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A couple weeks ago it was reported that Christoph Waltz was going to play the villain in Sam Mendes' Bond 24. It wasn't announced who exactly he would play, but today we have word that he will take on the role of none other than James Bond nemesis Ernst Stavro Blofeld!
Rumors of the character were sparked last year after MGM settled a lawsuit with writer Kevin McClory regarding the rights to the Blofeld character and the infamous Spectre organization. Now it looks there was a reason they made the settlement. When Bond 24 writer, John Logan, was asked about the character in a previous interview all he said was:
"You know, I think our villain's appropriate to the story we're telling."
Blofeld has been a part of six of the previous James Bond films that have been made. Sometimes his face is shown, other times we just hear his voice. »
- Joey Paur
MGM, Amplify & Stage 6 Films
Shooting begins next month on the still untitled (or at least officially untitled) Bond 24 and from the looks of things, 007 should be prepared to face a familiar foe. According to the Daily Mail, Christoph Waltz, recently cast in the movie as the main villain (could he really have been anything else?), will be portraying the role of Ernst Stavro Blofeld, the recurring big baddie from the early Bond novels and films.
The two-time Oscar winner would bring all his European flare to play the devious, cunning foe, famous for his white cat and haunting scar. Sources say Blofeld will be “just as sinister as early incarnations, although a lot less campy” this time around and it will be a rebirth of sorts for Bond’s ultimate nemesis. He hasn’t appeared on screen since he was unceremoniously killed off in the opening title sequence of 1981’s For Your Eyes Only. »
- Jamie Mulvaney
Earlier this month it was reported that two-time Oscar-winner Christoph Waltz (Inglourious Basterds, Django Unchained) is wanted for the main villain role in Bond 24, and now The Daily Mail is claiming that Waltz is set to play 007’s arch-enemy Ernst Stavro Blofeld.
According to the paper, Eon “will announce the star is playing an unknown character called Franz Oberhauser, son of the late Hans Oberhauser, a ski instructor who acted as a father figure to Bond. But senior sources believe the casting is a double bluff worthy of 007 himself and that Waltz is actually playing Blofeld.” They go on to quote an unnamed source as stating that: “Christoph Waltz is playing Blofeld in the next Bond film. The tone of the 007 films has changed significantly in recent years and the producers have changed the character to fit in with the new-look 007.”
If true, Waltz will join actors Donald Pleasance, »
- Gary Collinson
2012’s Skyfall was almost certainly one of the best entries in the James Bond franchise to date (if not the best), but it looks like returning director Sam Mendes may be upping the ante in the follow-up. Skyfall was a successful attempt at melding the legacy of the Bond franchise with its most recent Daniel Craig-fronted iteration, as the story simultaneously addressed how a person like James Bond fits into the modern landscape while also referencing some of the series’ most notable hallmarks. With the ending of Skyfall acting as a mild reset to the goings-on at Mi 6, a new rumor now claims that Mendes might be resurrecting one of the most famous Bond villains of all with actor Christoph Waltz’s role in the upcoming Bond 24: Ernst Stavro Blofeld. More after the jump. Just a little over a year ago, we learned that a decades-long legal »
- Adam Chitwood
The 24th installment of James Bond is getting ready to start shooting early next month at Pinewood Studios in London but The Hollywood Reporter has learned that the production will move to Rome early next year to film some key scenes.
Bond 24 will be the fourth installment starring Daniel Craig as the titular character. He previously appeared as the British agent in Casino Royale (2006), Quantum of Solace (2008) and Skyfall (2012) (which received critical acclaim and grossed over $1 billion at the box office). Skyfall’s director Sam Mendes is also helming this new installment.
The plot is being kept under wraps but the key scenes involving Rome are said to be several nighttime high-speed car chases and one involving Bond parachuting from a helicopter. Italian news agency Ansa also reported that some scenes are going to be shoot outside of Rome, in the region of Campania. Production in Rome will run »
- Munir Abedrabbo
Just weeks after we reported that Christoph Waltz is playing the main villain in Bond 24, The Daily Mail claims that the actor is actually playing the classic James Bond nemesis Ernst Stavro Blofeld in this highly-anticipated sequel.
Eon Productions is expected to confirm Christoph Waltz's casting during a press conference to be held in the first week of December. At that time, they will announce that the actor is playing Franz Oberhauser, son of the late Hans Oberhauser, a ski instructor who was a father figure to 007 (Daniel Craig). However, one unidentified source claims that the announcement will be a misdirect, and that Christoph Waltz is actually playing Blofeld.
"Christoph Waltz is playing Blofeld in the next Bond film. The tone of the 007 films has changed significantly in recent years and the producers have changed the character to fit in with the new-look 007."
We reported in November 2013 that »
I don't think this rumor will have anyone gasping as The Daily Mail is reporting recently cast Christoph Waltz will be playing iconic James Bond nemesis Ernst Stavro Blofeld in Bond 24. I know, shocker rightc Upon the announcement Waltz would play one of the film's villains I asked about the likelihood of him playing Blofeld on Twitter. For those that don't know, Blofeld is head of the global criminal organization Spectre and he first appeared in Ian Fleming's novel "Thunderball", but his first theatrical "appearance" was in From Russia with Love (1963), followed by a part in 1965's Thunderball before his face was finally seen in 1967's You Only Live Twice as portrayed by Donald Pleasence. The character would later be portrayed by Telly Savalas in On Her Majesty's Secret Service, by Max Von Sydow in Never Say Never Again and Charlse Gray in Diamonds are Forever before finally »
- Brad Brevet
New details have emerged regarding some filming on the upcoming twenty-fourth film in the James Bond series.
As previously indicated, some of the production on the fourth screen outing for Daniel Craig's version of 007 is scheduled to take place in Italy. Now, Italian news agency Ansa (via THR) indicates that Rome will be the host for "no less than three key action scenes" in the upcoming film.
Several night-time high-speed car chases are planned through the historical center's narrow streets and along the wide Corso Vittorio thoroughfare.
One sequence will see a car ending up in the Tiber river, a Fiat 500 will be crushed along the Borgo Vittorio, and finally Bond himself will parachute from a helicopter onto the Ponte Sisto pedestrian bridge. Other scenes will be shot outside of Rome in Campania, specifically at the Royal Palace of Caserta.
Production on the film begins next month at Pinewood Studios in the U. »
- Garth Franklin
Spoilers: This article contains Bond 24 details some readers may wish to avoid.
A classic villain from James Bond's past is expected to return for the next 007 outing.
A source reportedly said that the more serious tone of the Daniel Craig movies has led producers to "change the character to fit in with the new-look 007".
The character featured prominently in You Only Live Twice (played by Donald Pleasence), On Her Majesty's Secret Service (Telly Savalas) and Diamonds Are Forever (Charles Gray), while also appearing in 1983's rogue Bond movie from McClory, Never Say Never Again.
The 24th installment of the James Bond franchise, set to start shooting at Pinewood Shepperton outside of London in the coming weeks, will film some scenes in Rome. It will be Daniel Craig's fourth turn as James Bond after taking the title role in Casino Royale, Quantum of Solace and Skyfall. Sam Mendes is returning to direct. While details are still under wraps, a source confirmed that shooting was planned for Rome. Italian news agency Ansa reported that Rome will host no less than three key action scenes for the upcoming film. Several nighttime high-speed car chases are planned
- Ariston Anderson
Production is finally set to start on the 24th James Bond film in December, with a formal announcement of that expected in the next week or two. The new movie will see Daniel Craig play 007 for the fourth time, this time reunited with his Skyfall director, Sam Mendes. Ralph Fiennes, Naomie Harris and Ben Whishaw are all back for the new film.
One of the new additions to the cast is Christoph Waltz, and over the weekend, a major rumour surfaced regarding the identity of his role. If you want to know more, you'll need to scroll below Daphne the Spoiler Squirrel...
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There may not be a ton of new movies and TV shows on Netflix Instant this week, but there’s a pretty good chance you’ll find something here that’s worth a look. The biggest titles added in the U.S. include David Ayer’s Sabotage starring Arnold Schwarzenegger, Dream House starring Daniel Craig, and the first season of […] »
The worst thing anyone has said to me? ‘You’re amazing, for your age’
Born in Newcastle, Reid, 79, played Ken Barlow’s wife in Coronation Street in the 1960s. In 2003 she was Daniel Craig’s lover in Hanif Kureishi’s film The Mother. Her TV work includes Last Tango In Halifax and Our Zoo (DVD and book out now). She was widowed in 1981, and lives in London.
When were you happiest?
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- Rosanna Greenstreet
When people pass away, we often praise them with, "What couldn’t they do?" Exaggeration. With Mike Nichols, there’s really no answer to the theoretical. A seasoned comedian, a pillar of New York City theater, a successful film director — earning a Best Picture nomination, four Best Director nominations, and one win in the latter category — and one of only 12 people to successfully collect the coveted Egot, when it came to the entertainment industry, there really wasn’t anything he couldn’t do. He went out on a high. Thursday morning, we learned that Nichols passed away at the age of 83. Fleeing Nazi-occupied Germany in 1938, Nichols wound up in New York City and called the city home for nearly his entire life. Attending college in Chicago, he became part of the theater and comedy scenes, joining Second City and forming the comedy duo Nichols and May, along with actress Elaine May. »
- Matt Patches
Mike Nichols, the award-winning director of Broadway and movies, died Wednesday in Manhattan at the age of 83. Nichols was the husband of ABC News anchor Diane Sawyer. A spokesman for ABC said the cause was cardiac arrest.
Photos: Mike Nichols’ Life and Career in Photos
Nichols is one of few people to win an Emmy, a Grammy, an Oscar and a Tony — achieving so-called Egot status. His first two feature helming efforts — the caustic “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf” in 1966 and 1967’s satirical “The Graduate” — launched a prodigious movie career. But before ever stepping behind the camera, he was already part of a successful comedy duo with Elaine May and had helmed a string of hit stage shows.
Nichols’ background in improvisational, satirical comedy informed many of his films, which often started out as comedies and ended up as acerbic ruminations on American relationships. Directing material by playwrights, screenwriters »
- Terry Flores
A source for Schmoes Know has heard that Paramount and producer Lorenzo di Bonaventura ("Transformers") want Martin Campbell to direct G.I. Joe 3. It's his if he wants it. Campbell hasn't directed a film since 2011's Green Lantern. That's understable as it is one of the worst comic book movies of all-time, despite what anyone tries to tell you. A shining example of how woefully bad a comic book movie can be if you don't respect or even understand the source material. However, Casino Royale is perhaps the best James Bond film of all time. It introduced us to Daniel Craig as 007, making him an overnight star, and its grittier take on the character reenergized the multi-decade franchise. How in the world did Martin Campbell directa gem like Casino Royale and a stinker like Green Lantern? It is quite the enigma. G.I. Joe 3 is currently being written by screenwriter Jonathan Lemkin, »
Bydgoszcz, Poland – European Shooting Stars, an event at the Berlin Film Festival that helped launch the careers of “James Bond” star Daniel Craig, Rachel Weisz and Daniel Bruhl, has selected the jury for next year’s actors’ showcase.
The 2015 jury includes casting director Nathalie Cheron, whose credits include Luc Besson’s Scarlett Johansson starrer “Lucy,” and director Malgorzata Szumowska, whose film “In the Name Of” won the Teddy Award at the Berlin film fest last year. The other members are Danijel Hocevar, the producer of Sundance winning pic “Circles,” actress Eva Rose, and Empire magazine journalist Damon Wise.
The 23 organizations that form European Film Promotion, the event’s organizer, have nominated actors from their countries, from which the jury will select 10 finalists. Those »
- Leo Barraclough
The road to stardom isn’t always easy, as many of those in the limelight will tell you. Some of the most famous actors we know weren’t born movie stars; and have nothing but their tenacious perseverance to thank for where they are today.
Sylvester Stallone was so broke starting out that he starred in soft core pornography through sheer desperation; working his way up from there. Then there’s Jim Carrey, who quit school at 15 to support his family (who were living out of a van) by working as a janitor. While looking after his chronically ill mother; Carrey was also slogging his guts to get his stage act noticed. Even Daniel Craig – James Bond himself – slept on park benches as a struggling actor, mere months before landing his 007 role.
It’s stories like these that give you a new-found respect for the faces we see on our screens. »
- Nina Cresswell
The James Bond series is one of the most prolific, iconic and financially successful movie franchises ever made, kicking off in 1962 with the Sean Connery-starring Dr. No and instantly becoming a firm mainstay of the cinematic calendar, with Bond 24 set to start shooting next month.
With its suave protagonist, sexy femme fatales, exotic locales, imposing villains, exciting action, witty sense of humour and fun gadgets, the Bond films are all about entertainment above all else, and though the formula is pretty well-worn by now, the recent Daniel Craig reboot series has at least found a few ways to reinvigorate the template for a new generation.
That said, being a Bond fan can be a tad trying at times: for all of the series’ brilliant highs, it also suffers from its dated moments, be it social norms from the 60s that aren’t especially appropriate today, or simply »
- Jack Pooley
Javier Bardem’s turn as a Bond villain in Skyfall was icier than a naked Twister party in an igloo. How do you follow that performance? By casting diminutive screen psychopath Christoph Waltz of course, if recent reports are anything to go by. Variety have acquired this story from the Twitter feed of Daily Mail foghorner Baz Bamigboye, so while we can take it with a mini-avalanche of salt, we can at least comment on it as a plausible decision. Waltz fits the Daniel Craig era formula of recent years of casting a sinister European as adversary. If you haven’t seen him before, I’d describe him as a sort of sinister cousin of Jools Holland. I doubt anyone would object if his involvement was confirmed.
Bamigboye has also Tweeted the locations for Bond 24 as Mexico, Morocco, Austria, Italy and London, so as ever Eon Productions will be »
- Steve Palace
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