Following word over the weekend that Javier Bardem has been offered a major role in the upcoming (still untitled) 23rd James Bond film, the LA Times spoke with the actor and confirmed that the part in question is, indeed, the film’s villain.
“Id be playing Bond’s nemesis, yes,” Bardem explains, “but it’s not that obvious. Everything is more nuanced. It’s very intriguing… They’re changing the whole thing, the whole dynamic.”
Bardem acknowledges his interest, saying that he’s a big fan of the franchise, but will not make a decision until he has the opportunity to read the full script. That said, meetings so far with director Sam Mendes certainly seem to have left him intrigued.
If he takes the role, Bardem would mark the second Oscar winner to face off against the British secret agent after Christopher Walken in 1985’s A View to a Kill.
Currently, Daniel Craig and Judi Dench are confirmed to return for the franchise sequel. No plot details are currently available, but the script (from Neal Purvis, Robert Wade and John Logan) is said to pick up soon after the events of Quantum of Solace.