Christoph Waltz pours cold water on James Bond role speculation
Actor Christoph Waltz has admitted he thought twice before signing up for the new Bond film - and dismissed persistent rumours that he is playing the classic supervillain Blofeld.
The double Oscar winner has been cast as a baddie with the name Franz Oberhauser in the movie Spectre, starring Daniel Craig.
But that - and the release of a recent trailer - has not stopped speculation that while his character is technically named Oberhauser, his alter ego is actually the famous cat-loving villain Blofeld, who appeared in several previous Bond films. He said: "That is absolutely untrue. That rumour started on the internet, and the internet is a pest."
The Austrian star said that he only wanted to appear in a certain kind of Bond film. "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.
"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."