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Special Executive for Counter-Intelligence, Terrorism, Revenge and Extortion (SPECTRE) is a well-financed apolitical terrorist organisation with a low profile. It is equally apt at manipulating governments as gangs and has absorbed many lesser criminal organisations to rise to a state of shadowy supervillainy. No political allegiance or ideological position drives the organisation.
Born at the height of the Cold War, many of its enterprises have concerned the provocation of major geopolitical powers to the benefit of some mysterious business organisation, and almost always for profit for SPECTRE's membership. On other occasions the organisation collaborated with rogue states or developing states with grudges against the Global North. After SPECTRE first came to the attention of MI6 - and 007 successfully assassinated and shut down the operations of Chinese nuclear-terrorist Dr. No - the committee of high-ranking SPECTRE agents turned their resources to discrediting and blackmailing the United Kingdom in general, and MI6 and its 00-unit in particular.
SPECTRE missions have been known to require elaborate planning, major industrial resources and blackmarket acquisitions of anything from helicopters to rocket fuel. The organisation tends to prefer elaborate headquarters in out-of-the-way locales. On other occasions SPECTRE has infiltrated the workings of existing, multi-million dollar business empires and put their resources to work for evil means.
Criminals working for SPECTRE do not often know the extent or reach of the organisation backing their illegal enterprises. Petty smuggling rings are utilised to acquire resources or to shield SPECTRE's more critical operatives from scrutiny. SPECTRE uses a mixture of trained assassins, intellectual geniuses to oversee their projects.
SPECTRE are adept at turning high-ranking military and government agents and entice rogue generals, politicians and mid-level intelligence operatives to betray their nations for great financial gain.
Ernst Stavro Blofeld :: Number 1
Missions: 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, SPECTRE.
Role: Head of SPECTRE
Fate: Arrested in London.
Emilio Largo :: Number 2
Fate: Killed by Domino on the Disco Volante, Bahamas.
Rosa Klebb :: Number 3
Missions: From Russia With Love
Fate: Killed by Tatiana in Venice.
Kronsteen :: Number 5
Missions: From Russia With Love
Fate: Killed by Morenzy in Blofeld's office, SPECTRE island.
Jacques Bouvar :: Number 6
Fate: Killed by Bond in Anet, France.
Helga Brandt :: Number 11
Missions: You Only Live Twice
Fate: Eaten by Piranhas in Bofeld's volcano lair.
Dr. Julius No :: Number CLASSIFIED
Missions: Dr. No
Role: Nuclear Scientist
Fate: Drowned in his own reactor complex, Crab Key Jamaica.
James Bond investigates the mad scientist, Dr. No, who's double crossed east and west and is working for SPECTRE.
From Russia With Love
Again SPECTRE is playing Cold War enemies off against each other in attempts to steal cypher codes and discredit British intelligence.
SPECTRE procures two nuclear weapons and threatens to detonate the bombs at unknown locations unless their demands are met.
You Only Live Twice
The most ambitious SPECTRE plot finds Number One heading up the hijacking of Soviet and US space programmes for a profit.
On Her Majesty's Secret Service
This time the mission is personal for Blofeld as he asserts his rights to the title Comte de Bleuchamp and threatens biological warfare.
Diamonds Are Forever
SPECTRE takes control of the Whyte empire and uses the billionaire's resources to smuggle diamonds and construct a space-based weapon.
Blofeld seeks to gain real-time access to multiple intelligence agency databases to stay one step ahead.