The Complete History of Bond Villains

Ernst Blofeld

Appeared In: From Russia with Love (1963), Thunderball (1965), You Only Live Twice (1967), On Her Majesty's Secret Service (1969), Diamonds Are Forever (1971) For Your Eyes Only (1981), Never Say Never Again (1983)
Played By: Anthony Dawson, Donald Pleasence, Telly Savalas, Charles Gray, John Hollis, Max von Sydow
Diabolical Weapon: Turkish angora
Killed By: Copyright issues

Ernst Blofeld is easily the most recognizable and iconic Bond villain ever, having inspired countless rip-offs and parodies over the years. He is notable for being the head of the evil organization SPECTRE, and during his first few appearances, his face is never shown; rather, he gives out orders to his henchmen and they carry out his evil deeds. In nearly every appearance a different actor would play him, and eventually he was given more screen time and even came face-to-face with Bond.

At first, Blofeld would show up, get defeated by Bond, and escape until the next film. Lather, rinse, repeat. But after he was presumed dead in For Your Eyes Only, the non-canonical Never Say Never Again came out and brought him back to life. The movie was made while the Bond movie rights were in a tug of war between EON and Kevin McClory, and since then the fate of Blofeld has been unknown. And that’s the way he likes it.

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