It’s been floating around for some time now that Spanish Sex Bob-Omb Javier Bardem had been cast in the new James Bond film, but never really confirmed. Well, consider it confirmed. And he will play the bad guy, though who that bud guy is is a closely guarded secret, with Bardem quoted as saying, “I am very excited, my parents took me to watch the movies, and I saw all of them, and to play that is going to be fun. They chose me to play this man, but I cannot give you many details.”
Personally, I couldn’t be happier. The current streak of Daniel Craig Bond movies has been getting better and better — I initially wasn’t sold on Casino Royale, and while I still don’t love it, it’s certainly grown on me. Quantum Of Solace, however, was fantastic, and Craig is truly the first actor to own the role as it was meant to be owned. Don’t get me wrong, I love Connery, but Craig is Bond the way Fleming intended him. Rough-edged, dangerous, with “something a bit cruel in the mouth, and the eyes [that] were cold.” He’s that to a fucking T. Lazenby was decent, Moore was a clown and completely painful to watch, Brosnan was too smarmy and not even remotely tough, and Dalton was close, but just never really worked.
Remember kids: James Bond is a solitary, womanizing, possibly alcoholic, cold-blooded assassin — a borderline sociopath, really. In many ways, the new films and Daniel Craig are goddamn perfect.
The cast also includes Ben Whishaw, Ralph Fiennes (who said that it’s, “a role so top secret, I swallowed a pill to make me forget what I was told”), Judi Dench, Helen McCrory, Berenice Marlohe, and Naomi Harris as Ms. Moneypenny.
The film, to be directed by Sam Mendes, still has no title, though one rumored title is Skyfall.