We've been expecting you: Christoph Waltz returning as Blofeld for Bond 25

Lawrence Kim
July 12, 2019

Since that 2015 film's ending, rumours had swirled several times that the Oscar-winner was in talks to play the villain on-screen again, but with production of the next film going through several tumultuous delays and the focus shifting to Craig and whether he would strap on the Walther PPK again, Waltz's name quietly slipped out of the conversation. The character was revealed as being the mastermind behind the titular global criminal organization, as well as James Bond's adoptive brother, so it was a real shame that after his survival at the end of the last mission, he wouldn't be coming back.

But it turns out that's probably not true.

"When a visitor spotted him, Waltz insisted, "You haven't seen me".

The much-rumoured return of Christoph Waltz's Blofeld to the James Bond series appears to have been confirmed after the actor was spotted at the studio where the latest film is being shot.

007 star Daniel Craig, director Cary Fukunaga and the #Bond25 crew were out in the sunshine today shooting across a number of London locations, including Whitehall, where Daniel filmed a scene with a classic @astonmartin V8, first seen in a Bond film in THE LIVING DAYLIGHTS.

Of course, Rami Malek is the main villain in Bond 25, but is he just another subordinate of Blofeld's in Spectre like Le Chiffre, Dominic Greene and Silva?

This is likely a simple cameo designed to create another link between the James Bond movies, continuing the connection of narrative tissue that has helped make this iteration of 007 stand out from all of the others. Having Waltz and Malek chew some scenery together could be an exciting prospect. What we now know will change is Blofeld's villainous pecking order.

But interestingly, director Cary Fukunaga failed to deny Blofeld's possible return in an interview a year ago after he was announced as the movie's new director (following the departure of Danny Boyle). Things seem to be on track for now, so hopefully we'll hear more about this one soon.

The still-untitled Bond 25 is due to hit theaters on April 8, 2020.

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