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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.|
|~ Blofeld's famous quote and also his last word to Bond before his death.|
Franz Oberhauser, better known as Ernst Stavro Blofeld, is the main antagonist of the rebooted James Bond 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 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 ordering the gas poisoning of the family of Lyutsifer Safin. Obsessed by the destruction of his adoptive brother and 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 Bert Hanson in Horrible Bosses 2, Mandrake in Epic, Benjamin Chudnofsky in The Green Hornet, Léon Rom in The Legend of Tarzan, Walter Keane in Big Eyes, Cardinal Richelieu in The Three Musketeers, and Hans Landa in Inglorious Basterds.
- 1 Biography
- 2 Personality
- 3 Quotes
- 4 Gallery
- 5 Trivia
- 6 See Also
- 7 Navigation
Franz Oberhauser was born in 1960 as the son of an Austrian couple named Hannes Oberhauser and Trudi Blofeld-Oberhauser, and his family were close friends of James Bond's parents. When James' parents died in a climbing accident, the Oberhauser family decided to adopt James, and Hannes instructed Franz to treat James like a little brother.
However, Franz grew to hate and envy James, believing his father loved James more than him. At one point, Hannes and Franz were involved in an avalanche in which both of them apparently died. In reality, however, Franz murdered Hannes and staged his own death while adopting his mother's maiden name. Despite having succeeded in murdering Hannes as sworn, Blofeld bitterly refuses to put aside his jealousy towards James and decided to take over the world for himself to rule so that he can make James' life a living hell.
As Blofeld grew up, he gets himself involved into many high-level underworld dealings, allowing himself to form a mysterious yet powerful criminal organization known as SPECTRE. Under Blofeld's leadership, the organization became extremely powerful, committing numerous acts of terrorism around the world for decades with the help from many criminals and corrupt officials while maintaining its anonymity from the public, even before Bond became a full-fledged MI6 agent after killing the corrupt MI6 chief Dryden and his associate Fisher.
It is implied that Blofeld created the terrorist organization Quantum and employed Mr. White as its figurehead to covert SPECTRE's attacks. He also tasked the corrupt banker Le Chiffre to sabotage an aerospace company (through the funds from the notorious warlord Steven Obanno) and pay back the money through a casino poker tournament in Montenegro. However, Bond kills Obanno and wins the tournament, and Blofeld orders Mr. White to execute Le Chiffre and his cohorts as punishment for their failure. Blofeld also got Mr. White to successfully steal back the casino winnings from Bond, which resulted in the death of Bond's lover Vesper Lynd, provoking an angry Bond to track down and arrest Mr. White.
Quantum of Solace
Following Mr. White's escape from MI6 custody (with the help from Craig Mitchell), it is implied that Blofeld assigned Dominic Greene of Greene Planet to help support the overthrow of the Bolivian government for the exiled general Luiz Medrano in exchange for a portion of the land for Quantum to utilize its resources. However, Bond foils this plot as revenge for the deaths of MI6 agents Rene Mathis and Strawberry Fields while Bolivian agent Camille Montes kills Medrano. Bond also captures and interrogates Greene and Yusef Kabira (the man who seduced Vesper) about Quantum's secrets, resulting Kabira's arrest and Quantum's dissolution while Greene is abandoned in the middle of the Bolivian desert. It can also be implied that Blofeld has Greene executed in the desert as punishment for telling Bond about Quantum and its secrets.
It is implied that Blofeld sent in the cyberterrorist Raoul Silva to steal a flash drive containing the names of several NATO agents and expose them to the Internet. With the help from Patrice, Silva succeeds at this task, resulting the deaths of several of the NATO agents, even before Patrice falls to his death after a brief fight with Bond. It is also implied that Blofeld assigned Silva to bomb MI6 headquarters and kill M in revenge for betraying Silva to the Chinese when he served for her at MI6. While Silva succeeds at both tasks, Bond kills Silva soon afterwards.
Attending a Funeral
|“||Tell me where he is!
"He's everywhere... everywhere! He's sitting at your desk, he's kissing your lover. He's eating a supper with your family!"
|~ James Bond and Mr. White, hoping to find Blofeld.|
Blofeld first appeared briefly at the funeral of Marco Sciarra (one of SPECTRE's assassins) and Bond spots him, though without recognizing his face. Blofeld later appears at the SPECTRE meeting in Rome with many of his associates (including Dr. Vogel, Moreau, Abrika, Valerian, and Marshall) about the reports of their notorious activities. After allowing Bond a short, brutal insight of SPECTRE, Blofeld exposes the latter, who was eavesdropping on the meeting. Bond makes his escape after a car chase with another SPECTRE assassin Mr. Hinx.
Meeting with Bond
Bond later finds Mr. White, who had grown disillusioned with SPECTRE once it began dealing in sex trafficking of women and children to feed up SPECTRE's bank accounts. White revealed that Blofeld had poisoned him with thallium following his departure, and that he had only days to live. Mr. White asks Bond to save his daughter Dr. Madeleine Swann, and then commits suicide by shooting himself with Bond's gun. Bond and Swann head to a Moroccan hotel called L'Americain, where they find coordinates to Blofeld's main facility in the Sahara desert.
While traveling there, the pair once more encounters Hinx, and after a brutal fight, they are able to kill Hinx. Bond and Swann arrive at the facility, but Blofeld has awaited their arrival. He reveals that he plans to take control of the world's intelligence systems through the Nine Eyes program developed by Max Denbigh (the head of the Joint Intelligence Services and one of SPECTRE's agents) and that he had arranged the '00 section to be shut down, using Denbigh's influence.
Blofeld also reveals that he and SPECTRE were secretly behind the actions of Le Chiffre, Mr. White, Greene and Silva. He then plays surveillance footage of Mr. White's suicide, driving a spike between Bond's and Swann's relationship. Blofeld's henchmen then knock Bond unconscious.
Upon awakening, Bond finds himself strapped to a surgical chair. Blofeld begins to torture Bond by directing a surgical drill into his cheek, during which he admits to having murdered Hannes and founding SPECTRE out of jealousy against Bond. He then directs the drill into Bond's neck, declaring that if he drills into the correct spot, it will leave Bond unable to recognize faces. Upon doing so however, Bond is able to recognize Swann, implying that Blofeld may have been lying to mess with Bond, or that he intentionally drilled in the wrong location. Blofeld then brings up a second drill and directs both of them towards Bond's eyes, attempting to lobotomize him. However, Swann, who has been given an exploding watch from Q Branch by Bond, uses the device to destroy the machine and seemingly kill Blofeld. Bond and Swann escape the facility before it blows up, killing the majority of Blofeld's men in the process.
|“||My wounds will heal.... what about yours? Look around you James.... look! This is what left of your world..everything you stood for, everything you believed in.... a ruin!||„|
|~ Bond and Blofeld meeting again for a final battle.|
Since the Moroccan base was just one node in a wider network, Bond and Swann head back to London, where he conspires with M, Q, Bill Tanner, and Moneypenny to arrest Denbigh and stop the Nine Eyes program from going online. However, on the way, Bond is captured by several of SPECTRE's agents and taken to the derelict ruins of the old MI6 headquarters. Bond manages to kill the SPECTRE agents, and ventures inside the ruins, eventually finding Blofeld, who survived the explosion, but was left with a facial scar and blinded eye.
Bond tries to shoot Blofeld, only to have his bullets held at bay by the bullet-proof glass placed between them. Blofeld then reveals that he has kidnapped Swann and left her somewhere in the building, which is elaborately rigged with explosives. Blofeld gives Bond two options: either die in the explosions while trying to save Swann, or to save himself but leave Swann to die and live with the guilt for it. At first, Bond believes that Blofeld is bluffing, but Blofeld jokingly admitted that he put through Bond a lot before stating that brothers always know which buttons to press before setting the timer, confirming that he's not bluffing.
Realizing this, Bond goes off to save Swann while Blofeld enters a helicopter, which hovers over the Thames to allow Blofeld to watch Bond die. However, Bond and Swann escape seconds before the building explodes and crumbles down. In the meantime, Q manages to shut down Nine Eyes while M manages to finish off Denbigh, who ends up falling to his death several stories below.
Arrested by MI6
|“||Finish it...finish it!||„|
|~ Blofeld's last words to Bond before he's put under arrest for his crimes.|
Believing Bond to be dead, Blofeld, along with his personal assistant and pilot, are about to escape in their helicopter, unaware that Bond and Swann are pursuing them in a speedboat. After a climactic chase, Bond manages to shoot down the helicopter's fuel tanks, sending it crashing onto Westminster Bridge, severely wounding Blofeld's leg and killing both his pilot and personal assistant. Blofeld tries to crawl away from the wreckage, but is held at gunpoint by an arriving Bond. Realizing that he can't escape alive and is now at Bond's mercy, rather than begging to be spared, Blofeld instead sadistically demands to be finished off at once. However, Bond refuses by unloading his gun, fully aware that killing Blofeld out of revenge will only sink him down to the latter's level.
Deciding that Blofeld is not worth the trouble, Bond walks away peacefully with Swann, leaving Blofeld to be arrested by MI6 for his crimes against humanity, a fate that Blofeld accepts with resignation. It is implied that Blofeld has been sent to prison for his crimes against humanity while Bond happily resigns from MI6 to start a new life with Swann, satisfied that his tragic past is finally put to rest.
No Time to Die
|“||It’s Blofeld, my love. Your father would be so proud of you. Your sacrifice will be our glory.||„|
|~ Blofeld's voice message to Madeleine Swann, sent to deceive James Bond into believing Swann was an agent of SPECTRE|
Several days after Blofeld's arrest, Bond and Swann were ambushed by several SPECTRE assassins (led by Primo) in Matera, Italy, and Primo claimed that Swann betrayed Bond to them. This was seemingly confirmed when Blofeld sent out a call on Swann's phone congratulating her for the attempt on Bond's life. This event is what drove a furious Bond to sever his relationship with Swann.
Planning Revenge against Bond
|“||But I see you before my little eye, and my little eye says hi. Now, see, now, we emerge from the shadows as gods on Mount Olympus. Here's to the end of our pariah, my burden, my brother... James Bond!||„|
|~ Blofeld attempts to have Bond killed at his birthday|
Five years later, Bond soon learns of a new MI6 project called Project Heracles, which involves using nanobots (created by MI6 scientist Valdo Obruchev) as a bioweapon, and that Obruchev has been kidnapped by Primo and several SPECTRE agents in their intent to use the nanobots to free Blofeld and take over the world. During a SPECTRE meeting in Cuba about Project Heracles, Blofeld (using both his bionic eye and Primo's bionic eye to see and communicate while still remaining in his holding cell) anticipated Bond's arrival to the meeting, expecting him to be killed by the nanobots. However, the tables are turned as Obruchev (who turns out to be in league with the bioterrorist Lyutsifer Safin) reprogrammed the nanobots to kill all of the remaining SPECTRE members (including Dr. Vogel, Moreau, Abrika, Valerian, and Marshall), something which both Bond and Blofeld didn't expect.
It is later revealed that Blofeld is responsible for the deaths of Safin's family as he ordered Mr. White to murder Safin's parents with a dioxin attack during their early years working for SPECTRE, which led to Safin's facial disfigurement and his vow of revenge against Blofeld and the rest of SPECTRE. To that end, Safin murdered Swann's mother in 1998; even after hearing about Blofeld's arrest and Mr. White's suicide, Safin refuses to give up his quest for revenge.
|“||James... you gave up everything for her. When her secret finds its way out, it would be the death of you.||„|
|~ Blofeld to Bond about Swann's past with Safin.|
When word got out that Blofeld used his bionic eye to lead the meeting, it got confiscated, and Q found out from several video files recorded in Blofeld's bionic eye that Primo (who escaped from being murdered by the nanobots) met up with CIA agent Logan Ash, thus exposing their true allegiance to Safin and their involvement for the deaths of all of the SPECTRE operatives and CIA agent Felix Leiter. Bond then pays a visit to Blofeld in his cell, where he encounters Swann, who was blackmailed to be infected with nanobots by Safin as she was the only one to be in contact with Blofeld since his imprisonment.
When Bond touches Swann and unknowingly infects himself, Swann runs off in a huff, leading Bond to interrogate Blofeld on the matter. It was then Blofeld revealed that he deliberately staged the ambush in Matera and made it look like that Swann was betraying Bond to them, all just to cause more pain to Bond by straining his relationship with Swann out of revenge for defeating him and getting him arrested. Enraged by this revelation, Bond attacks Blofeld, and the nanobots infect and murder Blofeld just as Safin planned, something which a horrified Bond didn't expect. Upon realizing that he was infected with the nanobots that caused Blofeld's death, Bond confronts Swann, who informs him about what happened to Safin and what he did to her that led to Blofeld's death. It was also revealed that following Bond and Swann's fallout, Swann gave birth to Bond's daughter Mathilde, thus making Blofeld a foster uncle to Mathilde.
In spite of this, Bond was able to track down and kill Safin and his men (including Primo, Obruchev and Ash). Bond even joins both Blofeld and Safin in death by calmly sacrificing himself in a missile explosion to destroy the nanobots and foil Safin's plot for good, thus bringing full closure for all the pain and suffering that Blofeld has inflicted against the world.
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 and all problems with 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 a number of 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 into 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 was ultimately became his defeat because his need of seeing Bond suffer just because he feels that his father favored 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 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 own death.
- 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 being Austin Powers' brother in the third film Austin Powers in Goldmember.
- During his military service alongside Mr. White, it was said that the two were in a conflict 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 actually activated in the shadows, and the octopus motif and logo symbolizes Blofeld's behind-the-scenes reach to manipulate global events to his favor via the proxies he sends out and to dominate the world.
- Blofeld is clearly 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 to 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 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.
- In order 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, this would support the idea that Quantum member Dominic Greene was executed by a hitman on Blofeld's orders.
- Although he is the main antagonist of the film, his screen time is relatively minimal.
- 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 lead 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 favor 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 back when he was Franz Oberhauser.