Story can be found at www.wired.comProducers Eye Arch-Fiend Blofeld for Next Bond Flick
James Bond archenemy, Ernst Stavro Blofeld, could return with or without feline support.
James Bond faced many memorable villains over the years — megalomaniacal men who hid out in really easy to find fortresses and forced their thugs to wear jumpsuits.
But, 007 has only one archenemy — Ernst Stavro Blofeld. The mysterious leader of the Supreme Executive for Counter-Intelligence, Revenge and Extortion (SPECTRE) was played by several actors over the years and was partial to white Persian cats.
Bond always managed to thwart Blofeld’s schemes for global conquest, but at a severe cost. At the end of both the novel and film for On Her Majesty’s Secret Service, Blofeld kills Bond’s beloved wife.
Now, reports say Michael Sheen (The Queen) is ready to bring Blofeld back to take on Daniel Craig’s down and dirty Bond. There’s no word yet if SPECTRE is also returning, or if Blofeld might head up the criminal group the new films created (QUANTUM).
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This story can be found at Michael Sheen might be Bond baddie BlofeldMichael Sheen might be Bond baddie Blofeld
The Damned United actor is reported to be in negotiations to play the criminal mastermind in the 23rd official 007 picture, being co-scripted by Peter Morgan
* Xan Brooks
* guardian.co.uk, Tuesday 16 June 2009 12.07 BST
Pussy galore ... Michael Sheen (right) has the sharp suit, but he'll need the gun, the Persian and maybe some age makeup to play Blofeld like Charles Gray in Diamonds Are Forever. Photographs: Cinetext/Allstar and Jon Funiss/WireImage.com
He was last seen being tipped out of a helicopter into the gaping mouth of an industrial chimney. Now, 28 years after his last official appearance in For Your Eyes Only, James Bond's deadliest foe could be set for a return – in the fresh-faced form of actor Michael Sheen.
Sheen, 40, is reported to be in negotiations to play Ernst Stavro Blofeld in the 23rd official Bond picture, set for release in 2011. The script is being co-written by Peter Morgan, Sheen's long-time collaborator, who has already worked with him on the likes of The Queen, Frost/Nixon and The Damned United.
"Michael is hot property right now and it is felt that he's the right man to bring Blofeld back to life," an unnamed source told the Daily Express newspaper. "Michael was a Bond fan in his youth, so this would be a dream role for him."
The sinister chieftain of the global criminal organisation Spectre, Blofeld has appeared in six James Bond outings and has been interpreted by a variety of actors, including Donald Pleasence, Telly Savalas and Charles Gray. In popular imagination, he sports a scarred face and a shaved head and is never seen without his beloved white Persian cat.
Over recent decades, however, Blofeld has proved a more fitful and elusive presence. He was briefly resurrected by the Swedish actor Max von Sydow in 1983's unofficial Bond adventure Never Say Never Again and provided the inspiration for Dr Evil, the cackling, accident-prone baddie from the Austin Powers comedies. The real Blofeld, one suspects, would not have been amused.
oscartheman wrote:This smeller as bad as the Afghanistan rumor!And the Sean Connery will be back to play Bond's Dad. M's Husband. Q. the villain crap that starts up every time.
katied wrote:What about a non "Dr. Evil" Blofeld? (Though the Dr. Evil incarnation *is* popular, bringing him back would make EON a laughing stock(not like they aren't already! )
007 wrote:I'm not sure Eon have the right to use Blofeld anyway.
The Sweeney wrote:Either way, it will totally screw with the old Bond timeline, leaving you lot with even more things to complain about.....
Kristatos wrote:The Sweeney wrote:Either way, it will totally screw with the old Bond timeline, leaving you lot with even more things to complain about.....
Well, that's my main objection, but wasn't the Blofeld of the novels morbidly obese? I hardly think Sheen fits that description.
Chief of Staff, 007's gone round the bend. Says someone's been trying to feed him a poisoned banana. Fellow's lost his nerve. Been in the hospital too long. Better call him home.
Kristatos wrote:katied wrote:What about a non "Dr. Evil" Blofeld? (Though the Dr. Evil incarnation *is* popular, bringing him back would make EON a laughing stock(not like they aren't already! )
But Dr. Evil was a parody of Blofeld, specifically Donald Pleasance's Blofeld. If you're going to change the character so that he is no longer recognisable as Blofeld, you may as just well create a new character.
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