Let’s be honest, if you’re a Hollywood casting director and you need a villain, your first call is going to be to Christoph Waltz. Waltz’s ability to be be bad will be on display once again in the comedy sequel Horrible Bosses 2, which comes out in theaters this week, but when it comes to the upper strata of super-villainy you have two ways to get there: fighting Batman or fighting James Bond. On the subject of the latter, it’s long been supposed that Waltz will be joining the cast of the 24th as-yet-untitled James Bond film, but more than that, rumor has it it will be playing the pivotal role of Ernst Stavro Blofeld, the Joker to Bond’s Batman.
Doing rumor control, The Daily Mail published the supposition that Waltz is playing Blofeld. The rumor comes not from the Mail‘s regular man on the Bond beat, so the “news” may be way off, but it comes from a supposedly reliable source inside the production company, EON. According to the Mail, EON “will announce the star is playing an unknown character called Franz Oberhauser, son of the late Hans Oberhauser, a ski instructor who acted as a father figure to Bond.” And if you don’t think that sounds like “John Harrison” style misdirection, you’re not alone.
Of course, it wouldn’t be a terrible surprise if the producers of the Bond series would want to bring Blofeld back into the Bond universe after Skyfall re-introduced Moneypenny (Naomie Harris) and Q (Ben Whishaw). EON recently won the rights to use Blofeld again in a recent court settlement with the estate of producer Kevin McClory, and Blofeld himself hasn’t been seen on screen in “official” Bond continuity since 1981’s For Your Eyes Only, although the character was the bad guy in Never Say Never Again, Warner Bros.’ attempt to start its own Bond franchise with Sean Connery.
If Waltz is on track to play Blofeld, he’ll join some pretty big company in the part. Donald Pleasence played the head of SPECTRE in You Only Live Twice, Max von Sydow played him in Never Say Never Again, and Telly Savalas represented with his bald head in On Her Majesty’s Secret Service. Waltz would be an amazing choice for the part of Blofeld, just imagine the words, “No, Mr. Bond I expect you to die,” coming out of his mouth. It will be magic. Of course, it could also just as easily all be bunk, but the rumor seems almost too good to be true.
The possibility exists that we may get some answers next week. The big press conference for Bond 24 will be held the first week of December in which we’ll learn the movie’s title and main cast. We already know the release date, November 6, 2015.
In the meantime, count me in as someone who enthusiastically endorses the casting of Waltz as Blofeld; however, count me out as someone who wants to play the is he or isn’t he guessing game we lived through with Star Trek Into Darkness.