Thursday, 10 August 2017
In Thunderball, Blofeld is described to the reader but not yet seen by Bond. However, in On Her Majesty's Secret Service, Bond has seen Blofeld's file and thinks, wrongly, that the Comte de Bleuville cannot possibly be the same man. Therefore, again, I think that a change of actor would be appropriate. This raises the possibility, if only in my mind, that the second Blofeld is an impostor.
Fantasy and sf offer more opportunities for rationalizing a change of actor/change of appearance in a character. I think that Flandry and Blofeld are two instances where a change of actor is not only acceptable but even obligatory.