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VILLAIN., An epithet used to cast contempt and contumely on the person to whom it is applied.
     2. To call a man a villain in a letter written to a third person, will entitle him to an action without proof of special damages. 1 Bos. & Pull. 331.

A Law Dictionary, Adapted to the Constitution and Laws of the United States. By John Bouvier. Published 1856.
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Bond film villains have included Rosa Klebb in From Russia With Love and Alan Cumming's Boris Grishenko in GoldenEye.
STAR Wars fans will have the chance to meet the man behind one of the most iconic film villains when he heads to the North East to raise money for the NSPCC.
Though Chigurh is certainly one of the most fearsome film villains since Hannibal Letter, Bardem resists the urge to camp it up--no small feat, considering Chigurh's odd pageboy haircut and slaughterhouse stun gun.
'Ran through a list of film villains and that's the one that came up.' 'And then you didn't keep him at your place?' 'Sort of.
Everyone in India loves Hindi movies and the author who grew up in Patna tells us how the young women imitated their favorite actresses and the tough boys dressed in the same flashy clothes as the film villains even learning by heart their lines like the actor Ajit telling his associate: "Robert, Usko Hamlet wala poison de do; to be se not to be ho jayega" (Robert, give him Hamlet's poison: From "to be" he will become "not to be").
A RECOGNISED as one of the best film villains ever, Richard Widmark died at his home in Connecticut on March 24, 2008, six months after fracturing six vertebrae in a fall.
Peg-leg pirates with eye-patches are produced and most notably James Bond film villains with artificial arms, scars and absent limbs.
His other film villains included Fu Manchu, Rasputin in The Mad Monk, Mycroft in The Private Life of Sherlock Holmes, and Scaramanga (Bond author Ian Fleming was his step-cousin.) But he thought his best performance was in 1973 cult classic The Wicker Man in which he played a modern-day Scottish laird practising human sacrifice.
COMEDY: Wheelchair-bound Liverpool comedian Laurence Clark takes a look at why film villains often have a disability in his new show 12 per cent Evil.
Hannibal "The Cannibal" Lecter, portrayed by Sir Anthony Hopkins in The Silence Of The Lambs, has chewed up the competition to top a US list of film villains.
We asked Robert to rate his Top 10 film villains. What does it take to keep the biggest screen monster awake at night?
HANNIBAL ``The Cannibal'' Lecter, portrayed by Sir Anthony Hopkins in The Silence Of The Lambs,has chewed up the competition to top a list of film villains.