Every great hero has a villain that defines them. Batman has the Joker. The Doctor has the Master. And James Bond has Ernst Stavro Blofeld. We haven’t seen too much of the pussy-stroker (I meant the cat you perves) since Roger Moore did us all a favour and dropped him down a chimney stack via the ol’ helicopter and wheelchair gag.
But a reinvention of the wife-killing head of the SPECTRE organisation could have easily made an appearance in the Daniel Craig films. Thing is, legal shenanigans have kept Blofeld and co out of possibly appearing in those films. Issues which may now be resolved at long last.
Back in 2006 the owner of those characters, Kevin McClory, passed away and left those rights to his estate. McClory originally helped create those characters when he worked with Bond author Ian Fleming on Thunderball, and after getting a raw deal on the credits of that book and eventual film, McClory wound up with some premium rights from Thunderball. Right now however, it looks like Bond studio MGM will have an opportunity to bring Blofeld and his sinister organisation back to the big screen. According to a press release and Slashfilm:
Los Angeles, CA (November 15, 2013) – Danjaq, LLC, the producer of the James Bond films, and Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM), the longtime distributor of the Bond films, along with the estate and family of the late Kevin McClory, announced today that Danjaq and MGM have acquired all of the estate’s and family’s rights and interests relating to James Bond, thus bringing to an amicable conclusion the legal and business disputes that have arisen periodically for over 50 years.
The Daniel Craig Bond films have slowly introduced a few of the older elements back into the franchise, particularly since director Sam Mendes got behind the camera. And if the next two Bond films can build up to a big return o Blofeld and SPECTRE, I’d be damn happy to see them back.
Last Updated: November 18, 2013
Alien Emperor Trevor
November 18, 2013 at 13:06
November 18, 2013 at 15:41
If there’s one aspect of the new, rebooted Daniel Craig era, that has been a serious misstep, it’s that it’s lacked in iconic, memorable villains (really, bug eyed French guy from Quantum of Solace that nobody remembers, your dastardly evil plan is to sell water really expensively?).
Javier Bardem’s Silva from Skyfall was a definite, huge step in the right direction, but bringing back Blofeld could be just what the franchise needs (not that it’s seriously lagging in any way mind you).