However, Bamigboye, who had a number of Skyfall scoops proven correct, was less than definitive on what the role would be.
“It’s not immediately evident whether the part’s friend, or foe or a bit of both,” Bamigboye quoted someone he described as “a person who has knowledge of the screenplay.”
The scribe quotes another source (also not identified by name) as saying Waltz’s character is “extremely cunning” and a “nemesis of sorts.” He also quotes another “Bond 24 spook” as saying Waltz is not necessarily playing movie’s villain. Bamigboye describes this comment as “a clear bit of misdirection.”
Waltz, 58, has supporting actor Oscars for Django Unchained and Inglourious Basterds.
VARIETY said Eon Productions, which produces the 007 films, and studios Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer and Sony “had no comment.”
UPDATE (Nov. 14): The Wrap entertainment website, while citing Bamigboye about the Waltz casting newsm added this tidbit IN ITS STORY:
Chiwetel Ejiofor had been in talks for a villainous role in the film, but TheWrap confirmed several weeks ago that the deal never came together. It’s believed that Waltz is taking over that role.