Eric Garner's Arrest Overseen by Female Black Sergeant | Main | Overnight Open Thread (12-4-2014)
December 04, 2014

Next Bond Film: SPECTRE, With Christopher Waltz as Blofeld?

The film will definitely be called Spectre, which of course means the evil organization that bothered Bond through his first ten outings will be back to bother Bond some more.

spectre.jpg

If you don't know, Spectre and Blofeld exited the Bond mythology due to a lawsuit lodged by Fleming's one time would-be co-screenwriter Kevin McClory. Back before Bond appeared in the movies, Fleming thought he might goose interest in his meh-selling spy series by selling a screenplay about Bond. He enlisted two men, Kevin McClory and Jack Whittingham, to help thrash out a screenplay.

They wrote a screenplay together called, IIRC, Longitude 78 West, which introduced a villainous organization called "SPECTRE" and its evil mastermind Ernst Stavro Blofeld. Until then, the organization that Bond fought most of the time was the real-life Soviet spy division SMERSH, but I think Fleming realized that there was a lot of frankly communist sympathy in Hollywood and they might not be interested in a Cold Warrior like Bond who was constantly killing Soviet agents. So they created the fantasy terrorist organization SPECTRE to replace the too-real-for-comfort SMERSH.

The screenplay was never sold, and the project was basically abandoned as a failure... until several years later, when Fleming was writing a new novel, and he decided to use a lot of the ideas generated in the script-writing sessions for the new book he called Thunderball.

He did not credit McClory or Whittingham for having helped create the ideas and characters contained in that book. McClory would later sue, and as part of the settlement of that suit, he was given ownership of Spectre and Blofeld, as well as the right to remake Thunderball at some point in the future. (McClory did remake Thunderball as the non-EON Sean Connery Bond film Never Say Never Again.)

But now MGM has apparently acquired all rights that McClory once held, so all rights to Bond are finally now just held by one party.

And so, fifty years after Blofeld was killed by lawsuits, he's back to threaten the world.

Interestingly, Christopher Waltz (the Nazi from Inglorious Basterds, the Bounty Hunter from Django) is slated to play the villain, though they're claiming he'll be playing a guy named "Oberhauser," supposedly James Bond's... ski instructor?

That's so ludicrous that people are naturally suspicious he's playing Ernst Stavro Blofeld.


digg this
posted by Ace at 07:02 PM

| Access Comments




Recent Comments
NZFrank with a M2: "495 I visited the plaza just to see the range in ..."

chavez the hugo: "496; thanks, whig. great info. ..."

Weasel: "I'm headed to bed - 'night! ..."

blake - used pronoun salesman: "Yo, Weasel, checking back in. Email sent regarding ..."

rickb223 [/s][/b][/i][/u]: "Oh come on. 500. ..."

Weasel: "The scope come fully defective from the manufactur ..."

Ex-ex: "Here's a link to consider: https://www.patriotsnet ..."

Weasel: "Posted by: whig at August 25, 2019 10:01 PM (hqUZK ..."

whig: "Weasel, Thanks for the all of the weekend firear ..."

Weasel: " I visited the plaza just to see the range involv ..."

NZFrank with a M2: "-------- That's the time to start claiming your ..."

NZFrank with a M2: " Oswald's 6.5 x 52 used a scope. Posted by: Mike ..."

Recent Entries
Search


Polls! Polls! Polls!
Frequently Asked Questions
The (Almost) Complete Paul Anka Integrity Kick
Top Top Tens
Greatest Hitjobs

The Ace of Spades HQ Sex-for-Money Skankathon
A D&D Guide to the Democratic Candidates
Margaret Cho: Just Not Funny
More Margaret Cho Abuse
Margaret Cho: Still Not Funny
Iraqi Prisoner Claims He Was Raped... By Woman
Wonkette Announces "Morning Zoo" Format
John Kerry's "Plan" Causes Surrender of Moqtada al-Sadr's Militia
World Muslim Leaders Apologize for Nick Berg's Beheading
Michael Moore Goes on Lunchtime Manhattan Death-Spree
Milestone: Oliver Willis Posts 400th "Fake News Article" Referencing Britney Spears
Liberal Economists Rue a "New Decade of Greed"
Artificial Insouciance: Maureen Dowd's Word Processor Revolts Against Her Numbing Imbecility
Intelligence Officials Eye Blogs for Tips
They Done Found Us Out, Cletus: Intrepid Internet Detective Figures Out Our Master Plan
Shock: Josh Marshall Almost Mentions Sarin Discovery in Iraq
Leather-Clad Biker Freaks Terrorize Australian Town
When Clinton Was President, Torture Was Cool
What Wonkette Means When She Explains What Tina Brown Means
Wonkette's Stand-Up Act
Wankette HQ Gay-Rumors Du Jour
Here's What's Bugging Me: Goose and Slider
My Own Micah Wright Style Confession of Dishonesty
Outraged "Conservatives" React to the FMA
An On-Line Impression of Dennis Miller Having Sex with a Kodiak Bear
The Story the Rightwing Media Refuses to Report!
Our Lunch with David "Glengarry Glen Ross" Mamet
The House of Love: Paul Krugman
A Michael Moore Mystery (TM)
The Dowd-O-Matic!
Liberal Consistency and Other Myths
Kepler's Laws of Liberal Media Bias
John Kerry-- The Splunge! Candidate
"Divisive" Politics & "Attacks on Patriotism" (very long)
The Donkey ("The Raven" parody)
Powered by
Movable Type 2.64