It’s one of the most timeless popular conflicts of all time. In the minds of audiences the world over, when comparing cinematic clashes between two massive characters, only some of those battles come to mind immediately. Batman vs. the Joker. Luke Skywalker vs. Darth Vader. Holmes vs. Moriarty. James Bond vs. Ernst Stavro Blofeld. It seems that we’ll be seeing that last one once again, very soon.
According to the UK’s Daily Mail, Academy Award winner Christoph Waltz, known for his incredible turns in the Quentin Tarantino films Inglorious Basterds and Django Unchained, will be bringing the iconic nemesis of British super spy James Bond to life in Sam Mendes’ forthcoming untitled Bond film. The report, which hasn’t been confirmed by official sources close to the production, states that Waltz will be the latest actor to join a solid group of past performers in the role, including Donald Pleasence in You Only Live Twice, Terry Savalas in On Her Majesty’s Secret Service, and Charles Gray in Diamonds Are Forever. Blofeld himself first appeared in the second Bond film, From Russia With Love, as the shadowy head of the terrorist organization known as SPECTRE (Special Executive for Counter-Intelligence, Terrorism, Revenge, and Extortion).
He went on to appear in similar fashion in Thunderball, but wasn’t fully revealed until You Only Live Twice. Although the producers of the Bond films wanted to use Blofeld for subsequent films, rights issues prevented them from doing so, and the character appeared to have died in the opening scene of 1981’s For Your Eyes Only, without being named and without his face being seen.
Waltz’s portrayal of Blofeld will be the first time the character has been embodied since that unceremonious and rushed death, and the new timeline of the films permitted by the rebooting performed by Casino Royale means that Bond, as played by Daniel Craig, will never have encountered him before. While this is still only a rumor at this point, the possibilities should certainly excite the minds of Bond fans the world over.
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