After weeks of speculation, it’s official: Christoph Waltz has been cast in new James Bond film, Spectre. But who, exactly, is Christoph Waltz?
First off, the basics: Waltz is Austrian, and made his name as a prolific TV actor in Germany. His occasional English-speaking roles included The All New Alexei Sayle Show.
Inglourious Basterds (2009)
Waltz’s career only properly took off in 2009, though, when Quentin Tarantino cast him as ‘jew hunter’ Colonel Hans Landa in Inglourious Basterds – the malevolent performance that made Hollywood take notice.
Green Hornet (2011)
Two years later, he appeared in four movies, including Seth Rogan’s superhero film The Green Hornet as a paranoid gangster. It wasn’t well received.
The Three Musketeers (2011)
A bit better than The Green Hornet was The Three Musketeers, in which Waltz – yet again – played the villain with Cardinal Richelieu.
Water For Elephants (2011)
Continuing Waltz’s penchant for playing antagonists, he plays circus owner and jealous husband August Rosenbluth in this romantic drama.
Roman Polanski’s black comedy drama saw Waltz play – shock! – not a villain, but a dad meeting parents after their children are involved in a fight.
Django Unchained (2012)
Django Unchained saw Waltz team up again with Tarantino for one of his most famous roles: Dr King Schultz, the eccentric bounty hunter who helps slave Django in his quest for vengeance.
Waltz lends his Austrian tones to this animated adventure about tiny people who live in a forest. He, of course, plays a villain.
The Zero Theorem (2013)
Terry Gilliam’s sci-fi sees Waltz take the lead as an eccentric computer programmer.
Horrible Bosses 2 (2014)
And finally, Horrible Bosses 2 throws out a curveball and casts Waltz as…a villain!