The James Bond movies lost the rights to both Spectre and their ruthless leader Blofeld for decades – but this was to the franchise’s benefit. The first two Bond films are somewhat grounded spy thrillers, but as the series evolved and became increasingly popular with audiences, the action sequences, gadgets and villains became more and more outlandish. This extends to Spectre, (AKA Special Executive for Counter-intelligence, Terrorism, Revenge and Extortion) a shadowy organization behind many of the events in the Sean Connery Bond era. Of 007’s many foes, Blofeld is easily the most recognizable.

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Author: Padraig Cotter