Major Spoilers Question Of The Day: World’s Greatest Criminal Mastermind Edition


One of the joys of having a family is the chance to experience things you normally wouldn’t touch with a ten-foot pole.  Case in point: ‘The Blacklist’, NBC’s weird procedural casting James Spader in a Hannibal Lecter-ish role as a criminal mastermind working with police to capture his former partners.  Though I didn’t care about it, my daughter’s obsession with seeing Blane’s evil bestie doing his best Professor Moriarty impression makes for interesting TV, and channels his prowess as 80s teen movies greatest slimeball into a modern context.  He’s no Anthony Hopkins, certainly, but he’s a better evil mastermind than the ‘Fantastic Four’ movie’s Victor Von Doom, falling somewhere between David Xanatos and Boris Badenov, which in turn begs a query…

The MS-QOTD (pronounced “kee-an-tee”) rather enjoyed the wicked machinations of Doctor Gargunza, but was more frightened of Henry Bendix, asking: Who’s the most frightening criminal chess master in all of pop culture?