Monday, June 17, 2024

Confirmed: Two Time Oscar Winner Christoph Waltz to Play James Bond’s Newest Nemesis


Confirmed: Christoph Waltz, a back to back Oscar winner, will play James Bond’s nemesis in the new 007 movie directed by Sam Mendes. And since Bond 24, as it is still known, is supposedly a two-parter with Bond 25, maybe Waltz will be in both movies. Stay tuned.

Baz Bamigboye broke this story in the Daily Mail a couple of days ago, but it still wasn’t totally confirmed. So I’ve picked up the pace in the US. And what a great idea! since Waltz came into our lives four years ago with “Inglorious Basterds,”  he’s become an overnight sensation. Next week he’s getting a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Next month he opens in “Big Eyes,” directed by Tim Burton, with Amy Adams.

Last night “Big Eyes” opened to rapturous ovations at Film Independent’s LACMA screening in Hollywood. There’s already talk of a third Oscar nomination– and you know, when Waltz is nominated, he wins! He’s 2 for 2.

And what’s this character all about? “He is not a maniac, like Javier Bardem was in Skyfall,” says a source. “It seems he and James Bond may have a history. It’s very surprising and not just a crazy villain.”

Well, I should hope not! As a Nazi, Waltz waltzed into a French farmhouse in World War II, speaking German, and asked “May we speak English?” in Basterds. I mean, really. I bought an ink well because of him !

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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