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SPECTRE is a dedicated fraternity whose strength lies in the absolute integrity of its members.
— Ernst Stavro Blofeld

The Special Executive for Counterintelligence, Terrorism, Revenge, and Extortion (SPECTRE) is a shadowy criminal syndicate created and originally led by Ernst Stavro Blofeld. Though an apolitical organization, its recruits come from various authoritarian dictatorships, including the Gestapo and Josip Broz Tito's secret police. Throughout its history, SPECTRE has been dismantled through the actions of James Bond before reforming in one way or another.

True to its company like nature SPECTRE is lead by a headboard of 21 members, each assigned with a number which would always rotate by two digits every month to protect the identities of its members, though Blofeld and his second-in-command Emilio Largo would always have the numbers 1 and 2 respectively. Failure is not tolerated within the organization and members who fail their mission or do something to harm its image were often executed.

Its goals vary depending on incarnation. Some versions of SPECTRE simply look to make a profit by lending their services to nations or other powerful organizations or hold lofty goals of world domination.