Irish actor Scott signs up for Bond cast

Oscar-winning star Christoph Waltz and Irish actor Andrew Scott have been named in the cast of the new James Bond movie, which director Sam Mendes says will be called Spectre.

Irish actor Scott signs up for Bond cast

French actress Lea Seydoux and Italian star Monica Bellucci will be Bond girls for the latest outing of the British agent, which will see Daniel Craig reprise his role as 007 for a fourth time.

Details of the film were unveiled at Pinewood Studios, the traditional production base for the movies and which is being used for rehearsals ahead of the start of filming next week.

The film is named after the shadowy terrorist organisation created by Bond author Ian Fleming which first appeared in his novel Thunderball. It is an acronym for Special Executive for Counter-intelligence, Terrorism, Robotics and Extortion and is led by Ernst Stavro Blofeld.

The Austrian actor Waltz, 58, is to play a character called Oberhausen — the name of the climbing and skiing instructor from Fleming’s books who taught Bond while he was at Fettes College.

Irishman Scott, 38, is best known for his maniacal performances in the BBC1 drama series Sherlock, and he is now to play one of the Whitehall staff, Denby.

Seydoux has starred in films such as Blue Is The Warmest Colour and the 29-year-old has previously shared screen time with Waltz in Quentin Taratino’s 2009 Inglourious Basterds.

Bellucci, 50, is familiar to cinemagoers through her roles in the likes of The Passion Of The Christ and The Sorcerer’s Apprentice.

Bond will once again be driving an Aston Martin, this time a DB10. Movie fans saw a previous Aston, his vintage DB5, was blown to pieces in Skyfall.

Locations for the new film will include London, Mexico City, Rome, Morocco’s Tangier and Erfoud, as well as Solden in Austria, which promises to see Bond returning to the ski slopes.

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