Led by criminal mastermind Ernst Stavro Blofeld , the international organisation first formally appeared in the novel Thunderball and in the film Dr. No SPECTRE is not aligned to any nation or political ideology, enabling the later Bond books and Bond films to be regarded as somewhat apolitical, though the presence of former Gestapo members in the organisation are a clear sign of Fleming's warning of Nazi fugitives after the Second World War first detailed in the novel Moonraker When Fleming was writing the novel in , he believed that the Cold War might end during the two years it would take to produce the film, and came to the conclusion that the inclusion of a contemporary political villain would leave the film looking dated; he therefore thought it better to create a politically neutral enemy for Bond. The strict codes of loyalty and silence, and the hard retributions that followed violations, were hallmarks of American gangster rings, the Italian Mafia, the Unione Corse, the Chinese Tongs and Triads and the Japanese Yakuza and Black Dragon Society. The organisation is next mentioned in the tenth novel, The Spy Who Loved Me , when Bond describes investigating their activities in Toronto before the story begins, though they play no part in the story itself. The organisation's third appearance is in the eleventh novel, On Her Majesty's Secret Service where Blofeld, hired by an unnamed country or party—though the Soviet Union is implied—is executing a plan to ruin British agriculture with biological warfare. By this point, the organisation has largely been shut down, and what remains is focused on maintaining Blofeld's alias as Dr. Guntram von Shatterhand and his compound in Japan. In the films, the organisation often acts as a third party in the ongoing Cold War.
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It is the final James Bond film to be distributed theatrically by Sony Pictures Releasing, as Universal Pictures will internationally distribute the next film in the series, No Time to Die. The story sees Bond pitted against the global criminal organisation Spectre and their enigmatic leader Ernst Stavro Blofeld Christoph Waltz , who plans to launch a national surveillance network to mastermind criminal activities across the globe. The film marks Spectre and Blofeld's first appearance in an Eon Productions film since 's Diamonds Are Forever ; [N 2] a character resembling Blofeld had previously appeared in the film, For Your Eyes Only , but, because of the Thunderball controversy , he is not named, nor is his face shown. Madeleine Swann, Dave Bautista as Mr. The action scenes prioritised practical effects and stunts, while employing computer-generated imagery made by five different companies. It was released in the United States on 6 November. Spectre received mixed reviews from critics who praised the film's action sequences, cinematography, acting and musical score, though some criticism was aimed at the excessive runtime, screenplay and pacing. The next film in the series, No Time to Die , is to be released in November , with Craig reprising his role for the final time and Cary Joji Fukunaga directing.