The Complete History of Bond Villains

Alec Trevelyan

Appeared In: GoldenEye (1995)
Played By: Sean Bean
Diabolical Weapon: GoldenEye satellite weapons system
Killed By: Falling radar dish crushing him

Sean Bean’s foray into the world of Bond villainy was a welcome surprise in the movie that revitalized the franchise: GoldenEye. In the movie, he played Alec Trevelyan, a former partner of Bond who faked his own death so he could begin a crime syndicate and destroy London. He would do this by firing a nuclear device at London through the use of the GoldenEye satellite weapons system.

This was a standard plan for a Bond villain, but the added connection to 007 made the conflict even more personal. However, this is Sean Bean after all, and we all know that he dies in pretty much everything that he’s ever been in, so it should come as no surprise that he was killed off in style here. And while the plan didn’t succeed, Bean’s performance helped usher in a new era for 007 and established Pierce Brosnan as the Bond of the ‘90s.

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