All great heroes require an arch
enemy - Sherlock Holmes had
had Poseidon, Captain Ahab had his white
whale. James Bond has one
Ernst Stavro Blofeld, the founder of S.P.E.C.T.R.E.
Blofeld was born in Gdynia, Poland
on May 28, 1908, to a Polish
father and Greek mother. He studied
economics and political history
at the University of Warsaw, and
then engineering and radionics at
the Warsaw Technical Institute.
At the age of 22, he started work in
an administrative post at the Ministry
of Posts and Telegraphs. Here
he gained access to many secret
communications, especially with
Poland on the verge of war.
This lead to his first scheme, selling
this information to overseas
secret services. He soon moved
to Sweden, and when it became clear which
side was going to win the War, he began selling his
information to the Allies. He finished
the War wealthy and with decorations from the British, Americans
and French. He then slipped
away to South America, where he
started to formulate the plans for S.P.E.C.T.R.E. - "a
private enterprise for private profit".
S.P.E.C.T.R.E.'s early exploits
met opposition from a british secret
service agent by the name of James
Bond. Bond managed to spoil Blofeld's early plans to topple American
rockets in 1962, as well as his attempt to obtain a Lektor decoder from
the Soviets in 1963.
When S.P.E.C.T.R.E. crumbled in
1967, Blofeld tried a private scheme
to claim the title of Comte de
Bleauchamp in the mountains of
Switzerland. Bond foiled
this plot too, resulting in Blofeld's murder
of Tracy Bond, 007's bride.
With Bond now out for vengeance,
Blofeld began having other
people physically altered
to look like him. His hope was that one of
these others would be killed in
his place. Unfortunately, Bond
managed to eliminate the impostors,
as well as ruin Blofelds newest scheme. While attempting to escape
from an exploding oil rig,
Blofeld was injured, a wound that
left him paralyzed from the waist
In 1981, Blofeld appeared again,
this time bound to a wheelchair.
While attempting to seek his revenge
on Bond, he was dropped into
a 400 foot industrial chimney.
Although his fate was unconfirmed,
Blofeld is assumed to have died
in this unfortunate accident.
However, Blofeld's cat was reported
to have survived its master's fate. Since then, there have been numerous
alleged sightings. It is
unknown whether or not we have
seen the last of the only remaining S.P.E.C.T.R.E. agent.
Information on Blofeld's early
history originated from The
Bond Film Informant.