The scene would be nowt with the chair taken out: You Only Live Twice, Blofeld’s chair

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Possibly one of the most famous chairs ever to be captured on celluloid, supervillain Blofeld’s chair in the Bond movie You Only Live Twice (1967) is the 6250 chair, launched by the very British company G Plan in 1962.

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Donald Pleasance as Blofeld in his famous black chair in You Only Live Twice


What’s the story?

G Plan borrowed the swivel idea from the very best offices in the 60’s, adding the hypnotic appeal of rocking and the sheer convenience of gliding. The black vinyl version of the G Plan 6250 became an iconic chair of the 60’s and it appeared in the 1967 Bond movie ‘You Only Live Twice’ where Blofeld, played by Donald Pleasance sat on it with his white cat.

The original chair from the Bond film set was sold in auction for $16,000 in 2014 but we have some good news for you below if you’re looking to re-enact the scene in your very own Blofeld chair in your home or office.

In the meantime, lets take a commercial break with some fabulously retro images of the 6250 chair sent to us from G Plan.

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G Plan 6250 chair

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The G Plan 6250 chair in red on the cover of their 1965 catalogue

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G Plan’s original 6250 chair in white


Find a Blofeld chair!

Since it was discontinued in 1982, original models are highly collectable today and remain popular re-upholstery projects. In fact, G Plan received so many requests to reintroduce the chair that in 2012 they launched G Plan Vintage. As part of this collection and to celebrate their 60th Birthday, the iconic armchair known as ‘The World’s Most Comfortable Chair’  – the 6250 as seen in You Only Live Twice – was reintroduced as ‘The Sixty Two’ which encapsulates the very best of the original design but has been re-engineered using the latest materials and techniques so that it captures that same level of quality and comfort the original was renowned for, but also stands the test of time in the modern home. Each piece is carefully handcrafted by a specifically selected craftsman at the G Plan Factory, based in Melksham, England.

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The Sixty Two chair – the new edition of the 6250


All chairs are made to order in a choice of 34 beautiful authentic fabrics and 20 luxury leathers. The ability to customise the piece with matching or contrasting buttons allows you to create an interesting look tailored perfectly to your individual tastes and space.

The Sixty Two model is available in 48 selected independent stockists throughout the UK. Stockists details can be found on the G Plan website >

The 6250 was parodied in Austin Powers with an Ox Chair by Danish designer Wegner, created in 1960. More on that on our feature here >.

Co-incidentally, we received a request from an F&F reader recently to identify the black wing-backed chair in the private plane in Goldfinger and we don’t need any excuse what-so-ever to show you these film stills of Sean Connery as James Bond with Pussy Galore et al in the gorgeous gold and black interior designed ‘plane:

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At first we were so convinced this chair was the same G Plan 6250 as the Blofeld chair, but haven spoken to G-plan they don’t think it’s an exact match – but it’s so very similar don’t you think?

About the author -


Paula Benson

Film and Furniture founder / Co-Creative Director at Form. Passionate about interiors, design, art, film, music and mind over matter.

Posted in: Feature on May 13, 2016
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2 Comments

  1. Mary wilk

    Thank you, Paula for sending this to me. This is one of the few chairs that look slick enough for me yet high and big enough for my very tall husband and son!

  2. Val

    Its also the chair Michael Caine knocked Cliff Brumby into in Get Carter, the scene with the quote ‘You’re a big man, but you’re in bad shape’.

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