Appearances: Blofeld, also known as "No. 1," is one of the few archvillains in the James Bond franchise, appearing in six films. He was the top nemesis in three of them: 1967's "You Only Live Twice," portrayed by Donald Pleasence (shown above); 1969's "On Her Majesty's Secret Service," played by Telly Savalas; and 1971's "Diamonds Are Forever," played by Charles Gray. Honcho or henchman? Honcho. Blofeld is the founder of SPECTRE, the Special Executive for Counterintelligience, Terrorism, Revenge, and Extortion, and the mastermind behind a slew of world-domination schemes. He creates a giant laser capable of destroying nuclear targets anywhere on the planet in a plot to extort money from nuclear superpowers; captures spacecraft from orbit to provoke war between the U.S. and the Soviet Union; and extorts the world using a virus that would cause famine, among other evil schemes. Dastardly distinction: His anonymity and his white Turkish Angora cat. In his early appearances, Blofeld's face was never shown, only his hands stroking the snowy cat. In a dramatic reveal in "You Only Live Twice," his face was shown to have a dueling scar (which did not appear in later portrayals). Blofeld's character has since inspired scores of villains, including Dr. Claw in the cartoon series "Inspector Gadget," Dr. Evil in the "Austin Powers" films and Mr. Han in "Enter the Dragon."
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