Two-time Oscar winner Christoph Waltz will star opposite Daniel Craig in the 24th James Bond movie, according to Baz Bamigboye of the Daily Mail. Bamigboye, who has a strong track record when it comes to the Bond series, revealed the casting yesterday via Twitter.
In a followup article in today’s Daily Mail he reports the Austrian actor will play Bond’s nemesis, but also suggests the role is not an out-and-out villain. “It’s not immediately evident whether the part’s friend, or foe, or a bit of both,” according to a production source.
Bamigboye also said on Twitter that the new film would shoot early next month on location in Mexico, Morocco, Austria, Italy and London. As previously reported, director Sam Mendes is to return following the $1bn success of 2012 outing Skyfall, which saw Daniel Craig in his third outing as the suave British secret agent.
Variety reported in April that 12 Years a Slave’s Chiwetel Ejiofor was being sought to play the next James Bond villain, casting which now appears unlikely. However, it was previously confirmed that Ralph Fiennes, Ben Whishaw and Naomie Harris are due to return as the new M, Q and Moneypenny respectively.
Bamigboye announced in October that Léa Seydoux, the French star of Cannes smash Blue Is the Warmest Colour, has also been added to the cast of Bond 24. Rory Kinnear will reprise his role as MI6 chief of staff Bill Tanner from Skyfall and Quantum of Solace.
This article was written by Ben Child, for theguardian.com on Friday 14th November 2014 10.17 Europe/Londonguardian.co.uk © Guardian News and Media Limited 2010