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SPECTRE
SPECTRE Logo.png
SPECTRE logo
Universe James Bond series
Type
Founded Circa mid-1950s
Location Paris, 136 Boulevard Haussmann
SPECTRE Island
SPECTRE Yacht
Numerous
Tangier
Key people Ernst Stavro Blofeld (leader)
Emilio Largo (second-in-command)
Rosa Klebb
Irma Bunt
Dr.Julius No
Tamil Rahani
Jay Autem Holy
Nena Bisquamer (nee Blofeld)
Mr. White
Le Chiffre
Dominic Greene
Raoul Silva
Mr. Hinx
Purpose Counterintelligence, Terrorism, Revenge, Extortion, World domination

SPECTRE (Special Executive for Counter-intelligence, Terrorism, Revenge and Extortion) is a fictional global criminal syndicate and terrorist organisation featured in the James Bond novels by Ian Fleming, the films based on those novels, and James Bond video games. Led by evil genius and supervillain Ernst Stavro Blofeld, the international organisation first formally appeared in the novel Thunderball (1961) and in the film Dr. No (1962). As a NGO, SPECTRE is not aligned to any nation or political ideology, enabling the later Bond books and Bond films to be regarded as somewhat apolitical though the former Gestapo members are a clear sign of Fleming's warning of the Nazi fascists surviving after the Second World War first detailed in the novel Moonraker (1954). SPECTRE began in the novels as a small group of criminals but became a vast international organisation with its own SPECTRE Island training base in the films, to replace the Soviet SMERSH.

Philosophy and goals[edit]

Blofeld's SPECTRE volcano base complete with spacecraft-swallowing rocket shuttle, helipad and attack helicopter, and command centre in the 1967 film You Only Live Twice. The world map in the background is common to emphasise the aim of world domination.

In Ian Fleming's novels, SPECTRE is a commercial enterprise led by Blofeld. The top level of the organisation is made up of twenty-one individuals, eighteen of whom handle day-to-day affairs and are drawn in groups of three from six of the world's most notorious organisations—the Gestapo, the Soviet SMERSH, Marshal Josip Broz Tito's secret police, the Italian Mafia, the Unione Corse, and a massive heroin-smuggling operation based in Turkey.[1] Their début is in the 9th Bond book, Thunderball (1961). At the time of writing the novel—1959—Fleming believed that the Cold War might end during the two years it would take to produce the film, and came to the conclusion that the inclusion of a contemporary political villain would leave the film looking dated; he therefore thought it better to create a politically neutral enemy for Bond.[2] Fleming's SPECTRE has elements inspired by mafia syndicates and organised crime rings that were actively hunted by law enforcement in the 1950s. The strict codes of loyalty and silence, and the hard retributions that followed violations, were hallmarks of American gangster rings, Mafia, the Unione Corse, the Chinese Tongs and Triads and the Japanese Yakuza and Black Dragon Society. During the events of Thunderball, SPECTRE successfully hijack two nuclear warheads and plan to hold the world to ransom.

The organisation is next mentioned in book 10, The Spy Who Loved Me (1962), when Bond describes investigating their activities in Toronto before the story begins, though they play no part in the story itself. The organisation's third appearance is in book 11, On Her Majesty's Secret Service (1963) where Blofeld, hired by an unnamed country or party—though the Soviet Union is implied—is executing a plan to ruin British agriculture with biological warfare. Blofeld, with a weakened SPECTRE would appear for the final time in book 12, You Only Live Twice (1964). By this point, the organisation has largely been shut down, and what remains is focused on maintaining Blofeld's alias as Dr. Guntram von Shatterhand and his compound in Japan.

In the films, the organisation often acts as a third party in the ongoing Cold War. Their objectives have variously ranged from supporting Dr. Julius No in sabotaging American rocket launches, holding the world to ransom, and demanding clemency from governments for their previous crimes. The goal of world domination was only ever stated in You Only Live Twice, and SPECTRE was working not for itself but on behalf of an unnamed Asian government whose two representatives Blofeld speaks to during the film; this is strongly implied to be Red China, who earlier backed Auric Goldfinger in the film of the same name.

Its long-term strategy, however, is illustrated by the analogy of the three Siamese fighting fish Blofeld keeps in an aquarium in the film version of From Russia with Love. Blofeld notes that one fish is refraining from fighting two others until their fight is concluded. Then, that cunning fish attacks the weakened victor and kills it easily. Thus SPECTRE's main strategy is to instigate conflict between two powerful enemies, namely the superpowers, hoping that they will exhaust themselves and be vulnerable when it seizes power. SPECTRE thus works with, and against, both sides of the Cold War. For example, in the film Thunderball it simultaneously distributes Red Chinese narcotics in the United States, kills a defector to the USSR on behalf of the French Foreign Ministry, and blackmails NATO with stolen nuclear weapons, while continuing ordinary criminal operations such as advising on the Great Train Robbery.

In both the film and the novel Thunderball, the physical headquarters of the organisation are laid in Paris, operating behind a terrorist front organisation aiding refugees (named "Firco" in the novels and "International Brotherhood for the Assistance of Stateless Persons'" in the films). Organisational discipline is notoriously draconian, with the penalty for disobedience or failure being death. Furthermore, to heighten the impact of the executions, Blofeld often chooses to focus attention on an innocent member, making it appear his death is imminent, only to suddenly strike down the actual target when that person is off guard.

Leadership[edit]

SPECTRE is headed by the supervillain Ernst Stavro Blofeld who usually appears accompanied by a Chinchilla Persian cat in the films, but not in the books. In both the films and the novels, Emilio Largo is the second in command. It is stated in the novel that if something were to happen to Blofeld, Largo would assume command. Largo appears in the novel Thunderball, the film version and its remake, Never Say Never Again where he is renamed Maximilian Largo and is said to be Romanian rather than Italian.

Members are typically referred to by number rather than by name. In the novels, the numbers of members were initially assigned at random and then rotated on a regular basis to prevent detection. However, in the films the number indicates rank within the organisation: Blofeld is always referred to as "Number 1" and Emilio Largo, in Thunderball, is "Number 2".

The SPECTRE cabinet had a total of twenty-one members. Blofeld was the chairman and leader because he founded the organisation, and Largo was elected by the cabinet to be second in command. A physicist named Kotze (who later defected) and an electronics expert named Maslov were also included in the group for their expertise on scientific and technical matters.

This particular example of numbering is perhaps deliberately borrowed from revolutionary organisations, wherein members exist in cells, and are numerically defined to prevent identification and cross-betrayal of aims. By deliberately drawing attention away from the true leader of the organisation, he is protected by masquerading as a target of lower importance, and the structure of the organisation is also obscured from intelligence services.

Appearances[edit]

Novels[edit]

In the original Bond novel series, SPECTRE's first and last appearance as a worldwide power is in the novel Thunderball, published in 1961. In the novel, SPECTRE, headed by Blofeld, attempts to conduct nuclear blackmail against NATO. Apparently disbanded afterwards, SPECTRE is said to be active again in the next book, The Spy Who Loved Me, although the organisation is not involved in the plot. In On Her Majesty's Secret Service, the second chapter of what is known as the "Blofeld Trilogy", Blofeld has revived SPECTRE where he attempts to extort clemency from the government of the United Kingdom. Blofeld's final appearance is in You Only Live Twice, where SPECTRE has largely disbanded.

Later, the John Gardner Bond novel, For Special Services introduces a revived SPECTRE led by Blofeld's daughter, Nena Bismaquer. Although Bond ultimately prevents SPECTRE from reforming, it continued, under the leadership of Tamil Rahani, to play a part in Role of Honour and Nobody Lives For Ever. The next Bond novelist, Raymond Benson, reintroduces Irma Bunt, Blofeld's assistant, in his short story "Blast From the Past", which is a sequel to You Only Live Twice.

Films[edit]

Dr. No with his aquarium in the background.

In the Eon Productions James Bond series, which began in 1962 with Dr. No, SPECTRE plays a more prominent role. The organisation is first mentioned in Dr. No as the organisation for which Dr. Julius No works. This was changed from Fleming's novels, which had Dr. No working for the USSR. In the films, SPECTRE usually replaced SMERSH as the main villains, although there is a brief reference to SMERSH in the second Eon Bond film, From Russia with Love (1963). The film adaptation of From Russia with Love also features the first on-screen appearance of Blofeld, although he is only identified by name in the closing credits of the film and his face is not seen at all. SPECTRE also serve as the primary antagonists of the film, orchestrating a plan to humiliate and kill James Bond as revenge for the death of Dr. No.

After being absent from the third film, Goldfinger (1964), SPECTRE returns in the 4th film, Thunderball (1965), which closely mirrors the events of the novel, and subsequently is featured in the following films. During the events of You Only Live Twice (film 5, 1967), they attempt to incite a war between the nuclear powers, the United States and Soviet Union. In film 6, On Her Majesty's Secret Service (1969), Blofeld develops a germ warfare programme and plans to demand clemency and recognition of his titles. SPECTRE's final appearance is in the 7th film, Diamonds Are Forever (1971), where they attempt to forcibly disarm the Cold War powers. SPECTRE was dismantled for good after Diamonds Are Forever. Following Diamonds Are Forever, SPECTRE and Blofeld were retired from the Eon Films series, except for a cameo by Blofeld in film 12, For Your Eyes Only (1981) in which he is finally killed. However, owing to the copyright dispute between the Fleming estate and Kevin McClory, the character is never referred to by name and is credited as "Wheelchair Villain".

The organisation returns for the Daniel Craig era of Bond films in the 2015 film Spectre, where the acronym for the eponymous committee is not mentioned in this continuity, simply referred to as "Spectre".[3][4] In the film, Bond is posthumously sent by Judi Dench's M to assassinate Marco Sciarra, which in turn leads him on the trail of the organisation. It is revealed throughout the course of the film that Spectre, and in turn Ernst Stavro Blofeld, have been responsible for the villainous events of the previous Craig films. The "Quantum" organisation that appeared unnamed in 2006's Casino Royale and 2008's Quantum of Solace is revealed to be a subsidiary of Spectre, while Raoul Silva from Skyfall is shown to be affiliated with the organisation. In addition to Silva, Le Chiffre, Mr. White, and Dominic Greene are all revealed to have a direct connection to Spectre.

Non-EoN film appearances[edit]

In 1983 Warner Bros. released Never Say Never Again, based on the same original source material as Thunderball. The film retells the story of Thunderball and reintroduces both SPECTRE and Blofeld.

Video games[edit]

SPECTRE is shown, but never mentioned by name, in the game GoldenEye: Rogue Agent. Instead, it is referred to as a "powerful criminal organisation". It is depicted as being much more powerful than it was in any of the films or books, possessing a massive undersea black market known as "The Octopus", resembling Karl Stromberg's Nautilus lair from The Spy Who Loved Me, a large lair built into an extinct volcano akin to the films which is used as the main base of operations, and also the personal structures of its members such as Auric Goldfinger's Auric Enterprises facility and casino and Dr. No's Crab Key, also returning from the films. SPECTRE also possesses extremely advanced technology, such as virtual reality and energy generators in its volcano lair.

Although the From Russia with Love video game mirrors much of the plot of the eponymous film, it uses an organisation called OCTOPUS rather than SPECTRE to avoid copyright issues.

Comics[edit]

A version of SPECTRE similar to the novels was featured in the comic strips published in the Daily Express newspaper between 1958 and 1983. The first appearance in comic books will be in Eidolon, a miniseries published by Dynamite Entertainment scheduled for June 2016. It will be written by Warren Ellis and illustrated by Jason Masters. In this comic, SPECTRE will have a World War II organization that is mostly defunct. Loyalists endured as plants and sleeper agents in the aftermath of a Warsaw Pact surge, waiting for the right moment for SPECTRE to have a reformation and resurgence.[5]

Copyright issues[edit]

SPECTRE and its characters were at the centre of long-standing litigation between Kevin McClory and Ian Fleming over the film rights to Thunderball and the ownership of the organisation and its characters. In 1963, Fleming settled out of court with McClory, which awarded McClory the film rights to Thunderball, although literary rights would stay with Fleming and thus allow continuation author John Gardner to use SPECTRE in a number of his novels.

In 1963, Eon Productions producers Albert R. Broccoli and Harry Saltzman made an agreement with McClory to adapt the novel into the fourth James Bond film, also stipulating that McClory would not be allowed to make further adaptations of Thunderball for at least ten years after the release. Although SPECTRE and Blofeld were used in a number of films before and after Thunderball, the issue over the copyright of Thunderball prevented SPECTRE and Blofeld from becoming the main villains in 1977's The Spy Who Loved Me. In 1983, McClory released a film based on his Bond rights entitled Never Say Never Again.

In 1998, MGM/UA took legal action against Sony and McClory in the United States to prevent Warhead 2000 AD from going into production. MGM/UA abandoned the claim after settling with Sony. McClory's Bond rights, including his rights in SPECTRE, were unaffected.

On November 15, 2013, MGM and the McClory estate announced that they had formally settled the issue with Danjaq, LLC and MGM had acquired the full copyright to the characters and concepts of Blofeld and SPECTRE.[6] Having lost its mantle of acronym, now simply called Spectre, the organisation and Blofeld were the main antagonists in the first Bond film released after the settlement, Spectre.[3][4]

SPECTRE henchmen[edit]

Henchmen working for SPECTRE, one of its members, or directly for Ernst Stavro Blofeld:

Novels[edit]

  • Emilio Largo – Second in command of SPECTRE and designated by Blofeld to oversee all field operations for Thunderball; killed by Domino Vitali
  • "Giuseppe Petacchi" – A man surgically altered to look like Domino Vitali's brother; kills the crew aboard the NATO test flight carrying the bombs and flies it to rendezvous with SPECTRE, only to be killed upon delivery
  • Vargas – The assassin who kills Petacchi
  • Fiona Volpe – "Number 4," an Italian Artiq who recruited Petacchi for the plot
  • Pierre Borraud – "Number 12," of the Unione Corse; had sex with a girl that he kidnapped for ransom. As a punishment, Blofeld electrocuted Borraud and returned half of the ransom money to the girl's father as compensation. While Blofeld considered the possibility that the sexual relationship was consensual, it was more important that SPECTRE was reputed to keep its word.[7]
  • Marius Domingue – "Number 7," another Unione Corse man; highly trustworthy, but singled out by Blofeld for a lecture in order to throw Borraud off guard
  • Maslov – "Number 18," formerly known as Kandinsky; a Polish electronics expert who resigned from Philips AG
  • Kotze – "Number 5," formerly known as Emil Traut; an East German physicist who defected to the West
  • Strelik – "Number 10," a former SMERSH member; shot dead by Largo for questioning the loyalty of the other SPECTRE members
  • "Number 11" – Another ex-SMERSH operative
  • Count Lippe – "Sub-operator G"; expected to send the Thunderball ransom letter, but his fight with Bond and subsequent injuries led to a delay in the plan
  • "Number 6" – Kills Lippe at the behest of Blofeld for being unreliable
  • "Number 14" – A former Gestapo officer
  • "Number 17" – Finds Domino scanning the Disco Volante with a Geiger counter in search of the stolen atomic bombs; reports her to Largo, who takes her prisoner and tortures her
  • Irma Bunt - henchwoman in the novel and film On Her Majesty's Secret Service
  • Black Dragon Society

This is only a brief description of the numbers of each member. In the first book to include SPECTRE, Thunderball, it is stated that the numbers of each member changes periodically (it "advances round a rota by two digits at midnight on the first of every month") to avoid detection and Blofeld is in fact "Number 2".

Operatives[edit]

By order of appearance and fate
  • Mr. Jones (Dr. No) – takes his own life with poisoned cigarette.
  • Professor R. J. Dent (Dr. No) – shot dead by James Bond.
  • Miss Taro (Dr. No) – arrested by Jamaican police.
  • Dr. Julius No (Dr. No) – boiled alive in his own nuclear reactor.
  • Donald "Red" Grant (From Russia with Love) – stabbed and garrotted by Bond.
  • Morzeny (From Russia with Love) – blown up in boating accident.
  • Kronsteen (No. 5, From Russia with Love) – killed on Blofeld's orders by Klebb with poisoned stabbing shoe.
  • Colonel Rosa Klebb (No. 3, From Russia with Love) – shot dead by Tatiana Romanova.
  • Colonel Jaques Bouvar (No. 6, Thunderball) – killed by James Bond.
  • Emilio Largo (No. 2, Thunderball) – shot with a speargun by Domino Derval.
  • Fiona Volpe (Thunderball) – shot dead accidentally by her own henchmen as they attempted to kill James Bond.
  • Pierre Borraud (No. 9, Thunderball) – electrocuted by Blofeld for embezzling from Spectre.
  • Marius Domingue (No. 11, Thunderball) – at large.
  • Count Lippe (Thunderball) – killed by Volpe on Blofeld's orders.
  • Angelo Palazzi (Thunderball) – killed by Largo on Blofeld's orders.
  • Vargas (Thunderball) – killed with a speargun by James Bond.
  • Janni (Thunderball) – killed when Largo's yacht explodes.
  • Professor Ladislav Kutze (Thunderball, defected) – last seen jumping into ocean with lifebuoy.
  • Quist (Thunderball) – thrown by Largo into shark pool.
  • Helga Brandt (No.11, You Only Live Twice) – dropped into piranha pool by Blofeld.
  • Hans (You Only Live Twice) – thrown into piranha pool by Bond.
  • Mr. Osato (Head of Osato Chemicals, You Only Live Twice) – shot and killed as "a price of failure" by Blofeld.
  • Number 3 (You Only Live Twice) – blown up in volcano explosion.
  • Number 4 (You Only Live Twice) – fate unknown.
  • Irma Bunt (On Her Majesty's Secret Service) – fate unknown.
  • Grunther (On Her Majesty's Secret Service) – killed by Tracy Bond.
  • Mr. Wint & Mr. Kidd (Diamonds Are Forever) – Mr. Wint is killed by James Bond by tying his "bomb surprise" to his coat tails and tossing him overboard, exploding before he hits the water. Mr. Kidd is set on fire and last seen swimming afloat on the sea after he jumps overboard to put out the flames.
  • Bert Saxby (Diamonds Are Forever) – shot and killed by CIA Agents.
  • Le Chiffre (Casino Royale) - shot dead by terrorists whose money he lost to Bond.
  • Dominic Greene, head of the subsidiary organisation Quantum (Quantum of Solace) - left in a desert with no water by Bond. Later revealed to have drunk a can of motor oil Bond left him, before being shot in the head off screen.
  • Raoul Silva (Skyfall), stabbed by a knife thrown by Bond.
  • Mr. Hinx (Spectre) - pulled off a train in North Africa by weighted rope; final fate unknown
  • Max Denbigh, a.k.a. 'C' (Spectre) - while resisting arrest, flung to his death from the top of Nine Eyes Tower by M

By hierarchy[edit]

SPECTRE Command Structure
Name Number Position Film Status Actor
Ernst Stavro Blofeld 1 Leader From Russia with Love
Thunderball
You Only Live Twice
On Her Majesty's Secret Service
Diamonds Are Forever
For Your Eyes Only
Never Say Never Again
(non Eon)
Spectre
Deceased
Alive (Daniel Craig Era)
Anthony Dawson/Eric Pohlmann
Anthony Dawson/Eric Pohlmann
Donald Pleasence
Telly Savalas
Charles Gray
John Hollis/Robert Rietti
Max von Sydow (non Eon) (Active)
Christoph Waltz
Emilio Largo 2 Second in command and head of extortion Thunderball Deceased Adolfo Celi/Robert Rietti
Rosa Klebb
Unnamed
3 Chief executioner
Operative in Blofeld's volcano lair.
From Russia with Love
You Only Live Twice
Lotte Lenya
Burt Kwouk
Unnamed 4 Operative in Blofeld's volcano lair. You Only Live Twice Unknown Michael Chow
Tov Kronsteen
Unnamed
5 Chief planner
Member
From Russia with Love
Thunderball
Deceased
Unknown
Vladek Sheybal
(uncredited in film)
Jacques Bouvar 6 Military Advisor Thunderball Deceased Bob Simmons (uncredited in film)
Unnamed 7 Member Unknown Cecil Cheng (uncredited in film)
8 Michael Smith (uncredited in film)
9 Deceased Clive Cazes
10 Unknown André Maranne (uncredited in film)
Unnamed
Helga Brandt
11 Thunderball
You Only Live Twice
Unknown
Deceased
Gábor Baraker
Karin Dor

Non-Eon[edit]

Rebooted continuity[edit]

Due to the embargo placed on the series as a result of the copyright dispute, the rebooted series introduced a new terrorist cell known as Quantum, which is later revealed to be a subsidiary of Spectre. Starting with Casino Royale, it is revealed Le Chiffre and a reluctant Vesper Lynd are part of the group, serving under the mysterious Mr. White. Quantum of Solace elaborates the eponymous group, presenting Quantum as an amalgam of powerful business people and government operatives.

It is not until the release of Spectre that Spectre makes an appearance in the rebooted series, placing Quantum as a subsection of the wider organisation with Blofeld (Christoph Waltz) the mastermind behind previous films—including Raoul Silva's vengeful rampage in Skyfall—taunting Bond with his previous failures and setting up a more traditional rendition of the Bond mythos for future instalments. Spectre presents the organisation as a conspiracy of legitimate businesses and organised crime, moving to become a private intelligence agency.

Members and acquaintances[edit]

  • Franz Oberhauser/Ernst Stavro Blofeld — the mastermind behind Spectre and its subsidiary Quantum. Attempts to secure a monopoly on the "Nine Eyes" global intelligence initiative and establish Spectre as a supra-national world power. Detained by M after Bond shoots down his helicopter.
  • Mr. White – high ranking Spectre agent and supervisor of Quantum. Acts as representative between Obanno and Le Chiffre. Kills Le Chiffre and is implied to have killed other failed agents. Grows disenchanted with Spectre, and is poisoned with thallium. Commits suicide after betraying Blofeld to 007 in exchange for his daughter's safety.
  • Le Chiffre – though not a Spectre member, he was a private banker to major terrorists who are introduced through Quantum, until Mr. White executes him with a shot in the head.
    • Kratt — Le Chiffre's right-hand man. Presumably killed by Mr. White.
    • ValenkaLe Chiffre's girlfriend. Presumably killed by Mr. White.
    • Leo — henchman of Le Chiffre. Arrested after being framed for the deaths of Steven Obanno and Obanno's bodyguard.
    • Steven Obanno — high-ranking member of Lord's Resistance Army who had ties to Quantum through Mr. White. Entrusted his money to Le Chiffre, who lost it and was forced to organise a high stakes poker tournament in Montenegro in order to recoup his losses. Strangled by Bond.
    • Alex Dimitrios - a Greek terrorist associated with Le Chiffre who employs two bombers: first Mollaka then Carlos to explode the prototype plane of Skyfleet on the behalf of Le Chiffre. Stabbed with a knife by Bond
    • Mollaka - a bomb maker from Madagascar employed by Dimitrios to explode the Skyfleet plane. Shot by Bond before starting his mission.
    • Carlos - a bomb maker employed by Dimitrios to replace Mollaka in the attack to Syfleet plane. Blows himfelf up after Bond puts the bomb destined to the plane in his belt.
    • Adolph Gettler – a Spectre/Quantum operative acting as Vesper Lynd's handler; Mr. White's second-in-command. Shot with a nail gun by Bond.
    • Craig Mitchell – an undercover Quantum operative placed inside MI6 who deceived both M and Bond. Shot by Bond.
    • Vesper Lynd – Blackmailed by Mr. White to embezzle Bond's winnings. Drowned herself.
  • Dominic Greene – leader of Quantum's Tierra Project and a major leader in the organisation. Ran an environmentalist corporation called Greene Planet. Assassinated for betraying Quantum.
    • Edmund Slate – a freelance assassin hired by Greene to murder Camille Montes. Stabbed in the neck and then the leg with scissors by Bond.
    • Elvis – Greene's main subordinate. Blown up by Bond.
    • Greene's driver - a Quantum operative who served as Greene's chauffeur and bodyguard. Shot by Bond.
    • General Medrano - an exiled Bolivian dictator who associates with Dominic Greene to come back to power in Bolivia in exchange of a piece of land in the Atacama desert rich in water that will allow Quantum to have the monopoly of the water and sell it to Bolivia at twice the market price. Shot by Camille Montes.
    • Lieutenant Orso - lieutenant to General Medrano. Falls to his death of the top floor of the Eco Hotel when pushed by Camille Montes.
    • Carlos - the chief of the Bolivian Military Police and a friend of René Mathis who betrays him and has him killed on the orders of Greene and Medrano. He is killed with a shot in the head by Bond as revenge for betraying Mathis.
  • Yusef Kabira – a Quantum operative who functions as a honeypot to deceive foreign intelligence agents. Arrested by MI6.
  • Guy Haines – Quantum leader, is a special envoy of the Prime Minister and is one of the PM's most trusted advisers. Is a member of the Quantum identified by Tanner using Bond's photos from the opera Tosca. Still at large.
  • Gregor Karakov – Quantum leader, a former politician, owner of several mines in Siberia, is a member of the Quantum identified by Tanner using Bond's photos from the opera Tosca. Still at large.
  • Moishe Soref – Quantum leader, former Mossad agent, and Telecom giant. Is a member of the Quantum identified by Tanner using Bond's photos from the opera Tosca. Still at large.
  • Raoul Silva – an MI6 agent turned cyberterrorist. With support from the organisation and Blofeld, attempts to gain personal revenge on M for her betrayal. Indirectly succeeds, but is stabbed in the back by Bond before M dies.
    • Severine - the mistress of Raoul Silva who works for him by fear and tries to be free from him by sending Bond in his pursuit in hopes that Bond kills Silva. She is executed with a shot in the head by Silva for her treason.
    • Patrice - a mercenary for hire that is employed by Raoul Silva to steal the drive with the identities of the MI6 cover agents in the NATO missions around the world. Falls to his death from the top of a building after a fight with Bond.
  • Max Denbigh/C — a Whitehall government bureaucrat appointed as the director of the Joint Intelligence Service and the driving force behind the Nine Eyes program, but is secretly passing intelligence on to Spectre. Falls to his death while trying to avoid arrest.
  • Mr. Hinx — an assassin and high-ranking member of Spectre. Pursues Bond and Madeleine Swann. Thrown out of a moving train by Bond. His fate is unknown.
  • Marco Sciarra — a Spectre assassin co-ordinating terrorist attacks around the world. Thrown out of a helicopter by Bond.
  • Moreau - Spectre member, seen during the Rome meeting informing other members about Spectre involvement in distribution of illegal drugs. Still at large.
  • Guerra - Spectre member,seen during the Rome meeting who volunteers to replace Marco Sciarra in the chase for Mr.White. He is killed by Mr. Hinx in order to have the assignment of the mission.
  • Dr Vogel - Spectre member, seen during the Rome meeting. Still at large.
  • Lorenzo - One of spectre's bodyguards seen during the Rome meeting. Thrown to his death from the Palazzo balcony into the center of the spectre meeting table.
  • Marco - one of Lucia Sciarra's bodyguards who secretly works for spectre with orders to kill her. Shot in the head by Bond.

Acronym in the rest of world[edit]

  • Italy: SPeciale Esecutivo per Controspionaggio, Terrorismo, Ritorsioni e Estorsioni (in English: SPecial Executive for Counter-intelligence, Terrorism, Retaliation and Extortion, because "Revenge" in Italian language is translated Vendetta).[8]
    • In Italian movies, the organisation is called SuPremo Esecutivo per Controspionaggio, Terrorismo, Vendette, Ritorsioni ed Estorsioni (in English: SuPreme Executive for Counter-intelligence, Revenges and Extortion).
  • Spain: Sociedad Permanente Ejecutiva para el Contraespionaje, Terrorismo, Rebeldía y Aniquilamiento (in English: Society Executive for Counter-intelligence, Terrorism, Rebellion and Annihilation, the abbreviation changes the last letter in Spanish language)
  • France: Service pour l'espionnage, le contre-espionnage, le terrorisme, la rétorsion et l'extorsion (in English: Service for Espionage, Counter-intelligence, Terrorism, Retaliation, and Extortion)

Parodies and clones[edit]

SPECTRE is often parodied in films, video games, and novels. Well known examples are THRUSH and KAOS from The Man from U.N.C.L.E. and Get Smart. The most obvious is the Austin Powers series of films. In this, a man named Dr. Evil (a parody of Ernst Stavro Blofeld) is the leader of a villainous organisation called Virtucon. Dr. Evil's second in command, known only as "Number Two", is a parody of Emilio Largo, Blofeld's second in command.

  • The Belgian comics series Spirou et Fantasio features an international criminal organisation called the Triangle whose members also address each other by numbers.
  • Prior to Dr. No, The Road to Hong Kong featured a "third force" organisation the Third Echelon.
  • In the video game series No One Lives Forever a man simply called "The director" leads a similar organisation called "H.A.R.M.". A running joke during the series is that no one actually knows what H.A.R.M. stands for. H.A.R.M may jokingly refer to Human Aetiological Relations Machine, the name of a fictional intelligence agency featured in the 1960s spy film Agent for H.A.R.M..
  • The TV series The Man from U.N.C.L.E. had, as its adversary, a shadowy organisation known as THRUSH (Technological Hierarchy for the Removal of Undesirables and the Subjugation of Humanity).
  • The James Bond spin-off animated series, James Bond Jr., featured a clone of SPECTRE called "S.C.U.M." (Saboteurs and Criminals United in Mayhem).
  • The animated series Inspector Gadget featured a clone of SPECTRE called "M.A.D." (Malevolent Agency of Destruction). Dr. Claw, the head of M.A.D. is also based on the villain Blofeld.
  • The Mexican films Chabelo y Pepito vs los Monstruos (Chabelo and Pepito vs the Monsters) and Chabelo y Pepito Detectives feature a criminal organisation named S.P.E.C.T.R.U.M., which carries two plans to dominate the world. In "Vs the Monsters", they extract uranium from a hill in the Mexican countryside, while in "Detectives" they sell toys that hypnotise children to make them work for them.
  • The TV series Get Smart featured a SPECTRE-like organisation called KAOS.
  • In 1983, a highly successful James Bond tabletop RPG was released. With the films as inspirations, the stories were adapted for players. Minor changes to plots and villains were made; for example, Wint and Kidd were freelance assassins working for SPECTRE. They in fact leased out services to other terrorist organisations and various crime syndicates. The most noted changes were to SPECTRE: Blofeld's name was changed to Karl Ferenc Skorpios, and he was given a greyhound instead of a white cat; the organisation itself was renamed TAROT (Terrestrial Acquisition, Revenge, and Orchestrated Turmoil), with the face cards representing various departments. This was due to the copyright issues referenced above. Victory Games[9] worked with Eon productions (the film producers) for the rights to Bond, and were told they were not allowed to negotiate with McClory for the rights to SPECTRE, hence the hasty renaming.
  • The Disney animated series Darkwing Duck featured a masked crimefighter who often worked with an agency called S.H.U.S.H. against the forces of F.O.W.L. (the Fiendish Organization of World Larceny).
  • The THUNDER Agents comic featured an enemy called S.P.I.D.E.R. (Secret People's International Directorate for Extralegal Revenue).
  • The Galaxy organisation features in Our Man Flint where "Agent 0008" tells Flint that Galaxy is "bigger than SPECTRE".
  • Tom Clancy's novel Rainbow Six features a terrorist organisation that the characters compare to SPECTRE once they learn that the terrorists are using chemical warfare similar to that in On Her Majesty's Secret Service.
  • The video game Evil Genius places the player in command of a SPECTRE-like organisation, complete with a rocket-launching base inside a volcano. Additionally, one of the player's choices of leader (Maximilian) is almost identical in appearance to SPECTRE's leader, Ernst Stavro Blofeld (as he appeared in You Only Live Twice).
  • In the British television series The Secret Show the evil organisation T.H.E.M. (The Horrible Evil Menace) is similar to SPECTRE.
  • The CBBC series MI High features the criminal organisation "SKUL", led by a man known only as "The Grandmaster" who is always seen stroking a white rabbit called Flopsy.
  • The Spanish comic book Mortadelo y Filemón features a parody of SPECTRE called ABUELA (Agentes Bélicos Ultramarinos Especialistas en Líos Aberrantes – warlike agents overseas specialists in aberrant messes).[10]
  • The Matt Helm films featured the Brotherhood of International Government and Order abbreviated as "BIG O".
  • Synthesiser company "Waldorf" has a synth named "Blofeld". The computer based "virtual editor" for the Blofeld is called "Spectre". One of Waldorf's virtual synths is called "Largo".
  • In the SpyDogs cartoon, the evil leader of cats, Katastrophe, always appears fondling a rubber mouse.
  • An evil organisation named STENCH (Society for the Total Extermination of Non Conforming Humans) is featured in the film Carry On Spying.
  • An organisation known as SCORPIA (Sabotage, CORruPtion, Intelligence, and Assassination) appears in the Alex Rider series of novels. Near the end of the Cold War, several secret agents and law enforcers abandoned their loyalty to their countries, and became effectively criminals for hire. Their actions range from supplying biological weapons to engineering terrorism.
  • James Earl Ray, the killer of Martin Luther King, used the alias Eric Starvo Galt, almost certainly a mixture of Ian Fleming and Ayn Rand. "Ernst" and "Stavro" are peculiar sounds and spellings to American ears and eyes, and he mentally transposed them into "Eric" and "Starvo."
  • In The Simpsons episode "You Only Move Twice" appears an organisation called Globex Corporation directed by supervillain Hank Scorpio who successfully takes control of the East Coast.
  • The Marvel Comics universe has the organisations HYDRA and A.I.M., which are both opposed by Nick Fury and S.H.I.E.L.D., and are sometimes also opposed by Captain America and the other Marvel heroes, while DC Comics came up with the organisation H.I.V.E. for its universe.
  • The Disney Channel's TV series Kim Possible has the organisation WEE (Worldwide Evil Empire), which is opposed by GJ (Global Justice) and Kim Possible herself at times.
  • In Spy Fox 2: "Some Assembly Required", Spy Fox battles LeRoach - a member of the Society of Meaningless Evil, Larceny, Lying and Yelling (S.M.E.L.L.Y.).
  • In Disney Channel's TV series Phineas and Ferb, Dr. Heinz Doofenshmirtz is occasionally seen as a member of the League of Villainous Evildoers Maniacally United For Frightening Investments in Naughtiness (L.O.V.E.M.U.F.F.I.N.). Doofenshmirtz is not aware of the acronym until one of the other members points it out.
  • In Nickelodeon's TV series SpongeBob SquarePants, BarnacleBoy turns to the dark side and teams up with Man Ray and The Dirty Bubble and they form an alliance called Every Villain is Lemons (E.V.I.L.).

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  1. ^ Thunderball, Ian Fleming, Page 63, 1961, London: Johnathon Cape
  2. ^ Ian Fleming, Andrew Lycett, Weidenfeld & Nicholson, 1995.
  3. ^ a b "Would the world be a better place if James Bond had never existed?". The Economist. 28 October 2015. Retrieved 5 November 2015. 
  4. ^ a b "Synopsis". Eon Productions. Retrieved 5 November 2015. 
  5. ^ "Interview: Warren Ellis renews his license to kill in JAMES BOND: EIDOLON". Comic Book Resources. Retrieved March 29, 2016. 
  6. ^ Vejvoda, Jim. "MGM, Danjaq Settle James Bond Rights Dispute With McClory Estate". IGN. Retrieved 16 November 2013. 
  7. ^ "The Source Of D.e.a.t.h. - Teaser - Fan Fiction Discussion - CBn Forums". Debrief.commanderbond.net. Retrieved 2015-05-16. 
  8. ^ "" Spectre " , la Cupola che sfida James Bond" (in Italian). corriere.it. Retrieved 12 October 2012. 
  9. ^ "James Bond 007 RPG". Darkshire.net. Retrieved 2015-05-16. 
  10. ^ Publicado por Alfredo Sánchez (2004-02-29). "El diccionario de Mortadelo y Filemón: A". Diccionariodemortadelo.blogspot.com. Retrieved 2015-05-16. 

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