One of the most enduring movie images from the James Bond franchise is of Donald Pleasence as Ernst Stavro Blofeld, the supervillian head of SPECTRE sitting in a large, black leather, swivel desk chair stroking, sinisterly a glamorous, Chinchilla, Traditional Persian cat. The actual chair is currently up for auction and will fetch thousands of pounds.
Christoph Waltz will play Blofeld in the upcoming new Bond movie, SPECTRE. He is an Austrian actor. He does not look the sinister type but he is an actor!
The only aspect of the movie that interests me (only kidding) is (a) are they going to give Blofeld a cat to stroke and if so (b) what breed of cat will it be? Or should it be a moggie? The cat should be a rescue cat but I don’t believe it will be.
Why was the white Persian cat such hit the last time? The answer has to be because the white Persian looks so perfect and innocent but with a hint of menace – a perfect companion to the quiet menace of Blofeld. The Persian featured had that classic black eyeliner around the eyes.
My guess is that the film makers will go for an exact copy of the cat: a Traditional Persian. If they have decided on a change then I’d pick the opposite color: a jet black Bombay cat. The Bombay has a super-silky, deep black coat. With good lighting this cat breed looks very interesting. The golden eyes stand out starkly against the liquid black of the fur. Gold for money and black for evil. A good choice I reckon.