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Waltz to play Bond baddie Blofeld?

Christoph Waltz is reportedly set to play 007's old nemesis Blofeld in the next James Bond movie.

The Inglourious Basterds actor has been tipped to star opposite Daniel Craig in the as-yet-untitled 24th film in the franchise, and the Daily Mail claims he will be playing the suave spy's iconic adversary Ernst Stavro Blofeld.

The evil bald-headed character, known for his beloved white cat, has cropped up in several Bond films since 1963's From Russia With Love, with his last appearance in the early 80s.

The Mail reported that movie bosses will officially announce that two-time Oscar-winner Christoph is on board early in December, and that they will say he is playing a character called Franz Oberhauser.

However, it said senior sources have suggested the casting announcement is a cover and that it will later be revealed that the 58-year-old is actually playing Blofeld.

A source said: "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."

The sinister super-villain has previously been played by actors including Donald Pleasance, Telly Savalas, Max von Sydow and Anthony Dawson - Christoph would be the ninth person to portray him.

Sam Mendes is directing the film, which is the follow-up to 2012's Skyfall, and the production is expected to get under way in the coming weeks.

The new film will also see the return of Ralph Fiennes as M, Ben Whishaw as Q and Naomie Harris as Moneypenny. Lea Seydoux has apparently been cast in a femme fatale role.

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