As the head of S.P.E.C.T.R.E., Ernst Stavro Blofeld has made life hell for James Bond time and time again. So mysterious was he that, in his first few film appearances, Blofeld’s face was never seen; rather he was viewed from behind, always stroking his favorite white cat. But ever since “You Only Live Twice,” Blofeld, in his various incarnations, has been front and center in his world-dominating schemes, and sporting his signature bald head and facial scar (all of which was memorably parodied as the bumbling Dr. Evil in the “Austin Powers” films).
But as much as you love to hate Blofeld, keep in mind that he’s done some pretty awful things, such as killing Bond’s new bride in the underrated “On Her Majesty’s Secret Service,” the one and only film to star George Lazenby as 007.
When the most recent Bond pic, 2015’s “Spectre,” came out, rumors turned out to be true that the real identity of that film’s Franz Oberhauser (Christoph Waltz) was in fact Blofeld himself. But he was seen only briefly, with promises of more diabolical mayhem to come from Ernie in the forthcoming “No Time to Die.”
Whenever we get to finally see “No Time to Die,” Blofeld will be there once again to mock Bond with that unplaceable Middle European accent. But will he be back when Daniel Craig officially turns over the reins of the character to Tom Hardy sometime later this decade?
As Bond himself might say, while downing a martini, “We shall see.”