Is Michael Sheen Taking On 007?

James Bond’s nemesis, Ernst Stavro Blofield, may be making a comeback according to the less than reliable British tabloids.

The Guardian reports that “Frost/Nixon” and “The Queen” star Michael Sheen is in negotiations to portray the villain in the next James Bond feature, a great choice and excellent casting if true.

Last week it was reported that scribe Peter Morgan, who wrote those two aforementioned Sheen films along with “The Last King of Scotland”, has come onboard to co-write the script. This re-teaming sounds great but there’s a catch that could go either way – the report also claims Sheen’s role will be none other than that of Blofeld himself.

The last two Bond films starring Daniel Craig have used the shadowy organization Quantum as the antagonist, though has not heavily looked into its structure – leaving the idea of a Blofeld-like evil head running the show a likely future storyline.

The head of the criminal organisation SPECTRE which served as the chief antagonist during the Sean Connery-era of the franchise, Blofeld appeared initially in 1963’s “From Russia with Love” and 1965’s “Thunderball” shown only as a shadowy figure with a white Persian cat.

Donald Pleasance was the first to show his face in the role in 1967’s “You Only Live Twice”, a bald criminal genius with a facial scar – that appearance in ‘Twice’ served as the basis for Mike Myers’ Dr. Evil character in the “Austin Powers” films.

Telly Savalas and Charles Grey later played the character, as did Max von Sydow in the non-canon film “Never Say Never Again”. Due to the drawn-out rights dispute with “Thunderball” scribe Kevin McClory, the franchise dropped any use of SPECTRE or Blofeld after 1971’s “Diamonds are Forever”.

The character himself did appear again (albeit only from behind and not called by name) in the opening sequence of 1981’s “For Your Eyes Only” where he was dropped down a giant chimney stack.