Last night in this Daily Mail article it was heavily suggested that Bond’s nemesis Blofeld will be returning to screens in Bond 24 and will be played by Christoph Waltz.
When the casting of Waltz broke my immediate thought was that he’d be a great Blofeld.
Having pondered it further I thought it unlikely. Waltz’s star is shining brightly in Hollywood right now and I felt it unlikely that he would be playing a character who would probably span several films. It seemed more likely to me that his character would be a one-off. If Waltz really is to be Blofeld then it could be the case that he is only in one film of course but given the history of the character one would hope he would be a recurring villain. Daniel Craig is contracted for one more film after Bond 24 so perhaps a Blofeld storyline would be a great way for Craig to bow out.
Blofeld’s inclusion in Bond 24 also throws open the possibility of another return, SPECTRE! In the past Blofeld was the head of the Special Executive for Counter-Intelligence Terrorism Revenge and Extortion so his return could also see the return of his organisation. We have previously had a big criminal organisation in the Craig era, Quantum featured in Casino Royale and Quantum of Solace and their story arc never reached a conclusion. It could be that Blofeld is now planted as the head of Quantum to tie loose ends up but the Bond fan in me really wants to see Bond battling SPECTRE again. After all it has been 43 years since we have seen them officially. And what about the cat?