After the critical and billion dollar box office success of Skyfall anticipation was high for Spectre, the 24th film in the James Bond franchise. Upon its release last year, the film was met with a mixed reception, and one of the recurring critiques was that Christoph Waltz’s villain was underwhelming.
If you have not yet seen Spectre, you may want to stop reading now as there are major spoilers ahead.
If you’re still with us, you’ll know that Waltz was ultimately revealed to be classic Bond villain Ernst Stavro Blofeld in Spectre, despite his pre-release comments to the contrary. Now The Mirror is reporting that the star could return for two more James Bond instalments, “but only if Daniel Craig does too”. Craig made headlines last year when he hinted that he may be done playing 007, and while the film itself leaves room for a return for both agent and villain it could also easily be seen as the completion of Bond and Blofeld’s respective arcs. Waltz was terribly underused in Spectre, and another Bond film would no doubt give him the screen time he needs to flesh out his villain. Indeed, it would be a shame to waste such a great set-up, even with the lacklustre impression left by Blofeld in Spectre. The question is…does Craig still want to be Bond, or would it be a smarter move to clean the slate and start over again with other actors? Whatever the case, James Bond, as always, will return.