In maybe the most surprising segment of any Bond movie, our hero is picked up by helicopter from the gravesite of his wife (See On Her Majesty's Secret Service), presumably en route to a secret mission.
It turns out he’s been abducted by his old cat-loving nemesis, Blofeld, who disposes of the copter pilot, and intends to crash the now remote-controlled vehicle with 007 inside.
After a struggle, Bond gains control of the craft, makes some odd facial expressions, and then scoops up the bad guy, dropping him down an industrial smokestack.
Cue Sheena Easton.
Wow. An iconic villain from five previous Bond films is quickly and neatly disposed of before the opening titles. What are we in for? Certainly not Moonraker.
But wait a second. Re-watching this, something occurred to me.
What about the cat?
I may have originally assumed he went down the chimney with his owner.
But in truth, I don't think I ever thought about it.
If you watch again, you'll notice that the feline definitely jumps to safety. (This movie was obviously helmed by good, PETA-fearing producers.)
So what became of him after that? A spoiled, fluffy white Persian wouldn’t last 10 minutes in the tough feral cat community of working class London.
Especially when you're accustomed to eating Chilean sea bass from Waterford Crystal, served by a butler primarily hired to change your silver-plated litter box.
Whatever Happened To Blofeld's Cat?
1. Witnessing his owner's fate from atop a nearby storm drain,
he carelessly stepped backwards and went straight to Cat Hell.
2. He was found and adopted by visiting real estate investor,
Leona Helmsley, and lived the rest of his life exactly as before.
3. He made a fortune from a tell-all biography, Stroke of Evil Genius.
4. He freelanced as a pet for various organizations bent on world domination.
5. Merely a product of his environment, he was discovered frightened and dirty by a nun the next morning, and was adopted as the beloved
mascot of a London orphanage.
6. He joined American rockabilly group, Stray Cats, but due to creative differences, separated from the band and faded into relative obscurity.
7. He was picked up at an animal shelter by a production company, relinquished his evil ways, and starred in a popular series of cat food commercials as "The Morris of the UK."
8. He relocated to Paris, only to get into repeated accidents involving buckets of paint, and a series of unwanted rendezvous with
an overly affectionate skunk.
9. Later that day, making this same expression, 007 bellowed, “The kitty!”
He notified another MI6 agent, who immediately drove to the industrial neighborhood, discovered the cat, and promptly had him stuffed
and mounted for placement with a wax statue of Blofeld,
housed inside British Intelligence Headquarters.
10. He joined an evil cat circus.