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Who is Mr. White?

In Casino Royale, he is the guy referenced on Vesper's cell phone, whom Bond tracks down and shoots in the knee. In Quantum of Solace, he brags about the un-named secret criminal organization to which he is the first link known to British Intelligence. Mr. White's bragging takes the form of mentioning that the members of the secret criminal organization are so often afraid that British Intelligence has infiltrated the organization, that British Intelligence is watching them, listening in, knows their plans, and who they are; whereas it turns out that British Intelligence does not even know they exist.

But Mr. White was mentioned much earlier, at the very beginning of Casino Royale, when the African military strong man first meets Le Chifre, where Le Chifre suggests that Mr. White has told the strong man about Le Chifre.

So, what is the secret criminal organization?
Who are they?
And who is Mr . White?

Is Mr. White a Persian cat?

In the films, Blofeld almost always appears with a white Persian cat.

Blofeld is the head of the global criminal organization S.P.E.C.T.R.E. (Special Executive for Counter-intelligence, Terrorism, Revenge and Extortion).

The Daniel Craig version of James Bond re-boots the character to Bond's origin as a double 0 (license to kill) British spy, and one assumes that his evolution to super-spy saving the world and foiling nefarious plots by super-villains will occur over the space of several films.

The second film picks up where the first one left off, with the capture of Mr. White who, with the aid of his secret organization, promptly escapes. Mr. White remains an enigma, and the solution to the riddle of Mr. White has not been found.

If the series re-boot intends to evolve Bond from a thug to the spy equivalent of a super-hero, it would make sense that he will become that by confronting a nemesis worthy of any super-villain. Blofeld and his S.P.E.C.T.R.E. gang would fit that bill.

So, what is the secret criminal organization?

Who is Mr. White?
Blofeld's white Persian cat? Blofeld himself?

When is the next movie?

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Date:February 17th, 2009 03:39 pm (UTC)


No, Mister White can't be the head of S.P.E.C.T.R.E, as much as I would like that to turn out. SPECTRE (along with the book THUNDERBALL) is the one element of the James Bond saga NOT owned by the James Bond people (Eon Productions). SPECTRE was devised for unmade film "James Bond of the Secret Service" written by Ian Fleming, Kevin McClory and Jack Whittingham. McClory sue when production of Thunderball was announced and as settlement received the rights to the book and its characters 10 years after the film Thunderball appeared. Blofield was suppose to appear in "For Your Eyes Only" in the beginning (bald guy in the wheelchair) but McClory threatened lawsuit and the Bond people dropped the name. Bond has only faced SPECTRE since in the non-series Bond film "Never Say Never Again" and almost in McClory's "Warhead 2000", which was stopped by the Bond film People (they got "Casino Royale" in the settlement, which was owned by Sony). So Mister White's organization can be similar to SPECTRE, but can never offically be SPECTRE. A pity. Check out this site for far more detail as I have barely scratched the surface...
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