Two time Oscar winner Christoph Waltz has been named to play the villain in the next Bond movie currently called Bond 24. He is said to be cast as Ernst Stavro Blofeld, known to Bond fans as the evil head of SPECTRE.
The Austrian Waltz’s first wife was a Jewish Psychiatrist and his three children with her are all Orthodox Jews. His son is in in Israel studying to be a rabbi and his daughter Married there last year.
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England’s The Daily Mail broke the news reporting that the studio will announce Waltz’s casting at a press conference next month. It quoted a source as saying, “Christoph Waltz is playing Blofeld in the next Bond film. The tone of the 007 films has changed significantly in recent years and the producers have changed the character to fit in with the new-look 007.”
The new Bond films are a reboot of the series in which Daniel Craig plays James Bond starting from when he first receives his license to kill. SPECTRE was Bond’s main adversary in the Sean Connery films in the 60’s and has not been in the franchise since then so Bond fans will be thrilled to see it return.
The character was first portrayed by Donald Pleasance in 1967’s You Only Live Twice.
Christoph Waltz can currently be seen in Horrible Bosses 2 with Jennifer Aniston and Jason Sudeikis. He Tweeted about the movie’s title, “Who hasn’t had a horrible boss? I had a lot in theater.”
Waltz has won two Oscars for best supporting actor, both from films directed by Quentin Tarantino: Inglorious Basterds where he played a Nazi colonel and Django Unchained where he played a more likable character.