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Ernst Stavro Blofeld - James Bond, 007

Ernst Stavro Blofeld is a fictional male in the James Bond, 007 film series who was played on screen by Donald Pleasance. Ernst Stavro Blofeld is the head of the terrorist organisation SPECTRE and is the main antagonist in the books and the Sean Connery movies. Blofeld's primary aim is to start Third World War between the U.S.S.R. and United States of America. In Blofelds first appearance in Doctor No, we see his face obscured but in the later movies, James Bond meets his nemesis. Donald Pleasance played Blofeld in You Only Live Twice and it was Donald's idea to have the scar over his eye.

Blofeld is famous for having a white cat which has become something of a requirement now for all comedic megalomaniacs from Doctor Claw, the enemy of Inspector Gadget to Dr Evil in Austin Powers. Doctor Evil's cat is a bald cat rather than the white hairy cat we are so familiar with seeing in the Bond Films.

In On Her Majesty's Secret Service, after James Bond has got married, Blofeld drive past James Bond and fire a volley of bullets into the car. Blofeld fails to kills James Bond but kills James' wife Tracey. The last time we see Blofeld, he is a wheel chair trying to kill James Bond with a helicopter.

Ernst Stavros Blofeld was born on 28th May, 1908 to a Polish Man and his Greek Wife in Gdynia, Poland but back then it used to be part of Imperial Germany. He became highly educated and had managed to go University to study engineering. When World War 2 broke out, he turned to criminality by first assisting the Nazis which he saw as being the victor in any way and then when the war was going the Allies way, he swapped sides and was highly regarded. After the war, Blofeld went to South America where he began the creation of SPECTRE.1

Although as we've seen in the films, Blofeld was famous for being bald after two of the actors that have played him were bald, in the books he was described as being an overweight man with a full head of hair. Like the films, his description changed, he lost weight but never had the same capacity to cause as much world trouble as he did in the films.

After absence from the official James Bond films since Diamonds Are Forever, Blofeld makes a welcome return in Spectre first under the guise of Franz Oberhauser before eventually revealing his identity at his Morrocan hide-out. Also making a return is white cat that was made famous by the earlier incarnations. Out has gone the space crafts that kidnap space crafts that orbit the planet and out has gone the nuclear devices, in has come more realistic atrocities.

Whilst he has been away, he has been imitated and taken the mick out of. The most famous example of spoof Blofeld is in the Austin Powers films with the character Doctor Evil complete with the bald hair, scar and white cat.

Ernst Stavro Blofeld Facts


Gender/SexMale
AllegianceSPECTRE
ActorDonald Pleasance
Last UpdatedSaturday, February 2, 2019

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