of him being a count. Also he is not directly involved in SPECTRE's plot to have Jack Petachi (this film's version of François Derval/Angelo Palazzi) steal NATO nuclear warheads. Instead, he is merely an assassin sent by Fatima Blush to kill Bond at the clinic. He and Bond have a brutal fight that destroys the clinic, and Lippe is ultimately killed after Bond throws a beaker filled with a urine specimen into the killer's face, causing the attacker to scream in disgust and suffer temporary loss of vision. The resulting disorientation causes Lippe to trip and fall on broken beakers, which then is acute enough to cause him to bleed to death.

Angelo Palazzi

Angelo Palazzi
Character from the James Bond franchise
Affiliation SPECTRE
Portrayed by Paul Stassino

Angelo Palazzi, played by Greek actor Paul Stassino, is an agent of SPECTRE. Palazzi goes through two years studying NATO pilot François Derval, taking flying lessons and finally going through plastic surgery in order to impersonate Derval, so he can hijack an Avro Vulcan jet and its atomic bombs. Palazzi's first appearance is in a health clinic, covered in bandages due to the surgery. After Bond spies in his room, his contractor Count Lippe tries to kill Bond in a spinal traction machine. Then Palazzi comes to Derval's home with SPECTRE agents while the latter is making love to Fiona Volpe, fatally gasses Derval and takes his documents and dogtag, and before leaving demands a higher fee of $250,000 for his mission, which his cohorts appear to reluctantly agree to.

In the air, Palazzi gasses the crew, allowing him to take control of the plane and sink it in a designated location with underwater landing lights near the Bahamas. However, when he tries to get out of his seat, he is unable to release his restraining harness. Emilio Largo comes with his men as Palazzi signals for help with his harness, but Largo cuts the air hose of Palazzi's oxygen mask instead. Palazzi is left to drown in the cockpit while Largo and his men take the bombs away.

Later, Bond discovers the sunken airplane and takes Derval's dogtag and watch from Palazzi in order to get some help from Derval's sister, Dominique.

Novel

In the novel, the V bomber is hijacked by Domino's brother Giuseppe Petacchi. He is an Italian Air Force pilot, hired by Lippe at Boscombe Down Airfield. Petacchi goes into the V bomber acting as a NATO observer of Royal Air Force procedure. After killing the crew, he successfully flies the bomber to the Bahamas. After successfully ditching the aircraft, Petacchi walks out on the wing to meet Vargas, a SPECTRE operative. Instead of congratulating him, Vargas quickly kills him with one thrust from a stiletto and dumps the body into the sea. (In the movie version, the part of a henchman being eaten by sharks was taken over by Quist [see below].)

Never Say Never Again

The plane hijacker in Never Say Never Again is again Domino's brother, Jack Petachi (Gavan O'Herlihy). Petachi has undergone an operation to alter one of his retinas to match the retinal pattern of the American President. Using his position as a pilot and the president's eye pattern to circumvent security, Petachi infiltrates an American military base in England and orders the dummy warheads in two cruise missiles replaced with two live nuclear warheads, which SPECTRE captures and uses to extort billions of dollars from the governments of the world. He is then killed by Fatima Blush.

Vargas

Vargas
Character from the James Bond franchise
Affiliation SPECTRE
Portrayed by Philip Locke

Vargas is a villain and assassin in the 1965 James Bond film Thunderball. He is an assassin of SPECTRE and a personal henchman of Emilio Largo. The character is portrayed by Philip Locke.

According to Largo, Vargas does not drink, smoke, or make love; abstinence which emphasizes his devotion as a killer. Those characteristics were used by Ian Fleming to describe the whole Disco Volante crew, but the filmmakers reduced to only one character because it would be "many men doing nothing". He is later properly introduced to 007 by Largo while visiting the latter's estate, Palmyra. (Bond had previously met Vargas at a casino while gambling with Largo the other night). A few days later he kidnaps Bond's ally Paula Caplan at their Nassau hotel with fellow henchman Janni's help.

He is killed by James Bond on a beach with a speargun in the chest after trying to kill Bond and Dominique Derval while lurking in the palm trees, with Bond coolly remarking "I think he got the point".

Jacques Boitier

Jacques Boitier
Character from the James Bond franchise
Affiliation SPECTRE
Portrayed by Rose Alba and
Bob Simmons

Colonel Jacques Boitier is a villain in the 1965 James Bond film Thunderball. The character is portrayed by Rose Alba and stuntman Bob Simmons, who had originally done the previous gun barrel sequences.

Boitier was a SPECTRE agent (SPECTRE #6) and a French colonel featured at the beginning of the film, where his funeral is taking place. Bond says that Boitier murdered two of his colleagues. It is revealed that the operative faked his death and dressed up as his own widow at the funeral. Bond surprises him at his French chateau, where a fight ensues and Bond kills him by breaking his neck with a fire poker.

During the bogus funeral, one of the French liaison remarks that Boitier and Bond both share the same initials, possibly an in-joke reference to Simmons portraying as Bond in the previous gun barrel sequences.

In the film adaptation, the character was renamed Jacques Bouvar.

Ladislav Kutze

Ladislav Kutze
Character from the James Bond franchise
Affiliation Emilio Largo
Portrayed by George Pravda

Dr. Ladislav Kutze is a Henchman in the 1965 James Bond film Thunderball. The character is portrayed by George Pravda.

Kutze is a nuclear scientist from Warsaw, to whom Largo gives the bomb fuses. As the Disco Volante is being attacked by the US Navy, Kutze becomes convinced Largo has gone mad, throws the arming device into the sea, and releases Domino. For doing so, Bond saves Kutze; and, as the Disco Volante is about to crash, 007 gives Kutze a lifebuoy, after Kutze admits he can't swim and jumps. Oddly, Kutze mysteriously disappears afterwards, making it unknown if he survived, although Pravda said he did survive.

Quist

Quist
Character from the James Bond franchise
Affiliation Emilio Largo
Portrayed by Bill Cummings

Quist is a Henchman in the 1965 James Bond film Thunderball. The character is portrayed by Bill Cummings.

Quist is among the henchmen sent to capture Bond's contact Paula, and stays in the hotel to kill 007. When Bond arrives and doesn't find Paula, he reviews a hidden tape machine recording and gets suspicious. After exploring her apartment and receiving Felix Leiter, Bond finds Quist lurking in the shower, and scalds him out with hot water. After disarming Quist, Bond lets him go, telling him to report back to Largo with the words "Tell them the little fish I throw back into the sea". Largo then gets displeased at Quist's failure and has him thrown into a pool with sharks, where Quist is killed.

SPECTRE #9

SPECTRE #9
Character from the James Bond franchise
Affiliation SPECTRE
Portrayed by Clive Cazes

SPECTRE #9 is a villain in the 1965 James Bond film Thunderball. SPECTRE #9 is portrayed by Clive Cazes. He appears at the SPECTRE meeting early in the film, at the point in which Blofeld requests financial information from each of the operatives. Upon requesting SPECTRE #11's report, #11 relays information about money he and #9 have brought into the organization. Blofeld questions #11 about the fact that the amount he described was less than the amount he brought in. #11 denies any knowledge of this, but Blofeld already knows the truth: One of them has been embezzling money from SPECTRE, which he reveals to #11. Fear grips #11, who thinks his death is imminent, and #9 gives a quick glance, aware that he is the culprit and believing that #11 has taken the fall. However, Blofeld proceeds to use his trademark method of intimidation: after consulting #11 skeptically, he uses his control panel to send an electric current through #9's chair, thus killing the real culprit. The Chair disappears with #9's body and then comes back up again. His death horrifies the other agents while Largo looks at it rather indifferently. {This scene was parodied in Austin Powers Movie}

SPECTRE #11

SPECTRE #11
Character from the James Bond franchise
Affiliation SPECTRE
Portrayed by Cecil Sheng

SPECTRE #11 is a villain in the 1965 James Bond film Thunderball. He appears at the SPECTRE meeting early in the film, at the point in which Blofeld requests financial information from each of the operatives. Upon requesting SPECTRE #11's report, #11 relays information about money he and #9 have brought into the organization. Blofeld questions #11 about the fact that the amount he described was less than the amount he brought in. #11 denies any knowledge of this, but Blofeld already knows the truth: One of them has been embezzling money from SPECTRE, which he reveals to #11. Fear grips #11, who thinks his death is imminent. Blofeld proceeds to question #11 about his oversight on the operation smuggling heroin into Red China, demanding to know why the profit margin is so low. A nervous #11 explains that Latin American drug cartels have been tough competition for SPECTRE's heroin business, but Blofeld states he factored that into the operation. When Blofeld says #11 has one last chance to be honest about the reports, #11's last statement is "To the penny, #1." Blofeld proceeds to use his trademark method of intimidation: after consulting #11 skeptically, he uses his control panel to send an electric current through #9's chair, thus killing the real culprit, which horrifies #11 as a warning for #11 to never deceive Blofeld. #11 is not seen after this, although it is presumed he is still working for SPECTRE.

Janni

Janni
Character from the James Bond franchise
Affiliation SPECTRE
Portrayed by Michael Brennan

Janni is a henchman in the 1965 James Bond film Thunderball. He is portrayed by Michael Brennan.

Janni is a large man who serves as an enforcer for SPECTRE. He is one of Emilio Largo's top men in the Bahamas, the other being Vargas. He participates in the kidnapping of MI6 agent, Paula Caplan. He assists in the abduction of 007 along with and Fiona Volpe, Vargas, and other henchmen. Later, after Bond escapes from the car he is in, Janni and the others give chase in the Junkanoo parade. He is killed at the end of the film when Largo's boat explodes while battling Bond with Largo.

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