Christoph Waltz denies he is playing Blofeld in new James Bond movie SPECTRE
Christoph Waltz has denied that his character in the new James Bond movie SPECTRE is a reworking of iconic Bond villain Blofeld.
In the weeks before SPECTRE was officially announced it was strongly rumoured that Waltz would be playing Blofeld, who has featured in six previous James Bond films, but he has now firmly denied this.
He told GQ: "That is absolutely untrue. That rumour started on the internet, and the internet is a pest. The name of my character is Franz Oberhauser."
Ernst Stavro Blofeld has appeared in six James Bond films, beginning with From Russia with Love and includingThunderball, You Only Live Twice, On Her Majesty's Secret Service, Diamonds Are Forever and For Your Eyes Only, which was the character's last appearance. He has been played by Donald Pleasence, Telly Savalas, Charles Gray and Max von Sydow.
Details of SPECTRE were unveiled before Christmas by director Sam Mendes, the film sees Monica Belucci and Lea Seydoux joining the cast and Daniel Craig returning as Bond for a fourth time.
Belucci will play a character named Lucia Sciarra, while Blue Is The Warmest Colour star Lea Seydoux will portray a character named Madeleine Swann.
Sherlock star Andrew Scott is also joining the cast, playing a character named Denbigh who works at MI6. He will join the returning Rory Kinnear, Ralph Fiennes and Naomie Harris, who all reprise their roles. Guardians Of The Galaxy star Dave Bautista is also in the cast, playing a henchman named Mr Hinx.
The film will be released in the UK on October 23rd and in the US and Canada on November 6th in 2015. You can watch the film's first trailer below.