I’m sure you’ve asked yourself, “How many cats were in the James Bond movies?” The answer, according to the video below, appears to be “not that many”—in fact, one. The YouTube notes, below, implies that there are more, though I don’t remember any more.
As a follow up to the No More Heroes series, I am cataloging many key moments and elements of the James Bond film franchise, starting with all the close up scenes of Ernst Stavro Blofeld’s cat, the pet of James Bond’s nemesis from Spectre. I have not added any visual effects on any scene, and they remain in chronological order, taken from the Eon Productions films: From Russia with Love (1963); Thunderball (1965); You Only Live Twice (1967); On Her Majesty’s Secret Service (1969); Diamonds Are Forever (1971); For Your Eyes Only (1981); and Spectre (2015).
Is this a Persian cat? It looks purebred, but it doesn’t have that flattened face.
From Bored Panda we have the story of the Porfell Wildlife Park and Sanctuary taking in a mixed-sex pair of rusty-spotted cats (Prionailurus rubiginosus), a small felid native to India and Sri Lanka. It’s perhaps the world’s smallest wild cat, weighing between 0.9-1.6 kg (2-3.5 pounds)—less than half the weight of a house cat. Little is known about it but it’s listed as “near threatened” because of habitat loss.
It’s sad that many of them are doomed to spend their lives in captivity. Well, as you’ll see below, at least they’re protected and, of course, very cute. Click on screenshot to see the story.
There are only around 40 of these cats in captivity, and now there are two more (a pair of kittens were born). From the page, written two months ago:
The sanctuary took in a pair of grown rusty-spotted cats who are parents of two adorable cubs. “The Rusty-spotted cats were offered to us as we had a spare enclosure to be housed here for part of an external breeding programme. We don’t usually breed animals but this was a special opportunity,” the sanctuary’s spokesperson, Sophie, told Bored Panda. According to the new carers, these little babies are only 8 weeks old and are starting to eagerly explore their new surroundings with their mom following them around.
A few photos from the Wildlife Park (all images courtesy of: Park and Sanctuary in Cornwall).
Look at the size of those eyes!
Finally, the Walter Anderson Museum of Art in Ocean Springs, Mississippi, opened in 1991, has a digital exhibition: “9 Lives: Cats of Walter Anderson.” I hadn’t heard about the Museum, but Wikipedia tells us who the inspiration was:
WAMA is dedicated to the work of Walter Inglis Anderson (1903–1965), whose depictions of coastal plants, animals, landscapes, and people have placed him among the most singular artists of the 20th century; and to his brothers, Peter Anderson (1901–1984), potter and founder of Shearwater Pottery; and James McConnell Anderson (1907–1998), painter and ceramist. The mission of the museum is to “empower lifelong curiosity and connection to the natural world through the art of Walter Anderson and kindred artists.”
Anderson apparently loved to draw and sculpt felids, and the exhibit shows some of his cat-related art through his career. Here are a few examples from each period of his life:
A carved lion done when Anderson was in art school:
From his early professional years:
Anderson apparently spent three years in mental hospitals. Here’s one of his drawings from that time, which also features a DUCK:
After leaving the hospital, Anderson joined his family in Gautier, Mississippi; this drawing is from that period:
He also did large linoleum block prints:
He also did murals:
Each artwork is from a separate section on the website. This is from the last, “Later years” (he died in 1965).
h/t: Su, Reese