Sam: ...a mastermind petting a Persian cat?
Sam is referencing Ernst Blofeld, the archenemy of James Bond and head of the SPECTRE terrorist organization. Blofeld appeared (to varying degrees) in six James Bond movies, often as a bald figure stroking a cat. Pop culture caricatures or parodies of Blofeld include Austin Powers' "Dr. Evil" and Inspector Gadget's "Dr. Claw".