Ernst Stavro Blofeld

For years, the world has been safe from Ernst Stavro Blofeld (above, played by Donald Pleasence in the first incarnation to show his face) and the evil SPECTRE organization, not because James Bond and his MI6 cohorts are just that good at their jobs, but because legal wrangling prevented recent Bond films from using the two villainous names.

But things have changed. Kevin McClory, who owns the names to those bad guys, passed away in 2006. A deal has now been struck between his estate and the Bond folks, giving Bond film producers rights to all of the McClory estate’s James Bond holdings. In other words, Blofeld is primed for his comeback.

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