“SPECTRE is a dedicated fraternity whose strength lies in the absolute integrity of its members.”
― Ernst Stavro Blofeld.
SPECTRE (an acronym of Special Executive for Counter-intelligence, Terrorism, Revenge and Extortion), stylised simply as Spectre in its 2015 film reboot, is a fictional global criminal and terrorist organisation featured in the James Bond novels by Ian Fleming and their official and unofficial film adaptations. Led by 007’s nemesis Ernst Stavro Blofeld, the organisation first formally appeared in the novel Thunderball (1961) and subsequently in the movie Dr. No (1962). After a four-decade absence from the Eon film series the organization was officially reintroduced in the twenty-fourth Bond film, Spectre (2015).
When introduced in 1961, the organization effectively replaced SMERSH as Bond’s primary antagonist. SPECTRE is not aligned to any nation or political ideology, enabling the later Bond books and Bond films to be regarded as apolitical. Originally concieved of as a small group of professional criminals in the novels, SPECTRE became a vast international organisation with its own elaborate facilities in the film series.
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