Daniel Craig, Ralph Fiennes and Naomie Harris return for the new film, out November 2015

By Phil Boucher
Updated December 04, 2014 09:10 AM
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James Bond is back – and he’s bringing Christoph Waltz with him.

The two-time Oscar winner has been lined up to play a character called Oberhauser in Spectre, the 24th installment of the Bond franchise.

Exact details are closely guarded secrets, but it’s rumored that Waltz will actually be taking up the reins of Bond’s old sparring partner Ernst Stavro Blofeld in the movie, which is slated for release on Nov. 6, 2015.

As the head of shadowy crime syndicate SPECTRE, Blofeld was a mainstay of the Bond films of the 1960s.

“I could not be happier to be having him in this cast and joining us on this journey,” director Sam Mendes told reporters at Pinewood Studios at the launch of Spectre, which will be shot in London, Rome, Mexico City, Tangiers and the Austrian Alps.

Daniel Craig returns in the iconic lead role for the fourth time, supported by the home team of Ralph Fiennes as M, Ben Whishaw as Q and Naomie Harris as Moneypenny.

Stepping into the famous swimsuits and glittering gowns of previous Bond girls are Monica Bellucci as Lucia Sciarra and French actress Léa Seydoux as Madeleine Swann.

Meanwhile, fresh from the success of Guardians of the Galaxy, Dave Bautista will appear as Mr. Hinx – presumably to fill the sort of hulking henchman role made famous by the recently deceased Richard Kiel.

Fans of the British TV hit Sherlock will also have noticed that Andrew Scott appears in the role of a British MI6 agent called Denbigh.

Given that Scott plays arch-criminal Moriarty in the hit BBC drama, it will be no surprise if he turns out to be less than loyal to MI6.

But then, in James Bond’s world, hardly anyone is!