This feature was originally published on February 12, 2013.
Skyfall, last year's hugely successful James Bond flick (the highest grossing 007 movie of all time), brought back a grand old cinematic tradition, and we're not talking about Moneypenny. As played by Javier Bardem, Skyfall's Raoul Silva—the former M16 agent who's gone rogue and become a criminal mastermind—is imposing, likable, funny, and ambiguously motivated. He's the best big-screen villain since Heath Ledger's rendition of The Joker in 2008's The Dark Knight.
Bardem's performance re-established the importance of an unforgettable adversary. Unfortunately, it won't last—if the trailers for A Good Day to Die Hard are any indication. The fifth installment of Bruce Willis's Die Hard franchise is notable because it features John McClane's son (portrayed by Jai Courtney), not for having a standout nemesis of any kind.
But imagine how much more excited we'd all be if A Good Day to Die Hard came with a troublemaker akin to Skyfall's Silva. Or, for that matter, any of the inclusions on our list of The 50 Best Villains in Movie History, because—SPOILER ALERT—Bardem's Bond villain didn't even make the cut.