Christoph Waltz to play 'significant' role in Bond 24

Christoph Waltz will reportedly be taking on a "significant" role in 'Bond 24' with his character described as "extremely cunning" and a "nemesis of sorts"

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Christoph Waltz will play a "significant" role in 'Bond 24'.

The 'Django Unchained' star has reportedly signed up to star in the latest instalment in the spy film franchise - which does not yet have a confirmed title - although it's unclear whether his character will be a friend or enemy of Daniel Craig's James Bond.

A source revealed: "It's not immediately evident whether the part's friend, or foe, or a bit of both."

The cast, which also includes Ralph Fiennes, Naomie Harris, Ben Whishaw, Lea Seydoux and Rory Kinnear, are said to be preparing for a read-through of the script in under three weeks' time.

However, although the character Waltz - who starred as Nazi Colonel Hans Landa in Quentin Tarantino's 'Inglourious Basterds' - is set to portray has been described as "extremely cunning" and a "nemesis of sorts", sources close to the film are keen to keep details under wrap.

An insider told the Daily Mail newspaper: "Not so fast...just because he's played bad guys on other movies doesn't mean he's going to be the baddie here."

The 58-year-old actor - who will next appear in 'Horrible Bosses 2' and recently wrapped filming on 'Tarzan' - will be under the direction of 'Skyfall' boss Sam Mendes.

Shooting for 'Bond 24' is scheduled to begin early next month.

Spectre

  • 3 stars
  • 2015
  • UK
  • 148 min
  • 12A
  • Directed by: Sam Mendes
  • Cast: Daniel Craig, Christoph Waltz, Léa Seydoux, Monica Bellucci, Ralph Fiennes, Naomie Harris, Ben Whishaw, Rory Kinnear, Andrew Scott, Dave Bautista, Stephanie Sigman
  • UK release: 26 October 2015

James Bond (Craig) comes up against a global crime syndicate, while back at home, the 00 programme is under threat from reckless moderniser C (Scott). With its swagger, dry humour and frequent, well-executed action it's a solid crowdpleaser, but the story is predictable, the characterisation is thin and overall it lacks…

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