Image copyright Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer/Columbia Pictures 2015
We turn our nerdy attention to some James Bond news now – a first for WTNH, by the way!
As almost everyone in the world will know by now, current Bond actor Daniel Craig is definitely on-board for at least one more movie – the franchise’s 25th film, which is set to be released in 2019.
However, whilst “Bond is back”, one of his most endearing and recurring foes will not be.
Well, not in the same way, at any rate.
Christoph Waltz, who played the villainous Ernst Stavro Blofeld (or just ‘Blofeld’), has confirmed he will not be returning to the franchise.
In an interview clip released on the Talky Movie Facebook page, Waltz was asked if he would be returning to the franchise;
Bad sound quality and subtitles aside, Waltz confirms he is not going to carry on in the role.
I’m really sad, but that’s the tradition, that there is a new…name.
Sorry, but I would’ve liked to.”
Clearly, the move was outside of Waltz’s control, and he is now the tenth actor (kind of) to portray Blofeld in eight different films.
Anthony Dawson (with Eric Pohlmann’s voice) appeared in From Russia With Love (1963) and Thunderball (1965); Donald Pleasance (with a very minor appearance of Jan Werich’s hands) in You Only Live Twice (1967); Telly Savalas in On Her Majesty’s Secret Service (1969); Charles Grey in Diamonds Are Forever (1971); John Hollis (with Robert Rietty’s voice) in For Your Eyes Only (1981); Max von Sydow in Never Say Never Again (1983); and of course, Christoph Waltz in Spectre (2015) – for everyone keeping track at home.
For everyone not versed in the lore of Bond, Ernst Stavro Blofeld is the leader of the global criminal organisation known as “SPECTRE”, most famous for his eye scar, drab grey outfit, and his white Persian cat.
The character was also parodied by Mike Myers in the Austin Powers franchise (as the thinly veiled archetypical villain Dr Evil)
The 25th James Bond film has a release date penned in for 8th November 2019, with a script written by Neal Purvis and Robert Wade who return for their seventh Bond instalment.
There is no confirmed director attached yet, and thus far, the only confirmed cast member is Daniel Craig as Bond himself, though Dave Bautista has expressed his interest in coming back to the franchise (as “Mr Hinx”) if Daniel Craig did.
We’re waiting, Dave.