What's the official stance on who that character is supposed to be? Has John Glen ever acknowledged that it was in fact Ernst Stavro Blofeld and that that was supposed to be Bond finally doing away with him, or have they always remained quiet about it? I've never watched any of the commentaries on FYEO, so perhaps they say something about it there.
Personally, while I like the sequence, once Bond gets the upper-hand the rest is all played for laughs ("All right, keep your hair on!") culminating in a cartoon death that's once again, fairly inconclusive and fairly out-of-sync with the deadlier atmosphere of the rest of the film. Also, did anyone else think the guy providing Blofeld's voice sounded like whoever it was that dubbed over Adolfo Celi in TB? I'd actually swear it was him. They should have tried to get Eric Pohlmann back. But I digress.
An interesting bit of trivia is that in "The Essential Bond" by Lee Worrall and Dave Pfeiffer, they refer to the character as "Villain in Wheelchair" and make no reference to the fact that he's obviously at least a reference to Blofeld. So the legal problems surrounding the character were abound even in 1997 when that book was being written.
Just wondering if anyone has any more information.
Edited by Gothamite, 19 October 2012 - 11:26 AM.