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.