It looks like Daniel Craig is certainly going to have his work cut out for him in the upcoming Bond 24.
Not only will he go up against one of Bond's greatest villains, but he will also have to compete against one of the world's greatest contemporary actors.
According to The Daily Mail, the double Best Supporting Actor Academy Award winner, Christoph Waltz, has been confirmed in the role of Stavro Blofeld for Bond 24.
Blofeld has been one of Bond's standout nemeses during the character's long history. He has appeared in six official Eon Bond productions: From Russia with Love, Thunderball, You Only Live Twice, On Her Majesty's Secret Service, Diamonds Are Forever, and For Your Eyes Only. While he also appeared in the non-Eon Bond movie, Never Say Never Again. Like Bond, Blofeld has also been portrayed by many actors over the years, including Donald Pleasence, Telly Savalas, Charles Gray, and Max von Sydow.
Blofeld has since become iconic as the stereotypical spy movie supervillain. With his devilish tones, scarred faced, and trademark white cat, he is the head of SPECTRE, a global criminal organization that has tangled with Bond and MI6 time and time again.
Back in November 2013, MGM managed to settle an agreement with the estate of screenwriter Kevin McClory to use Blofeld, SPECTRE, and other concepts associated with the character.
It is unclear how many movies Waltz has signed on to do, but there are rumors the upcoming Bond movies could form a trilogy within the franchise. For such an idea, MGM is certainly going to need a villain who can match Bond over three movies. Blofeld certainly sounds like the ideal choice. Ever since his Inglorious Basterds performance, we've definitely known Waltz can act 'evil' like none other.
Are you excited to see the return of Blofeld?