spectre main image What does Spectre mean in the James Bond universe?

The latest film adventure of James Bond, “Spectre,” hits theaters in the United States on Nov. 5 and has its world premiere in London on Oct. 26.

As with any Bond film, the major plot points and villain identities have been shrouded in darkness leading up to the movie’s release date. The name Spectre should be familiar to James Bond book lovers though.

The name stands for Special Executive for Counter-intelligence, Terrorism, Revenge and Extortion. It is a global criminal and terrorist syndicate that has been featured in over half a dozen of the Ian Fleming novels, beginning with “Thunderball” in 1961.

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The key difference between the Spectre in the book version of James Bond and the upcoming film is that the association is led and created by Ernst Stavro Blofeld. In “Spectre,” Christoph Waltz is playing the main protagonist by the name of Franz Oberhauser.

It is possible that Oberhauser is a misnomer and Waltz will reveal he’s actually Blofeld a la Benedict Cumberbatch and Khan in “Star Trek: Into the Darkness,” but the actor refutes playing Blofeld in any way during an interview with British GQ.  The film’s second trailer had fans debating whether Waltz is truly the iconic villain or if Andrew Scott is playing the infamous Spectre leader.

Oberhauser himself has a connection the Bond cannon. Hannes Oberhauser was Bond’s skiing instructor who was later killed. The prevalent fan theory is that Franz is Hannes’ son and is looking for revenge against Bond, the man he holds responsible for his father’s death.

It remains to be seen if Blofeld is still the founder and Oberhauser has merely inherited the organization or if the film is diverting from the novels and claiming that Oberhauser began Spectre.

Fans will have to wait until Nov. 5 to find out for sure.

Posted by:Megan Vick