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It's like I said, he's a good character with lots of unexplored potential.
In terms of organisations yeah, Quantum is probably more familiar than SPECTRE, but more familiar than Blofeld?
If you went up to people on the street and asked them to name a Bond villain I think most people would say either Goldfinger, Jaws or Blofeld. I don't think anybody would say Mr White or Dominic Greene.
I'd say "only the hardcore fans care" applies more to Quantum than anything else. This site is pretty much the only place where I've heard anyone say they should be bought back. I don't see any evidence of people outside of the hardcore fanbase giving a toss about Quantum. Did anybody who wasn't on a James Bond fansite complain about Quantum not even being mentioned in Skyfall?
I wouldn't mind their return (although I think QOS works as a decent enough conclusion to their story), but I don't think EON will bring Quantum back. They have a good thing going right now after the success of SF and I don't think their next move will be bringing back the villains of a film that most people didn't really like very much.
One of the inspired moves of the Bond series throughout its 50-year history is that, unlike other franchises, they don't recycle their villains.
Leave him in the past, and let the glorious early years and the performances by Dawson, Pohlmann, Pleasance, Savalas, and not Gray live on.
So even if they used the books as inspiration, it wouldn't be Blofeld unless he was like Dr Evil?
This did make me laugh :)
I can't look beyond that @Samuel but some people just can't help themselves. Not disimilar from some having the need to create a damn Bond 24 thread every thirty minutes when there's already ample room that can accomodate
It's only going over old ground when I /we say that there's really no place for Blofeld in 21st century James Bond. Re-boot or no re-boot the character is outdated and archaic, and would just appear wholly inappropriate being resurrected for a first "proper" appearance in over forty years. I sincerely hope this 'idea' or whatever it resembles, never sees the light of day, and to be truthful, getting tired of having this debate now, so that's all I really got to say on this issue
I think people would answer: "Goldifnger, I can't remember his name but that guy with the metal teeth and that guy with the cat and the scar". I think only Goldfinger would be named. And I am not sure they wouldn't confuse him with another one: "Yes sure, I know Goldfinger, the guy with the bald head, scar and cat."
My thoughts exactly. Save him for the next actor, and make a trilogy loosely based on the Fleming trilogy perhaps. With the right screenwriter, the right director and the right actors, it would be interesting to see IMO.
I very much agree.
Yes, if it has to be done at all, I think it is best to leave it to a new actor as James Bond, not the current one who has enough on his plate with the narrative arc concerning the Quantum organisation. It makes much more sense this way, at least to me.
But I don't think the time is right just yet to bring him back. Keep the original ideas churning. I think once the series gets the reboot again (a new Bond), then maybe the time will be right to set up a Blofeld saga.
My thoughts exactly. Leave this for the next Bond if it has to be done at all. I'm all for the original approach; the new Blofeld would have to be vastly different from the old to succeed at all.