The henchman appreciation thread

edited February 2016 in Bond Movies Posts: 469
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Alas, due to a lack of a script he was thrown in last minute and has very little dialogue. So, he's basically just an assistant, protege and gopher of Dominic Greene. He probably has less than a minute of undivided screen time in all, and never fights Bond (aside from a quick scene of him aiming a gun to guard for Greene). Good comic relief, I guess?
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  • echoecho 007 in New York
    edited July 2015 Posts: 4,585
    [hairpiece dropping]
  • edited July 2015 Posts: 1,310
    He does have the honor of being my least favorite henchman of the entire series...so I suppose there's that. :D
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    I'll take an Elvis over a Stamper anyday.
  • bondjamesbondjames You were expecting someone else?
    edited July 2015 Posts: 23,883
    I was never clear if this chap was an henchman or whether he was Greene's alternative lifestyle partner... He certainly did not seem effective as an henchman, and was evidently quite moved by Tosca.....that part when he glanced back at another one of Greene's thugs during it was particularly fey.
  • DarthDimiDarthDimi Behind you!Moderator
    Posts: 20,191
    Why must every single character or actor or ... get their own appreciation thread? Couldn't some Elvis love be dropped in a QOS thread instead?
  • TokolosheTokoloshe Under your bed
    edited July 2015 Posts: 2,667
    DarthDimi wrote: »
    Why must every single character or actor or ... get their own appreciation thread? Couldn't some Elvis love be dropped in a QOS thread instead?


    I would agree, especially for Elvis who is utterly forgettable.

  • RC7RC7
    Posts: 10,512
    Can't believe Elvis has an appreciation thread and the mighty Shane Rimmer doesn't. Might have to do something about that. I really don't see how this thread has legs.
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    RC7 wrote: »
    Can't believe Elvis has an appreciation thread and the mighty Shane Rimmer doesn't. Might have to do something about that. I really don't see how this thread has legs.

    :-P You made my day. Waiting for your topic hehe
  • Posts: 469
    DarthDimi wrote: »
    Why must every single character or actor or ... get their own appreciation thread? Couldn't some Elvis love be dropped in a QOS thread instead?

    Elvis is officially a henchman, whether you like him or not. I wouldn't even want to imagine what the movie would be without him.

  • DarthDimiDarthDimi Behind you!Moderator
    Posts: 20,191
    M16_Cart wrote: »
    DarthDimi wrote: »
    Why must every single character or actor or ... get their own appreciation thread? Couldn't some Elvis love be dropped in a QOS thread instead?

    Elvis is officially a henchman, whether you like him or not. I wouldn't even want to imagine what the movie would be without him.

    15 seconds shorter? :D

  • DragonpolDragonpol Writer @ http://thebondologistblog.blogspot.com
    edited July 2015 Posts: 15,063
    As I'm writing a (defensive) article* on Elvis and his role in QoS for my blog I support this thread (and @M16_Cart for starting it) and appeal to the mods to please let it stay open! ;)

    *It will be titled "Elvis has left the building...but nobody noticed!" - A Defence of Elvis, the much-maligned Henchman of Quantum of Solace (2008).
  • edited July 2015 Posts: 11,175
    It's a shame @TheWizardOfIce isn't here. He'd have a field-day at the prospect of an actual appreciation thread.

  • royale65royale65 Caustic misanthrope reporting for duty.
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    Its funny that the thread title puts in a qualifier - the Henchman from QoS
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    royale65 wrote: »
    Its funny that the thread title puts in a qualifier - the Henchman from QoS

    I know. It's not as if there are, or ever have been, any other well known people called Elvis ;)

  • Mendes4LyfeMendes4Lyfe Given the circumstances
    Posts: 7,331
    You may laugh, but in my opinion he's the strongest henchman of the Craig era so far. In fact I'd put him ahead of Zao so that makes him the reigning henchman champ of the century. Well done, Elvis. =D>
  • royale65royale65 Caustic misanthrope reporting for duty.
    edited July 2015 Posts: 4,395
    @BAIN123 - Yes, but this is a Bond forum. At what other people are called Elvis? I can't recall any off the top of my head ;-)
  • edited July 2015 Posts: 11,175
    You may laugh, but in my opinion he's the strongest henchman of the Craig era so far. In fact I'd put him ahead of Zao so that makes him the reigning henchman champ of the century. Well done, Elvis. =D>

    I think the best "henchman" was the thug who got blown up by Craig in Casino Royale.
  • DarthDimiDarthDimi Behind you!Moderator
    Posts: 20,191
    I fail to see which support Elvis can deserve to get from us. He never does anything to Greene's direct advantage:

    He calls Universal Exports, which was a clumsy thing to do (and reprimands the guard).
    He flips open a cell phone on a plane.
    He eyes up a bodyguard.
    He allows himself to be tripped by Fields.
    He's used a live shield for Greene.

    Well, that last option was perhaps the only thing Greene could benefit from.

    Even Stamper did more for Graves than Elvis for Greene.
  • DragonpolDragonpol Writer @ http://thebondologistblog.blogspot.com
    Posts: 15,063
    Is that a necklace featuring a little girl hanging from his neck?! Says something...
  • DarthDimiDarthDimi Behind you!Moderator
    Posts: 20,191
    Honestly I think Elvis was a missed opportunity. For once we don't get the typical rude, muscled dude who's so obviously going to get into a fist fight with Bond. Elvis could have been far more interesting as a character. But he isn't a character, is he? I mean, what's his arc? What makes him unique?
  • royale65royale65 Caustic misanthrope reporting for duty.
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    He likes opera? And has a wig. Maybe.
  • RC7RC7
    Posts: 10,512
    You may laugh, but in my opinion he's the strongest henchman of the Craig era so far.

    Not difficult in the era of no henchmen. Although 'henchman' is a bit rich. He's basically a background artist with a bowl cut. Hinx looks like he may be the first 'true' henchman of the era.
  • Creasy47Creasy47 In Cuba with Natalya.Moderator
    Posts: 35,383
    RC7 wrote: »
    You may laugh, but in my opinion he's the strongest henchman of the Craig era so far.

    Not difficult in the era of no henchmen. Although 'henchman' is a bit rich. He's basically a background artist with a bowl cut. Hinx looks like he may be the first 'true' henchman of the era.

    I agree with this. The only other person during Craig's era that I would remotely consider a henchman is Kratt from CR, but even then, he's given very little screentime and dialogue and has no bouts with Bond.
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    I quite like how he dies in the explosion and you see his clothes get ripped apart from the blast but that is really the only thing memorable about him imo.
  • MurdockMurdock Mr. 2000
    Posts: 16,116
    He's not even a henchmen, He's Greene's lame cousin who just stands around and does nothing. He didn't kill anyone and didn't do anything except stare at Greene's thug like he's fallen in love.
  • Posts: 12,280
    His look suggested he was gonna be a very disturbed type of henchman but as we know, nothing could have been further from the truth! :-q
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    DarthDimi wrote: »
    I fail to see which support Elvis can deserve to get from us. He never does anything to Greene's direct advantage:

    He calls Universal Exports, which was a clumsy thing to do (and reprimands the guard).
    He flips open a cell phone on a plane.
    He eyes up a bodyguard.
    He allows himself to be tripped by Fields.
    He's used a live shield for Greene.

    Well, that last option was perhaps the only thing Greene could benefit from.

    Even Stamper did more for Graves than Elvis for Greene.

    It's blatantly obvious that Elvis is a parody of the traditional Bond henchman. Whereas the henchman is typically highly skilled, useful, dangerous, and physically threatening, Elvis is the TOTAL OPPOSITE of all of those things. Even obvious comedy characters like Nick Nack at least did things to assist their master!

    I think a lot of people didn't get the joke here.
  • bondjamesbondjames You were expecting someone else?
    edited July 2015 Posts: 23,883
    I realize this is meant to be an appreciation thread, but I'm sorry. Elvis was useless imho. I really thought he and Greene had something going on, and far from being an henchman, I thought he was more of a male secretary of sorts....
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    Elvis is as much of a henchman as qos is a good bond film
  • KerimKerim Istanbul Not Constantinople
    Posts: 2,629
    I appreciate how Elvis made me appreciate all other henchmen and henchwomen.
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