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.”
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.
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