Christoph Waltz confirmed for Bond 24

This week it to light that Christoph Waltz, two-time Tarantino collaborator and Oscar winner, will join the ranks of the as yet unnamed 24th James Bond film. The film, helmed by Skyfall director Sam Mendes, will feature Waltz in a ‘nemesis’ role, but details at present remain scarce. Daily Mail writer Baz Bamigboye who broke the story wrote: “It’s not immediately evident whether the part’s friend, foe, or a bit of both.”

Whilst it’s far too early to speculate on whether Waltz will play the primary antagonist, the prospect of him joining the illustrious list of Bond baddies is a tantalising one. The cast around Waltz is no less impressive, either. Daniel Craig, Ralph Fiennes, Naomie Harris, and Ben Whishaw will reprise their roles as Bond, M, Moneypenny, and Q respectively. Another rumoured newcomer is Chiwetel Ejiofor, though this has not been confirmed.

After being brought to the attention of American cinema audiences in 2009 for playing the villain in Quentin Tarantino’s Inglourious Basterds, Waltz’s acting pedigree has gone universally unchallenged. The gleefully unpredictable insanity he brought to the role of Colonel Hans Landa earned him the Best Supporting Actor Academy Award, a feat he repeated in 2013 after starring in Django Unchained.

The as of yet untitled Bond 24 will begin shooting next month, and a release date has been set for November 2015. For details on Christoph Waltz’s involvement, watch this space.


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