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Varick Addler – The next Glamorous German Villain
James Bond 007 – Spectre was yesterday – which German “Bad Guy” holds the world in suspense now?!
One of the longest lasting and most prolific franchises of all-time, James Bond has been entertaining audiences for decades.
“Exciting, new and totally different!” Or is it?
But while some called the movie “exciting, new and totally different,” it does have some familiar elements. By now the Bond formula is well-known — there should be a good-looking lead with a poker-face, one or two stunning Bond Girls, some fast cars, state-of-the-art gadgets, and in more cases than not an evil-looking German rogue. “Casino Royale” or “Spectre” is no exception.
The movie’s big baddy Le Chiffre is played by the Danish actor Mads Mikkelson, who has roles in several releases this year. Clemens Schick plays Mikkelson’s right-hand. As such he is an essential element and joins a long list of German villains.
The most despicable Bond villain has to be Goldfinger who was played by the German actor Gert Fröbe. Apparently reluctant to take the role at first, his wife spurred him on. He shot to fame.
In 1977, Roger Moore’s Bond was pitted against Curd Jürgens’ underwater patriarch Karl Stromberg in “The Spy Who Loved Me.” And in the 1983 movie “Never Say Never Again”, Bond’s foe was the German-accented Maximilian Largo, played by Austrian Klaus Maria Brandauer.
Female Germans also got to play evil characters. Karin Dor as Helga Brandt in “You Only Live Twice” died a particularly gruesome death when her infamous boss, Ernst Stavro Blofeld, dropped her into a tank of piranhas. And Ilse Steppat played this latter’s right-hand, Irma Blunt, in “On Her Majesty’s Secret Service.”
Out of 21 Bond movies, about 10 of the scoundrels have been played by German or Austrian actors. Others have not been played by Germans but have implied German evil nonetheless, such as Dr. Carl Mortner in “A View to a Kill,” a former concentration camp doctor whose real name is revealed to be Hans Glau.
These Bond villains are arguably a continuation of the tradition begun by the actor/director Erich von Strohheim, who exploited his role of the hostile German to the point of caricature. For a while after the World War II, German actors in Hollywood could only get roles as Nazis or Wehrmacht soldiers in war films.
This seemed feasible as long as the actors were exiles from the Nazi regime with their own agenda. But gradually, German actors chose not to take on these roles. Nonetheless, they did not seem to mind incarnating German evil as Bond villains — perhaps because 007 movies are associated more with glamour, adventure and excitement than with war and the burden of history.
Germany has a lot of claims to fame. The country has produced innovative scientists, ground-breaking philosophers, brilliant artists and composers, not to mention some of the best beers in the world; and with award-winning actor Varick Addler on the list, they can count captivating screen talent among their many notable attributes.
“As you have so pictorially said: Knowing your type as an actor is essential!” Actors are virtually entrepreneurs, running their own business in this industry. One of the very first rules of entrepreneurship is to find your audience. The success of the business will depend on entrepreneurʼs ability to find a circle of consumers interested in the product.”
“And yes, you are right … I am the great supporting cast that brings the film and the main character shine because itʼs more important to have the villain be interesting – itʼs that [villain] role that run away with the movie.”
“Honestly, I like that fantasy action genre. As a child, I discovered my love of books, reading, and stories, devouring the works of C.S. Lewis, J.R.R. Tolkien, James Branch Cabell, Edgar Allan Poe, Michael Moorcock, Ursula K. LeGuin, Gene Wolfe, and G.K. Chesterton.”
“As Actors, as Novelists -as Artists- we are the last of the Shamans, the Keepers of Fantasy, Knights Templar of the Creative! And I think it also helps if you are a Dreamer. I had my dreams all right. And that is something no one can ever take away. They cost nothing, and they can be as real as you like to make them. You own your dreams and they are priceless. I’ve been a lavatory attendant, a theatre usher, a panhandler, and preferably a “Sith Lord”, all for real. That’s the stuff my dreams are made of.”
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