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Very unusual looking, the Persian is often considered the villain’s accessory. James Bond’s arch enemy, Blofeld, head of SPECTRE, is seen in four Bond films stroking his nameless white Persian cat; this has so captured our imagination that Persian-stroking has become shorthand for evil, see Austin Powers. On the other hand, Florence Nightingale owned 60 cats during her lifetime, including many Persians that she named after famous contemporaries – she had a Mr Disraeli, a Mr Bismark and a Mr Gladstone.

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