After the massive success of Skyfall, you almost had to wonder how the writers and directors of the James Bond franchise even be able to up the ante.
Well, they already ensured that Daniel Craig would return. That was one key step. The other part is getting a good Bond villain. Skyfall did wonderfully with casting Javier Bardem. His villain was easily a highlight of the film. For Spectre we’re getting Christopher Waltz, which almost guarantees an epic performance.
However, there is some speculation that there is some misdirection taking place and he is not who he is cast to be. Officially, he’s Franz Oberhauser, as said in the films official site credits. Yet many speculate that he is in fact Ernst Stavro Blofeld, the head of Spectre, and arch villain to Bond.
In an interview with GQ, Waltz set the record straight.
“That is absolutely untrue. That rumour started on the Internet, and the Internet is a pest. The name of my character is Franz Oberhauser.”
He also noted that he first hesitated to join the Bond film, but then saw the high quality of talent and production and happily accepted.
“I did, yes. I always hesitate… You ask yourself, hang on: what James Bond are we talking about? The thing about Spectre is that it is not the work of hack writers. It does not have a hack director. The actors are not hams. The action sequences in Mexico are extravagant to say the least. The scenes in Austria are traditional Bond action in the snow. These films with Daniel Craig have shifted the tone. They don’t depend on a set formula that forces actors simply to go through the motions.”