It’s the essential problem with all Bond villains. Instead of simply putting a bullet in 007’s head, he reveals his nefarious scheme and then puts Bond in a situation where he can easily escape. Here, instead of just capping Bond, or throwing him to the sharks, archnemesis Blofeld, probably against his better judgment, allows Bond to smoke one last cigarette. Unfortunately for Blofeld and his men, one in particular, the cigarette is able to fire a rocket-propelled bullet. Of course it is.