We’ve been expecting you: Christoph Waltz returning as Blofeld for Bond 25 | Film

The much-rumoured return of Christoph Waltz’s Blofeld to the James Bond series appears to have been confirmed after the actor was spotted at the studio where the latest film is being shot.

A visitor to Pinewood Studios tipped off the Daily Mail’s entertainment reporter Baz Bamigboye to the sighting, reporting that Waltz urged them not to spread news of his involvement, saying: “You haven’t seen me.”

Baz Bamigboye

Exclusive:Hello Mr Waltz… we’ve been expecting you.#ChristophWaltz is back as #Blofeld in ⁦@007#Bond25 , shooting scenes at Pinewood studios . When a visitor spotted him , Waltz insisted , “You haven’t seen me.” pic.twitter.com/g1X91cEJbf

July 11, 2019

Waltz’s name was absent from the cast list unveiled in April when shooting began in Jamaica, but it had long been suspected that his cat-stroking supervillain – confirmed alive after a helicopter crash at the end of 2015’s Spectre – would reappear in the new film, scheduled for release in April 2020.

However, it would seem Blofeld takes more of a backseat in Cary Fukunaga’s thriller, with Rami Malek’s baddie taking centre stage. Last month Malek, whose parents are Egyptian, said he would have refused to take the role if his character was involved in any religiously motivated terrorism.

Danny Boyle confirms he is working on a script for the next Bond film alongside his Trainspotting collaborator John Hodge.

At the risk of being labelled ‘too PC’ about the cliamte emergency, it emerges that Bond will be behind the wheel of an electric Aston Martin Rapide E in the new film.

Daniel Craig requires surgery on an ankle injured during the filming, putting him out of action for at least two weeks. The official James Bond social media account announced the news, saying production would continue while Craig ‘rehabilitates’.

An explosion on the set injures a crew member and damages the outside of the famous 007 Stage at Pinewood Studios, Buckinghamshire.

The plot of the film is said to follow an arc first presented in Daniel Craig’s debut as 007, Casino Royale (2006), and to involve genetic engineering.

Waltz is also set to play the lead in the new Woody Allen film, for which principal photography is about to begin in Spain. The actor was absent from a pre-production press conference on Tuesday.

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