Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin (not of the Lollypop Guild) giddily posed with his wife, Louise Linton, with a fresh sheet of dollar bills.
The picture went viral as representing the privileged abuses of the Trump Administration. Apparently many on social media said the pose made them look like James Bond villains.
Eventually Mnuchin would address the brouhaha rather comically stating a perverse pride in the comparison:
“I guess I should take that as a compliment that I look like a villain in a great, successful James Bond movie.”
Yes, he really did say that. Dare we suggest this might be another Russian Connection?
Me personally, I thought the comparisons to Cruella Deville and one of her toadies were more appropriate, but let’s run with the Bond thing since Mnuchin loves it. Leading me to ask, has he seen any James Bond movies? Which villain does he think he is? It’s not as if the Bond Rogues Gallery is filled with handsome men.
Typical of the Bond bad guys is the grotesquely disfigured Ernst Blofeld, who may also fit the bill because of Trump’s preoccupation with grabbing . . . cats. Blofeld is also the most frequently appearing villain in the James Bond movies further suggesting this is who Mnuchin was comparing himself to. Let’s face it, Blofeld is the archetype of the Bond villain.
Or perhaps Mnuchin views himself more of a hands on type, like the notorious “Jaws” character. Okay, more of a mouth on than hands on guy.
Though I personally feel the closest physical fit to Mnuchin may be the notorious Doctor No. Notably, he was left to die by boiling in a nuclear reactor cooling tank.
However, I think the focus on Steven Mnuchin ignores who really gives the picture its villainy quality. It’s his wife. Between the well practiced seductive villainess expression on her face and black glove she just reeks evil. Steven is just a henchman to her Bride of Satan level corrupted dark soul. It is she in that picture who sends chills down your spine. Further, her entire ensemble worn for the picture, a S&Mish dark leather trench coat reeks, of Satanesque comparisons to existing villains.
Linton has also generated controversy before this picture, establishing her preexisting evil nature. She likes being rich. She likes the trappings of being rich, and all the arrogance that goes with it. She caused a stir with an Instagram post of her getting off the plane with her husband to visit Fort Knox, that was hash tagged to the nines, listing the designer clothing and accessories she was wearing. She added to the social media controversy by responding to a critic with reeking irony that described the critic as “adorably out of touch.”
Though she’s never been in a James Bond movie she is a bit of a starlet often appearing in B level horror movies like Cabin Fever and Intruder. She has even posed in Maxim Magazine, so we know she’s got the Bond villainess looks. So which one would she be?
Perhaps the most obvious choice, in sticking with theme set by Donald Trump and Blofeld, is Pussy . . . Pussy Galore. She also has the blonde thing going. An accomplished woman, Pussy Galore led her team of pilots known as “Pussy Galore’s Flying Circus.” However, Ms. Galore’s villainy is tainted by her being seduced by James Bond to the good guys side.
My personal choice is the character of Jill Masterson from Goldfinger. Jill’s death is suitably ironic for Linton’s rich jet setting lifestyle and the picture holding the sheet of bills. She was killed by Oddjob by painting her gold.