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Classified trivia on Bond’s arch nemesis
Blofeld’s a bit of a chameleon in Ian Fleming’s novels: a bulky man with a black crewcut in Thunderball, skinnier with long silver hair and a syphilitic nose in OHMSS, muscular and moustached with a gold tooth in You Only Live Twice.
The end credits of From Russia With Love credited Blofeld with a question mark. In reality Anthony Dawson was the unseen face of the cat- fondler while Eric Pohllman provided the Silky Voice of Menace.
From Russia With Love revealed that SPECTRE has its own private island called SPECTRE Island. Imagine the brand strategy meetings behind that one.
Charles Gray played Blofeld with hair – and briefly dragged up, panto style – in Diamonds Are Forever.
The Spy Who Loved Me originally began with a new generation of international terrorists overthrowing the old guard of SPECTRE , establishing themselves as hipper, hairier globe- threatening masterminds. Monorails? Get
with it, grandad!
Blofeld enjoyed an anonymous, wheelchairbound resurrection in the pre- title sequence of 1981’ s For Your Eyes Only, only to be unceremoniously tipped down a Beckton gas tower. He was played by John Hollis – alias Lobot in The Empire Strikes Back. Nick Setchfield