Main Page | See live article | Alphabetical index


The SPecial Executive for Counter-intelligence, Terrorism, Revenge and Extortion (S.P.E.C.T.R.E.) is a fictional evil organization appearing in Ian Fleming's James Bond novels, and subsequently in a few James Bond movies.

Table of contents
1 Overview
2 Blofeld Portrayals
3 S.P.E.C.T.R.E. Henchmen
4 External link


The goal of the organization is extortion and world domination. Organization discipline is notoriously draconian with the penalty for disobedience or failure being death. Members of S.P.E.C.T.R.E. are referred to only by numbers within the organisation, presumably as a security measure.

The commander of S.P.E.C.T.R.E., the supervillain Ernst Stavro Blofeld, usually appears accompanied by a white angora cat in the movies (but not in the books). He appears in 5 official James Bond movies as well as Never Say Never Again, the 1981 remake of Thunderball. A villain bearing a remarkable resemblance to Blofeld met his demise in the pre-title sequence of 1981's For Your Eyes Only but for copyright reasons (see next paragraph) he was never officially named. The name Blofeld was inspired by the father of English Cricket commentator Henry Blofeld, with whom Fleming went to school.

There is an ongoing lawsuit between Kevin McClory/Sony and MGM over who owns the rights to S.P.E.C.T.R.E. that has been in court since the 1960s. In 1981 Kevin McClory won a lawsuit against MGM that gave him the go ahead to create a remake of 1965's Thunderball, which he co-wrote with both Ian Fleming and Jack Whittingham.

There are some slight differences between the portrayal of S.P.E.C.T.R.E. in the Bond books and the movies. The organisation does not appear in the book of From Russia with Love, for example, though it plays a major role int he film. In the books the numbers of members are deliberately assigned at random and regularly rotated to prevent detection, and at the time of Thunderbll the leader has been assigned 'Number 2'. In the movies Blofeld is 'Number 1', and the numbers appear to indicate rank.

Blofeld Portrayals

Actors who have played Blofeld in the films (order of appearance):

S.P.E.C.T.R.E. Henchmen

Henchmen working for S.P.E.C.T.R.E. include (order of appearance):

External link