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Blofeld Back For BOND 23!?!?

Beaks here...

At first, I thought there was a great deal of credibility to this morning's report in The Guardian that Michael Sheen is currently in talks to play Ernst Stavro Blofeld in the twenty-third James Bond film. Then I read the story and realized The Guardian was just passing along a tabloid rumor cooked up by Daily Express. Here's an excerpt:
"Michael is hot property right now and it is felt that he's the right man to bring Blofeld back to life," an unnamed source told the Daily Express newspaper. "Michael was a Bond fan in his youth, so this would be a dream role for him."
I've done some checking around today, and have been told to treat this as you might any other rumor from the Daily Express. I must say that this does seem suspiciously convenient, what with Sheen's good friend and frequent collaborator Peter Morgan just being announced as co-writer on BOND 23. So while I think Sheen would make a deliciously sinister Blofeld (even though, physically, he's not quite what Ian Fleming initially envisioned), let's wait until we get an official confirmation/denial before we get excited or incensed over this bit of speculative casting. For something Sheen-related that's not grounded in rumor (for now), I've been hearing great things about his performance as soccer coach Brian Clough in THE DAMNED UNITED. It was released in Europe last March, and is scheduled to open in the U.S. on September 25th.

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  • June 16, 2009, 3:26 p.m. CST


    by duluoztripping

  • June 16, 2009, 3:28 p.m. CST

    I'd happily watch him in anything.

    by ilovemrdoe

    Him, daniel day-lewis, and christian bale

  • June 16, 2009, 3:28 p.m. CST

    Bonds? Eh. 22 Sucked

    by Frodo T. Baggins

    Casino Royale. Neat

  • June 16, 2009, 3:29 p.m. CST

    Watch Sheen in ANYTHING

    by Sepulchrave

    Marvellous actor.

  • June 16, 2009, 3:30 p.m. CST

    That would be great. Sheen is...

    by Orbots Commander

    ...a chameleon type of actor. He can go from playing a Hugh Hefner-ish '70's journalist in FROST/NIXON to playing a growling pulpy anti-hero, swinging a broadsword in UNDERWORLD, RISE OF THE LYCANS.

  • June 16, 2009, 3:31 p.m. CST

    Well if the original film version of Blofeld . . .

    by Nice Marmot

    . . . was what Fleming envisioned then this casting sucks.

  • June 16, 2009, 3:32 p.m. CST

    And Michael Shannon for Jaws!

    by Nice Marmot

    I think it'd be retarded to introduce a new Jaws, but damnit if that guy doesn't look like the original.

  • June 16, 2009, 3:35 p.m. CST

    Please let this happen!

    by Raymar

  • June 16, 2009, 3:36 p.m. CST

    He is great

    by Arteska

    Would be excellent if true.

  • June 16, 2009, 3:37 p.m. CST

    My Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen Review

    by transformersreview

    Sorry to spam off topic, feel free to delete! <p>I'll start by laying out where I 'am' on the Transformers series. Never watched it as a kid, thoroughly enjoyed the first film - saw it in the cinema once, used bits of the HD-DVD (oops) to demo my home theatre but was never really tempted to watch the whole thing again - in the main I thought it worked because Shia was genuinely likeable and the effects absolutely floored me. It got by on those two things, even though the humour was occasionally cringeworthy, the action shot too close and overall it was too long. And for the record, I like a few of Bay's earlier films and thought The Island was OK, but didn't like Pearl Harbor, Armageddon or Bad Boys II (amazing trailer though). So, if you care about whether you agree with me on his past stuff... now you know. I saw the film in Seoul and here's what I thought... <p>Michael Bay isn't sorry. He does not feel shame or remorse. <p>He's not sorry for Bad Boys II. This film took the first Transformers and added the over-indulgence, unwilling-to-edit-himself attitude and disregard for story he brought to BB2 (only, no ultraviolence here). He even puts a Bad Boys II poster in the movie. For Bay, sequels must be bigger, longer, noiser and much, much shitter. <p>He's not sorry for the shot-close-up, hard-to-follow action when the robots fight. That's back again, and there's no standout action scene. The finale is a scrap in the desert that looks just like the one in the first film. Rather underwhelming. <p>He's not sorry for Pearl Harbor either. Minor digression here - and maybe I'm reading too much, but go with me... Pearl Harbor was his attempt to recreate the success of Titanic, right? Love triangle, historical disaster, epic... agree? Well, Transformers 2 features battleships getting death-from-aboved (as you've seen in the trailer), and then Bay goes on to restage the best shots from Titanic (people clinging on to and falling down half a vertical, sinking ship). He rips it right off, only with Transformers clinging on and planes tumbling down. "Fuck you!", shouts Michael Bay, gleefully spending millions of dollars on shots that serve to remind us of his biggest failure to date in an act of monumental hubris. (Sorry, I like that word). <p>And while we're on historical disasters that he's not ashamed to wring dry for our watching pleasure, towards the end he gets Optimus Prime to shout "Let's Roll!" before going into battle. Let's. Roll. Jeeeeeeeeeeee-sus. Even Paul Greengrass held back on that one and his film was about 9/11. Does he think this'll make for an audience-pleasing, whooping-and-hollering moment?! What on earth was he thinking? <p>Nothing slots together in this. During an action sequence, one minute they're in a desert, the next they're on a road. The film's so desperate to get back to the effects that even the most basic scenes are left out. At one point there's a momentary breather - one character fires off a flare so another can find them - which would make sense in most films. Here, it's the first time a character bothers to communicate such information to another, or that the film bothers to show it. It stuck out so badly that the second it happened, it was obvious the Decepticons were about to spot the flare and chase our heroes... and sure enough they do. Admittedly, that's a really minor moment and bound to sound like nitpicking, but in the main the film's a jumbled mess, hopping back and forth to squeeze in all the pointless characters. <p>The action's hectic but we're not invested - there's a couple of good lines and one good scene between Shia and Megan in a library - but most of the rest of it is clumsy plotting or foreshadowing, or cutting to CONSTANTLY FUCKING WISECRACKING people/robots in the middle of almost continuous, but rarely exciting, mayhem. Everyone's a walking cliche and that's how the film gets its laughs. I'm loathe to point out that there's a midget joke as it might tempt people to investigate the film, but this is not In Bruges. It's just tiring. And wait until you see the sort-of-dream-sequence at the end. Lordy. No thought has been put into what makes a film like this work - it's just an effects showcase, but second time around, even as someone who liked the first film, that just wasn't enough to get me through. Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen just flat out did not work for me, and I'm sad about that.

  • June 16, 2009, 3:39 p.m. CST

    So the headline screams "YES!"...

    by Acquanetta

    ...while the story immediately says, "Fake. Don't get your hopes up." Nice.

  • June 16, 2009, 3:43 p.m. CST


    by turketron_2


  • June 16, 2009, 3:43 p.m. CST

    I really hope this is good

    by IAmLegolas

    Because I'm onboard with this new James Bond stuff, but they better get a different director, or at least get someone better to handle the action scenes. QoS had a lot to love, but also a lot to hate. An incoherent mess, there was a great film in there somewhere.

  • June 16, 2009, 3:44 p.m. CST

    Charlie Sheen as Blofeld?

    by LaneMyersClassic

    I don't get it.

  • June 16, 2009, 3:44 p.m. CST

    He Was Also Tony Blair, Right?

    by Aquatarkusman

    Blofeld, according to imdb, has been played by Telly Savalas (!), Donald Pleasance, Max von Sydow, and five schmoes I've never heard of.

  • June 16, 2009, 3:45 p.m. CST

    Your Transformers review...

    by Zandunga

    How does it end? Honest, spoil it for us. I want to know who lives or dies because I already wasted my money on part 1 and am not going to see this garbage. Please tell.

  • June 16, 2009, 3:45 p.m. CST


    by codymr

    I would love to see this character return to the series... his "send off" in For your Eyes Only was lame. Bond dropping him down an industrial smoke stack from a helicopter while he shouts "Mr BooooOOOOOOONNNNNNNND! <P> Jesus.

  • June 16, 2009, 3:46 p.m. CST


    by transformersreview

    Umm, I didn't notice them that much. Too distracted by the dogs humping each other, the robots humping people's legs, that kind of thing. Amazingly poor mix of childish and rude/sexual humour - even drug references at one point. Bay doesn't know his audience.

  • June 16, 2009, 3:47 p.m. CST


    by transformersreview

    Now now, that's just unfair. Plenty of people are going to see it, no plans on chucking out spoilers.

  • June 16, 2009, 3:48 p.m. CST

    transformera 2 sucks?

    by maluquiro

    big surprise.

  • June 16, 2009, 3:50 p.m. CST

    no Blofeld for Bond

    by Daniel1138

    Blofeld, like SPECTRE doesn't belong to the "official" BOND series anymore. they are part of the Thunderball rights that were assigned to Kevin McClory. Thus it's highly doubtful that he will appear again in the official series. Doesn't mean Michael Sheen can't be the next Bond villain, just not ESB.

  • June 16, 2009, 3:52 p.m. CST

    Last TB we were talking about Ben Kingsly as Blofeld

    by Continentalop

    But the funny thing is, I could see Martin Sheen be Blofeld. Yes, his version would be completely different from all the previous incarnations, but that actually might make it more interesting - a variation of his character from THE DEAD ZONE maybe. <p> Still, after last TB I kind of got my hopes up for Ben Kingsly or Alan Rickman...

  • June 16, 2009, 3:53 p.m. CST


    by Continentalop

    Why did you have to come in here and bring your "reality" and remind me that they can't do SPECTRE or Blofeld? Way to ruin the fantasy for the rest of us.

  • June 16, 2009, 3:54 p.m. CST

    Can't happen.

    by epitone

    EON lost the right to use the name or character Blofeld sometime in the late 70's.

  • June 16, 2009, 3:54 p.m. CST

    My understanding EON and McClory estate...

    by progrocktv

    ...have settled on an agreement of some sort, so I wouldn't be surprised if we at least see Blofeld come back again.

  • June 16, 2009, 3:54 p.m. CST


    by epitone

    Michael Sheen would freaking rock.

  • June 16, 2009, 3:55 p.m. CST

    Yeah, shocker, TF2 is bad.

    by Orbots Commander

    *Rolls eyes*

  • June 16, 2009, 3:55 p.m. CST

    Am I the only fucking asshole...

    by jabbayoda

    ...who has never even heard of this fucking prick?

  • June 16, 2009, 3:57 p.m. CST

    Bayformers 2 is dumber than the cartoon

    by Trannyformers_Apologist

    Wheelie humping Fox's leg <P> Wheelie farting <P> thugged out " pop a cap in your ass" cussing retardabots<P> Devastator has balls/killed by humans and is pointless and wasted<P> John Turturro in a G string <P> Poorly shot random pointless soulless action scenes, shaky cam, 1 second zoomed in ADHD editing, swinging sweeping 20 different camera angles 2hour and 30 min commercial/music video <P> Plot holes on plot holes pacing problems continuity errors robots emote better than the humans<P> cringe inducing comedy and toilet humor that would make a child vomit in disgust

  • June 16, 2009, 3:57 p.m. CST

    Next Bond film should be based line from THE NAKE LUNCH

    by Continentalop

    "Homosexuality is the best cover an agent can have. Words to live by."

  • June 16, 2009, 4:05 p.m. CST

    QoS *should* have been Blo & SPECTRE

    by James Westfall

    It might have sucked less.

  • June 16, 2009, 4:09 p.m. CST

    Isn't XIPHOS2 a soldier?


    Has he got any sniping ability? Can't we all pay him to "do something about Michael Bay"?

  • June 16, 2009, 4:14 p.m. CST

    But... Blofeld is dead!!!

    by Roderich

    Really, i saw it!

  • June 16, 2009, 4:19 p.m. CST

    British newspapers are fucking atrocious. Never cite them

    by YackBacker

    They had Tom Cruise playing Captain Pike in STAR TREK, they've had Cloris Leachman playing Beatrix Kiddo in KILL BILL, etc. The point is that they are perpetually full of shit. They will print ANYTHING to get their name mentioned. Fucking rags.

  • June 16, 2009, 4:23 p.m. CST

    Ernst Stavro Blo my penis.

    by mitortilla


  • June 16, 2009, 4:27 p.m. CST

    and his name is Ben fuckin Kingsley!!!!

    by Six Demon Bag

    for all that is holy make this fucking happen fucking right fuckin now!!!

  • June 16, 2009, 4:31 p.m. CST


    by Lemure_v2

    what the fuck is soccer? Unless you mean football - so called because they KICK a ball around...I might be wrong.

  • June 16, 2009, 4:34 p.m. CST


    by Lemure_v2

    Let me guess...Blofeld is behind the big bad organisation that wear little Q's so they can recognise one another? And what's the betting he'll cook up some DIABOLICAL scheme and threaten to kill someone or destroy an important building...and Bond will stop him JUST IN TIME looking all beaten up and scratched as he does so. I do love the way they've taken the character of Bond in such a brave new direction. Kudos.

  • June 16, 2009, 4:35 p.m. CST

    anything on at the cinema this weekend?

    by Lemure_v2

    Oh yeah, Transformers 2...if you're English. HAHAHAHAHAAA...course I might be working this weekend, but it's the principal, damnit!

  • June 16, 2009, 4:37 p.m. CST

    Thor Casting

    by gavdiggity

    Sorry for the sidebar, but did I miss the news that Chris Hemsworth has been cast as Thor? Was there a talkback?

  • June 16, 2009, 4:39 p.m. CST

    Quantum of Blofeld Royale

    by zillabeast

    Whoa, freakkin EPIC!

  • June 16, 2009, 4:40 p.m. CST

    I hope they never change

    by Adelai Niska

    what S.P.E.C.T.R.E stands for.

  • June 16, 2009, 4:41 p.m. CST

    the name of the organisation is QUANTUM

    by Cedar_Room

    and I think it was set up that they would be the new SPECTRE - so no reason that they shouldn't have a new Blofeld. A recurring Bond super-villain would be awesome and why not Michael Sheen? Count me in. <p> as for Bayformers 2 - it turns out that its shit? Well, not too surprising is it?

  • June 16, 2009, 4:43 p.m. CST

    This time make Blofeld a woman.

    by cookylamoo

    If M can get a sex change, so can he. I'm assuming Michael Meyers is unavailable.

  • June 16, 2009, 4:44 p.m. CST

    Does AICN do ANY research?

    by rfid

    I mean seriously, guys. It's been commonly known for years that EON doesn't own the rights to Blofeld--hence, he can't appear in their films. That's why Roger Moore dropped an unnamed villain why looked just like him down a smokestack in For Your Eyes Only, and why we've never seen him again aside from in Never Say Never Again, which was not an EON film. Had AICN done any research on this story, they'd have realized the rumor is complete bullshit.

  • June 16, 2009, 4:48 p.m. CST

    Watch the Damned Utd

    by semisaj

    The Character he plays 'Brian Clough' he managed the club I support for 18 years.. is a Legend..a real honest one off ...possibly the greatest manager to ever live and Sheen gets him down exactly..Clough had the most acid tongue ever he even had Mohammed Ali running for the his portrayal it's Oscar worthy!!

  • June 16, 2009, 4:50 p.m. CST

    Blofeld a chick . . . so it can be a chick flick.

    by kabong

    Blofeld and Bond can have a "relationship" but realize they come from different worlds and are moving apart because Blofeld wants to blow Bond away instead of blowing . . .

  • June 16, 2009, 4:51 p.m. CST


    by HaterofCrap

    same crap over and over and over

  • June 16, 2009, 4:51 p.m. CST

    But can they even call him 'Blofeld'?

    by TurdontheRun

    Just like they're not allowed to use the name 'Spectre' - presumably why they called the new organization 'Quantum'. Complicated legal situation with Kevin McClory. Or has that all been sorted out? That's why Blofeld wasn't named, or his face even shown, in the pre-credits sequence to For Your Eyes Only. Not to mention his undignified demise was a blatant fuck you to McClory.<p>Patrick Stewart for Blofeld? Donald Pleasance was the best; just the right side of odd, but not too much. Telly Savalas was decent, but a bit too 'normal' for my liking, too much like an ordinary man. Charles Gray was awful, camp as a pair of tits. Hell, cast George Lucas as Blofeld, since most idiot fanboys seem to think he's evil incaranate anyway.

  • June 16, 2009, 4:52 p.m. CST


    by Continentalop

    Soccer is a perfectly legitimate term for the game. It is a contraction of the word "Association" with reference to "Association Football." After the colonies split up from the UK, we had a number of different Football games in the US - Association Football, Rugby Football, and American or Gridiron Football. When American Football became the dominant form in the North America, it became the default term for the sport just like how football is most of the world instantly refers to Association Football. Soccer became the term to differentiate it here in the states, just like how "Rugy" is used to differentiate Rugby Football from other forms of Football in the UK and the rest of the world. <p> Wow. That high school paper I once wrote really came in handy for once.

  • June 16, 2009, 4:54 p.m. CST

    KEEL BOND!!!

    by otm shank

    Warwick Davis IS Blofeld.

  • June 16, 2009, 5 p.m. CST

    Didn't Roger Moore...

    by YeahBigJimmy

    Drop him down a chimney?

  • June 16, 2009, 5 p.m. CST

    To all the idiots that say Blofeld can't happen....

    by ecanale

    The rights to Blofeld reverted back to EON. The McClory estate has nothing to say. This occured in 2001 after a long legal battle. So EON/Danjaq can make a movie with Blofeld if they CHOOSE to.

  • June 16, 2009, 5:01 p.m. CST

    What is this?

    by one_guy_from_andromeda

    A rumor about a rumor?! You're an idiot, Beaks.

  • June 16, 2009, 5:04 p.m. CST

    Yay toboggan chase!

    by Toilet_Terror

  • June 16, 2009, 5:07 p.m. CST

    TOO SOON...

    by Mullah Omar

    ...for Michael Sheen to play this role. Give the guy 15-20 more years to get rid of his babyface.

  • June 16, 2009, 5:09 p.m. CST

    The books already had chick Blofeld

    by bah

    For Special Services by John Gardener. I believe it was ESB's daughter.

  • June 16, 2009, 5:10 p.m. CST


    by Omar B

    As a Fleming fan I've gotta say, Bond killed him in You Only Live Twice and that should be the end of Shatterhand/Blofeld for good.

  • June 16, 2009, 5:13 p.m. CST

    i wonder if..

    by richardphilip

    ..the evil ernest blofeld is related to the quite amazing cricket commentator Henry.

  • June 16, 2009, 5:15 p.m. CST

    No one's cried about the "BOND 23" yet?

    by Cletus Van Damme

    Lol, you're letting me down. Who was the tool in the last Bond talkback crying about everyone referring to it as Bond 23?

  • June 16, 2009, 5:24 p.m. CST


    by GhostDad

    I don't know if SPECTRE and Blofeld are outright owned by McClory's heirs anymore. I know that MGM has been pretty adamant that his rights expired, plus Sony, who was going to do the Warhead 2000 project with McClory and made the "Bond for Spidey" deal, now owns a chunk of MGM. I also think that he never outright had a clause that said "MGM can't use Spectre," I think MGM just decided not to use them with the constant threat of an independent Spectre vs. Bond franchise looming. This was a bannable topic on the old Usenet Bond forums, btw.

  • June 16, 2009, 5:31 p.m. CST


    by HideousSecretion

    Shouldn't Blofeld be evil and imposing, not some skinny fuck you could snap like a twig? I'm not saying he has to be oddjob big, but fuck how non-scary to receive deadly world domination monologue from a scrawny pussy. Get someone who reeks of evil. Someone who can pull of the Ben Linus levels of evil genius. A real threat.

  • June 16, 2009, 5:36 p.m. CST


    by HideousSecretion

    Get Jason Isaacs to play Blofeld. Remember him bald and badass in Blackhawk Down?

  • June 16, 2009, 5:36 p.m. CST

    I just want someone Criag can punch on with.

    by OutlawsDelejos

    I'm sick of these bitches passing as villians my mother could knock out.

  • June 16, 2009, 5:47 p.m. CST


    by JaredParker3

    quantum of solace was far superior to casino royale the fight sequenc es were nothing short of jason bourne and dominic greene was a very sinister villian

  • June 16, 2009, 6:04 p.m. CST

    Isn't Blofeld in a wheelchair?

    by Orbots Commander

    So Craig's Bond wouldn't necessarily be trading blows with him. That's the henchman's job description.

  • June 16, 2009, 6:25 p.m. CST

    I love those headlines.

    by daggor

    Blofeld Back For BOND 23!?!? Answer: Probably NOT!?!?

  • June 16, 2009, 6:25 p.m. CST

    I don't think the legal problem is fixed

    by Nem_Wan

    The 2005 video game of For Russia With Love (a faithful interpretation of the movie complete with Sean Connery performing Bond's voice) changed SPECTRE to "OCTOPUS" and did not show a Blofeld-like character or anything distinctly SPECTRE like the board meeting scene. Austin Powers can parody it but Bond can't do it seriously. As I read it McClory's death only eliminated his redundant film rights to James Bond, meaning his heirs cannot remake Thunderball again. McClory's estate would retain copyright of his original characters and concepts, so EON can't get them unless they pay up.

  • June 16, 2009, 6:28 p.m. CST

    Bring back Goldfinger instead

    by Margot Tenenbaum

    Played by Werner Herzog.

  • June 16, 2009, 6:50 p.m. CST

    Wishful thinking methinks...

    by Charlie_Allnut

    I can't see them bringing blofeld back after Austin Powers, but who knows. I would love to see this new organization have some meetings where they casually discuss mass murder in a boardroom like in the first few movies.

  • June 16, 2009, 6:52 p.m. CST

    dom deluise for blofeld

    by TheExterminator

  • June 16, 2009, 6:53 p.m. CST

    bond will punch cripples..

    by Six Demon Bag

    he wont hold back

  • June 16, 2009, 6:59 p.m. CST

    Mike Myers as Blofeld

    by Pig_Ignorant

    Why am I surrounded by frickin' idiots?

  • June 16, 2009, 6:59 p.m. CST

    any body here like UnderWorld?

    by Joker Gordon Levitt

    He was great as Lucian, but i think i mite be the only one who cares :(

  • June 16, 2009, 7:01 p.m. CST

    What the pig guy said.

    by ClarenceBeaks

    Mike Myers would be good. Also, keep mini-me in the picture.

  • June 16, 2009, 7:09 p.m. CST

    DAMN UNITED The Brian Clough story

    by V'Shael

    is a great movie, but it won't play in the US because soccer just doesn't have the same appeal there. <p> It'd be like that Lou Gherig movie I keep hearing about which seems to be ubiquitous in the US, but I've never seen it play anywhere in Europe. (I want to say Pride of the Yankees?)

  • June 16, 2009, 7:21 p.m. CST

    The thing about Blofeld is

    by Grammaton Cleric Binks

    the first time I saw him was I guess it was For Your Eyes Only when he got the chimney drop after Bond was putting flowers on his Theresa's grave. Being a young kid at the time I didn't get it. Now I do. It seems to me that maybe he should have gone out with a bigger bang than a movie intro. However, dropping a cripple down a chimney....that's fucking professional.

  • June 16, 2009, 7:40 p.m. CST

    Ooh, a British tabloid rumor!

    by rev_skarekroe

    I'm sure it will be as accurate as the "Eddie Murphy is confirmed as The Riddler" rumor from a few months ago.

  • June 16, 2009, 7:55 p.m. CST


    by codymr

  • June 16, 2009, 7:59 p.m. CST

    I was certain Kingsley had already played Blofeld

    by saintsaucey

    for some reason. Imdb had no reccord of it. Could care less about the rights issue if it happens it happens. I think Christopher Eccleston should play Blofeld.

  • June 16, 2009, 8:05 p.m. CST

    Blofeld Is The Best Bond Villain Of All Time!!!

    by Media Messiah

    I love Blofeld!!!

  • June 16, 2009, 8:10 p.m. CST


    by codymr

    I read somewhere that since SONY now owns MGM/UA, the rights to SPECTRE and the Blofeld character are less complicated, and that all James Bond cinematic properties and characters are now under the ownership of SONY & EON Productions - including the Blofeld character and SPECTRE.

  • June 16, 2009, 8:14 p.m. CST

    Next to be seen as Aro in "New Moon"

    by Yeti

    You cannot escape the Twilight Saga. Resistence is Futile.

  • June 16, 2009, 8:29 p.m. CST

    Mathieu Almaric already kinda was Blofeld

    by Magma Suit

    We don't need to do this again. That being said, put Michael Sheen in every movie possible, Bond included.

  • June 16, 2009, 8:30 p.m. CST


    by TheMcflyFarm

    QOS was good and all, but it wasn't Casino Royale.

  • June 16, 2009, 8:31 p.m. CST

    who cares

    by dioxholster

    Bond was so over ever since QOS. that was shit and i cant imagine it being any better. havent they done butchering that franchise already? man, MGM got only one good franchise left now, lets hope they dont ruin STARGATE as well.

  • June 16, 2009, 8:41 p.m. CST

    How can we ever take Blofeld seriously again...?

    by AngelinasOilBoy

    After Dr Evil and Austin Powers? The villain in Casino Royale had a Blofeld-like facial scar and that was one of the silliest bits of the movie.

  • June 16, 2009, 8:44 p.m. CST

    M's crusty saggy dried vag

    by Prossor

    You think Bond has hit that yet?

  • June 16, 2009, 8:49 p.m. CST


    by MikeTheSpike

    You *just* found out Telly Savalas played Blofeld?<P> At any rate, was Blofeld in the books a bit of a chameleon, undergoing extensive plastic surgery multiple times over the years to conceal his ID? Given that, it's conceivable anyone could play him if EON has the rights. Didn't they somehow snag NSNA and the original Casino Royale recently? Does that mean Blofeld and SPECTRE are back in the fold?

  • June 16, 2009, 8:58 p.m. CST

    The last movie was such a fucking travesty!

    by DoctorZoidberg

    I fell in love with 007 in Casino Royale, but actually shut off the BluRay for the last movie which was so horrible that I can't even recall the name presently. I heard it was awful, so I waited until it was out on DVD. I turned to my dad 2/3 of the way into it and said "do you have any idea what the fuck is going on?" He didn't nor did I, so we sacked the whole affair and went out for a beer.

  • June 16, 2009, 9:10 p.m. CST


    by dioxholster

    good for you man. Quantum of Shit was horrible. put me to tears seeing Bond turn into such a convulted uninspired mess.

  • June 16, 2009, 9:11 p.m. CST

    I was really hoping Blofeld would re-appear....

    by RockLobster800

    and Sheen seems a perfect rumour Im hoping happens!

  • June 16, 2009, 9:11 p.m. CST

    "Not what Fleming envisioned"?

    by yesiamaplant

    Fleming's Blofeld constantly changed his appearance from book to book through cosmetic surgery. Hell, in You Only Live Twice (the literary end of the Blofeld cycle, and the film beginning) he was a slight, if not wiry man with flowing blond hair posing as a samurai. What Fleming envisioned was a chameleon, not Telly Salavas or Donald Pleasance. So really, anyone could play the part given the appropriate villainous chops. Did I just catch someone pretending to read?

  • June 16, 2009, 9:26 p.m. CST

    My Transformers review

    by Strider White

    Just saw it tonight at the Irish Premierer and just about to watch the 80's cartoon movie again.. In a nutshell Bay sport fucked me and didn't buy me a drink first or give me his number.. However he was a great fuck.. I remember Harry's link last week about best summer movies well this is up there pure geek heaven better that the first movie.. Megan is hotter in this too plus you never see her thumbs which trust me is a good thing.. Ok you can pick the movie apart like that last guys review in this talk back, but this isn't a dvd movie it made for the cinema and was a hell of a ride.. Plus all the cheap jokes got huge laughs in the cinema even the thug life transformer twins (One even has a gold tooth).. Apart from that this movie is fucking epic in scale the action is great not as hard to follow as the first movie... Really good dark story that marries up well with Transformer Comics too.. Not sure if we will see Transformers 3 though..

  • June 16, 2009, 9:27 p.m. CST

    Fleming envisioned Bond to be

    by dioxholster

    what Fleming himself is. is the current bond anywhere near that vision? no, so why even ask for Blofeld. he could be played by jim carry for all i care.

  • June 16, 2009, 9:29 p.m. CST

    Strider White

    by dioxholster

    go masturbate somewhere else

  • June 16, 2009, 9:52 p.m. CST

    Why Bring Back Blofeld and SPECTRE?

    by cymbalta4thedevil

    He was already overused in the old films. And as some others said earlier, after Dr. Evil it's hard to take him seriously. Scratch that. It was ALWAYS hard to take him seriously. Maybe he's a badass in the books, but in the films he's just a bald guy stroking a white cat with an army of henchmen. Why revisit that in the 21st Century?

  • June 16, 2009, 10:05 p.m. CST

    I said Blofeld? I don't even know Feld!

    by JuanSanchez

  • June 16, 2009, 10:26 p.m. CST

    He's done mainly impressions in what are his "great roles"

    by Bobman46

    I mean, he is an incredibly watchable actor, very talented, but the roles that have gotten him noticed of late have been impressions of public figures. I'm not saying he's not a great actor, as he is, just saying something I've noticed and then typed here. Go about your business please.

  • June 16, 2009, 10:26 p.m. CST

    Zach Galafinakis as Blofeld

    by blackmantis

    Don't tell me you wouldn't pay to see that.

  • June 16, 2009, 10:37 p.m. CST

    God, i don't know.

    by lockesbrokenleg

    I love Bond, but, wow, it IS getting a little old. I'm sorry.

  • June 16, 2009, 10:39 p.m. CST

    Saw this story the other day..

    by The Dark Shite

    But the Bond thread had been moved off the main page, so I didn't bother mentioning it.<p> I never trust any article with a secret "source". Seems convenient that they've just hired a writer who gives Sheen a lot of work. Pure fucking guesswork in my opinion.

  • June 16, 2009, 10:44 p.m. CST

    Mickey Rouke should play it

    by ThePilgrim

    Damnit I said this back when they rebooted it, because of to me he would do it right. He would be the best since Donald Pleasance. Replace the cat with a small dog, and shave his head. He would own this role. You know it to be true. Mickey or Else!

  • June 16, 2009, 10:50 p.m. CST

    New Bond novel excellent

    by Moviegimp

    Well it's not exactly new but it's the latest. Devil May Care written by Sebastian Faulks writing as Ian Fleming starts right where Fleming's last novel ended and this guy is perfect. He has exactly the same style and cadence as Fleming had. He writes a perfect Cold War Bond. If you want new Bond then read this novel.

  • June 16, 2009, 11:06 p.m. CST

    Soccer coach???

    by Bastard_In_A_Blanket

    Brian Clough was a football manager, you tit! Not a sock-her coach.

  • June 16, 2009, 11:14 p.m. CST

    Michael Shannon DOES look like Richard Kiel

    by Nasty In The Pasty

    Cast that man in the Eegah! remake (with Freddy Prinze, Jr. in the Arch Hall, Jr. role and Linday Lohan as ROXY! ROXY! RRRRRRROOOOOOOOOXXXXXXXYYYYYYYY!!!!!!!!!!!).

  • June 16, 2009, 11:15 p.m. CST

    They can't do the Pleasance/DR.EVIL look if this is a goal in th

    by George Newman

    It definitely would be impossible to take seriously.

  • June 16, 2009, 11:29 p.m. CST

    God NO! Get Frank Langella instead!

    by Drath

    For fuck's sake, they couldn't have picked a more wrong choice for Blofeld than Sheen. I'd take Arnold Vosloo over him easily as well. Terrible idea, this is, I was afraid if they actually brought Blofeld back they'd fuck it up.

  • June 16, 2009, 11:32 p.m. CST

    MI-6 just got a new boss. No mention of Blofeld.

    by kabong

    Tall, dashing, and an excellent dancer, Britain's Ambassador to the UN could indeed be a character out of Ian Fleming - and now he becomes the head of Britain's Secret Intelligence Service (SIS). As Downing Street coyly noted, Sir John is "rejoining" the SIS - no details were given about his previous career in MI6.

  • June 16, 2009, 11:40 p.m. CST

    Next villian will be an ex-agent

    by My friends call me Killjoy

    They've done two films in a row now where Bond is up against a physically weak bad guy. I guarantee that this will be more of a Goldeneye-type story, with Bond versus a rogue agent.

  • June 16, 2009, 11:49 p.m. CST

    Suggestions for the next bad guy...

    by My friends call me Killjoy

    Clive Owen Chiwetel Ejiofor Jason Fleming Hugh Jackman <p> And if they do go with a Blofeld...Hugh Laurie.

  • June 17, 2009, 12:12 a.m. CST

    or Liam Neeson

    by My friends call me Killjoy

  • June 17, 2009, 12:42 a.m. CST

    Blofeld yes, Sheen no!

    by BenBraddock

    He's a great actor but pyhsically so wrong for the part... where's the menace? Charlie Sheen has more..

  • June 17, 2009, 12:47 a.m. CST

    The last Bond movie sucked.

    by Motoko Kusanagi


  • June 17, 2009, 1:07 a.m. CST

    Jason Isaacs is a fucking BRILLIANT shout

    by King Sweyn Forkbeard

    Must have plenty of free time now Brotherhood has finished too.

  • June 17, 2009, 1:32 a.m. CST

    Bride of Frankenstein Coming Back to Life

    by Trannyformers_Apologist

    Sean Penn Backs Out of Three Stooges and Cartel<P> Chris Nolan Not Doing Batman 3? Batman On Film claims to have heard from mysterious and unnamed inside sources that Nolan’s return is far from assured.<P> Orci, Kurtzman and Lindelof talk about Star Trek 2!!<P> Peck and Palicki Join Red Dawn<P> Summit Entertainment Buys Conjuring<P> The New Official Public Enemies Site<P>

  • June 17, 2009, 1:32 a.m. CST

    Make him more of an equal - like Vin Diesel

    by David Cloverfield

    I don't really like the guy, but making Vin Diesel to be Blofeld would work this meta level, and would be just as much of a departure from previous Blofelds as Craig is from previous Bonds. There could be pretty awesome fights and chases between them.

  • June 17, 2009, 2:13 a.m. CST

    Beaks - it's not 'soccer', it's 'football'.

    by BiggusDickus

    REAL football. What Americans call football is merely a more complicated and less entertaining version of Rugby, played in kevlar body armour by blokes to wussy to have a bit of a ruck.<p>Lightweights, the lot of 'em.

  • June 17, 2009, 2:27 a.m. CST

    Wrong Sheene, get Charlie on board.

    by alucardvsdracula

  • June 17, 2009, 2:46 a.m. CST

    Great idea!

    by andrew coleman

    Love it. That is all.

  • June 17, 2009, 3:03 a.m. CST

    Bond vs Brian Clough

    by ianlegend

    Now that is one face off I'd pay to see.

  • June 17, 2009, 3:15 a.m. CST

    Dont see the point. Bond is sooo out of date and irrelevant

    by wowsah156

    I mean how owuld a character like Blofeld translate to the 21st century?! we live in a world where companies and private military buisness models are the enemies now. This is why Quantum of Mess was so irrelevant and stupid. Bond and his adversaries dont translate well to the 21st century. Will we see Bond fighting the IRA ? No. Will we see Bond fighting the CIA? No. Will we see Bond fighting Al Qaeda in Iraq? No. Will we see Bond taking out corrupt bank owners ? No. You see my point? Bond's universe is in a time capsule that is best suitedc to a time set in the 1950's and 1960's. Bond would work best in a historical context. Not the 21st century.

  • June 17, 2009, 3:19 a.m. CST

    Cool. Damned Utd is great. And I'm not a soccer fan.

    by Mr Nicholas

  • June 17, 2009, 3:54 a.m. CST

    Forget Sheen, Jeromy Irons is who you want

    by zapano

    Quantum of Solace was absolute shit. Not so much because it didn't have many of the contraptions of a bond movie or didn't feel like a Bond movie. But because it was just one action set piece after another. You just didn't give a shit about the characters. <p> Casino royale was brilliant. Most importantly it took its time to develop character and had great dialogue. Quantum just flushed down the toilet all the good will that Casino had built up. <p> Casino proved that people still care about Bond these days when there are proper characters, great dialogue, suspense and a ripping yarn to be told. It also confirmed that Martin Campbell is a seriously underrated director.

  • June 17, 2009, 4:01 a.m. CST

    The problem with bond

    by emeraldboy

    was best summed in the last of Brosnan bonds all of which are hated by the talkbackers. no suprise there since some talkbackers hate all films. anyway back to my point the scene went something like this M: the world has changed 007. bond: I have not. that was in die another die. To qoute M who all the talkbacker hate since M was turned into a woman. M to bond "Youre a misygnostic dinosaur, A relic of the cold war". that is the problem with bond. Bond was created in a era that no longer exists. Bond is the fantastical fictional life of its author ian fleming. I think that Eon should make an ian fleming biopic. Bond is running out of story road. It seems that Eon is attempting make a very political bond movie. Which is why they hired Peter Morgan. Because all of his work is political and bar frost nixon. I have seen everything he has done to date.

  • June 17, 2009, 4:09 a.m. CST

    about quantum of solace....

    by emeraldboy

    I have always wondered who was in charge of that film. They made a huge mistake hiring a director who was out of his depth. They realised that too late in the day. the film suffered as a result. The scene in the opera was the higlight. But there was no atmosphere in the movie. no tension. I resented the whole "are franchise is better then yours," in regards to bourne. nice try, but it didnt work.

  • June 17, 2009, 4:14 a.m. CST

    It does seem to me

    by emeraldboy

    that the only reason that Campbell comes back is that they eon keep fucking up franchise. Its like there thinking" hey bond is not making any money...lets go get campbell".

  • June 17, 2009, 4:18 a.m. CST

    There will be no Blofeld

    by dude_gimme_tabs

    To ecanale and the others - The rights over Thunderball and remakes were all sorted out, however the rights for Blofeld and SPECTRE remain with the McClory estate and will not be appearing in an EON film any time soon. Now, on to the Quantum haters, and from the thread last week.....<P> Never has so much been written about Bond by people who know so little. Allow me to close a few things out:<P> 1) James Bond is NOT a cover name passed on from agent to agent and anyone who thinks that please go and dangle your testicles in the waste disposal unit to prevent your retarded seed from spreading. <P> 2) The plot of Quantum of Solace is not at all confusing. Bond follows tagged bills from Le Chiffre's organisation to Mr Slate in Haiti in order to find out more about the mysterious organisation that had blackmailed Vesper to betray him and managed to infiltrate MI6. <P> There he meets and then saves Camille. Greene / Quantum are planning to help instigate a coup in Bolivia and re-install General Medrano to power. In exchange they are to be given complete control over a tract of seemingly useless land within Bolivia. <P> Greene tells the CIA that if the Americans turn a blind eye to the coup then he will give the Americans a share in any oil that Greene finds in that tract of land. They see Bond as a threat to this so they put pressure on M to control Bond. She tells them to piss off so they apply pressure above her in the Govt. <P> Bond follows Greene to Austria where he uncovers more about the plot. In the process of doing so he is implicated in the killing of the Special Branch bodyguard of an advisor to the Prime Minister. The adviser is part of this mysterious organisation, which Bond has learnt is called Quantum. It is only at this point he goes "Rogue" as the incident with the Special Branch officer needs clearing up but Bond decides to continue to pursue Greene to Bolivia. <P> Seeing Bond as a serious threat to their chances of getting their hands on the oil, the Americans now decide to liquidate him. Again they fail. Bond discovers that it is not oil at all that Quantum are after. <P> They have, in fact, been damning up underground river systems to take control of the water supply for much of Bolivia and beyond. They will find no oil, so the Americans will turn a blind eye to the coup but get nothing in return. <P> 3) Bond is NOT rogue for the entirety of this film. After he is implicated in the murder of the Special Branch officer M orders him to come back for a debriefing and he refuses in order to continue pursuing Greene. Thats it, he decides to follow his instincts rather than orders but as he puts it at the end, "I never left.". <P> When M confronts Bond in the hotel and listens to him, she resolves to look after her agent and the Americans can go whistle. She tells Bond to carry on. So he is "rogue" for about 25 minutes of screen time. So actually, he disobeys ONE direct order. <P> 4) Quantum of Solace fucking rocks! It does exactly what they wanted. It moves like a bullet all the way along and is the 3rd act to a 5 hour movie, of which CR was act 1 & 2. If you can't keep up, maybe you need to go back to watching XXX Xander Cage movies. <P> 'It's not Bond' they whinge. WTF??? It is pure Bond. Coupled with CR it is pure Fleming 007 on screen. Fine, if you want Moonraker and it's double-taking pigeon, or yet another space weapon, or invisible cars, then you go watch the DVD again.<P> This is Bond. Cold, a bit of a bastard, but human. It moves so fast because that is the speed of the investigation. We see Bond as the detective / spy and sometimes are as in the dark as he is as he puts the pieces of the puzzle together. It does all this whilst moving at such a breakneck speed. It is damned near genius.<P> 5) The whole ending with Greene in the desert is straight forward and dovetails nicely. When Agent Fields is found dead, it is mentioned she basically drowned in oil, with it filling her lungs and stomach. So when Bond abandons Greene in the desert he throws Greene the motor oil from the car and tells him "I give you about two hours before drinking that seems like a good idea" or words to that effect, due to the heat in the high desert. It's Bond getting revenge for Fields. <P> M mentions he was found later with the oil in his stomach so Bond was right, he did try to drink it. But Quantum caught up with him and shot him as well. <P> 6) Bond doesn't wander around killing people needlessly and for fun, and if you thought that then you need to go and watch QoS again, properly this time. <P> 7) Explosive hotel? Did you not understand the bit when they talked about Eco tourists and the hydrogen fuel cells? <P> 8) Bond has a licence to kill. That means it is his call completely when and where and how he kills in the pursuit of a mission. He doesn't have to go back to M to check before he pulls the trigger. So the guy up above who talks about Bond disobeying orders as a professional has kind of missed the point of him. And M would just prefer he didn't leave a trail of bodies but that is his perogative. As mentioned above, there is no point in this movie where Bond kills someone for the hell of it. <P> 9) "It took everything good about CR and flushed it" ?? FFS, it's the 3rd act of CR and develops everything set up in CR perfectly allowing Bond to grow even further.<P> 10) Quantum, the organisation, are far scarier than SPECTRE. SPECTRE are criminals. Quantum is a cabal including politicians and their advisors, bankers, real power players. They are the New World order meets the Bilderberg Group multiplied by the Illuminati containing everyone in Dick Cheney's rolodex!! They are seriously connected and a greater threat. They are inside.<P> Bring on the next adventure!

  • June 17, 2009, 4:18 a.m. CST

    That Would be FOOTBALL MANAGER, Brian Clough...

    by Midnightxpress

    Coaches are things sports team use to get to the ground.

  • June 17, 2009, 4:22 a.m. CST

    They should get Sean Connery to play Blofeld...

    by 11dayempire

    Just imagine; the chair swings around and it's SEAN FUCKING CONNERY with a white cat. "Mishter Bond. I've been exshpecting you." Only problem is the audience would be rooting for him to kick Craig's ass.

  • June 17, 2009, 5 a.m. CST

    Shawn Canary

    by dude_gimme_tabs

    The only Connery kicks these days is his wife.

  • June 17, 2009, 5 a.m. CST

    Shawn Canary

    by dude_gimme_tabs

    The only thing Connery kicks these days is his wife.

  • June 17, 2009, 5:18 a.m. CST


    by Continentalop

    So Bond got revenge for Strawberry Fields, huh? Who is going to get revenge on Bond for being responsible for her death? <p> Bond+Not obeying orders to come in+Going after Greene when not ordered to+leaving her all alone at the party=Strawberry Fields dead. <p>

  • June 17, 2009, 5:37 a.m. CST

    Football is called Soccer in the US and any US based website. De

    by Walterego

    Otherwise people would have no idea what sport is being discussed. They'd wonder who the hell Brian Clough is and which NFL team he managed. Aussies might think he was a Footie manager maybe. When discussing Association Football in countries where it isn't the prevalent game called football, one has to call it either Association Football, or Soccer for short, for the sake of clarity.

  • June 17, 2009, 5:37 a.m. CST


    by dude_gimme_tabs

    He left her with Mathis at the party. He was getting Camille away from Greene. I would argue that the situation contributed to her death and that situation was exacerbated by Bond's actions but he is not responsible for it. The person who held her down and force fed her oil is, alone, the one responsible for her death.<P> There is probably a philosophical debate that can be had around the entire notion of the "Heroes Death Responsibility Exclusion Rule" that has been part of story telling since the dawn of time.<P> It occurs in everything from Plato through Fleming. Fuck me, following that logic, John McClane is responsible for every single bad thing that happens to everyone in Die Hard.<P> If that is the reason you dislike QoS then I would contend that actually you are searching too hard for reasons to dislike it and over reaching.

  • June 17, 2009, 6:05 a.m. CST

    Connery told hollywood

    by emeraldboy

    to go fuck themselves.

  • June 17, 2009, 6:10 a.m. CST

    That was the moment

    by emeraldboy

    where I sank into cinema seat. in utter embarrasment. I realised what an utter blunder eon had made in making Forster the director.

  • June 17, 2009, 6:26 a.m. CST

    Fact is

    by HagCeli

    that Hollywood is in a deep creative crisis right now. Possibly the deepest it ever experienced. But since those bland, unimaginative films make shitloads of money, the powers that be don't feel the need to change their agenda. If you look at what happened to the great brands (Indy, Star Wars, Bond, Batman, Terminator) you'll notice that the latest installments were all very successful, but the movies where very, very flawed (and yes I include TDK). God, they even ruined "Pirates of the Carribean", a fresh, promising franchise that could have become a true classic, within just a few years. (Again - no box office failures, which actually proved the beancounters right. But no one is talking about those films any more. They had no impact. People have no love for it because you don't feel that the ones who MADE the films had love for them, too). Elliott & Rossio were terrific writers once, I *loved* their work on "The Mask of Zorro", but the scripts to Pirates 2 & 3 were utter garbage. It is truly frustrating. Personally, I've started focussing on Asian and European films more in the last few years and it turned out to be a rewarding change. I'm still sad however that my Hollywood childhood heroes are going down the drain!

  • June 17, 2009, 6:39 a.m. CST

    Carrot Top for Blofeld. You know you want it.

    by ricarleite2

    "JAMES BOND", opening October 14 2001!

  • June 17, 2009, 6:39 a.m. CST

    Carrot Top for Blofeld. You know you want it.

    by ricarleite2

    "JAMES BOND", opening October 14 2011!

  • June 17, 2009, 6:39 a.m. CST

    Ignore the first post. No edit function

    by ricarleite2

  • June 17, 2009, 6:46 a.m. CST

    Dude, Bond involved a junior agent

    by Continentalop

    Someone way out of her league. Someone he seduced to coerce her into letting him go after Greene, and than got her involved in a situation she and Mathias couldn't handle or he hadn't planned out. <p> If in the army a member of your fire team bails on you, yes technically the enemy killed you, but you could also argue that your comrade was partly responsible for negligence of duty. <p> As for searching for a reason to dislike it, I am only pointing out a pattern of what I perceive to be Bond's unprofessional behavior. Other examples include: <p> His killing of Slate at the hotel, when he had NO hard evidence yet of any wrong doing by him (he could of been just a currier), he had been instructed by M to just look around, and by brazenly walking in there he instigated a fight (you could argue that it was self defense by Slate considering some stranger broke into his room). <p. His instigating a scene at the opera house when no connection had yet been made between White, Greene or any of the other people there. Plus, his bold actions, while they may have identified members of Quantum, also alerted them of his presents forcing him to confront security. Who says security there was working for Quantum and that they couldn't have been legitimate. A lot of powerful diplomats where there - it is very likely that Bond killed legitimate security personal. If Dick Cheney was a member of Quantum it doesn't mean the Secret Service are, does it? So Bond just created an international incident. <p> Bond refuses a direct to return for debriefing and stays a fugitive. <p> Bond is beats up his fellow MI6 escorts and defies M to continue his investigation. <p> Bond launches a horribly prepared assault against Greene and Medrano - Bond armed with pistols and accompanied by a woman who admits to never having killed anyone before launching an attack against a hotel with many armed security personal - despite no real ticking clock. There is nothing that says he can't get Medrano or Greene after they leave the hotel - the fact that he paid him off for the water rights only works if one of them is still alive so he can target them a this connivance. Plus, why didn't Bond at least wait for the departing Colonel of Police to leave with some men, thereby decreasing the resistance he would face? He can get revenge for Mathias later. Horrible strategy. <p> Bond interrogates Greene and than decides - under no orders - to give him oil and then lets him go out into the desert to die. Yes, Bond got his revenge for Fields but at the cost of giving up someone who could of had valuable information about Quantum (in one hour long interrogation he got everything from him?).<p> Plus, regarding the License to Kill, it only works if Bond has an assignment - like, your target is Mr. Green and at your discretion anyone who gets in the way of that target. Bond never got an order from M to take out Greene or even handle this Bolvian water scandal. It was Bond abusing his special privileges. He is clearly exceeding his authority and not following protocol. It is like a cop searching a house without a warrant or soldier's deciding to execute a prison - something beyond their pay grade. <p> And people might laugh and say, well Bond is the good guy so he isn't doing anything wrong, but the questions becomes how do the people back in the office at MI6 now this? They have checks and balances, regulations, and while Bond might have more leeway than some other soldier's or agents, they would still have to have some control over him or else they could never be sure what the hell he is doing out there and if he is actually working for them. <p> Maybe these things bother me because I was in the Army and for me there is a chain of command you must follow and a reason for rules and regulations. Everyone sees movies through there own prism, it is a subjective medium. And while that doesn't make my opinion correct and yours' wrong, but would prefer if you didn't act so condescending towards those who don't agree with you that this is flawless filmmaking. The suggestion I am just making this up so I have something to complain about is snobbish at best. Obviously I am not alone in my feelings about this movie because it has not been as well received as Casino Royale, both in box office nor in reviews.

  • June 17, 2009, 7:08 a.m. CST

    Yes, Blofed was named after Henry Blofeld's family

    by Felixspoons

    Fleming went to school with Blofeld's father, they were friends so he named the character after him. Blowers confirmed this in an interview a couple of weeks ago.

  • June 17, 2009, 7:09 a.m. CST

    How to make Blofeld fresh for the 21st century

    by Royston Lodge

    Rather than making him a mustache-twirling sinister villain, make him bureaucratic and corporate. He's the head of a multi-national organization that, from it's point-of-view, is trying to make the world a better place by undermining the outdated and obsolete nation-states that hold humanity back from reaching its full potential.

  • June 17, 2009, 7:14 a.m. CST

    Or, another way to bring back Blofeld...

    by Royston Lodge

    Mention repeated that MI:6 is unable to identify the head of Quantum, or even determine if Quantum has a single leader.<p> Maybe have a quick shot of a white kitty cat.<p> But never actually show him, or identify him, or confirm that he exists.<p> Keep the fans on the edge of their seats.<p> Maybe pull an Abrams by giving enough subtle clues that fans can put together plausible theories, and maybe even figure out his identity, but still never confirm things one way or another.<p> The hard part would be resisting the urge to do the "big reveal". This idea would work best if they kep blofeld under wraps for as many movies as possible.

  • June 17, 2009, 7:21 a.m. CST

    S.P.E.C.T.R.E movie is needed.

    by shutupfanboy

    I love the idea of Quantum being the 2000s version of SPECTRE. My problem with the later Bond movies is no single thread since Casino Royal we have been hinted there is something new and powerful out there ready to strike. I loved how the last two films, Bond has only been working his way up to the leaders. The main villains in the last two films were just low or middle men for the organization. I do love the idea of the return of Blofeld and hopefully we get a new Jaws or camoes of Dr.No and Robert Shaw's villain from From Russia with Love. As for Transformers 2 sucking, it doesn't matter since more people will see that then whatever crappy indy film wins Best Picture, get over it.

  • June 17, 2009, 7:43 a.m. CST

    Anybody ever read The Business by Iain Banks?

    by Royston Lodge

    Great book about a non-evil global pseudocorporate organization influencing world events and stuff. Just turn up the evil a little bit and you've got a 21st century SPECTRE.<p> Oh, and the new movies should use this version of the theme song:<p>

  • June 17, 2009, 7:45 a.m. CST

    wowsah156, what?

    by bah

    Most of Bond's enemies in the movies were either corrupt businessmen or terrorists. Even in "From Russia With Love", Communism was a red herring (thank you, Tim Curry). Why would they suddenly make his foes "relevant" and realistic?

  • June 17, 2009, 7:47 a.m. CST

    Hugo Weaving

    by bah

    Hugo was born to be a Bond villain. Blofeld or not, it must happen.

  • June 17, 2009, 8:04 a.m. CST

    bah: For that matter, he cooperates with the russkies in how man

    by Royston Lodge

    At least two by my count - Spy Who Loved Me and The Living Daylights. Maybe more. I dunno.<p> I always hated the absence of The Evil Empire.<p> Maybe the real USSR would have launched their nukes if a Bond film portrayed them in a bad light?<p> "Zat damned Bond has humiliated us for ze last time! SO LONG LONDON!!! BWAHAHAHAHAHA"<p> "Um, but Comrade, is only a movie."<p> "You fool! That's what they WANT you to think!"

  • June 17, 2009, 8:10 a.m. CST

    Yes, Royston

    by bah

    Even if he wasn't directly cooperating, it was usually SPECTRE or someone else playing them off each other. The two you mentioned, From Russia With Love, Octopussy, You Only Live Twice. For Your Eyes Only might be the only one where he was directly competing with them (though not actually opposing).

  • June 17, 2009, 8:12 a.m. CST

    Blofeld reimagined = Jason Statham

    by JamesT

  • June 17, 2009, 8:14 a.m. CST

    Blofeld = Bale

    by Stuntcock Mike

    Only choice.

  • June 17, 2009, 8:23 a.m. CST

    from Michael Sheen himself via Twitter...

    by HarryWannaBe

    I follow Sheen on Twitter and recently sent him an "@" reply/question asking if there was any truth to him being in talks to play Blofeld... While he didn't reply directly to me...his most recent post says, "I am actually currently in talks with my arse about playing my elbow." So...take that as you will.

  • June 17, 2009, 8:24 a.m. CST

    Hope it's true...

    by DC Films

    Sure, there are plenty of folk here who say they know why it can't, or why can happen. I hope Eon make it happen.<P>Best thing about the books is that they're continous - each one mentions and either directly, or indirectly picks up from the previous book.<P>Be great to see them Bond reboot follow suit. With Craig, i don't really see how they can do otherwise, since he's a serious actor that will want to continue developing the character in a genuine linear fashion.<P>My Blofeld's:<P>Ben Kingsley (but needs directing from the likes of Jonathan Glazer...<P>Rutger Hauer...<P>Tom Wilkinson (though he made of blown it with his villain parody in ROCKENROLLA - but that said...!)<P>Michael Gambon (see his ruthless taboco magnet in THE INSIDER)...<P>Daniel Day Lewis (dream on)...<P>DeNiro has the chops etc and could amazing, but could we get past the fact that he's DeNiro?<P>If they want younger, then Sheen is a superb choice - i wouldn't have thought of him...Benicio Del Toro (he's matured more than enough for us not to confuse him with his LICENSE TO KILL character...<P>Chiwetel Ejiofor is one the best actors of his generation IMO. Maybe they could enlist his DIRTY PRETTY THINGS director Stephen Frears...<P>My top choice for a younger Blofeld is Viggo Mortensen. The man can do anything - Imagine his EASTERN PROMISES persona up against Craig. Such similar builds, presence, intensity - be one hell of a fight!

  • June 17, 2009, 8:29 a.m. CST

    EVIL. Doc-tor EV-IL.

    by moviemaven83

  • June 17, 2009, 8:31 a.m. CST

    Also, I want a Lego 007 game

    by bah


  • June 17, 2009, 8:33 a.m. CST

    Sheen can do anything so let him BE Blofeld...

    by workshed

    The man is the heir to Alec Guinness' throne when it comes to disappearing into a role. He can do 'skinny ('Fantabulosa') or ripped to fuck ('Underworld III'). Whether he'd take the role or not is another thing. Personally, I would have liked to have seen him take over as Doctor Who for a few years but he's waaaaay too highly regarded for that now. And for the idiots who can't recognise how CR and QoS are parts I, II and III of the same movie, well, goodbye. I thought they knocked both films out of the park. Er, no remakes please.!

  • June 17, 2009, 8:39 a.m. CST

    Considering he played Tony Blair

    by photoboy

    He's perfectly suited to playing a megalomaniac warmonger.

  • June 17, 2009, 8:44 a.m. CST

    Who (or what) is Blofeld?

    by Barabbas

    Project BLOFELD is the code name for a universal operating system for all computational devices, developed by ex-pats from a software monopoly (think Google or Microsoft). Its purpose is to turn everyone's cell phone into a sensor for miti-chlorines.

  • June 17, 2009, 9:07 a.m. CST

    YES to Sheen in Bond 23 but not as Blofeld

    by performingmonkey

    SPECTRE should certainly be back though.

  • June 17, 2009, 9:23 a.m. CST

    So why can't Blofeld be younger?

    by andymillman

    Um... prequels.

  • June 17, 2009, 9:31 a.m. CST

    Spectre Will not be back

    by one_guy_from_andromeda

    Have you people not been paying attention? Why the fuck would they put so much emphasis on this "Quantum" being this huge unstoppable behind the scenes operation when in the next movie it turns out that Spectre also exists? It's the same (quite silly) thing...

  • June 17, 2009, 9:42 a.m. CST

    Nobody's saying SPECTRE as well as Quantum.

    by Royston Lodge

    We're saying Quantum IS SPECTRE. Like, why can't "Quantum" just be a code-name that SPECTRE uses to keep law enforcement off their trail?<p> Like, "Quantum" is SPECTRE's version of Kaiser Sose.

  • June 17, 2009, 9:52 a.m. CST


    by repo_man

    I think RFID settled this way up the page… anyway, who gives one ? James Bond films are now humourless, boring stories with very little to engage members of the audience who aren’t impressed by product placement - the attempt to toughen him up in the style of Jack Bauer / Jason Bourne has resulted in the removal any humour or humanity from the character and turned him into a boring, miserable, violent, mumbling twat. The theme tunes have gone right down the shitter since the 80s, too. What else is left ? Bond villains are ALWAYS shit. That’s why he always wins. If these films had an ounce of realism James Bond would’ve been shot while he was pumping a female spy on his first job. Fuck em. It’s a dead horse. I’d rather watch a film about Nigel Bond.

  • June 17, 2009, 10:08 a.m. CST

    Mark Strong would be a good villain

    by Bastard_In_A_Blanket

    But - maybe he's sick of playing villains. Who knows?

  • June 17, 2009, 10:13 a.m. CST

    Note to editors

    by Bastard_In_A_Blanket

    Start updating your news more often instead of filling the "Cool News" with shit. <p> IMO, /Film is the best film site around at the moment. <p> And C.H.U.D. is just awful.

  • June 17, 2009, 10:18 a.m. CST


    by BiggusDickus

    I know, I was being deliberately antagonistic. Unfortunately, no-one was biting...<p>Damn me for a troll, sir.

  • June 17, 2009, 10:23 a.m. CST


    by dude_gimme_tabs

    James Bond was kicking ass and taking names whilst the other JB's were little more than an itch in their pappy's (or grandpappy's) pants and in that time he has been outlandish and humorous (MR, SWLM, YOLT), or tough but sensitive (OHMSS, TLD), a cold killer (FYEO), serious espionage (FRWL), downright action hero (TND) anything in between (all of Brosnan) and so on, and so on.<P> Different actors, directors and writers bring different approaches to the character and the climate at the time of the films also influences the approach. Whether he is uber-smooth ladies man, a bit of a swinger, an anti-hero with an edge or anything else on the sliding scale. <P> To suggest that it is simply mimicking the other JB's is simplistic and a fucking insult to an entertainment franchise that the other JB's would give their left testicle to be like.<P> Hilariously, if you dig out a talkback from, for example, around TWINE/DAD etc. I guarantee the forums are full of whining about how Bond needs to be harder, or have less humour and be less over the top. Careful what you wish for!!<P> Continentalop, I see where you are coming from and understand where the opinion is formed, however:<P> 1) He left her with Mathis who was supposedly connected down in Bolivia. He ws not to know that Greene was even more connected.<P> 2) This Bond is fallable and makes mistakes, sometimes because he follows his instincts and they aren't spot on. He is not the invincible super hero who always has the right gadget in his pocket. In fact, very like Bond in Fleming's books.<P> 3) As per my comment on "Heroes Responsibility for Death Exemption" you cannot hold one character in one film up as this without accepting it is a fact of cinema and story telling since the dawn of time.<P> 4) He knocked before going into Slate's room, I think (would need to check) and breaks in thinking it is empty. Slate then attacks him, at speed, with a knife from a concealed position. Of course he kills him!

  • June 17, 2009, 10:43 a.m. CST


    by repo_man

    You’re right, it is an insult to the franchise, and it was meant to be. I don’t think any of the “JBs” would donate any amount of metaphorical testicles to “be like” the Bond franchise - an overlong series constantly forced to reinvent itself, just to make money. If anything they just make it look tired in comparison. You’re completely right about people complaining the Brosnan Bonds needed to “toughen up”; they’re the pricks that’ve contributed to the current run of desperately tedious Bond films. IMO, Daniel Craig’s right up there with David Niven as a Bond. But it seems some of you prefer the current incarnation, so fair enough. I just remember watching Bond films as a kid and thinking they were awesome, but I doubt there's many kids around who could sit through Quantum Of Solace without being bored / paid. Does that even have the Monty Norman theme on it ?

  • June 17, 2009, 12:35 p.m. CST

    Continue with Quantum for a few more movies

    by moviemaniac-7

    And then, after they are beaten, some renegade Quantum people form Spectre. One of them Blofeld. Rewrite Bond-history, but not yet.

  • June 17, 2009, 1:30 p.m. CST

    Just cast the dude from Away We Go. Maya Rudolph.

    by Snake Foreskin

    Or cast Mike Meyers. Hell, just have Bond fight Dr. Evil. It can't be any more ridiculous than the way they've been treating the villains lately in Bond films. Let's face it: Bond villains are gay.<p> They might as well make the new Bond villain "Herr Poopy-Pants" and have done with it.

  • June 17, 2009, 4:05 p.m. CST

    Faran Tahir

    by DC Films

    Played Captain Robau in STAR TREK and Raza in IRON MAN...!<P>I'm pretty impressed with myself foe that one :))))

  • June 17, 2009, 4:18 p.m. CST

    Only JOHN WOO can save us now...

    by GibsonUSA Returns

    Where is Bond's second gun?

  • June 17, 2009, 4:47 p.m. CST

    Sheen as Blofeld

    by Prossor

    Everytime Bond squatted in the bush he got stronger. Everytime i woke up in my volcano lair the volcano walls moved ina little closer. Bond got off the Aston Martin and he split from the whole fuckin program. NEVER get off the Aston Martin.

  • June 17, 2009, 4:57 p.m. CST

    Daniel Craig for Blofeld

    by lockesbrokenleg

    Oh, wait. He's Bond. Damn, have Blofeld be a clone of Bond

  • June 17, 2009, 5:43 p.m. CST

    EON MGM & The McClory Estate

    by progrocktv

    Alright did a quick call to Sony, here's the breakdown: "To ecanale and the others - The rights over Thunderball and remakes were all sorted out. Deal made with MGM/Sony "rights for Blofeld and SPECTRE remain with the McClory estate and will not be appearing in an EON film any time soon." EON now has the rights to both of those names and is free to use them as they see fit as a result of an agreement made between EON and the McClory estate made around '08. Details on this aren't publicly released but my theory is McClory estate did/would be getting some sort of residual payment, either percentage or lump sum. So there ya go;-)

  • June 17, 2009, 6:05 p.m. CST

    progrocktv: good news

    by Nem_Wan

    It's a valid concern that 1960s-style SPECTRE/Blofeld would seem silly post-Austin Powers, but EON securing the rights is a good thing even if they never use them in a new film, for example, the aforementioned From Russia With Love Video game which could not use SPECTRE even though SPECTRE was in the movie. If that game were made now, by to your information, SPECTRE could be used. Hopefully if they want to make any more Connery-era Bond video games they'll do them while Connery is still around to lend his voice -- yeah, he's retired, but who would have expected him to play Bond in 2005, and he did.

  • June 17, 2009, 9:38 p.m. CST

    The Hildebrandt Rarity

    by blackshuck

    ...there aren't too many left besides that.

  • June 17, 2009, 10:29 p.m. CST

    This reminds me of that Al Pacino as Blofeld rumor for QoS

    by TylerDurden3395

    But this makes more sense...

  • June 18, 2009, 12:52 a.m. CST


    by The_Genteel_Gentile

    01. Ian McShane <p> 02. Rutger Hauer <p> 03. Jürgen Prochnow <p> 04. Brian Cox <p> 05. Bob Hoskins <p> 06. Brendan Gleeson <p> 07. Danny Huston <p> 08. Javier Bardem <p> 09. David Suchet <p> 10. Anthony Hopkins

  • June 18, 2009, 3:11 a.m. CST

    Rutger Hauer

    by Prossor

    is too good for hte current shit Bonds.

  • June 18, 2009, 4:32 a.m. CST


    by DC Films

    Bloody good news<P>The_Genteel_Gentile, Danny Huston, Javier Bardem and dear old Anthony Hopkins would all be excellent choices (Hopkins was cast as the medai mogel villain in TOMORROW NEVER DIES, but his cameo on M:I 2 got delayed and had to drop out...<P>Prossor, IMO Rutger Hauer is a great choice - i been suggesting him for bloody ages - and he's perfect for the current incarnation of Bond, which is possibly the best ever!

  • June 18, 2009, 7:44 a.m. CST

    Bond is due for a reboot

    by 300Zartans

    Keep Daniel Craig, lose the producers. Quantum of Solace felt like rape to me. What an awful movie that was. The producers of that one should swallow a shotgun and pull the trigger.

  • June 18, 2009, 8:47 a.m. CST

    Re 300zartans

    by emeraldboy

    Lose the producers? not gonna happen. Micheal G wilson and his step sister Barbara Brocolli will have to die in a plane crash or other accident before they give up the bond rites. They will have them untill they day they die.

  • June 18, 2009, 9:03 a.m. CST

    Oh and I have some other news

    by emeraldboy

    You may all take this news with a pinch of salt. or

  • June 18, 2009, 12:28 p.m. CST

    RE: Nem_Wan

    by progrocktv

    That's EXACTLY the impression I got. I think it's securing the names for the franchise to be used in books, games, etc. and the films being a separate issue but available option.

  • June 18, 2009, 4:30 p.m. CST

    DC Films

    by Prossor

    Rutger Hauer is great and would make a great Bond baddy except he doesn't deserve the current Bonds which are basically Bourne amalgams foaming with soap opera melodrama fit for the lifetime channel.

  • June 20, 2009, 3:25 a.m. CST

    Saw Sheen in UNDERWORD: RISE OF...

    by DC Films

    The underwelming cgi and underwritten cast.<P>Sheen though was the saving grace - he's got a lot of presence an isn't, as i'd feared, just a really high-class impersonator.<P>He'd be a fine Blofeld.