What is old is new again. The new James Bond film will feature the return of a classic villain for the first time since 1971, Ernst Stavro Blofeld.
Leaks from the new “James Bond 24” film are becoming common in the press and this news really did take bond fans by surprise. Blofeld was the “hidden” villain who ran SPECTER for the first few bond films until being revealed as Donald Pleasance in You Only Live Twice.
The character returned in two more films with a miscast Telly Savalas and an even more miscast Charles Gray. Due to rights issues surrounding SPECTER, the villainous entity (and Blofeld) were written out of future sequels.
The new Blofeld will be played by Christoph Waltz.
Nice to see an official return of the iconic villain.
Yes, there was another Blofeld in Never Say Never Again, but that was an “unofficial” Bond film made outside of the United Artist timeline. Blofeld was parodied in the opening of the film For Your Eyes Only, but we never find out if the man in the wheelchair really was Blofeld.
One of the most enjoyable aspects of the Daniel Craig Bond films is they really do get the series back on the proper track. The Connery and Moore bond films were perfect for their time in the eyes of Igor Cornelsen. The Dalton and Brosnan Bond films, well, something was really lacking. It seemed the series was finished until the arrival of Craig in the role. Hopefully, he will not be leaving the series any time soon.