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The new Bond villain? Javier Bardem is intrigued

Javier Bardem 
 
Oscar nominee Javier Bardem is notoriously difficult when it comes to getting him to commit to a film, but he admits he has just been offered a part that will be hard to turn down.

Bardem recently met with director Sam Mendes to talk about playing the villain in the next James Bond film, temporarily titled “James Bond 23” and set for a Nov. 9, 2012, release.

The actor, who is Oscar-nominated for his lead work in the Spanish-language drama “Biutiful” and who won in 2008 for another villainous role in "No Country for Old Men," hasn’t said yes to Mendes -- yet. He wants to read the screenplay first. But, judging from the grin on his face when we spoke on Monday, he’s very open to the idea.

“I’m a huge fan of the James Bond saga,” Bardem says. “When I was little, I went watching Mr. Connery doing James Bond with my father. Who in the world would think I’d be in one of those movies?”

The deal breaker for him, if there is one, will be, as always, if the material doesn't hold up. But Bardem says he was intrigued by what Mendes told him at their meeting.

“They’re changing the whole thing, the whole dynamic,” Bardem says. “I’d be playing Bond’s nemesis, yes, but it’s not that obvious. Everything is more nuanced. It’s very intriguing.”

And the escapism of the Bond franchise would seem a solid fit for an actor newly determined to leave his work behind when he goes home at night.

“But who knows? Maybe I will go back home saying, ‘I have the world in my hands,’” Bardem laughs. “Evil can be very seductive.”

-- Glenn Whipp

 Photo: Javier Bardem in "Biutiful." Credit: Roadside Attractions

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After the complete miscasting of the villain in "The Quantum Of Solace" The worst EVER(he looked like Roman Polanski's sickly younger brother,whom your
Grandmother could beat up on) I pray that Bardem accepts. What he could bring to the role would be fabulous.Just keep thinking of Bond against Anton Chigurh.

Bond in the USA? No thanks. There are looooots of films every year set in every city of the USA. Give the rest of the world a break, let us have some action too.

Also, we've all seen New York, LA, etc. in films. It is great when the film is set in a less known or seen place (Montenegro and Bahamas in Casino Royale, for example).

I think that this guy would make an excellent bond villian. However, given Bond's reputation w/ women...I've always though they should create a nemesis character equally as lethal as him with some kind of love/hate relationship thrown in.

Aubrey, didn't Bond go to Miami briefly in Casino Royale?

"I turned in my 40 year old James Bond fan club membership in 2006." Hey, I liked the movies as a kid (Sean Connery, shaken not stirred), but a 40-year membership? As William Shatner once famously said, "People--get a life!"

I recommend Joe Miller, the failed Senate candidate from Alaska, as the villain.

I turned in my 40 year old James Bond fan club membership in 2006. I just can't hear the soundtrack of these films over all the rumbling noise made from Albert R. Broccoli rolling in his grave.

Instead of "Casino Royale, Quantum of Solace" and whatever they decide the title of the next film will be, they should just title these films "Bond Identity, Bond Supremacy" and "Bond Ultimatum." Or maybe "Bond Begins" I, II and III. I was around at a time when Bond led the pack, not followed.

I hope that they set this film in the U.S. and that they include several famous American actors. They have excluded the U.S. from the film series since Licence To Kill (1989). It would be incredible to see Daniel Craig as James Bond in New York, Los Angeles, Chicago and Las Vegas settings.

That could be his evil mantra "I have the world in my hands" shaken and stirred and set on fire.

Only if if his wife is the Bond girl!



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