Vladimir Putin’s reputation as a real-life Bond villain ain’t what it used to be.
The will is there. In terms of ruthlessness, Ernst Stavro Blofeld has nothing on a man given to bombing Ukrainian schools for sport. But what about talent? Putin’s fantasy of a new Russian empire has left his country marginalized economically, in steady retreat on the battlefield, and short 100,000 or so troops. He isn’t a master geopolitical chess player, it turns out.
Come to think of it, neither was Blofeld. Like Putin, his well-laid plans were foiled in the end too.
Bond villains are overrated.