Danjaq and MGM had finally acquired all of the rights and interests relating to James Bond from the McClory estate and family, after years of legal wrangling leaves the character of Blofeld, Bond's arch enemy, on the comeback trail. And it seems certain that the next Bond movie will see the return of the old cat stroking psycho.
The McClory family's law firm said McClory created the iconic character, Ernst Stavro Blofeld and the global terrorist organization he headed, SPECTRE (Special Executive for Counter-intelligence, Terrorism, Revenge and Extortion), which were not part of the original novels. As such the Bond people had until now been unable to use Blofeld.
Ernst Stavro Blofeld is perhaps the iconic Bond villain, variously portrayed on the big screen by Donald Pleasance, Charles Gray, Telly Savalas and Max Von Sydow, as well as inspiring the character of Dr Evil in Mike Myers' Austin Powers films. SPECTRE is an acronym for SPecial Executive for Counter-intelligence, Terrorism, Revenge and Extortion, a villainous apolitical organisation which has formed the template for various similar groups in the Bond films and similar efforts.
Mark my words...there's a spectre on the horizon.