James Bond 50: Bye, Bye Blofeld


As the world’s most famous spy celebrates 50 years as a movie star, the time has come to celebrate everything we love about him. In 22 blog posts, I’ll find something in every Bond movie, from Dr. No (1962) to Quantum of Solace (2008), that’s worth illustrating. Yes, even the bad ones.

The twelfth Bond opens with a very pertinent throwback to On Her Majesty’s Secret Service (1969) where 007 (Roger Moore) visits the grave of his late wife – only to be attacked by the man who had her killed, Blofeld. Things look dicey for a while, but Bond eventually regains control and finds a worthy tomb for the supervillain, once and for all. One of the all-time best 007 openings, this movie keeps delivering one satisfying setup after the other. Incidentally, we never get to see Blofeld’s face, but his voice is memorably created by the Italian actor Robert Rietty… who has a devilish laughter.

My 2006 review of For Your Eyes Only.

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