Vienna has another addition to its list of successful people in the movie industry. It was just reported that Austrian actor Christoph Waltz recently signed to be the new villain in the next James Bond film.
Born in Vienna, the 58-year-old actor became famous owing to his Oscar-winning roles in the Inglorious Basterds and Django Unchained. Reports have it that he will replace British actor Chiwetel Ejiofor.
The next James Bond film will star Daniel Craig in his fourth role as James Bond and will be the 24th in its line. Ralph Fiennes will take the role of M.
Filming for this new Bond movie is scheduled to begin in December and by January 5th, the production will move to Austria. Work is said to have started in the Tyrolean village in Obertilliach since September.
Other great locations being considered for the film are at lake Altaussee in Styria, Rome and Campania in Italy, Casablanca and Tangiers in Morocco, Mexico and London. The area in Styria is said to have been personally scouted by director Sam Mendes.
The James Bond film series started in 1962 although it had a six-year hiatus between 1989 and 1995. Eon Productions has produced 23 films, constituting the third highest-grossing film series. Among the actors that have portrayed the lead role are Sean Connery, Roger Moore, Pierce Brosnan and Timothy Dalton.