24th episode of the (mis) adventures of James Bond in which Daniel Craig still dons the spy costume, “007 Specter” obviously refers to the criminal organization he is fighting. But do you know what this acronym stands for?
After having rinsed the James Bond of the Pierce Brosnan period, France Television is broadcasting this October 3 the 24th opus of the saga, 007 Specter. In this new installment where Daniel Craig plays the secret agent for the fourth time, and skillfully orchestrated by Sam Mendes, Bond faces the formidable criminal organization SPECTER., Led by Ernst Stavro Blofeld, this time played on screen by Christoph Waltz.
Here is the trailer again …
Nemesis pulling the strings in James Bond 007 against Dr No and With Love from Russia, James Bond’s main foe in Operation Thunder, You Only Live Twice, On Her Majesty’s Secret Service, Diamonds Are Forever or Never Again, The Unofficial James Bond, the SPECTER organization is at the heart of the universe created by Ian Fleming.
But do you know what the acronym for this sprawling criminal organization stands for? SPECTER is the acronym of “Service For Espionage, Counter-Espionage, Terrorism, Retaliation and Extortion”. Suffice to say that the desired goal is rather clear …
Imagine that its fictitious headquarters, originally, is located in Paris, at 136 Boulevard Haussman, where she hides behind an honest association helping war refugees, the FIRCO (International Fraternity of Resistance Against Oppression).
To create this entity in his novels, Ian Fleming was inspired by the organization – quite real this one – of the legendary and terrible service of the SMERSH. It was the name used to refer to the Russian military counterintelligence services during World War II.
Founded by the sinister Lavrenti Pavlovich Beria in 1943, the man who was first at the head of the NKVD (ancestor of the KGB), the SMERSH was responsible for eliminating traitors, deserters, spies and criminal elements of the Red Army. . Its next leader, Viktor Semionovich Abakumov, reported directly to Joseph Stalin. This organization, by definition secret, was dissolved in 1946. Fleming having worked during the war in the British intelligence services, one can imagine what he could see or hear about it, and to feed abundantly his saga thereafter. .