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How Bond villains – Mr. Ernst Stavro Blofeld – inspired Bond designers

Written by W, I, R, E, D, , U, K, B, D. Photo Credit: © © 2015 James Bond Films Ltd. All Rights Reserved

Plenty of James Bond villains fall into the camp “cool gadgets” category, but designer Geza Anvari wasn’t quite prepared for how inspired he would be by the very gadgets himself.

It’s not often that one imagines designing the film franchise’s most famously gadget-centric villain, Mr. Ernst Stavro Blofeld.

He ordered “the most powerful of the bracelets,” says Anvari, himself an accomplished jewelry designer working for the likes of Chopard, Zadig & Voltaire and Chapelle. Anvari designed the cuff and cuff bracelet from scratch for Blofeld, while the gold-plated, hand-beaded, pearl and lapis watch he ordered is perhaps the most beautiful piece of hardware ever to grace Bond films.

Geza Anvari. © © http://www.siggraph.org/media.asp?id=60157

Contrary to the “gadget head” image that has grown up with Bond, Anvari suggests that while some people might expect Mr. Bond to covet luxury consumer products, in fact, Bond actually relies on more utilitarian means.

When considering Anvari’s massive design problem, his first instinct was to bring Bond into an unconventional stance, standing on a desk in one scene. Anvari enjoyed experimenting with the intelligence of the character’s hands, wanting Blofeld to have a muscularity that conveyed strength and actually reflected Bond’s own personality.

However, Anvari felt Bond should actually be using his hands while standing on the desk, so he played with different molds, such as a shallow one, and a circular one to avoid muffling Bond’s hands. Anvari arrived at the design he used — a straight stainless steel cuff bracelet with a gold-plated watch.

Anvari credits the positioning of the wrist with Mr. Bond’s movement as a key source of inspiration. He likes to emphasize movements, expressing movement in the arm, through the wrist, or through the hand or fingers. In the end, his wrist placement matched that of Bond’s, thereby keeping the design simple, industrial and striking.

Imitation is the most sincere form of flattery. James Bond actually hates gadgets, too. The addition of the cuff bracelet underlines Bond’s masculinity, something that has remained consistent over decades of films.

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Mr. Ernst Stavro Blofeld wears gold-plated, hand-beaded, pearl and lapis watch. © © © 2015 James Bond Films Ltd. All Rights Reserved

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