Published On: Thu, Apr 9th, 2015

Christolph Waltz repeats he’s not playing Blofeld in ‘Spectre’

Daniel Craig gets hurt, has to have surgery, but Spectre continues filming and star Christolph Waltz repeats that he not playing the famous villain Blofeld.

Speaking with British GQ, Waltz shot down the rumors about his playing Blofeld. “That is absolutely untrue,” he said. “That rumor started on the Internet, and the Internet is a pest. The name of my character is Franz Oberhauser.”

Franz Oberhauser and Ernst Stavro Blofeld may be a John Harrison / Khan in Star Trek Into Darkness scenario as the Daily Mail rumor from last fall was that Franz was the “son of the late Hans Oberhauser, a ski instructor who acted as a father figure to Bond” and that Franz would later be revealed to be Blofeld.

Craig has undergone knee surgery to repair an injury caused while filming and a rep for Eon Productions described  the Easter weekend operation as “minor”

“During a scheduled break, Daniel Craig had arthroscopic surgery to repair his knee injury,” said an Eon statement. “He will rejoin production on April 22nd at Pinewood.” Filming on Spectre is not believed to have been affected thus far.

Daniel Craig as James Bond in SpectreSpectre is the 24th Bond film and the studio responded quickly to quell misinformation about the incident.

“News of Craig’sinjury first surfaced in February when the 46-year-old 007 actor reportedly hurt himself while filming a fight scene. Production execs at the time moved to deny claims the incident would affect production or, more importantly, the film’s release date November 6,” Deadline recounted.

Bond fans are eager to see the villain return to the franchise and there is history of “misleadings” with details on the films – Naomie Harris insisting that she was not playing Moneypenny comes to mind.

Waltz sounds pretty excited about his role, he admits he wasn’t sure at first.

“I did [hesitate], 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.”

Waltz continued: “A James Bond film can be artistically fulfilling. Absolutely it can. It can be complex and it can be interesting. I consider Bond movies to be an extension of popular theatre, a kind of modern mythology.”

Spectre is still on schedule for a November 6, 2015 release.




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