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POLL: Who Should Play Arch-Villain Blofeld in 'Bond 24'?

Thompson on Hollywood By Beth Hanna and Bill Desowitz | Thompson on Hollywood November 18, 2013 at 2:04PM

With the November 15 news that James Bond producers Danjaq and MGM have acquired all 007 rights owned by late "Thunderball" co-creator Kevin McClory, the question immediately began buzzing: Will arch-villain Ernst Stavro Blofeld, introduced to the franchise in "You Only Live Twice," make his way into the upcoming "Bond 24"?
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Donald Pleasence as Blofeld
Donald Pleasence as Blofeld

With the November 15 news that James Bond producers Danjaq and MGM have acquired all 007 rights owned by late "Thunderball" co-creator Kevin McClory, the question immediately began buzzing: Will arch-villain Ernst Stavro Blofeld (introduced in Ian Fleming's "Thunderball" novel and in the movie "You Only Live Twice" after being teased as the mysterious Number One in "From Russia with Love" and "Thunderball") make his way into the upcoming "Bond 24"? 

And, beyond that, who would make the perfect Blofeld? Take our poll, below.

The traditional image of Blofeld is with bald head, Nehru jacket and a white cat (as played by Donald Pleasence, Telly Savalas and Charles Gray). Then there was Max von Sydow (with hair but without the Nehru jacket) in the unofficial "Thunderball" remake "Never Say Never Again." Of course, Mike Myers parodied the character with his Dr. Evil in the "Austin Powers" franchise. Presumably a new Blofeld would be updated and would need to be played by a prestigious actor to rival Javier Bardem's Silva of "Skyfall."

Who should play Blofeld in 'Bond 24'?
  
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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.