Javier Bardem wants to play Bond's bad guy
February 2nd, 2011
10:15 AM ET

Javier Bardem wants to play Bond's bad guy

"Biutiful" star Javier Bardem is ready to get ugly as a bad guy in the next James Bond movie.

The Oscar-nominated actor tells the L.A. Times that he's met with director Sam Mendes about playing the villain in the tentatively titled "James Bond 23" and is definitely intrigued.

“I’m a huge fan of the James Bond saga,” says 41-year-old Bardem. “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?”

Bardem adds that Mendes is changing the dynamic between Bond and the villain, so it will be less obvious that Bardem's character is the nemesis.

While Bardem hasn't yet committed to the project—which stars Daniel Craig and is due in theaters November 9, 2012—he definitely can see himself getting caught up in the drama.

“Maybe I will go back home saying, ‘I have the world in my hands,’” he jokes. “Evil can be very seductive.”

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  1. Ed

    "Sorry, all villains in movies have to be white."

    What´s the problem then? isn´t Bardem white? he played flawlessly the role of a white american in No country for old men.

    February 17, 2011 at 9:59 am | Report abuse |
  2. Richard

    Sorry, all villains in movies have to be white. Preferrably, blond haired white men with money who are either WASPs or Catholics, it's a Hollywood rule that is observed in TV and movies.

    February 3, 2011 at 6:55 am | Report abuse |
    • KED

      Based on what movies? Why the Catholic distinction? Are you trying to include more non-white people then? Otherwise theres no need to say villains are either white WASPs or Catholics, you could just say white Christians as you're covering Catholicism and Protestants. And how often do you see a villain's religious beliefs represented in movies anyways?
      Bond villains range through multiple ethnicities with very few fitting your profile. Stepping away from Bond movies. . . Scarface, maybe a Catholic Cuban. American Gangster, not Catholic, not white. Silence of the Lambs, white, yes but nothing to suggest he was overtly religious, a fondness for things Italian, but again not overtly Catholic, financially sound, yes. Raiders of the Lost Ark, German, looking for a religious relic for power not for faith. Die Hard, whitish leader with assorted ethnicities in supporting cast, again without any comment on his religious affliations.

      February 3, 2011 at 12:08 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Ana Ana

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    February 2, 2011 at 3:56 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Frisky

    He's an Oscar WINNER and an Oscar nominee.

    February 2, 2011 at 2:53 pm | Report abuse |
  5. dave

    "You're a bit deaf, aren't you!"
    He should do this INSTEAD of play Roland.
    Guy Pearce would be a good Roland.

    February 2, 2011 at 2:13 pm | Report abuse |
  6. suzy diamond

    Javier would be GREAT as a Bond bad guy! GO FOR IT!!!!

    February 2, 2011 at 2:04 pm | Report abuse |
  7. anen

    This is not set in stone yet remember he has the offer of being Roland in The Dark Tower too. I would like to see him as Roland but it is a more tougher role.

    February 2, 2011 at 1:48 pm | Report abuse |
  8. paulbmro

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    February 2, 2011 at 1:33 pm | Report abuse |
  9. mike

    A++++ CHOICE!!!!111

    February 2, 2011 at 1:32 pm | Report abuse |
  10. cheefsfury


    February 2, 2011 at 11:54 am | Report abuse |
  11. joy

    He's gorgeous.

    February 2, 2011 at 11:54 am | Report abuse |
  12. mag

    he'd be the best bond villain ever. that said, it's not a stretch even remotely, because he could have slept through filming of NC4OM and been the best bond villain ever.

    February 2, 2011 at 11:34 am | Report abuse |
  13. Lily Daisy

    Bardem would be an asset to any role he played. I wonder, though, if Sam Mendes takes the Bond scenario too far off, would it still be a winner.

    February 2, 2011 at 11:23 am | Report abuse |
    • KED

      I for one hope he does alter the recent trend. I love Daniel Craig as bond and appreciate his no-nonsense, no humor intensity he brings to the role. He still somehow exudes charm/charisma critical to the role. But, at least the last movie in particular, it's become more about action scene after action scene and less about the story line and characters. Develop the story, throw in the action when appropriate, but let the story tell itself.

      February 2, 2011 at 3:20 pm | Report abuse |
  14. drinkinmyhand

    He looks older than he did a few years ago.

    February 2, 2011 at 10:36 am | Report abuse |

    SO DO I !!!!

    February 2, 2011 at 10:34 am | Report abuse |

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