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Villain Overview

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.
Cuckoo!
~ 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.

Personality

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.

Victims

  • 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)
  • MI6
    • 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)
  • CIA
    • Gregg Beam (arrested and taken into CIA custody for being in league with Quantum)
    • Felix Leiter (shot dead by Logan Ash)
    • Logan Ash (crushed to death in a rolling car by Bond in revenge for murdering Leiter)
  • Quantum (dismantled)
  • Spectre (dismantled)
  • 160,000 women and children (sold into slavery and prostitution through sex trafficking)

Quotes

It's funny… all that excitement in Mexico City rang a distant bell. And now, suddenly, this evening it made perfect sense. Welcome, James. It's been a long time… and, finally, here we are! What took you so long? Cuckoo!
~ Blofeld's malevolent greeting to James Bond in the Spectre meeting at Rome.
The Kartenhoff, the oldest in human possession. The very meteorite which made this crater. Think about it: so many years up there — alone, silent — building momentum until it chose to make its mark on Earth… a huge unstoppable force.
~ Blofeld compares his power over Spectre to that of the meteorite he stored inside his North Africa facility.
I can't tell you how much I've been looking forward to this. All of us here together, a reunion! I'm so glad you came too, dear Madeline… you were just a girl when I saw you first. I came to your home once to see your father. Shall we?
~ Blofeld meeting Bond and Madeleine in the facility.
Blofeld: Information is all, is it not? For example, you must know by now that the 00' program is officially dead, which leads me to speculate exactly why you came. So, James, why did you come?
Bond: I've come to kill you.
Blofeld: And I thought you came here to die.
Bond: Well, it's all matter of perspective.
Blofeld: Speaking of perspective…
~ Blofeld confronts both Bond and Swann in the Spectre desert facility in Northern Africa.
It's touching, don't you think?… Well, James, it looks like you're all alone.
~ Blofeld after seemingly closing the 00 section.
You came across me so many times and yet you never saw me. Le Chiffre, Greene, Silva… a nice pattern developed, you interfered in my world, I destroyed yours… or did you think it was coincidence that all the women in your life ended up dead? Vesper Lynd for example, she was the big one, has he told you about her? And then, of course, your beloved M, gone forever.
~ Blofeld gloating about his power over Bond's life.
This is important. I want you to understand something; the things that bring people together out of horror… beauty.
~ Blofeld moments before Bond is knocked out.
Torture is easy, on a superficial level. A man can watch himself being disemboweled and derive great horror from the experience, but it's still going on at a distance. It isn't taking place where he is. As you know all too well, dear Madeleine, a man lives inside his head; that's where the seed of his soul is. James and I were both present recently when a man was deprived of his eyes and the most astonishing thing happened, didn't you notice? He wasn't there anymore. He had gone even though he was still alive, so this brief moment between life and death, there was nobody inside his skull. Most odd…
~ Blofeld's speech while torturing Bond.
Blofeld: You probably know that James here lost his parents when he was young. But did you know that it was my father who helped him through this difficult time? Over the course of two winters, he taught him to ski and climb and hunt. He sewed the wounds of the poor little blue-eyed orphan, asked me to treat him as a brother… my little brother. They had formed quite an attachment.
Bond: So… you killed him.
Blofeld: Yes, I did.
~ Blofeld revealing his past life with Bond to Swann and that he killed his father.
Blofeld: You know what happens when a cuckoo hatches inside another bird's nest?
Swann: Yes, it forces the other eggs out.
Blofeld: Yes. Well, this cuckoo made me realize my father's life had to end. Anyway, he is responsible for the path I took, so thank you, cuckoo!
~ Blofeld admitting that he killed his father out of pure jealousy against Bond.
If the needle finds the correct spot in the fusiform gyrus, you recognize no one! Of course, the faces of your women changed a lot, eh James? You won't know who she is, just another passing face on your way to the grave.
~ Blofeld to Bond while tormenting him.
He dies not knowing who you are. The daughter of an assassin, the only one who could have understood him. Shame…
~ Blofeld to Swann, before continuing his torture of Bond.
Let's look around you, James. Look! This is what's left of your world. Everything you ever stood for, everything you believed in — a ruin!
~ Blofeld to Bond in the destroyed MI6 headquarters.
My wounds will heal… what about yours?
~ Blofeld in his showdown with Bond after the latter comments on his scar.
I've really put you through it, haven't I? But, that's brothers for you; they always know which buttons to press.
~ Blofeld to Bond before pressing the explosives timer button.
Goodbye, James Bond!
~ Blofeld in his helicopter, believing Bond to have died while saving Swann from the rigged MI6 building.
I didn't need to kill you. I'd already broken you. I wanted to give you an empty world like the one you gave me. It's enough to almost make me regret it. Almost.
~ Blofeld to James Bond while imprisoned in Belmarsh.

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Trivia

  • 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.

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