One of the most controversial aspects of SPECTRE was the new relationship between Bond and Blofeld/ Oberhauser. I feel that that Oberhauser was an interesting idea for a villain, it was the execution that was off and making him Blofeld was a mistake. Since things are quiet here right now I thought I’d share an alternate idea I had for their relationship
First I’d drop the whole ‘you stole my father’s affection’ motivation as Oberhauser’s reason for hating Bond. Bond his loved by his adopted family and he and Franz remain close into adulthood as the two serve in the military of their respective countries.
During this time Bond is approached by Mi6. They have uncovered evidence of a cabal who deal in military secrets and have reason to believe Franz Oberhauser is connected. Given their relationship Bond is seen as the perfect man to infiltrate the group. At first Bond is reluctant as he doesn’t want to believe his brother could be involved with an international criminal organisation. Ultimately his loyalty to his country outweighs his loyalty to his family and he agrees to take the assignment. Bond uses his history with Oberhauser to successfully infiltrates the cabal which allows Mi6 to shut them down. Key members are arrested and Oberhauser is seemingly killed (if you still want to use the angle of Bond believing him to be dead). Bond’s exceptional performance in the operation results in him being recruited into Mi6.
I feel that this would set up a stronger conflict between the two while being more in keeping with their characters; Oberhauser is motivated more by personal gain and is already part of an international criminal organisation. Bond is motivated by his loyalty to Queen and Country and so is willing to work against his own family.