In spite of earlier reports that Christoph Waltz will be playing main villain Ernst Stavro Blofeld in “Bond 24: SPECTRE”, the latest installment in the Bond franchise, the actor, whose character’s officially named Oberhauser, says that he is not the leader the fictional terrorist organization. For more details on this story, read on.
According to Comicbook.com, Waltz was speculated earlier to be a cover for Ernst Stavro Blofeld, head of Spectre. He then clarifies that his character is not the head of the fictional terrorist organization. In an interview with Collider, the actor was asked if he was the Head of the fictitious group, to which he answers “No. No. It's something more interesting than that.”
“SPECTRE” which is an acronym for “Special Executive for Counter-intelligence, Terrorism, Revenge and Extortion” headed by Blofeld has served as a long time and worthy adversary to Bond in both novels and films. Originally created by Bond author Ian Fleming with Kevin McClory, the fictional terrorist group has appeared in several Bond titles such as “From Russia with Love”,”Thunderball”, “You Only Live Twice”, “On Her Majesty's Secret Service”, “Diamonds Are Forever”, “For Your Eyes Only” and “Never Say Never Again.”
Ernst Blofeld is known for his iconic cat which served as an inspiration to the “Austin Powers” villain Dr. Evil.
“SPECTRE” cast include Rory Kinnear (Tanner), Ben Whinshaw (Q), Naomi Harris (Miss Moneypenny), Ralph Fiennes (M), Andrew Scott (Denbigh), Dave Bautista (Mr. Hinx), Monica Belluci (Lucia Sciarra), Leia Seydoux (Madeleine Swann), and Christoph Waltz (Oberhauser). Daniel Craig is set to reprise his role as James Bond for the fourth time. Craig was the sixth actor to play the role of James Bond 007 in the official series, replacing Pierce Brosnan debuting in the highly-acclaimed “Casino Royale.” The film becoming the highest grossing film in the series at the time. It also earned Craig a BAFTA award nomination. He later reprised his role in “Quantum of Solace” which followed two years later, and “Skyfall” which premiered in 2012. "Skyfall" s now the highest-grossing film in the series, as well as the ninth highest-grossing film of all time.
Sam Mendes, who directed “Sky Fall”, will be returning to direct the film along with writers John Logan, Neal Purvis and Robert Wade. Bond franchise staples Barbara Broccoli and Michael G. Wilson are returning as executive producers and EON Productions, MGM and Sony/Columbia Pictures are returning as production companies. Sony Pictures Home Entertainment secured the rights for home distribution.
“SPECTRE” will start filming at Pinewood Studios in England as well as other locations such as Mexico City, Rome, Tangier & Erfoud, Morocco, Sölden, Obertilliach and Lake Altausee, Austria. The film is set for a UK and US release dates of Oct. 23, 2015 and Nov. 6, 2015, respectively.
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