What is old is new again as SPECTRE is being brought back into the Bond family. While I loved Skyfall, Bond’s last movie, I am quite pleased with this move to bring back this classic foil for Bond. If S.H.I.E.L.D. (Supreme Headquarters, International Espionage, Law-Enforcement Division) or the Man from U.N.C.L.E. (United Network Command for Law and Enforcement) are a mouthful to say then S.P.E.C.T.R.E. ranks high on that list as it known as (SPecial Executive for Counter-intelligence, Terrorism, Revenge and Extortion). The person who headed this organization was Blofeld.
In the early Bond movie, he was seen the faceless enemy. The camera only focused on him stroking his white cat on his lap while talking from the shoulders down. Later, we see Blofeld as a bald man with a large scar running down the right side of his face. Back in the old days, he really but the evil in evil genius but his last appearance was a bit campy. The last appearance of the character Blofeld was seen in the movie called For Your Eyes Only. Roger Moore was the current Bond and he had just visited his wife’s grave. (If you wanted to see how the marriage played out, watch On Her Majesty’s Secret Service with Bond being played by George Lanzby and Mrs. Bond Dianna Rigg. Blofeld had a hand in her demise.) Bond was notified that a helicopter was coming to pick him up due to an emergency. Shortly then, flying in copter, the pilot was killed remotely by Blofeld. As with Bond, he was able to regain control of the copter and found Blofeld in a wheelchair. With one of the copter’s land legs, Bond nabs Blofled and dumps him in a tall, really tall smokestack. It was unlikely the he survived the fall but Blofeld was not been seen since.
As with many classic hero vs villain stories, Bond has lacked this for sometime. We’ve seen reboot of the franchise with Craig with a transition on a new M, Q, and Ms. Moneypenny. The time is right to have SPECTRE to be a nemesis to round out this series. Personally, it’s hard to have a villain that can not only match wits with Bond but be persistent. With many past villains, each one of them try do their bit to take over something in the world and Bond not only stops them but kills them. If Batman has his Joker, Superman has Luthor, Sherlock crosses wits Moriarty, then Bond needs Blofeld. Though in the press release, it seems that it may not happen or just simply kept under wraps. I just don’t want to have a repeat of Cumberbatch’s Kahn, from Star Trek Into Darkness, where we were told there was no Kahn. I don’t want that shitty experience again.