Javier Bardem confirms James Bond villain role
Javier Bardem has confirmed he is to star opposite Daniel Craig as the villain in the forthcoming James Bond film.
The Spanish actor, who won an Oscar for playing another baddie – hitman Anton Chigurh – in the 2007 film "No Country for Old Men", confirmed the new role following months of speculation.
"I am very excited because my parents took me to watch the movies and I saw all of them," the actor said in an interview with US news programme Nightline. "So to play that is going to be fun."
But he wouldn't be drawn on details of the character. "They chose me to play this man," he said, "but I cannot give you many details."
The 23rd Bond movie, rumoured to be called Skyfall, will see Daniel Craig return to play 007, this time under the direction of Sam Mendes, the British director who won an Oscar for the 1999 film American Beauty.
Dame Judy Dench will reprise her role as M and Ralph Fiennes and Helen McCrory, both of whom starred in Harry Potter films, have been cast in new Bond adventure, which is set for a November 2012 release.
Naomi Harris, star of the Pirates of the Caribbean movies, is to play Miss Moneypenny and the relatively unknown French actress Berenice Marlohe is lined up to play a "Bond girl".
Bardem, 42, who has been seen most recently playing romantic leads in "Eat Pray Love" and "Vicky Christina Barcelona", married Spanish actress Penelope Cruz, a fellow Oscar winner and favourite of Spanish director Pedro Almodovar, last year.
Their son, Leo, was born in January.