Let's discuss the villains who are like an evil reflection of 007. Characters like Scaramanga, 006, Graves and Silva. Do you like this type of villain? Which of these characters did you enjoy, and which did you not? etc.
I think it might be obvious that in the last 25 years, the "dark mirror" villain has been a bit overplayed. I don't mind the concept, but for variety's sake I'd like them to do different kinds of villains going forward. (Would love to see another Klebb or Bunt.)
My favourite "dark mirror" is Silva - he shares a lot in common with 006 (former agent left for dead now seeking revenge, mocking England, could be seen as Bond's metaphorical "brother") - but he's less generic than 006. I get more invested in his vendetta, which feels more real and present, and Bardem sells it. I love Silva's costume design, too, especially the shocking bleached hair (which I think was meant to riff on the "blond Bond" controversy, as well as remind of Julian Assange). I also like that he's bisexual and flamboyant, in contrast to the usual hyper masculine Bond.
My least favourite is Graves. Easy choice, right? What I dislike most is that he deliberately modeled himself after Bond. Which would be fine, if he weren't so insufferable. I am led to believe that the writers view Bond as a smarmy, smug ponce (which was unfortunately accurate in Die Another Day, IMO). Bad show, writers.
What say you?