While the look of the character is obviously based on James Bond’s arch-nemesis, Ernst Stavro Blofeld, his voice and mannerisms appear to be completely original. Well, almost original. And on that point, check out this interview with Myers’ former boss, SNL producer Lorne Michaels.

On some of those phrases, you can sure see the influence. But there’s more than the voice.

Remember the scene where Dr. Evil freaks out over not getting the laser-beam-wielding sharks he demanded? According to one anonymous SNL alumnus, “I’ve seen that conversation between Lorne and the set designer 500 times at 10:30 on Saturday night.” Also, Michaels, like Dr. Evil, “ends everything by bringing his pinkie up and chewing the fingernail.”

But the connections might go even deeper than that. For example, Dr. Evil ransoming the world for a surprisingly low one million dollars seems like a reference to the time Michaels went on SNL to offer the Beatles a paltry three grand to reunite.

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