Rumor Patrol: Blofeld to Return in ‘James Bond 23′?

Published 4 years ago by , Updated August 5th, 2013 at 1:55 pm,

Could Blofeld Return to James Bond 23 Rumor Patrol: Blofeld to Return in James Bond 23?

The James Bond film series is world famous for a great many things, not the least of which is its massive gallery of villains: Dr. No, Goldfinger, Oddjob, Jaws, Scaramanga, Alec Trevelyan, and maybe most of all – Ernst Stavo Blofeld. (You might know him better as that bald guy with the white cat.)

Recently, one of Bond 23’s screenwriters, John Logan, hinted at – or did he? – the possibility of Blofeld returning to the main series to battle Daniel Craig, possibly as the head of the crime syndicate known as Quantum.

WhatCulture! attended a BAFTA screenwriters Q&A session with John Logan where an audience member reminded Logan of something he’d said nearly ten years ago on the subject of Bond: “Bond should always fight Blofeld.” When pressed on the issue, Logan repeated the sentiment with a wry smile on his face: “Bond should always fight Blofeld.” 

Blofeld and James Bond Rumor Patrol: Blofeld to Return in James Bond 23?

This led to speculation that Ernst Blofeld might be making an appearance as the main villain of ‘James Bond 23,’ which is set to be released next November (the fiftieth anniversary of Dr. No).

The last time Blofeld officially appeared in the Eon Productions Bond canon was Diamonds Are Forever (1971); he then appeared unofficially – sans name – at the beginning of For Your Eyes Only (1981), where Roger Moore’s Bond dropped him down a chimney stack to his death. The last time Blofeld appeared onscreen at all was in the Sony-produced Never Say Never Again (1983), starring  Sean Connery.

Check out the death of Blofeld in For Your Eyes Only below:

Frankly, the idea of Blofeld appearing as a villain in the sequel to Quantum of Solace isn’t entirely implausible. After all, the crime syndicate Daniel Craig’s Bond has been hunting down since Casino Royale – Quantum – is basically Blofeld’s S.P.E.C.T.R.E. organization with a much less cool name.

However, the last anybody heard, Blofeld, S.P.E.C.T.R.E., and affiliated characters, were off-limits to Eon Productions due to rights issues pertaining to Thunderball, hence the reason the character hasn’t officially appeared in the series for forty years. Has something changed with regard to these rights? If the answer is yes, why wasn’t Quantum of Solace called S.P.E.C.T.R.E. of Solace (or something)?

If, indeed, John Logan’s wry smile and comment about how “Bond should always fight Blofeld” meant anything at all, it was probably referring to a Blofeld-esque villain appearing in Bond 23 as opposed to Blofeld himself. Just as Quantum is the twenty-first century’s stand-in for S.P.E.C.T.R.E., Ralph Fiennes’s (or Javier Bardem’s?) forthcoming villain role will likely be the twenty-first century stand-in for Blofeld.

But what do you guys think? Regardless of rights issues, would you like to see Blofeld and his bald head reappear in Sam Mendes’ Bond 23?


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James Bond 23 is set to hit theaters November 9th, 2012.

Source: WhatCulture! [via Slashfilm]

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  1. This could be the best piece of news about Bond 23 so far. However, only speculation. Another person that EON has to get around is Kevin McClory, the guy who owns the rights to Thundeball. Like another article I read suggested, who says EON has to call him Blofeld, what if they call him Number 1…i mean does he own the rights to that? Hopefully not. I would hate it for one little SOB to ruin the chances of making Bond history. But that’s just me.

  2. Yeah I was begging for this and it seemed it was even heading the SPECTRE way yet used some other type of puppet name Quantum.

    meh Im ok with number one…… as long as he is bald. I would even also prefer him not to be shown until 24.

    Mr. McClory also passed in 2006 a few days after Casino Royale opened so either his estate now owns it or its open?

    Which may explain why they hadnt gone the SPECTRE/Blofeld route until now?

    found this tidbit
    “it is unknown what will happen to the rights to the characters of Blofeld and members of his organisation post McClory’s death.”

  3. Bring back Oddjob!!!

  4. I’d like to see Kurt Angle and Gary Daniels as villains in this film. There would be amazing fight scenes between each of them with Daniel Craig.

  5. I hope they film in New York, Los Angeles, Chicago and Las Vegas and include several American actors.

    • @Bluewood – sorry man, but i live in the states too, but I’m against having more American actors. Aside from Felix Liter, I don’t think there should be any more Americans. History repeats itself…anytime we have an American Bond girl, the movie ends up not being as good…ie..Die Another Day and Diamonds are Forever.

  6. Yes! I would definitely welcome Blofeld back, just to see Bond kick his ass one more time! He is my favourite villain of all time.

  7. Come on guys get real! It’s quantum not spectre!

  8. Blofed is a good villian, but just hope to re-emerge at some point the arch-nemesis of James Bond, the famous Dr. No, just some references to possible sequels or spinoff animated series based on James Bond Jr., hopefully with Henry Cavill (Superman) as the new James Bond Jr.

  9. Bob Hoskins is the perfect new Blofeld:

  10. Quantum is ghey

    I want Jaws (maybe that Great Khali Wrestler) vs. Bond with Ralph Fiennes as Blofeld

  11. Really? S.P.E.C.T.R.E. is cooler than Quantum?


    No way.

    • I’m cool with you disagreeing, but I’m not getting the extra questions marks like it’s out the question that other people feel that way. The predominant opinion is that Quantum of Solace was a bad film. Is S.P.E.C.T.R.E. less cool to you because it showed up in older movies or something? Older movies, by the way, that are considered to be classics? James Bond wouldn’t be a multimillion dollar franchise without them.

    • Yes, S.P.E.C.T.R.E is definitely cooler than Quantum.

  12. Finnes would do amazing work as Bloefeld. This is going to be an amazing picture.

  13. Of course, S.P.E.C.T.R.E was originally called S.M.E.R.S.H, would they go that route? Also, in the books Blofeld wasn’t a bald guy, he had a orange crew cut and and big moustache, if memory serves…? With that said tho’ I’d rather see the bald guy with the cat!

    • No S.P.E.C.T.R.E was not originally called SMERSH. Smersh was an entirely Soviet (USSR) based group. S.P.E.C.T.R.E was made up of all bad guys so to speak, Mafia, Soviet, Red China, etc. as Fleming thought the cold war was ending and did not want to continue to leave them as the main protaginist.

      This is why I was under the assumption Quantum would turn into S.P.E.C.T.R.E or be S.P.E.C.T.R.E before the group was named Quantum. They still may as they could be a smaller part of S.P.E.C.T.R.E.

      Which would still be a great nod. Even if they change the designation as to what S.P.E.C.T.R.E means/stands for like they did with S.H.I.E.L.D in the Marvel movies.

      • Right, right, you’re right about SPECTRE and SMERSH not being the same organization at all, I knew that, my bad, there’s a fairly marked difference, and it was very smart of them to change SMERSH into a more relevant, modern and elusive organization the way they did, in a sense. Now, I was actually under the impression tho’ that SPECTRE and Blofeld were not actually created by Ian Fleming, that the script for Thunderball was written without Fleming and he adapted his novel to fit it retroactively (which one wonders if true did it drive him crazy to have to do that???). Any idea if there’s any truth to that? Much kudos to Fleming for taking the character and making him so relevant and interesting in the two following novels the way he did if that was not the way he had originally planned it to go.

  14. Ok has anyone here read the novels? Bond actually only fought Blofeld in two of the novels. In the other one he fought Largo. And since they’ve killed Blofeld off like twice already they should just let him stay that way. And let Bond investigate and hunt down other threats to the UK. Like drug dealers, spies, terrorists , and other assorted criminals IMO.

    • Yes, I’ve read the novels. Blofeld was introduced in Thunderball, although you’re correct, Largo was the immediate villain Bond fought physically. But since Casino Royale was a re-boot (god, I hate terms like that these days…) it stands to reason that they’d bring Blofeld back as he is the great Bond nemesis, otherwise it’d be like leaving the Joker out of Batman, or Moriarty out of Sherlock Holmes. I say they do an updated version of the Blofeld trilogy, just like the books. Daniel Craig hasn’t even begun as the great Bond he is destined to be, and Blofeld will bring him up to the stature he deserves. My guess/hope is that Ray Fiennes will play him with Javier Bardem as his right hand man/enforcer…

    • “This metamorphosing is per Fleming’s literary portrayal of a chameleonic master criminal striving to go unnoticed with a massive employ of plastic surgery (which is often used in Diamonds Are Forever, albeit to create Blofeld doubles rather than change the original). ”

      So Blofeld could still be kicking….

      Most of Bonds threats are from world wide threats not just threats to the UK.

  15. S.P.E.C.T.R.E is cooler than Quantum because let’s face it QoS just didn’t live up to its marketing of Bond being a lone wild gun just killing everyone and everything…instead it floundered…with a naff song!

    since they can’t bring SMERSH into it as the Ussr has crumbled S.P.E.C.T.R.E is logical however if quantum is S.P.E.C.T.R.E then the Quantum organisation needs to be abandoned, i.e. stabbed in the back or fed to piranhas thus introducing Bond and you to Number 2, and then in bond 24 you get to see Blofeld when number 3 or number 2 fails number one. He should keep the cat and scar they are iconic, however he needs to be younger, to be more of an equal to Bond at least physically- since they insist on going down the Bourne style of realism i.e. no gadgets.

  16. I believe Eon production bought out Never Say Never Again which was based on Thunderball so they could have settled with McCorys estate allowing them access once again to the Blofeld character.
    I’m not sure I like the idea of B running Quantum. B should be running SPECTRE.

  17. I believe Eon production bought out Never Say Never Again which was based on Thunderball so they could have settled with McCorys estate allowing them access once again to the Blofeld character.
    I’m not sure I like the idea of B running Quantum. B should be running SPECTRE.

    • They bought Never Say Never Again? Where are you reading this?

      Also, that would not give them the rights to the characters and the story.

  18. Sony has rights to mclory’s thunderball. Sony is now joint partner with MGM in funding new bond movies hence the access to source material.

    • That’s not how I understand it. Mclory’s estate may have some of the rights.

      According to Wikipedia: “In 1997 the Sony Corporation acquired all or some of McClory’s rights in an undisclosed deal…”

      MGM then bought the rights to Never Say Never Again, but that’s not the same as having the rights to the story (or Blofeld) to remake it. Since the deal was undisclosed, we can’t know for sure whether or not Blofeld is free game for Eon.

  19. quantum was a good movie,especially given the circumstances it was made under(big strikes whilst shooting it)
    further,i think that quantum as an organization could be an interesting enemy,you don’t know who really runs it,or how big it really is
    why bring in an old enemy,who has been killed off before,can there be some credebility in his enemies?

  20. @Cecile
    I agree with you 100% about QOS. It wasn’t supposed to be a big set up like CR it was supposed to be a chase movie with Bond trying to find out who was responsible for Vesper turning double which ultimately led to her death. And by that standard it succeeded. Again I agree with you about QUANTUM organization being better than SPECTRE in as such QUANTUM is more of a global conspiracy/secret society while SPECTRE is now the equivalent of those private military companies the government hires to help out in Iraq and Afghanistan.

    • thank you!finally someone who agrees about QOS,and about it being an enemy for Bond 23.
      but for now it’s all speculating,the only ones who know are not likely to tell,so we’ll have to bite our nails and wait for the result next year.
      i am however very exited that Bond is back,and that it’s Daniel Craig!
      i will be on the lookout for serious news on the sites that i think i can trust ;)

      • For all intent purposes Quantum is SPECTRE. Just with a differnet name.

        “Mr. White: The first thing you should know about us is that we have people everywhere.”

        Much like SPECTRE who had people in all sorts of Government/Military positions. Not to mention ‘henchmen’.

        They were a Global organizational threat that had their hands in everything.

        As I stated above I wouldnt mind if the kept Quantum just give Blofeld the nod as its leader with no hard physical role. Keep his face obscured, give him a persian, and have him pulling strings making decisions at the very top level.

        While Quantum is made up of a lot of little people there still ahs to be only a small party in charge. Blofeld and heads of criminal orgs from various countries at his table.

        • have you seen QOS? they had people in every country,in every gouvernment,how are they little people,and you still don’t really know who’s in charge!
          let Blofeld stay where he is,dead,he’s had his purpose,it’s time for a new challenge that can last a while

          • But Blofeld hasn’t been used in the current storylines, the Daniel Craig era has started over from scratch, so to speak, theoretically they could reintroduce Auric Goldfinger, or Red Grant, or Drax (although I don’t know if remaking any of the older films is a good idea) so it’s in their interest to go back to the strongest ideas from the books and movies and to update them in a way that makes them compelling again, that not only goes for Blofeld and SPECTRE/QUANTUM, but also Moneypenny, Q, the gadgets, the women, the cars, the secret bad guy headquarters stashed inside volcanoes etc… My guess is that in the next film they’ll either make QUANTUM the official new SPECTRE, or change the name to SPECTRE (which I’d love but I think is a long shot) and have Blofeld as the mastermind in charge for multiple films, but in each individual film there’s a more immediate bad guy working ultimately for Blofeld; Largo from Thunderball being the prime example/template here. Far as I’m concerned despite the fact that they’ve made a billion Bond films there’s really still so darn much material they have yet to really dig into, great ideas they never explored, characterizations and plots from the books that were so much more interesting than the one dimensional version of the character we’ve seen for the most part up until Casino Royale, other than in On Her Majesty’s Secret Service, the most hands down underappreciated Bond film ever made.

  21. Well, maybe if copyright wasen’t so damn long he would be able to return. 15 years MAX if you ask me.

  22. Find a way to bring back sean bean as alec trevelyan, the best bond villain of all time.

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  24. I was disappointed that the film quantum of solace did not provide a resolution to Mr White’s relationship to the Quantum organisation – he just disappeared. I felt at the time, and still believe now, that the end of the next James Bond film should reintroduce Mr white as Bond’s great adversary with head shaved, stroking a fluffy white cat – Blofeld in everything except name. How about that for a great set up to conclude Daniel Craig’s tenure as James Bond?