Javier Bardem Is Waiting To See A Script Before Committing To Bond
Though it was a bit buried this past Sunday by the news that Henry Cavill will play Superman hit the web, one of the bigger stories from this past weekend was the report that an offer had been made to Javier Bardem to play a role in the next Bond film, directed by Sam Mendes. The assumption at large was that the offer was for Bardem to play a villain which, after his performance in 2007's No Country For Old Men, sounded ideal. It turns out that the offer does exist, however, you shouldn't go adding him to the cast list just yet.
The LA Times recently caught up with the Oscar winning actor to inquire about the offer to play a role in the next 007 film, which he confirmed to be a villain, but he's yet to accept on the grounds that he wants to see a script first. That said, it seems as though he would possibly be okay with a little leeway, as he admitted to being a Bond fan, saying "When I was little, I went watching Mr. Connery doing James Bond with my father. Who in the world would think Iíd be in one of those movies?"
But don't take that as meaning that he's completely in the dark about the movie that he's being offered. Without going into too many details, he did talk a bit about how the film will work, saying, "Theyíre changing the whole thing, the whole dynamic. Iíd be playing Bondís nemesis, yes, but itís not that obvious. Everything is more nuanced. Itís very intriguing."
The more I think about this, the more I absolutely love the idea. Bardem is an insanely good actor and could likely make even a man as tough as Daniel Craig's James Bond shit his pants. At the same time, I do understand his trepidation. As great as the franchise is, there have been some ridiculous clunkers that may not have sunk acting careers, but they certainly didn't help. My real hope here, though, is that he isn't just a one time villain, and Mendes is setting him up as the leader of the evil organization Quantum, but I don't want to get ahead of myself.
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