In this clip, we get a further glimpse into the existence of SPECTRE (Special Executive for Counter-intelligence, Terrorism, Revenge, and Extortion), and how SPECTRE works its evil plans.
We even see here a reference to Dr. No – and that by stealing the Lektor from the Russians, and setting up the plan for the Russian girl to theoretically defect and provide the Lektor to the British, MI6 will most certainly send Bond. Then SPECTRE can exact their revenge on Bond for the death of Dr. No. So we see for the first time a reference to a previous Bond movie – we will see others in future Bond movies.
Here you see, Number One, stroking a white cat, but you never see his face. Kronsteen is Number 2 and Rosa Kleb Number 3. High-level planning to get the Lektor and kill Bond too. And we will see the SPECTRE cat in future Bond movies as well.
Why a cat? Cats do have this aura of independence, superiority, ability to survive on their own and surviving dangerous situations – after all, cats have nine lives. So, maybe that is why cats play a role in films and stories – sometimes as docile animals, and sometimes as a symbol. The fact that he is stroking a white cat is of note. Black cats often have had the label of evil, something bad lurking nearby to get you – black cats and Halloween, for example.
But here, it is a white cat. Much like on the original Dr. No publicity poster, where Dr. No was in white, and Bond in a dark suit, here we see white associated with evil. Even in “101 Dalmatians, ” Cruella has a white cat. The times they are a-changing.
The attention to detail for the sets continues EON Productions meticulous execution of fabulous sets, many built at Pinewood Studios outside London, and of course many scenes filmed on location – which SpyMovieNavigator is focused on with our videos. This SPECTRE briefing is a key scene.