Sometimes you just wish Bond was ahead of all trends. This news suggests not…
Reputable Bond news-source @BazBam on Twitter has reported that Christoph Waltz, famous for his role as the ‘Jew Hunter’ Hans Landa in Inglourious Basterds, has signed on to star in the 24th James Bond film.
If the news is true there’s no doubt Waltz will be a villain, considering his extensive back catalogue of bad guys.
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Waltz is an extremely strong screen presence, whose talent cannot be underestimated. Would Inglourious be the memorable film it is without Hans Landa? Probably not so much.
This casting is a no-brainer then right? It certainly is. And that’s the problem.
Since the Daniel Craig Bond renaissance of Casino Royale, theres been an untouchable verve about the franchise; a thick skin of ebullient confidence that shrugged off jeering from The Jason Bourne Franchise, among others.
That confidence has led to some great movies, filled with inspired casting. Beside Craig as Bond himself, we have been introduced to the incredible talents of Mads Mikkelsen via the drippy villain Le Chiffre in Casino Royale, as well as being wowed by Javier Bardem as he nailed the steely hacker Silva from the brilliant Skyfall.
Those castings were sharp and shrewd, bringing different takes to the actors’ resumes.
Christoph Waltz on the other hand is old news. Although he’s tried his hand at countless villains, Landa alone would be enough to define his career forever. Any villain he plays will only serve to remind audiences of the Jew Hunter.
Bond should be about fresh castings and fresh stories that ride on the 007 wave of arrogance – not old hat ideas that leech off the instinct of Quentin Tarantino.
Or am I missing the point? What do you think?
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