Javier Bardem Reportedly Offered A Lead Role In Bond 23

By Eric Eisenberg 2011-01-30 15:06:18discussion comments
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It's been a pretty damn good week for Javier Bardem. Last Tuesday, despite little campaigning, he was nominated in the Best Actor category of the Oscars for his performance in Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu's Biutiful. The very next day it was reported that an official offer was out for him to play Roland Deschain in Ron Howard's The Dark Tower series. Now he may be going for the hat trick.

Deadline is reporting that Bardem has been offered a major role in the next Bond film, still tentatively titled Bond 23. While details about the character he would be playing are being kept strictly under wraps, it's not hard to imagine that he will be playing the film's villain (something tells me he's not the next Bond girl). Presumably the character would be a member of Quantum, the modern day SPECTRE or SMERSH that was introduced in the last Daniel Craig 007 film, Quantum of Solace. The article doesn't mention whether the role would conflict with The Dark Tower, but one can imagine that, considering the Bond film's end-of-year schedule, that it won't mesh well.

Though I was fairly keen on the idea of Rachel Weisz playing the main villain, as has been floating around for about a year now, I'm not going to be complaining about Bardem any time soon. The man has proven that he can play a perfect antagonist, and even has an Oscar to prove it. Even if he is more of a behind-the-scenes guy, like his character in Michael Mann's Collateral, the guy has the skills to pull it off. Now the only questions are whether or not the offer is real, and will he take it.
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