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Vienna’s Waltz tipped as next Bond villain

Christoph Waltz, the Austrian-German actor who came to prominence with his Oscar-winning roles in Inglorious Basterds and Django Unchained, has been signed as the next Bond villain, according to an unconfirmed report from the Daily Mail.

Vienna's Waltz tipped as next Bond villain
Christoph Waltz and Judith Holste at 2010 Academy Awards. Photo: Sgt. Michael Connors

The 58-year-old actor, who was born in Vienna, is believed to have signed on to replace British actor Chiwetel Ejiofor, whose deal with the Bond producers fell through.

The new Bond film, the 24th in its line, will star Daniel Craig in his fourth portrayal of the role, with Ralph Fiennes stepping into the role of 'M'.  

Filming is expected to start in December, with the production moving to Austria from January 5th.

Work has already begun at one location in Austria, where exterior sets in the Tyrolean village of Obertilliach have been under construction since September. 

Filming is also expected at lake Altaussee in Styria, which was personally scouted by director Sam Mendes.

Other locations for the film will include Rome and Campania in Italy, Casablanca and Tangiers in Morocco, Mexico and London.


The Altaussee.  Photo: Hotel Seevilla (www.seevilla.at)

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Three injured on Austrian set of Bond movie

Three crew members are reported to have been injured in an accident on the Austrian set for the latest James Bond film, Spectre, on Tuesday.

Three injured on Austrian set of Bond movie
Daniel Craig on the Spectre set. Photo: APA/Gindl

According to the Hollywood Reporter one of the injured men is second-unit director Terry Madden, who suffered multiple fractures.

During the filming of a stunt scene in Sölden, Austria, a car veered off the road and crashed into a camera platform.

The Austrian Press Agency reports that one British man was caught between the car and the platform and seriously injured, and two other crew members where thrown off the platform.

One also suffered serious injuries and the third man escaped with only minor injuries. Two of the men were airlifted to hospital and the third was treated by medics at the scene.

Police say that the three men, aged 28, 52 and 63 are all British, as is the man who was driving the car and lost control of the vehicle.

This is the second accident to hit Spectre. Last week James Bond star Daniel Craig injured his knee while shooting a fight scene at Pinewood Studios in London. 

Filming for the 24th James Bond film is taking place in various parts of Europe including Austria, London and Rome.

Associate producer Gregg Wilson has promised that Austria would be the site of “one of the major action sequences of the movie, a jewel in the crown so to speak”.

Spectre is directed by Sam Mendes and opens in the UK on October 23rd and worldwide two weeks later.

It also stars double Oscar-winner Christoph Waltz as the villain, Lea Seydoux, Naomie Harris and Dave Bautista.

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