Friday, April 19, 2024

Surprise! Christoph Waltz Returns as Evil Blofeld for “Bond 25” as Producers Double Up on Villains


Two time Oscar winner Christoph Waltz has secretly been filming scenes for “Bond 25,” in London, reprising his evil Blofeld villain from “Spectre,” aka Bond 24.

This scoop was delivered by the Daily Mail’s Baz Bamigboye exclusively, then immediately stolen by every outlet possible. was a real culprit. (I don’t understand why they always do that!)

But it was the estimable Baz who reported that Waltz was seen waltzing around Pinewood Studios. When he was spotted, Mr. W. put his finger to his lips and said, “You didn’t see me.” Well, Blofeld lost his eye in “Spectre” so maybe Waltz had a reason to believe he’d get away with it.

Donald Pleasance, Max von Sydow and Telly Savalas were the actors who previously played Blofeld in past Bond films. Each was memorable.

Bond producers Barbara Broccoli and Michael Wilson are certainly doubling down on villains for 25. They already have Oscar winner Rami Malek as their main bad guy, although no one knows who he plays or the course of his character. But now we’ve got two Oscar winners trying to bring down James Bond.

Of course, all I want to know is who is singing the opening song. I was first to report about Adele’s “Skyfall” several years ago. I didn’t much care for Sam Smith’s “Spectre” song even though it won the Oscar. Everyone wants Adele to return, but I hope it’s someone new– maybe Sting, or Annie Lennox, or even Chrissie Hynde. They are classics. The biggest mistake is bringing in a real newbie, like Billie Eilish. The Bond song is a big deal! Maybe Little Nas X can adapt “Old Town Road” for James!

Anyway, great scoop from Baz for the Daily Mail. We learn from the greats.

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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