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|“||Franz Oberhauser died twenty years ago, James, in an avalanche alongside his father. The man you're talking to now, the man inside your head, is Ernst Stavro Blofeld.||„|
|~ Ernst Stavro Blofeld while torturing James Bond.|
|“||Me! It was all me, James. It's always been me: the author of all your pain!||„|
|~ Blofeld after revealing that he orchestrated all of Bond's tragedies.|
|~ Blofeld's catchphrase that he uses to mock James, also his very last word before his death.|
Franz Oberhauser, better known as Ernst Stavro Blofeld, is the main antagonist of the rebooted James Bond film series, serving as the unseen overarching antagonist of the first three films Casino Royale, Quantum of Solace and Skyfall, the main antagonist of the fourth film Spectre and the overarching antagonist of the fifth film No Time to Die.
He is the founder and leader of Spectre, as well as James Bond's foster brother and archenemy — manipulating behind the scenes of many of Bond's past run-ins, including Mr. White, Le Chiffre, Dominic Greene, and Raoul Silva. He is also responsible for the murder of Lyutsifer Safin's family. Obsessed with the destruction of his adoptive brother, devoted only to his great megalomania, and eager to condemn the world to chaos or tyranny if it suits him, Blofeld is the ultimate villain of the rebooted timeline.
He was portrayed by Christoph Waltz, who also played Hans Landa in Inglorious Basterds, Benjamin Chudnofsky in The Green Hornet, Cardinal Richelieu in The Three Musketeers, Mandrake in Epic, Bert Hanson in Horrible Bosses 2, Walter Keane in Big Eyes and Léon Rom in The Legend of Tarzan.
Blofeld is an unpredictable, dangerous and utterly ruthless megalomaniac of the most diabolical kind. He is unbelievably resourceful and could access vast amounts of weaponry, technology, organizations, and illegal activities. In other words, he was able to create and control Spectre. He is an exceptionally calm, brave, and reserved person and addressed any problems in an insidiously relaxed manner, even if he was helpless while being held at gunpoint.
He is also extremely intelligent but in all of the worst ways. He is a master of psychological warfare and could intimidate people with his very presence, and as with all of his previous incarnations, he runs Spectre like an absolute totalitarian and tyrannical dictator, despising those who failed or betrayed him, with Mr. White being a prime example of what happens if anybody dares to quit Spectre. His sophistication makes him an unbelievable strategist and enables him to outwit practically any opponent; it also makes him far-seeing and cunning to a fault, and he knew all of the details of his opponents' moves, right down to placing a bulletproof sheet of glass between him and James Bond in their final confrontation.
Blofeld is also intensely sadistic, describing himself to James Bond as "the author of all [his] pain". Throughout the film, he ruthlessly plays several cruel and elaborate games with James' mind concerning his past and the people he has lost his entire life - Vesper, M, his parents, etc., torturing Bond by drilling holes in his head and penetrating his brain, remaining calm and smiling when James screams in pain and condemning Mr. White to a very painful death by thallium poisoning. Blofeld also possesses little self-preservation, despite his nefarious manner. Even when finally held at gunpoint by James, he over-confidently goaded him to pull the trigger, though James decided to spare him, knowing that he was not worth it. His extreme sadism ultimately became his defeat because his need of seeing Bond suffer just because he feels that his father favoured Bond instead of him prevents him from a more pragmatic murder, for example, killing him when he is knocked out in Spectre's headquarters.
In prison, Blofeld still retains his grudge toward Bond, organizing the destruction of Vesper's tomb, sabotaging the relationship between Swann and his adoptive brother, and trying to kill Bond in Cuba when he was in a Spectre's assembly by making him the first victim of the Heracles bioweapon that he had his agents steal for nefarious purposes. Just as sadistic and petty as before his imprisonment, he is shown to love taunting Bond about him needing his help and how he was responsible for the last attempts against James, which caused him to quickly distrust Madeleine and sever all communication with her for 5 years. However, Blofeld's pettiness proves to be his downfall, as Bond, enraged by Blofeld's cruel revelation, temporarily loses it and strangles him, unknowingly contaminating Blofeld with the Heracles nanobots that led to his death.
- Hannes Oberhauser (murdered by Blofeld out of jealousy against Bond)
- Safin family (poisoned to death by Mr. White on Blofeld's orders)
- Gostan Safin (poisoned to death by Mr. White on Blofeld's orders)
- Lyutsifer Safin (survived, but left facially disfigured and traumatized; later shot dead by Bond)
- Montes family (murdered by General Medrano)
- Ernesto Montes (shot dead by Medrano)
- Ernesto's unnamed wife and eldest daughter (raped and strangled by Medrano)
- Vesper Lynd (committed suicide by drowning)
- Kim Park (shot dead by Craig Mitchell)
- Craig Mitchell (shot death by Bond for being in league with Quantum)
- Strawberry Fields (drowned in crude oil by several Quantum agents on Greene's orders)
- René Mathis (shot dead by Colonel Carlos)
- Andrew Surry (cover blown by Silva and executed)
- Ben Daheer (cover blown by Silva and executed)
- Paul Inglis (cover blown by Silva and executed)
- Naz Husein (cover blown by Silva and executed by terrorists)
- Steve Benelisha (cover blown by Silva and executed)
- Ronson (shot dead by Patrice)
- Olivia Mansfield/M (fatally wounded by Silva's thugs)
- Max Denbigh (fell to his death after being exposed for being in league with Spectre)
- Dr. Hardy (shot dead by Primo)
- Dr. Symes (shot dead by Primo)
- Valdo Obruchev (pushed into an acid pool by Nomi for being in league with Safin)
- James Bond (perished in a missile explosion following Blofeld and Safin's deaths)
- Quantum (dismantled)
- Mr. White (poisoned with thallium on Blofeld's orders, but later committed suicide)
- Mrs. Swann (shot dead by Safin)
- Adolph Gettler (shot dead by Bond)
- Yusef Kabira (arrested and taken into MI6 custody)
- Le Chiffre (shot dead by Mr. White on Blofeld's orders for his failure to secure money)
- Steven Obanno (strangled by Bond)
- Alex Dimitrios (stabbed by Bond)
- Solange Dimitrios (tortured to death by Quantum agents on Le Chiffre's orders)
- Valenka (shot dead by Mr. White)
- Kratt (shot dead by Mr. White)
- Mollaka Danso (shot dead by Bond)
- Carlos Nikolic (perished in a bomb explosion)
- Leo (framed and arrested for Obanno's death)
- Greene Planet (dismantled)
- Dominic Greene (shot dead by Spectre agents on Blofeld's orders for exposing Quantum's secrets)
- Luiz Medrano (shot dead by Camille Montes in revenge for murdering her family)
- Colonel Carlos (shot dead by Bond)
- Elvis (perished in a hydrogen explosion)
- Lieutenant Orso (killed by Camille Montes)
- Edmund Slate (stabbed by Bond)
- Marchetti Pilot (perished in a plane explosion)
- Mr. White (poisoned with thallium on Blofeld's orders, but later committed suicide)
- Spectre (dismantled)
- Raoul Silva (stabbed in the back by Bond)
- Severine (shot dead by Silva)
- Patrice (fell to his death from a skyscraper)
- Boat Captain (accidentally shot dead by Silva)
- Dr. Vogel (infected with nanobots by Valdo Obruchev)
- Moreau (infected with nanobots by Obruchev)
- Abrika (infected with nanobots by Obruchev)
- Guerra (infected with nanobots by Obruchev)
- Marshall (infected with nanobots by Obruchev)
- Mr. Hinx (killed by Bond)
- Valerian (killed by Mr. Hinx)
- Marco Sciarra (fell to his death from a flying helicopter)
- Lorenzo (killed by Bond)
- Gallo (shot dead by Bond)
- Francesco and Marco (shot dead by Bond)
- Primo (killed by Bond via electromagnetic attack)
- 160,000 women and children (sold into slavery and prostitution through sex trafficking)
No Time to Die
- This version of Blofeld differs from the original in that he has a closer connection to Bond, being his foster brother.
- Ironically enough, Dr. Evil from the Austin Powers series (who is a parody of Blofeld) was revealed to be Austin Powers' brother in the third film Austin Powers in Goldmember.
- During his military service alongside Mr. White, it was said that the two conflicted with a group of bandits in which their military team died and after this, Oberhauser killed the bandits and left White in the deserts, with founding Spectre as of the name of their military legion; Spectre.
- The organization's name Spectre means a ghost, a spirit. This means that the organization members and agents were activated in the shadows, and the octopus motif and logo symbolize Blofeld's behind-the-scenes reach to manipulate global events to his favour via the proxies he sends out and to dominate the world.
- Blofeld is the Big Bad of the entire reboot series (Casino Royale, Quantum of Solace, Skyfall, Spectre, and No Time To Die), as he is the man responsible for assigning the main threats (Le Chiffre, Mr. White, Dominic Greene, and Raoul Silva) in their plots, using them all as pawns as part of his plan to wreak psychological pain on James Bond. He even is responsible for ordering the deaths of Lyutsifer Safin's family, which led Safin to murder Blofeld and his remaining Spectre members and indirectly cause Bond's death at the cost of Safin's own life.
- His father, Hannes Oberhauser, first appeared in Ian Fleming's short story "Octopussy", as his death is the reason Bond gets involved in tracking down Dexter Smythe, the story's antagonist. However, Hannes and Blofeld were not related in the novel continuity.
- To create Blofeld's facial scar, the film's producers used CGI and not makeup as the filmmakers of the old Bond films did with Blofeld.
- The scar Blofeld receives from Bond's exploding watch is a reference to a similar scar that Donald Pleasence's incarnation of Blofeld has in You Only Live Twice. However, unlike the former film, the origin of his disfigurement is not only revealed but also shown on screen.
- As Quantum was revealed to be a division within Spectre, which would support the idea that Quantum member Dominic Greene was executed by a hitman on Blofeld's orders.
- Blofeld reminding Bond of how whenever he interfered with Blofeld's world he would retaliate by destroying his implies that Bond's foiling of Quantum's Tierra project led Blofeld to enlist Silva to destroy MI6.
- Blofeld is compared to three animals. The first one is an octopus, the symbol of Spectre, which symbolizes its omnipresence and behind-the-scenes reach to tilt geopolitical events in its favour and take over the world. The second is a cat since not only does he have one like his original incarnation, but he displays some cat-like mannerisms. The third is a cuckoo, which he calls Bond multiple times in a mocking way and alludes to both his feelings towards his adoptive brother and how he despises his father for thinking he loved James more than him.
- Ernst Stavro Blofeld (Reboot Series) on the Pure Evil Wiki
- Ernst Stavro Blofeld on the James Bond Wiki