WALTZ, CHRISTOPH

Entry Source: The James Bond Movie Encyclopedia by Steven Jay Rubin


(October 4, 1956–     ): Two-time Academy Award–winning Austrian character actor who was given the plum role of Franz Oberhauser, a.k.a. Ernst Stavro Blofeld, vengeful supervillain and foster brother of James Bond (Daniel Craig) in Spectre and No Time to Die.

A native of Vienna, Waltz made his uncredited motion picture debut as a paramedic in director Andrew V. McLaglen’s World War II drama Breakthrough (1979), which also featured Bond veteran Curt Jurgens. After many years of toiling mostly on German and Austrian television, Waltz stepped into the big time when he met director Quentin Tarantino, who cast him as SS colonel Hans Landa in Inglourious Basterds (2009) and, two years later, as bounty hunter King Schultz in Django Unchained (2012). Both roles netted Waltz Best Supporting Actor Oscars.