Bond franchise director Sam Mendes announced the cast and title of the 24th Bond film at Pinewood Studios in London on Thursday, but we still don’t know who is going to play the film’s villain.
Returning stars include, of course, Daniel Craig as Bond, Naomie Harris as Miss Moneypenney, Rory Kinnear as Tanner, Ben Wishaw as Q, and Ralph Fiennes as the new M. New cast members to get excited about are two-time Oscar winner Christoph Waltz, Monica Bellucci, Léa Seydoux, Dave Bautista, and Andrew Scott. Mendes also unveiled the new car Bond will be driving, the Aston Martin DB10 that was specifically designed for the movie.
Waltz is set to play Hannes Oberhauser, a skiing instructor who taught Bond while he was on breaks at college and became a sort of father figure to him but ended up mysteriously disappearing. Blue Is the Warmest Color’s Seydoux and Bellucci will be the new Bond girls Madeleine Swann and Lucia Sciarra, respectively. Deadline reports that the Bond crew had been trying to get their hands on Bellucci for a while, and finally landing the Italian beauty was a big a win for them. Pro wrestler and Guardians of the Galaxy co-star Bautista is playing Mr. Hinx, and Sherlock’s Scott is playing a character called Denbigh.
The film is titled Spectre, which hardcore Bond fans know is an acronym for the evil global crime organization “Special Executive for Counter-intelligence, Terrorism, Revenge and Extortion.” In Bond lore, the organization is led by the evil genius Ernst Stavro Blofeld, but none of the announced cast was said to be playing that role. It had been rumored that Waltz was up for the part, but if what Mendes has told us is true, he won’t be playing the Bond villain.
The U.K. newspaper The Daily Mail had earlier reported before the official announcement that Waltz’s rumored casting as Oberhauser would be “a double bluff worthy of 007 himself,” and that the actor is really set to play the iconic, white cat-loving villain Blofeld. Blofeld is one of the most iconic of the Bond villains, so much so that he was parodied by Mike Myers with the character of Dr. Evil in the Austin Powers movies. Blofeld has a scarred face and is always shown sitting, from the waist up, and stroking his white long-haired cat. The character hasn’t appeared in a Bond film since 1981’s For Your Eyes Only.
The tagline for the movie is: “A cryptic message from Bond’s past sends him on a trail to uncover a sinister organization. While M battles political forces to keep the secret service alive, Bond peels back the layers of deceit to reveal the terrible truth behind SPECTRE.” It seems like we might have to wait until the movie comes out to find out who’s playing those terrible forces, though more rumors are likely to begin coming out as filming begins. Mendes said the movie will start shooting on Monday.
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