Details are surfacing this week about the next James Bond epic movie, Spectre, with Austrian actor, Christoph Waltz, chosen to play the famous spy’s evil nemesis, Oberhauser. Bond fans will be pleased to hear the film is slated for release on November 6th, 2015 and that Daniel Craig will once again play the part of 007, with Ralph Fiennes taking the role of “M.”
After weeks of speculation, Spectre’s director, Sam Mendes has confirmed the list of cast for the 24th Bond movie, during a media event at the Pinewood Studios in London Thursday. Reportedly Waltz is to replace a previously chosen British actor, Chiwetel Ejiofor, whose deal with the movie producers apparently fell through.
A previous 007 actor, Sir Roger Moore, is said to have tweeted during the press conference, saying “So Blofeld is back!” obviously thinking that Waltz would be playing the part of Bond’s childhood ski instructor and supervillain, Ernst Blofeld. However, it was later made clear that he would play the character of Oberhauser.
Other new arrivals to the 007 cast will be Andrew Scott, Dave Bautista, Lea Seydoux and Monica Bellucci. So far, little is known of the plot of the movie itself, but filming will apparently take place in Austria, London, Mexico City, Rome and Tangiers. Screenrant is reporting that the new film will continue developing themes from Skyfall, with Bond needing to look back at his past to help him deal with the future. It was also made clear that Austrian Christoph Waltz would be the new James Bond nemesis in Spectre.
The name of the movie is, as those diehard James Bond fans probably know, an acronym for “Special Executive for Counter-Intelligence, Terrorism, Revenge and Extortion.”
The role in the James Bond movie is in character for 58-year-old Austrian-German actor Waltz, who played the antagonistic role of SS-Standartenführer Hans Landa in Quentin Tarantino’s 2009 film Inglourious Basterds. Waltz received both an Oscar and also a Cannes Best Actor Award for his appearance in the Tarantino movie. He also played a major role in Django Unchained as bounty hunter Dr. King Schultz.
Past appearances by Waltz during 2011 were the part of a gangster, Benjamin Chudnofsky, in The Green Hornet, and also parts in Water for Elephants and the Roman Polanski movie Carnage.
Waltz also received his very own star on Hollywood’s Walk of Fame this month. At the Hollywood Boulevard ceremony, Tarantino referred to Waltz as his “favorite Austrian,” saying he is a master thespian, but also a “tool box actor.” Tarantino continued that Waltz gets the job done is a very “unadorned way.”
Waltz was born in Vienna to a German father, Johannes Waltz and Austrian mother, Elisabeth Urbancic, both costume and set designers. While Waltz actually holds German citizenship via his father, he did say in an interview that he feels more Austrian, and joked that Germans have no sense of humor. After the comment was made, Waltz was apparently offered Austrian citizenship, but so far it is unknown if he will take up the offer.
In the meantime fans will no doubt be looking forward to news of the next epic 007 movie Spectre, featuring not only James Bond but his new nemesis in the form of the handsome Austrian actor Christoph Waltz. Filming starts Monday December 8th.
By Anne Sewell
Christoph Waltz and wife Judith Holste walk the red carpet at the 82nd Academy Awards taken by US Army and in the public domain
Daniel Craig at Quantum of Solace New York City Premier CC by-SA NYTrotter