Ernst Stavro Blofeld (Donald Pleasence)


Actor: Donald Pleasence
Character: Ernst Stavro Blofeld
Movie: You Only Live Twice
Date of Birth: 5 October 1919
Height: 5’ 7” (1.70m)
Distinguishing Feature: White cat, deadly piranha pool
Status: Presumed Dead
Organisations & Alliances: SPECTRE, Mr. Osato, Helga Brandt

“You only live twice, Mr. Bond.”

Undoubtedly the greatest terrorist mind of the 20th century, Blofeld is the founder of SPECTRE (the Special Executive for Counter-Espionage, Terrorism, Revenge and Extortion). Since SPECTRE’s conception, Blofeld has mastered many of its schemes and would have directed each to success if not for Bond. As it is, Blofeld holds a grudge over the British spy and will stop at nothing to have a hand in his death.

Ernst Stavro Blofeld places fear in the heart of his employees and lets nothing hinder his obsession for world domination or deter his bloodthirsty lust of for power. He is not beyond working for any organization, for a cost, and like SPECTRE, holds no alliances. To Blofeld, people are expendable should they ever fail in their duties.

Brought out by the Red Chinese government, SPECTRE is sabotaging both the Russian and US space programmes in the hope of turning one great superpower against the other. If not for Bond’s quick wit and intervention, Blofeld would have succeeded in starting World War Three.

I've Been Expecting You
"Allow me to introduce myself. I am Ernst Stavro Blofeld."
For much of the mission Blofeld is merely a voice, giving commands and managing the operation. But when 007 is captured infiltrating his base, Blofeld reveals himself as the mastermind behind the space attacks.

The base for Blofeld’s operation is a hollowed out volcano amid the islands of Japan. From here Blofeld launches his space-rocket, as well as helicopters – armed to rid him of the more curious mountaineers.
When Bond arranges an attack on the base, Blofeld sets off the volcano’s self-destruct mechanism sending the whole lair up in a plume of smoke and fire.

Gadgets & Vehicles
Dubbed “Bird 1”, Blofeld’s space rocket is capable vertical take-off and landing. Designed to capture rockets within the giant pincers of its nose compartment the space-rocket succeeds in trapping both US and Russian crafts.


Dress Code
Blofeld opts for a tan-coloured nehru suit and his righty pinky sports a large gole SPECTRE ring. The “signature” of Blofeld’s appearance is undoubtedly his ever-present, always sinister, white cat. He is believed to extensively use disguises and plastic surgery such as baldness and scars, thus altering his appearance constantly.

Goodbye, Mr Bond
Bond: “If I’m going to be forced to watch television, may I smoke?”
Blofeld: “Yes. It won’t be the nicotine that kills you, Mr. Bond.”

With the army of ninjas closing in on Blofeld’s lair Bond requests his final cigarette. Little does Blofeld know, 007’s cigarette is armed with a mini-dart. Bond kills a nearby guard and opens the creator door, initiating a monstrous battle.


Born on October 5th 1919, in Nottinghamshire, England, Donald Pleasence began his acting career on London’s West End in 1939 before serving in the Second World War.

During the war years, Pleasence was a successful fighter pilot before being shot down and imprisoned for the rest of the war.
On returning from the war, Pleasence married his first of what would be four wives, Miriam Raymond.

As an actor, Pleasence made numerous appearances on British TV before landing roles in feature films such as the film adaptation of George Orwell’s “1984” and more famously, “You Only Live Twice”.

Post Bond, Donald Pleasence went on to star in both “The Great Escape” and “The Great Escape II: The Untold Story”, the popular horror series “Halloween” and “Dracula” along side Frank Langella.

Donald Pleasence had a full career in film – appearing in over 200 productions for TV and big-screen. His last production was the horror flick “Fatal Flames” before passing away in 1995.