Monday, 20 April 2015

Christoph Waltz insists he won't be playing Blofeld in SPECTRE

The recent trailer reveals him in shadow, sitting at a table beneath which he could conceivably be stroking a white cat. He is the sinister new villain for Sam Mendes (Skyfall) latest Bond outing SPECTRE, which reintroduces the Special Executive For Counter-intelligence, Terrorism, Revenge And Extortion into the James Bond franchise. There has, understandably, been much speculation that Christoph Waltz (Django Unchained) will be revealed to be a certain Ernst Stavro Blofeld in the 24th Bond movie. But Waltz is categorically insisting that this isn't the case.

"That is absolutely untrue," Waltz told GQ. "That rumour started on the internet, and the internet is a pest. The name of my character is Franz Oberhauser."

Naomie Harris similarly told Empire magazine before the release of Skyfall (2012) that she wasn't playing Miss Moneypenny. You may also cast your minds back to the time Benedict Cumberbatch absolutely was not playing Khan in Star Trek Into Darkness (2013)... until of course he was. So make of this what you will.

But if Waltz genuinely isn't joining the pantheon that currently includes Donald Pleasence (You Only Live Twice), Telly Savalas (On Her Majesty's Secret Service), Charles Gray (Diamonds Are Forever) and an unofficial Max von Sydow (Never Say Never Again), it certainly leaves interesting possibilities for Bond 25.

Elsewhere in SPECTRE news, Daniel Craig has finally stopped grinning and bearing the knee injury he sustained in February, and has taken advantage of a scheduled production break to have some arthroscopic surgery. He will be back at work on 22 April, so there should be no need for Roger Moore to step in after all.

Directed once again by Mendes, SPECTRE stars Daniel Craig as Bond, of course, Andrew Scott (Sherlock) as Denbigh, Monica Belluci (Irreversible) as Lucia Sciarra, Dave Bautista (Guardians Of The Galaxy) as Mr. Hinx, Léa Seydoux (Blue Is The Warmest Colour) as Madeline Swann and Stephanie Sigman (Miss Bala), plus returning MI6 allies Ralph Fiennes as M, Naomie Harris as Moneypenny, Ben Whishaw as Q and Rory Kinnear as Tanner.

SPECTRE hits our screens on 23 October before heading to the US on 6 November.

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