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Topic: C vs Blofeld: The Better Villain

So, who was the better villain of the film?

I preferred Blofeld, but I thought Scott was excellent in the C role, there just wasn't much to do.

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Re: C vs Blofeld: The Better Villain

I guess , like many, that I was expecting him to play a "Moriarty" type character . Felt his character was underused , and his ending was a little too quick. Personally I would have liked to have seen a bit of fisticuffs between him and Q, with Q surprising us with a little martial arts  ajb007/tongue

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I was surprised that M struggled quite so much with C given that in Skyfall it was established that M was ex-SAS.

But Waltz was brilliant as Blofeld.

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Neither was really used all that much -- they mostly took credit for the villainy in the film.

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I didn't go much on Andrew Scott at all I'm afraid, very much in his Moriarty role, I half expected Sherlock Holmes and Dr Watson to appear in the background. For me he was the biggest downside to the plot as he just wasn't "bad enough" and Christoph Waltz could definitely have moved it up a few notches on the maniacal scale, he's certainly capable, he started well but the lab scene was a bit weak.

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Can you take a man in his 50s wearing no socks seriously  ajb007/lol

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Depends on the porno, you're watching.  ajb007/biggrin  I think it was an Homage  to Sanchez from LTK.
he wasn't fond of socks either. I'd love to hear Waltz's take on the character, sometime in a
commentary.

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Revs1972 wrote:

Personally I would have liked to have seen a bit of fisticuffs between him and Q, with Q surprising us with a little martial arts  ajb007/tongue

Oh dear god ajb007/insane

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ajb007/cheers

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broadshoulder wrote:
Revs1972 wrote:

Personally I would have liked to have seen a bit of fisticuffs between him and Q, with Q surprising us with a little martial arts  ajb007/tongue

Oh dear god ajb007/insane

I'm with you. I would have liked to have seen C mess up and Blofeld take him out, like Blofeld took out Osato. Does Blofeld kill anyone in SP? C doesn't, and that would have made him better (or badder) too.

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I wasn't impressed with either one. I thought Waltz was criminally underused.

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Gala Brand wrote:

I wasn't impressed with either one. I thought Waltz was criminally underused.

Generally agree; although my caveat would be that both were underused, and each deserved his own film, really, even if C would've ended up being someone like Emilio Largo to Waltz's ESB in the first of the Modern Era (Post-Reboot) Blofeld Trilogy. But I'm not paid to make those high-falootin' decisions  ajb007/crap

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C, for me fell flat as a villain. (No pun intended.) I liked his scrap with M, but i didn't find him threatening. I liked Waltz as Blofeld.His delivery of lines in the boardroom scene reminded me of Eric Pohlmann. Both of them sound sinister.

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hehadlotsofguts wrote:

C, for me fell flat as a villain. (No pun intended.) I liked his scrap with M, but i didn't find him threatening. I liked Waltz as Blofeld.His delivery of lines in the boardroom scene reminded me of Eric Pohlmann. Both of them sound sinister.

C was a bureaucrat. A man who thought he could get his way over the boardroom. The "he went to school with the foreign secretary" was very telling. But is no less dangerous then Blofeld. He had the powers to shut MI6 down - so make M jobless.

There was some recourse on this board that "why didn't we see C and M scrap" Oh dear. Do you honestly think someone from a Ministry should scrap with M. Maybe in some godawful Hollywood blockbuster but not this

I though the rather bitchy interplay between M and C was engaging and plausible...

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Yes, I enjoyed the word play between them. C was like an evil
Sir Humphrey.  ajb007/smile

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Loeffelholz wrote:
Gala Brand wrote:

I wasn't impressed with either one. I thought Waltz was criminally underused.

Generally agree; although my caveat would be that both were underused, and each deserved his own film, really, even if C would've ended up being someone like Emilio Largo to Waltz's ESB in the first of the Modern Era (Post-Reboot) Blofeld Trilogy. But I'm not paid to make those high-falootin' decisions  ajb007/crap

I agree that C should've had his own movie. Blofeld could have deliberately let slip that Spectre had a man inside British Intelligence and then Bond 25 could've been the Mole Hunt + Blofeld's escape from prison.

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Gala Brand wrote:

I agree that C should've had his own movie.

That little C***?
No way; he died a fitting stupid death.

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The problem is that there was practically equal focus on C and Blofeld. Bond fights Blofeld and M fights C. There was too much going on in the film, and it makes the characters compete with each other. We're only having this discussion because there's a fault with the film. A better film wouldn't leave us comparing the two. We don't compare Largo and Blofeld, nor do we compare Osato and Blofeld. One person should be running the show, not two people running their own shows.

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Matt S wrote:

The problem is that there was practically equal focus on C and Blofeld. Bond fights Blofeld and M fights C. There was too much going on in the film, and it makes the characters compete with each other. We're only having this discussion because there's a fault with the film. A better film wouldn't leave us comparing the two. We don't compare Largo and Blofeld, nor do we compare Osato and Blofeld. One person should be running the show, not two people running their own shows.

Whatever- I was happy with it all. ajb007/martini

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Matt S wrote:

The problem is that there was practically equal focus on C and Blofeld. Bond fights Blofeld and M fights C. There was too much going on in the film, and it makes the characters compete with each other. .

yes, its that old staple of drama.....conflict

"Too much going on in the film" - yes, if you have the attention span of a jellyfish

They've been trying to big up M since TWINE (maybe since LTK) Sometimes they have been successful. When you have an actor with the statue of Ralph Fiennes you have to give him something meaningful. The snarling over the boardroom with C was good and authentic.

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chrisisall wrote:
Gala Brand wrote:

I agree that C should've had his own movie.

That little C***?
No way; he died a fitting stupid death.

Well, he could/should have been better developed.

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broadshoulder wrote:
Matt S wrote:

The problem is that there was practically equal focus on C and Blofeld. Bond fights Blofeld and M fights C. There was too much going on in the film, and it makes the characters compete with each other. .

yes, its that old staple of drama.....conflict

"Too much going on in the film" - yes, if you have the attention span of a jellyfish

They've been trying to big up M since TWINE (maybe since LTK) Sometimes they have been successful. When you have an actor with the statue of Ralph Fiennes you have to give him something meaningful. The snarling over the boardroom with C was good and authentic.

Yes, there is conflict. There are two stories that conflict with each other for their prominence in the film. And the two conflicts within the film are watered-down because of it.

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I don't think he was "calling" merely  "comparing " . ajb007/biggrin      ( only joking, badly )

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Matt S wrote:
broadshoulder wrote:
Matt S wrote:

The problem is that there was practically equal focus on C and Blofeld. Bond fights Blofeld and M fights C. There was too much going on in the film, and it makes the characters compete with each other. .

yes, its that old staple of drama.....conflict

"Too much going on in the film" - yes, if you have the attention span of a jellyfish

They've been trying to big up M since TWINE (maybe since LTK) Sometimes they have been successful. When you have an actor with the statue of Ralph Fiennes you have to give him something meaningful. The snarling over the boardroom with C was good and authentic.

Yes, there is conflict. There are two stories that conflict with each other for their prominence in the film. And the two conflicts within the film are watered-down because of it.

I agree with Matt on this. In interviews, Craig eluded to the fact that they threw everything they could think of into this film, and it showed. It also ended up being the film's biggest weakness. Having two parallel villains that are apparently working together, but never interact, gave the film a disjointed quality. Neither villain is given the chance to shine because there is too much competing focus. That said, C's motivations, while somewhat unclear, still seem more plausible to me than Blofeld's. Therefore, I think C was actually the better villain.

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This movie sorely needed a SPECTRE meeting scene after the opening credits - one where Andrew Scott is present. We then follow him out of that meeting into Whitehall, right into M's office, where M is chewing out Bond for the Mexico incident. Now we know C is SPECTRE and the characters don't. Make him the ticking bomb under the table, instead of a limp plot twist.

There are so many other problems with the script, but C might have been developed into something more interesting if they'd approached him in more of a Largo/Thunderball fashion.