Christoph Waltz didn't audition for Spectre

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Christoph Waltz didn't have to audition for 'Spectre' because the role was written especially for him.

Christoph Waltz's 'Spectre' role was written especially for him.

The Austrian actor plays the villain, Frank Oberhauser, in the forthcoming James Bond movie but didn't have to audition for the coveted role because director Sam Mendes knew he wanted him for the part.

He said: "This time I didn't have to audition. For 'Spectre' they already had me in mind.

"In a way, yes [they wrote it for me]. Let's say it was tweaked in my direction."

The 58-year-old star went on to compare the franchise to puppet show 'Punch and Judy' and insisted the project will be "artistically fulfilling" for him.

He said: "A James Bond film can be artistically fulfilling. Absolutely it can. It can be complex and it can be interesting. I consider Bond movies to be an extension of popular theatre, a kind of modern mythology. You see the same sort of action in 'Punch and Judy', or in the folk theatre of various cultures, like Grand Guignol."

Though the fiercely-private actor acknowledges such a high-profile role will only draw more attention to him, he is hopeful that it will provide greater benefits.

He told GQ magazine: "This film might help get other projects green-lit. And I prefer working to walking down the Kings Road any time."

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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