Christoph Waltz denies he is Blofeld to GQ


Christoph Waltz who plays Franz Overhauser in SPECTRE has been interviewed for the latest edition of GQ magazine.

Extracts from the full interview appear on the website, which you can read by following the link at the bottom of this article, but the main points are that he had to think twice about whether he wanted to appear in a James Bond film and then, once again, he denies the persistent rumour that he is to play and Ernst Stavro Blofeld, saying:

“That is absolutely untrue. That rumour started on the Internet, and the Internet is a pest. The name of my character is Franz Oberhauser”.

The persistent rumour dates from before the title of the film was revealed to be SPECTRE, and he has denied that he is in fact Blofeld since the press event at Pinewood in early December.

However, it should be remembered that during the filming of Skyfall that Naomie Harris consistently denied that she was Moneypenny, only to have her revealed as exactly that character at the end of the film. What actors and  produces say regarding this needs to be taken with a grain of salt.

Sam Mendes is also on record as saying that one of the things he learnt from Skyfall was the need to bluff, as there were so many rumours while it was being filmed. Whether he has decided to double or triple glass in this case remains to be seen.

While it is certainly not an open and shut case, I can’t decide at all whether Waltz is going to play Blofeld or not. Only time will tell.

Source: GQ

David Leigh founded The James Bond Dossier in 2002. A fan of 007 since the age of 8, he is also author of The Complete Guide to the Drinks of James Bond. You can order a copy here if you don't own it already.

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2 Responses to “Christoph Waltz denies he is Blofeld to GQ”

  • teeritz

    Remember a time BEFORE the internet? News of a new Bond film would appear as a small paragraph in a newspaper (page 7 to 12), or you’d get some report from the set, about a week before the film premiered, as an article in the Sunday newspaper’s magazine section (usually titled “Weekend Review” or “Life & Leisure”). Everything was simpler back then. If you were a die-hard Bond fan, you’d read about the film in one of the 007 fan club magazines like “Bondage” or “OO7 Magazine”.
    Nowadays, we have the WWW. On one side, we have non-Bond fans who just want to spoil things for us, and on the other side, we have the impatient Bond fans who want to know every, single, little detail about the film before it’s released. Then they go see the film and complain about how it held no surprises for them.
    Me? I’m trying to ‘maintain radio silence’ as far as “SPECTRE” is concerned. Come November, I want to get my $20 bucks worth. Is Waltz playing Blofeld? I have no idea. When I heard about the casting, I imagined Dave Bautista as Blofeld, but that smacked a little too Baney to me. Then again, maybe they want Blofeld to be a greater physical threat to DC’s Bond. Maybe Monica Bellucci will be Blofeld, but that’s a little too John Gardner’s “For Special Services”. Maybe it will be Waltz as Blofeld. Maybe we won’t find out until the very end when we see an uncredited Stellan Skarsgard sitting in a high-backed armchair stroking a white Persian cat.
    Either way, I don’t want to know until I’m in the cinema later this year. All of the picking apart that’s going on with this film while it’s shooting really takes the fun out of the anticipation. I’m surprised that GQ Magazine even asked Waltz that question. And I’m sure that Sam Mendes has enough on his plate without having to throw out a bunch of red herrings between now and October.

  • Martin Aston

    I truly hope he is, but i do worry Austin Powers ruined the character forever.