Last week, we got word that Christoph Waltz would reportedly be playing the primary antagonist of the upcoming 24th James Bond film. Today, the source of that very same news story, The Daily Mail, is reporting that Waltz's role in the film will be none other than Ernst Stavro Blofeld!
Blofeld is perhaps Bond's most known villain. First appearing in the novel Thunderball by Ian Fleming, Blofeld is the head of evil organization SPECTRE, with whom Bond has had numerous encounters. The villain first appeared on film all the way back in From Russia With Love, Bond's second cinematic outing. Blofeld would be played on film by Telly Savalas, Max Von Sydow, and Charles Gray, but Donald Pleasance's portrayal is perhaps the most famous as it inspired an entire archetype of spy film villain (most notably Dr. Evil in the Austin Powers films).
It was only recently that MGM was able to get the rights back from writer Kevin McClory to use Blofeld and SPECTRE on film, so rumors had been flying that the character would be returning in Bond 24. Waltz is probably the perfect choice to play Bond's most famous villain as the actor is known, primarily, for his villain roles. Could it be possible that Blofeld and SPECTRE will be revealed to be behind the death of Vesper way back in Casino Royale? Such a reveal would tie things to Quantum of Solace as well.
Daniel Craig will return as James Bond along with director Sam Mendes and writer John Logan, the team behind Skyfall. Guardians of the Galaxy's Dave Bautista will play Waltz's henchman. Lea Seydoux will be this outing's Bond girl.
Bond 24 is set to start shooting next month, with a release date of November 6, 2015.