When details of the 24th Bond film - now officially titled Spectre - were first released, one villainous name dominated the rumor-mill: Blofeld.
Ernst Stavro Blofeld is James Bond's longest running and most nefarious nemesis. As the leader of SPECTRE, Blofeld tussled with MI6's finest in seven Bond movies and was played by greats such as Donald Pleasence, Telly Savalas, Charles Gray, and Max von Sydow. So, obviously, when we heard Christoph Waltz had been cast in a villainous role for Spectre, we naturally put two and two together and deduced Waltz would be playing the iconic baddie.
However, according to Waltz, we need to brush up on our metaphorical mathematics. In an interview with British GQ, the two-time Oscar winner claimed the internet speculation was all wrong. He stated:
That is absolutely untrue. That rumor started on the Internet, and the Internet is a pest. The name of my character is Franz Oberhauser.
Of course, this doesn't necessarily mean anything. It wouldn't be the first time an actor or actress has downright lied about playing a character, especially if it means protecting a big reveal. For example, Marion Cotillard flat-out denied she was playing Talia al Ghul prior to the release of The Dark Knight Rises.
There is still quite a bit of evidence pointing to the fact Waltz is actually Blofeld. Firstly, we already know the movie is about SPECTRE, the criminal organization of which Blofeld is the head - the first trailer even included their classic octopus logo. With this mind, it's almost unbelievable Sam Mendes would use anyone else other than Blofeld as the villain of the piece - even if it is merely an alias for Franz Oberhauser.
Secondly, the first trailer also teased Waltz in a extremely 'Blofeld-esque' manner. Traditionally, the face of Blofeld was never revealed in his earlier incarnations and this also seems to be the case for Waltz in the Spectre trailer. Initially we see his assumed younger self with his face burnt out of a photo, while the reveal at the end of the trailer similarly shows him bathed in shadow. His mannerisms and speech are also incredibly similar to those classically adopted by Blofeld. The only thing that appears to be missing is his famous white cat. Check out the initial teaser trailer below to see what I mean: