Stop the Presses — No Michael Sheen Blofeld for Bond 23!

Photo © Summit Entertainment

Photo © Summit Entertainment

To the surprise of absolutely no one, Twilight star Michael Sheen will not be playing Ernst Stavro Blofeld in the next (23rd) James Bond screen adventure.

Speculation about this non-casting news began when screenwriter Peter Morgan got the assignment of polishing up the Purvis & Wade screenplay. Morgan and Sheen have worked together on four previous projects, and the thought was that Morgan would drag his boy on board the Bond project.

“There is not truth to those rumors” Sheen said at the GQ Man of the Year awards (where he picked up an Actor of the Year prize). “I wish I could tell you different, but no”

Of course, knowledgeable James Bond fans around the world are shocked and dismayed at this news — they had assumed this had been forgotten about several months ago.

You can read more of the details on this nonstory RIGHT HERE. And be sure to keep watching this space for all your Bond 23 non-news!

Most ridiculous 007 villain schemes? Here’s one author’s list

Over 47 years of films, James Bond villains have come up with lots of schemes for the intrepid secret agent to combat. And, truth be told, some have, eh, been on the fantastic side.

Anyway, last year the io9 Web site compiled a list of what it considered the most ludicrous James Bond villain plots.

At the top of the list? Blofeld’s Virus Omega scheme from On Her Majesty’s Secret Service. An excerpt:

Blofeld, played by Telly Savalas, wants to blackmail the world by hypnotizing a woman to love chickens…the woman has just had sex with James Bond, and now she’s being hypnotized to adore chickens. That’s got to be someone’s exact fetish, somewhere on the internet.

Well, the plot was a little more involved than that, but see for yourself. We put in one link above but in case you missed that, you can entire article by CLICKING HERE.

The return of Ernst Stavro Blofeld?

The new face of Blofeld?

The new face of Blofeld?

As the Bond 23 silly season progresses, now we hear from the Guardian that 007’s betê noir, Ernst Stavro Blofeld, will be back to bedevil our hero in the next — and as yet, unscripted — James Bond movie. And, this time, in the personage of British actor Michael Sheen ( Frost/Nixon, Underworld, etc.)

According to an “unnamed source” (cough, cough) talking to the Daily Express newspaper,

Michael is hot property right now and it’s felt that he’s the right man to bring Blofeld back to life. [He] was a Bond fan in his youth, so this would be a dream role for him.

Seasoned Bond fans can observe for themselves from the accompanying picture how Sheen can capture the implacable menace that was the essence of Ian Fleming’s greatest villain creation.

Read all about it RIGHT HERE!

Happy 101st, to Ian Fleming and Ernst Stavro Blofeld

May 28th marked the 101st anniversary of the births of Ian Fleming (real) and Ernst Stavro Blofeld (fictional, as disclosed in the Thunderball novel).

What the hell — happy birthday gentlemen!