The New Spectre Logo

There's been a bit of chat on here about the new SPECTRE "octopus" logo only having seven legs, I know one of you pointed out that some octopodes have only seven visible legs, but erm... Has it ever actually been described as an octopus? You guys know all the material better than I do... is there ever a reference to it?

My thoughts are that either:

1. The new logo designers have deliberately gone for a redesign that is more overtly representing a ghost/ghoul type shape, thus linking the name and logo
or
2. The new designers didn't realise it was meant to be an octopus
or
3. It was always meant to be a ghost-type shape but was 'badly' designed in the first instances (FRWL?)

What do you guys think?
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  • I seem to recall the logo under Konsteen's "You are required at once" coaster being a skull with tassles more than an octopus. Maybe over the following films it got distorted?
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    This is the SPECTRE ring from From Russia with Love

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    And the You Are Require At Once
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    And the ring from You Only Live Twice
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  • ThunderfingerThunderfinger Das Boot Hill
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    I like the old design better.
  • What do you think @JCRendle ? Am I on to something? A ghost that got octopuscated?
  • DragonpolDragonpol https://thebondologistblog.blogspot.com
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    I like the old design better.

    Me too. The old ways are often the best when it comes to Bond.
  • Dragonpol wrote: »
    I like the old design better.

    Me too. The old ways are often the best when it comes to Bond.

    Do you guys mean the old design as in FRWL? I'd have to agree. It has a certain quiet menace to it, whereas the YOLT looks a bit like a comb (!) and I don't quite know what I think of the SP one yet.
    Might grow on me.
  • ThunderfingerThunderfinger Das Boot Hill
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    The one in FRWL is clearly the best.

    About the comb-Haha. Maybe Blofeld misses his hair.
  • DragonpolDragonpol https://thebondologistblog.blogspot.com
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    Yes, I too mean the old design, in any of the older films really.
  • I too think the FRWL design looks best because it's misshapen, crudely drawn, almost as if drawn by a child. Those squiggly tentacles/tendrils. The sad eyes inside that skewed head. Something about it pronounces the unspeakable menace of what it stands for all that much more than the sleek lines of YOLT's.
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    I do like the old designs, but I feel they are a bit inconspicuous - a bit too bulky. The FRWL is the most subtle and works best for it. I also like this with the new ring from the trailer. It doesn't draw attention and scream out "I am a member of SPECTRE" a, supposedly, secret organisation.

    Villain: How did you know I worked for SPECTRE, Mr. Bond, I was so careful?
    Bond: Your ring
    Villain: Damn!

    If I were to design a SPECTRE ring, I would have a gold signet ring, like some men wear as wedding bands, with the Octopus logo engraved.

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  • ChiefTannerChiefTanner Wilmington, DE, USA
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    Here is the screenshot of the ring with insignia from the trailer:

    spectre-ring.png

    and here is a side-by-side from the 007 Wiki:

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    This was captioned, "Comparison of Fiona Volpe's octopus insignia ring from Thunderball (1965), with its 2015 counterpart."
  • ChiefTannerChiefTanner Wilmington, DE, USA
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    Oh plus here is Blofeld wearing a ring in FRWL:

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    As a graphic designer myself, I prefer the new Spectre logo. Where the old designs look more like a drawing, almost cartoon-esque in it's appearance, the new logo does look more like a brand mark.
  • Blofeld: "Number Five, I gave you and Number Eleven the strictest of instructions for producing these rings..."
    Number 5: "You gave me a crudely drawn sketch of a squid!"
    Blofeld: "We do not tolerate mistakes, Number Five. It was clearly a drawing of a 'spectre'."
    Number 5: "I can sort of see that now."
    {Blofeld raises pistol towards Number 5}
    Blofeld: "There are consequences for your actions, Number Five."
    {Blofeld shoots Number Eleven}
  • edited April 2015 Posts: 1,552
    Fleming certainly had a thing for Octopuses(/Octopi?). You have Pussfella (who once killed an octopus) in Doctor No, Major Smythe's Octopus in Octopussy, the Octopuses in Thunderball etc.
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    It's a nice discussion. But really, it still is an octopus. I don't think it looks more "ghost-like". Although personally I would have liked to see the actual re-designed logo in a more luxury-looking signet/seal ring. Perhaps in gold.
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    What do you think about my mock-up above, @Gustav_Graves
  • RC7RC7
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    If I'm being honest, I wouldn't have missed the ring at all. Seems a bit odd in this era of films to have a glaringly obvious declaration of criminal intent. I felt the same about the ridiculous Q badge in QoS. 'Hey look at us, we're an uber-clandestine organisation that infiltrate every level of society, but you can easily identify us by our rings'.
  • ChiefTannerChiefTanner Wilmington, DE, USA
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    Maybe that's why then made the insignia on the new ring smaller
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    Maybe that's why then made the insignia on the new ring smaller
    That's my thinking, something more subtle.

    Also, something some movie goers would think about purchasing £££$$$ ;)
  • RC7RC7
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    Maybe that's why then made the insignia on the new ring smaller

    Still, from the looks of it it acts as a trigger for Bond's mission in some way. You'd feel a bit of a tit if you were running a completely unknown, worldwide criminal organisation, only to be undone by a debatable need for corporate branding.
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    RC7 wrote: »
    Maybe that's why then made the insignia on the new ring smaller
    Still, from the looks of it it acts as a trigger for Bond's mission in some way. You'd feel a bit of a tit if you were running a completely unknown, worldwide criminal organisation, only to be undone by a debatable need for corporate branding.
    AKA a MacGuffin ;)
  • RC7RC7
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    JCRendle wrote: »
    RC7 wrote: »
    Maybe that's why then made the insignia on the new ring smaller
    Still, from the looks of it it acts as a trigger for Bond's mission in some way. You'd feel a bit of a tit if you were running a completely unknown, worldwide criminal organisation, only to be undone by a debatable need for corporate branding.
    AKA a MacGuffin ;)

    That's what I'm assuming it will be in SP.
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    It can also be seen as a form of vanity or a warning to those in the know.

    "We are SPECTRE. Don't mess with us"
  • I suppose pride/hubris are often Blofeld and crew's downfall, and how is this better signified than observable emblems like these, whereas Bond can be snobbish, but happily avoid such stand-out extravagances (apart from his monogrammed pyjamas in LALD... waaay out of character I thought).
  • edited April 2015 Posts: 11,119
    RC7 wrote: »
    If I'm being honest, I wouldn't have missed the ring at all. Seems a bit odd in this era of films to have a glaringly obvious declaration of criminal intent. I felt the same about the ridiculous Q badge in QoS. 'Hey look at us, we're an uber-clandestine organisation that infiltrate every level of society, but you can easily identify us by our rings'.

    I think this shows that even Bond films are still.....films. And the Bond universe is always, with certain details, slightly larger-than-life than the real world. Personally, I was jumping in the air when I first saw the ring! Loved it. The critical Bond fans were complaining that the trailer was too dark and moody, that "SPECTRE" has become too Nolan-esque, too realistic, and less "typical Bond". I disagree, the inclusion of this wunderful SPECTRE-item is 500% "Bond". Period. And it brings in a welcome bit of unrealistic mystery.

    If we do have to make a connection with the real world, then it would remind me of my own student fraternity ring from old days (student fraternities are very common in the USA and Netherlands). They look a bit like this:
    magna_pete_ringen.jpg
    Although no one is actually wearing them anymore, the S.P.E.C.T.R.E. from "SPECTRE" so far reminds me a bit of a tightly organized fraternity.
  • SarkSark Guangdong, PRC
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    Perhaps the 7 limbed octopus fits with Fleming's "deformity and evil" theme. We all remember how many of the villains had some handicap. A 7 limbed octopus would certainly seem deformed to most people.
  • RC7RC7
    edited April 2015 Posts: 10,512
    RC7 wrote: »
    If I'm being honest, I wouldn't have missed the ring at all. Seems a bit odd in this era of films to have a glaringly obvious declaration of criminal intent. I felt the same about the ridiculous Q badge in QoS. 'Hey look at us, we're an uber-clandestine organisation that infiltrate every level of society, but you can easily identify us by our rings'.

    I think this shows that even Bond films are still.....films. And the Bond universe is always, with certain details, slightly larger-than-life than the real world. Personally, I was jumping in the air when I first saw the ring! Loved it. The critical Bond fans were complaining that the trailer was too dark and moody, that "SPECTRE" has become too Nolan-esque, too realistic, and less "typical Bond". I disagree, the inclusion of this wunderful SPECTRE-item is 500% "Bond". Period. And it brings in a welcome bit of unrealistic mystery.

    If we do have to make a connection with the real world, then it would remind me of my own student fraternity ring from old days (student fraternities are very common in the USA and Netherlands). They look a bit like this:
    magna_pete_ringen.jpg
    Although no one is actually wearing them anymore, the S.P.E.C.T.R.E. from "SPECTRE" so far reminds me a bit of a tightly organized fraternity.

    I largely agree with you, I think after SF I'm expecting more of this kind of larger than life stuff to creep back in, so I think I'll enjoy SP more having been forced to accept the tonal change from CR/QoS - SF. Still, I wouldn't necessarily miss it, if it wasn't in. I thought CR did 'mysterious organisation' as good as any Bond film, just through drama and dialogue.
  • DrShatterhandDrShatterhand Garden of Death, near Belfast
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    Funny, I was watching FRWL a few weeks ago and noticed then that what I'd always understood to be a octopus looked actually far more like a ghoul or a ghost...a Spectre if you will ;).

    The one in TB though is definitely more 'octopussy'. Perhaps something changed between the films for EON to rebrand the organisation slightly, with the tentacles being a strong visualisation of the influence of the organisation? I'm guessing Ken Adam was responsible for the designs so wonder if he's ever made mention of it.

    As for the new one, I think it's somewhere in between so perhaps the new designers weren't sure either.
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