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Christoph Waltz is Bond nemesis in ‘Spectre’

Austrian-German actor Christoph Waltz has been officially confirmed to play James Bond's evil opponent Ernst Blofeld in the movie, slated for November 2015.

Christoph Waltz is Bond nemesis in 'Spectre'
Christoph Waltz. Photo: APA (epa)

Waltz has form for playing antagonists, with a memorable performance as SS Colonel Hans Landa in the Quentin Tarantino-directed 'Inglourious Basterds' earning him both an Oscar and a Cannes Best Actor Award.

Director Sam Mendes confirmed the cast list for the latest instalment in the Bond franchise at a press event at London's Pinewood Studios on Thursday, putting an end to weeks of speculation.

The movie will be the 24th featuring the British super-spy and once again stars Daniel Craig in the leading role.

Little is known of the plot of the movie, although the producers have said that filming will take place in London, Rome, Tangiers, Mexico City and Austria.

During the press conference, Sir Roger Moore tweeted "So Blofeld is back!", linking Waltz's character name with that of Bond's childhood ski instructor.

Filming will start on Monday December 8th.

The Austrian double-Oscar winner was honoured recently with his own star on Hollywood's Walk of Fame.

Waltz acknowledges his German nationality, but revealed in an interview that he feels himself to be Austrian, since Germans don't have a sense of humour.

"I was born in Vienna, I grew up in Vienna, I went to school in Vienna, I graduated in Vienna, I studied in Vienna, I started my career in Vienna, I did theatre for the first time in Vienna, I did film for the first time in Vienna. There are also a few other Viennese details," he said a few years ago. "But how much more Austrian can you get?"

Waltz has subsequently been offered Austrian citizenship, although it's not yet known if he plans to renounce his German passport.

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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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