‘James Bond is modern mythology’
Double Oscar-winner Christoph Waltz, the new villain in Sam Mendes’ upcoming James Bond film “Spectre”, believes the longest running franchise is “modern mythology”.
Waltz, like many others, grew up watching the exploits of 007 spy on the big screen and counts Sean Connery and current Bond, Daniel Craig, among his favourites.
“I’m not quite as young, so I remember Sean Connery, amazingly well... At present, Daniel Craig is my favourite Bond, but then, when I was young, it was Sean Connery. Bond is modern mythology. Bond follows us. We live with Bond and Bond lives for us. So, the Bond of the moment is the only Bond we think about and of,” Waltz told reporters while promoting the film in Cancun, Mexico. Waltz, 59, is all set to play Franz Oberhauser in “Spectre” and when asked who according to him is the best Bond villain, his reply is simple, “I am.” There are strong rumours that his role marks the return of Bond’s arch-nemesis Ernst Stavro Blofeld even though Waltz has denied it. Mendes has already given one of the most memorable villains to Bond lovers with Javier Bardem’s portrayal of Raoul Silva in Skyfall and now all eyes are on Waltz, perhaps one of the few actors in Hollywood who can better it.