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Every great hero has a great villain. Batman has The Joker. Sherlock Holmes has Professor Moriarty. Luke Skywalker has Darth Vader. Professor X has Magneto. Sure, the protagonists may occasionally go off and battle smaller, less important villains, but they are nothing without their most powerful foe. For James Bond, that villain has always been Ernst Stavro Blofeld, the leader of SPECTRE. But despite Blofeld's importance, the character hasn't actually shown up in a007 movie since 1981's For Your Eyes Only (there have been 10 movies in the franchise since, not including Never Say Never Again). Eventually Blofeld will come back to terrorize Bond, but what you may not know is that it could happen sooner than you think.

WhatCulture! recently attended a lecture for BAFTA Screenwriters where Bond 23 scribe John Logan hinted at the possible return of Blofeld in the new film. During the question and answer segment of the talk, one of the audience members told Logan that he once said "Bond should always fight Blofeld" and asked if it there was any chance the great antagonist would be back for the new film. Logan's response was simple: "Bond should always fight Blofeld."Also interesting, Logan said that the project is being given two weeks of rehearsal time, which is rarely happens nowadays. Bond 23 will be directedby Sam Mendes and the only confirmed cast member for the film so far is Daniel Craig, who will be returning as Bond for the third time. Set to go into production later this year, the movie has a set release date of November 9, 2012.

Back when it was first reported that Javier Bardem had been approached to play Bond's newest villain, I hoped that it was being set up that the actor would actually be playing the leader of Quantum, the secret evil organization first heard about in Marc Foster's Quantum of Solace and hinted at in Casino Royale. Now it looks like that dream could become an actual reality. What do we think, dear readers? Should it be revealed that a Blofeld is the leader of Quantum? Do you want Javier Bardem to play the character? If not, who would you prefer? Leave your thoughts in the comments section below.

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