Christoph Waltz Not Returning For the Next Bond Film
Posted 2017/10/28 0 0
For those who enjoyed a certain iconic villain from James Bond history being played by Christoph Waltz, we have some bad news.
James Bond has dozens of memorable villains, but none are quite as iconic as Ernst Stavro Blofled. And we won't see him again portrayed by Christoph Waltz as while talking to Italian movie site Talky Movie, the actor answered the question of his return to Bond 25 with the following:
"No, I'm sorry. I'm really sad, but that's the tradition, that there is a new...name. Sorry. I would've liked to."
This might come as a bit of a disappointment to some fans that were hoping to see more of Christoph Waltz's version of Blofeld in the next entry in the James Bond franchise. Waltz’s time as the infamous Bond villain ends after one film. Ernst Stavro Blofeld is the leader of the global criminal organization known as SPECTRE and made his first appearance in 1963’s From Russia with Love. Additionally, Blofeld made appearances in Thunderball (1965), You Only Live Twice (1967), On Her Majesty’s Secret Service (1969), Diamonds Are Forever (1971), and For Your Eyes Only (1981), before he was played by Waltz in Spectre.
Prior to Waltz portraying the character, Blofeld had been played by Donald Pleasence, Telly Savalas, Charles Gray, and Max von Sydow. It remains to be seen whether the role will be recast for Bond 25.
Now moving ahead with Waltz, Bond 25 is currently set for a November 2019 release. After almost two years of back-and-forth, Craig is finally back, as are long-term Bond screenwriters Neal Purvis and Robert Wade, although no director has been confirmed yet. Story rumors had previously suggested Blofeld would play a part, albeit in a supporting capacity, but it is possible the plans changed. Regardless, with the film expected to shoot next year, if there is a recast Blofeld we’re sure to hear about it soon.