Christoph Waltz pegged as Blofeld by British press

Christoph Waltz pegged as Blofeld by British press

The Daily Mail claim that the recently-cast Christoph Waltz will be taking over the role of the megalomaniacal villain, Ernst Stavro Blofeld. Responsible the death of Bond’s wife, and renowned for some of the series’ best hideaways (including mountaintops and hollowed volcanos), the villain has to be the Moriarty of the film franchise.

The last time 007 went toe to toe with Blofeld in the official film series was For Your Eyes Only, although he was unnamed (for legal reasons) and featured only in the pre-credit sequence. MGM/EON subsequently reacquired the rights to Fleming’s famous character in 2013 when the McClory estate sold the rights.

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Although Waltz is master-villain material, no evidence was let slip at the time of his casting that he would play Blofeld.

The Mail predicts a press conference (as is traditional at the start of shooting) but that the Bond family will not want their fans to know 007’s nemisis is back. Write the reporters:

[Waltz] is playing an unknown character called Franz Oberhauser, son of the late Hans Oberhauser, a ski instructor who acted as a father figure to Bond…

Waltz, the paper’s anonymous Hollywood insiders claim, will actually play Blofeld.

Fleming has an Austrian connection – he spent part of his youth in Austria and Switzerland and learned to ski and mountain climb in the country’s mountains. Hans Oberhauser gets a mention in the novel, On Her Majesty’s Secret Service.

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Jeffery Wright won’t return to Bond 24

Jeffery Wright won’t return to Bond 24

As with Skyfall, there appears to be no part in Bond 24 for Bond’s brother from Langley.

In a new interview with /Film the two time Felix Leiter, Jeffrey Wright, confirmed he will be tied up with the Hunger Games franchise and has not been asked back for Sam Mendes’ Bond 24.

Says the actor:

Felix is going to be playing Beetee next fall or whenever it comes out.

This obviously does not preclude a recast by the 007 producer — and Mendes may want oversight over the casting of his Felix — but Wright still remains the obvious choice for the role if they wanted to re-introduce Leiter.

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Camera rigs assembled in Morocco for Bond 24

Some of the contractors recently employed to conduct pre-production work in Morocco for 007’s 24th James Bond adventure posted a few pictures of the sophisticated rig they had assembled on location. Casablanca, Oujda and Tangiers have been rumored to be locations on Bond 24. 25 years ago, The Living Daylights made use of the Moroccan vistas when Ouarzazate doubled for an Afghanistan airbase.

Built this today! #bond24

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Boats being transported for Bond 24

It was let slip by the logistics company working for 007 that they were transporting some precious cargo indeed. The following photo was posted to the FreightExEurope Twitter account with the caption:

@FreightExEurope transported boat from the set of new #JamesBond movie

Bond Boats transported The characteristic mountains indicate the photo was taken on location in Austria, but is not clear whether the boats are arriving or departing, whether this is some elaborate prop worked up by the art department, or how many of them will be used in the film.

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Bond 24 casting news: Lea Seydoux and Christoph Waltz

Lea SeydouxJames Bond 24 appears to have some casting news, thanks to The Daily Mail. Oscar-winning German-Austrian actor, Christoph Waltz is said to play a major ‘nemesis’ to Bond in the new James Bond movie.

Waltz is famed for his work with Quentin Tarantino in both Django Unchained (2012) and Inglourious Basterds (2009).

Writes Baz Bamigboye, the Mail reporter who got this scoop:

I am told that the part is a complex one. ‘It’s not immediately evident whether the part’s friend, or foe, or a bit of both,’ a person who has knowledge of the screenplay told me.

It is not clear how many people Bamigboye relies on inside the EON production, but he has a good track record of leaking juicy details before the Bond producers would have them known.

Other insiders quoted by the paper give a vague sense that the part could be as memorable as Bond’s archvillain Ernst Stavro Blofeld. But all of this is just speculation. Chiwetel Ejiofor was also understood to have been in talks. The Wrap claims that Ejiofor walked away from the Bond offer and that Waltz is taking the same part. If so, they clearly were not looking to typecast.

In an earlier exposé, Bamigboye also outed Lea Seydoux as one of Bond’s latest lady friends. She is expected to take the part that was originally scripted for a Scandinavian lady. Seydoux is known for the French-language Blue Is the Warmest Colour but might be more familiar to Anglo audiences as assassin Sabine Moreau in Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol. Little is known about her character as yet.

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Bond 24 Pre-production forges ahead in Austria

ObertilliachAlthough it is still understood that Bond 24 will shoot in streets of Rome, more obvious activity and evidence of 007’s imminent arrival is apparent in Austria.

The small towns of Obertilliach and Altaussee are readying for Bond. It is presumed that the production could spend a good part of the winter in Austria, with shooting dates booked from January 5.

A wooden construction has been assembled in Obertilliach and it is understood it will be destroyed as part of the shot for this 24th James Bond movie.

Meanwhile the crew have their eye on a lakefront log cabin named Jagdhaus in Altaussee.

Fans can expect some winter action, with the latest local reports indicating Sölden ski area has been closed for the production. Sölden is about 150 miles from Obertilliach.

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James Bond 24 could be bound for Italy

According to rumours at the Italian James Bond fan club Bond 24 could be shooting in Italy, more specifically, in a sequence centred around Rome’s Quattro Fontane.

 

Quattro Fontane

 

They also report that the title might be Devil May Care. Although this is highly unlikely as EON Productions have never borrowed a 007 film title from an Ian Fleming Publications continuation novel. The title rumor seems traceable to this website whereon it explains that Cinecittà studios in Rome is being considered. Perhaps with delays in production and the introduction of Purvis and Wade to the writing team Pinewood can no longer accommodate the 007 adventure? If the booking is no longer valid and shooting is delayed, Bond might just be looking for a new home.

 

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Sam Mendes comments on his continued relationship with James Bond

Sam Mendes comments on his continued relationship with James Bond

Sam Mendes the director of Skyfall and the upcoming Bond 24 has spoken to the media about his work on the Bond franchise. He compared his varied of art house and alternative film production to the more formulaic 007 adventure, saying: “I spent a long time doing movies that defied easy categorisation, but with Bond, it was very clear what was demanded. With Bond you have to know everything Bond has done before. You can’t repeat it. You’re not going to reinvent the wheel.”

He rightly calls the franchise “timeless” but emphasises that it all starts with the script.

For me, so much of it is about script. Because that’s the building of the boat. Once the boat goes on the current, it’s gone. And if there’s a hole in the boat, you’re fucked. So you have to make sure there’s no holes in the boat. That’s what we’re doing at the moment.

Skyfall had a extended scripting process forced upon the production team by the financial situation of their studio, MGM. Mendes is obviously committed to recreating a similar quality picture.

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Neal Purvis and Robert Wade to polish Bond 24

The writing duo, Neal Purvis and Robert Wade, who bowed out of the Bond franchise after the successful Skyfall are rumored to have returned to the franchise to add some punch to John Logan’s script.

The news emerges from Baz Bamigboye at the Daily Mail, who predicted a number of James Bond news and rumors accurately back when Skyfall was only in pre-production. So, although there has been nothing official, Bamigboye has an excellent track record.

It is also not a surprise that John Logan is not expected to finish this shooting script alone. A number of James Bond films have been started by one writer only to be polished by another. Logan himself served as second fiddle to Purvis and Wade’s Skyfall, and before him, the duo’s scripts were polished by Paul Haggis. It is understood that the story is still an original one from Logan but that Purvis and Wade are on board to give it a review.

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Bond 24 screen tests taking place in Scandinavia

Synnøve Macody LundSynnove Macody Lund, Norwegian actress known for Headhunters (2011) leaked the news this week that she had screen tested for a secondary Bond girl role in Bond 24. James Bond fan-site MI6 says that Bond 24 screen tests are happening throughout Scandinavia and Birgitte Hjort Sorensen, Ida Engvoll and Disa Östrand have been tested.

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