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Christoph Waltz denies he is playing Blofeld in Sam Mendes' Spectre

04.07.2015

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Ever since MGM won the rights back to Ernst Stavro Blofeld, it's been rumored/speculated that the Bond villain will appear in SPECTRE. Although it was announced Christoph Waltz will be playing a character named Franz Oberhauser, some still believe Waltz will play the SPECTRE founder in the upcoming Sam Mendes movie.

Christoph Waltz has previously said his character isn't the boss of the terrorist organization, and during a recent interview with GQ the actor insisted he isn't playing Blofeld, saying it is just an internet rumor.

That is absolutely untrue. That rumour started on the Internet, and the Internet is a pest. The name of my character is Franz Oberhauser.

Waltz was also asked if he hesitated on doing a Bond film:

I did, yes. I always hesitate... You ask yourself, hang on: what James Bond are we talking about? The thing about Spectre is that it is not the work of hack writers. It does not have a hack director. The actors are not hams. The action sequences in Mexico are extravagant to say the least. The scenes in Austria are traditional Bond action in the snow. These films with Daniel Craig have shifted the tone. They don't depend on a set formula that forces actors simply to go through the motions.

Hopefully this isn't a STAR TREK INTO DARKNESS situation where the filmmakers are trying to hide Christoph Waltz's character's true identity. But personally, I really don't care if Waltz's Franz Oberhauser is actually Blofeld; I'm just very excited that the talented actor is playing the film's villain. Do you think Watlz is playing Blofeld?

SPECTRE is scheduled to be released on November 6, 2015.

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7:12PM on 04/07/2015
I wouldn't be surprised if we get a Mandarin style twist with this film. The marketing will hint at Waltz being the head of Spectre (Blofeld or someone else), only to have it revealed at the end of the movie that there is another Mastermind behind the whole thing. Although hopefully it will be handled much better this time.
I wouldn't be surprised if we get a Mandarin style twist with this film. The marketing will hint at Waltz being the head of Spectre (Blofeld or someone else), only to have it revealed at the end of the movie that there is another Mastermind behind the whole thing. Although hopefully it will be handled much better this time.
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10:44PM on 04/07/2015
The Mandarin was a cock-up for claiming the guy was the Mandarin in all the marketing, and only refuting it after the fact. Here Waltz is saying "I'm not playing Blofeld," so either he is, or he isn't, but he's not pretending he is anything he might not be.
The Mandarin was a cock-up for claiming the guy was the Mandarin in all the marketing, and only refuting it after the fact. Here Waltz is saying "I'm not playing Blofeld," so either he is, or he isn't, but he's not pretending he is anything he might not be.
11:34PM on 04/07/2015
I wasn't really referring to Waltz's quote, but more the first teaser. They clearly set it up to make it look like Waltz was a Blofeld-type. Similar to how the Iron Man 3 previews made it look like Kingsley was the Mandarin. I'm saying Spectre might pull a similar trick, have Waltz character look like he's in charge of the organization, but really have someone else (the real Blofeld?) behind the scenes running everything.
I wasn't really referring to Waltz's quote, but more the first teaser. They clearly set it up to make it look like Waltz was a Blofeld-type. Similar to how the Iron Man 3 previews made it look like Kingsley was the Mandarin. I'm saying Spectre might pull a similar trick, have Waltz character look like he's in charge of the organization, but really have someone else (the real Blofeld?) behind the scenes running everything.
6:55PM on 04/07/2015
With the Original Bonds waiting for the fifth film for Blofeld to become a front and centre villain I have never believed that Waltz was playing him. Why reveal Blofeld yet when they can tease us with his hand patting that cat over a few films.
With the Original Bonds waiting for the fifth film for Blofeld to become a front and centre villain I have never believed that Waltz was playing him. Why reveal Blofeld yet when they can tease us with his hand patting that cat over a few films.
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5:24PM on 04/07/2015
"The name of my character is Franz Oberhauser."

Aka, James Bond's CLONE!! Remember ST: Nemesis? Judge Dredd? C. Thomas Howell's thriller, Natural Selection? Or if anyone's memory hasn't blacked it out, Pluto Nash?
"The name of my character is Franz Oberhauser."

Aka, James Bond's CLONE!! Remember ST: Nemesis? Judge Dredd? C. Thomas Howell's thriller, Natural Selection? Or if anyone's memory hasn't blacked it out, Pluto Nash?
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4:10PM on 04/07/2015
Well, it would explain the absence of a white cat. Of all names, to pick Oberhauser though. I feel like that has something to do with the secret Bond purports to have.

If there is still a Blofeld, and Waltz is NOT him, then I fully expect Blofeld to make an appearance. Maybe in the final frames of the movie or something.
Well, it would explain the absence of a white cat. Of all names, to pick Oberhauser though. I feel like that has something to do with the secret Bond purports to have.

If there is still a Blofeld, and Waltz is NOT him, then I fully expect Blofeld to make an appearance. Maybe in the final frames of the movie or something.
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2:16PM on 04/07/2015
I get the vibe that Waltz will play Bond's estranged brother. The two actors are only 12 years apart in real life, so with the right aging makeup and story (Waltz playing an older brother), this could totally work. That burned picture in the beginning, with the burn cutting out the other young boy, has to mean something influential here.
I get the vibe that Waltz will play Bond's estranged brother. The two actors are only 12 years apart in real life, so with the right aging makeup and story (Waltz playing an older brother), this could totally work. That burned picture in the beginning, with the burn cutting out the other young boy, has to mean something influential here.
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2:05PM on 04/07/2015

Interesting read on Overhauser...

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1:36PM on 04/07/2015

Of course he will deny it if he's Blofeld

but it's entirely possible that he isn't Blofeld and another actor has the role. Either way, it won't affect whether or not I'm seeing SPECTRE; I think it's going to be a fun ride.
but it's entirely possible that he isn't Blofeld and another actor has the role. Either way, it won't affect whether or not I'm seeing SPECTRE; I think it's going to be a fun ride.
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1:18PM on 04/07/2015
This reminds me of the time when Marion Cotillard said she is not playing Talia al Ghul. That it was just an internet rumor.
This reminds me of the time when Marion Cotillard said she is not playing Talia al Ghul. That it was just an internet rumor.
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12:58PM on 04/07/2015
He's playing John Harrison, as others have pointed out. But all kidding aside, is Blofeld old enough to be Bond's father? That'd be make it more Empire Strikes Back than Goldmember.
He's playing John Harrison, as others have pointed out. But all kidding aside, is Blofeld old enough to be Bond's father? That'd be make it more Empire Strikes Back than Goldmember.
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12:58PM on 04/07/2015
Waltz's Oberhauser character will be a high-ranking member of SPECTRE, akin to Emilio Largo (SPECTRE Number 2) in 'Thunderball'. His surname is a fairly big hint as to what his role in SPECTRE is, isn't it?
Waltz's Oberhauser character will be a high-ranking member of SPECTRE, akin to Emilio Largo (SPECTRE Number 2) in 'Thunderball'. His surname is a fairly big hint as to what his role in SPECTRE is, isn't it?
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12:31PM on 04/07/2015

He MUST be Blofeld.

This is already Craig's 4th film... Blofeld is an iconic Bond villain... besides Jaws the only villain to survive multiple movies (but Jaws was actually a henchman, Blofeld a mastermind!)... Waltz is an Academy Award winner... Mendes should go pedal to the metal on this, that crap that he's leaving Blofeld for the next film sucks... I want THIS ONE to be it! The way Quantum was managed on previous films kinda sucked... Who can they get better than Waltz to go toe-to-toe against Craig? He MUST
This is already Craig's 4th film... Blofeld is an iconic Bond villain... besides Jaws the only villain to survive multiple movies (but Jaws was actually a henchman, Blofeld a mastermind!)... Waltz is an Academy Award winner... Mendes should go pedal to the metal on this, that crap that he's leaving Blofeld for the next film sucks... I want THIS ONE to be it! The way Quantum was managed on previous films kinda sucked... Who can they get better than Waltz to go toe-to-toe against Craig? He MUST be Blofeld... and I really wish they were more straightforward with these tiny bits of information which knowing them before hand wouldn't 'ruin' the movie.
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11:57AM on 04/07/2015

Franz Bond

In The teaser there's a picture with two kids, one on which has his face burned out of the frame. I think Waltz is playing the brother of Bond. Cheesy ? Yes
In The teaser there's a picture with two kids, one on which has his face burned out of the frame. I think Waltz is playing the brother of Bond. Cheesy ? Yes
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11:25AM on 04/07/2015
Blofeld no, Dr. Evil yes!
Blofeld no, Dr. Evil yes!
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11:05AM on 04/07/2015
He said that his character is neither Blofeld nor the leader of the Spectre. Meaning Blofeld probably is a character who will either not be seen until the next film (which Mendes stated will be a direct sequel to this coming one) or he's someone we don't expect. Remember when Ralph Fiennes was cast in Skyfall and for a few days we all thought he'd be Blofeld? Well, maybe he is.
He said that his character is neither Blofeld nor the leader of the Spectre. Meaning Blofeld probably is a character who will either not be seen until the next film (which Mendes stated will be a direct sequel to this coming one) or he's someone we don't expect. Remember when Ralph Fiennes was cast in Skyfall and for a few days we all thought he'd be Blofeld? Well, maybe he is.
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10:51AM on 04/07/2015
This is John Harrison/Khan all over again.
This is John Harrison/Khan all over again.
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10:40AM on 04/07/2015

Ugh...

Ok, if he's absolutely not Blofeld then that's fine. But if its some sort of ST:ID like ruse, just dont do it. It didnt work for Trek, and it wont work here.

Honestly, if he is Blofeld, they'd be better off just saying it upfront.
Ok, if he's absolutely not Blofeld then that's fine. But if its some sort of ST:ID like ruse, just dont do it. It didnt work for Trek, and it wont work here.

Honestly, if he is Blofeld, they'd be better off just saying it upfront.
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10:39AM on 04/07/2015
He might not be Blofeld but I'm sure he's Blofeld-esque character.
He might not be Blofeld but I'm sure he's Blofeld-esque character.
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10:34AM on 04/07/2015

C'mon guys, he's definitely not Blofield...

He is actually playing Khan.
He is actually playing Khan.
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