An iconic antagonist of the franchise, Blofeld was supposedly killed by Roger Moore's Bond in 1981's For Your Eyes Only.
The last time we saw Waltz's rendition of the character, though, he was being hauled in by M during the climactic final scene in London.
Daniel Craig is not expected to play Bond again after this film. However, we do know that Rami Malek (Bohemian Rhapsody) is taking up the post of the latest 007 baddie, which means there's a chance of James picking Ernst's criminal mind for advice on how to stop this new threat - a la Silence of the Lambs.
The character resurface in 1969's On Her Majesty's Secret Service, played by Telly Savalas of Kojak fame. Unfortunately, Spectre ended up being a lacklustre Bond effort overall and didn't really give Waltz the best material to work with. Jaws returned after The Spy Who Loved Me, while Blofeld, the mysterious leader of Spectre, has faced off with 007 on numerous occasions down the years.
Reports have suggested that the returning Swann will be killed off in Bond 25, sending Bond into a spiral of depression. Perez does make sure to point out that since Purvis and Wade's script has reportedly been tweaked by Scott Z. Burns and Phoebe Waller-Bridge, things could have changed slightly, but Waltz will definitely not have as significant a role as Malek.
The 25th film will find Bond having left active service only to be pulled out of retirement after his old pal Felix Leiter from the Central Intelligence Agency turns up asking for help.
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