The Django Unchained actor was cast as Franz Oberhauser alongside Daniel Craig in the next superspy film, but many fans began speculating that Oberhauser would be revealed to be Bond's cat-stroking arch-nemesis Ernst Stavro Blofeld.

However, Waltz has now denied the reports, telling British GQ magazine, "That is absolutely untrue. That rumour started on the Internet, and the Internet is a pest. The name of my character is Franz Oberhauser."

Waltz goes on to admit he hesitated before signing on for the film, adding, "I did, yes. I always hesitate... You ask yourself, hang on: what James Bond are we talking about? The thing about Spectre is that it is not the work of hack writers. It does not have a hack director. The actors are not hams. The action sequences in Mexico are extravagant to say the least. The scenes in Austria are traditional Bond action in the snow. These films with Daniel Craig have shifted the tone. They don't depend on a set formula that forces actors simply to go through the motions."

Blofeld, the mastermind behind the SPECTRE criminal empire, has previously been played in the Bond movies by stars including Donald Pleasence and Telly Savalas.

Spectre is scheduled for release later this year (15).