The Daily Mail claim that the recently-cast Christoph Waltz will be taking over the role of the megalomaniacal villain, Ernst Stavro Blofeld. Responsible for 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.
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.