For those of you left questioning the effectiveness of ‘SPECTREs’ torture scene, Dr. Michael Cusimano of St. Michael’s Hospital says in a letter published in this weeks issue of the journal ‘Nature‘, that Ernst Stavro Blofeld (Christoph Waltz) got his neuroanatomy wrong, and could have likely have killed James Bond (Daniel Craig) instead.
In a scene recorded in a Morroccan desert, Ernst Stavro Blofeld, played by Christoph Waltz, tortures Bond using restraints and a head clamp fused with a robotic drill. The goal is to inflict pain and erase 007’s memory bank of faces.
[…] Aiming to erase Bond’s memory of faces, the villain correctly intends to drill into the lateral fusiform gyrus, an area of the brain responsible for recognizing faces, Cusimano said. But in practice, the drill was placed in the wrong area, aiming for the neck instead of the brain.
“Whereas the drill should have been aimed just in front of 007’s ear, it was directed below the mastoid process under and behind his left ear,” Cusimano wrote.
It likely would have triggered a stroke or massive hemorrhage, he said.
[…] Cusimano added it’s theoretically possible to impair facial recognition by targeting the lateral fusiform gyrus. He noted there are documented cases of injury, such as strokes, leading to brain conditions that cause “face blindness,” or prosopagnosia.
The neurosurgeon said he would happily offer his neurosurgery expertise to Hollywood filmmakers next time, and hopes people get a laugh out of the letter.
Source: CBA News.