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Robert Davi Reflects Back On Playing Bond Villain Franz Sanchez

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Robert Davi with Gary & Lisa/Credit: Britt Bickel

Robert Davi with Gary & Lisa/Credit: Britt Bickel

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With the 23rd James Bond film, Skyfall, hitting theaters this weekend, K-EARTH 101 Morning Show friend Robert Davi called in to look back on his time playing one of the greatest Bond villains of all time.

Davi played the threatening Latin drug lord Franz Sanchez in 1989’s Licence To Kill with Timothy Dalton, which has highly been regarded one of the best villains in the entire franchise by many Bond fans.

“There’s fifty years of Bond films and twenty-three movies, if you rank anywhere in the top five or so, you know, it is quite fun to have that little asterisk by your name,” said Robert of his ranking.

Robert explained how he got the part of playing the villain, saying it was all because he was seen by film execs playing another villain in the film Terrorist On Trial and instantly saw him as the next Bond villain.

“They saw that picture…they called me in the next day and offered me the part. That’s how I got the Bond film – no reading, no tap dancing, it was right off that [movie],” said Robert.

What does he think is the enduring appeal that has kept the James Bond franchise going after 50 years?

“There’s something in the mythology of us not having just the superhero, but an every man,” said Robert. “It’s also the fun of world of super spy and gadgetry – the intrigue of all of that.”

Listen to our complete interview with Robert below and check him out at Vibrato restaurant on Beverly Glen this Dec. 12th for Davi Sings Sinatra in honor of Frank Sinatra’s birthday!

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