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Javier Bardem Offered Major Role in 'James Bond 23'

Bardem as a Bond baddie? Sign me up...

He not only has been offered the lead role in Ron Howard's adaptation of Stephen King's The Dark Tower, but now Javier Bardem has reportedly been offered a major role opposite Daniel Craig in Sam Mendes's Bond 23.

Deadline has the report and says there are no details as to what role Bardem's been offered, but I think we're all coming to the same conclusion that it's likely the lead villain, and there's no doubt his Oscar-winning turn as Anton Chigurgh in No Country for Old Men played some part in deciding on him for the part. Of course, an offer doesn't mean it's a done deal just as Bardem's participation in The Dark Tower isn't a deal either.

While Bond 23 is already set for a November 9, 2012 release the film still doesn't have a theatrical distributor, but Deadline offers up some new details as far as that goes saying MGM is negotiating to make an overall deal for worldwide theatrical and home entertainment distribution of not just Bond but also MGM's new product as well as its library of films. The decision would give the studio instant cash flow following its recent bankruptcy declaration. In recent news reports it sounded like either Paramount or Fox were the top contenders for the film, the former sounding like the current front-runner.

In other recent Bond news, I wrote on Thursday that Judi Dench was confirmed to be returning to the role of M for the seventh time.

The story for Bond 23 is unclear as the screenplay by Neal Purvis, Robert Wade and John Logan has been kept under wraps. All that's known is the story will begin after Quantum of Solace left off, but there's no telling just how much of Quantum's signature will be used. I would expect some kind of continuation of the "Quantum" organization storyline to remain.

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  • walleraround

    YESSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Ian

    Sweeeeeeeeet!

  • Danila Havar

    I hope that they set this film in the the U.S. and that they include several famous American actors.

  • http://www.critiqueinfoca.wordpress.com Joel

    Totally the Bond girl!! Ahah!
    Seriously, awesome!!

  • http://joker93.livejournal.com Nick

    Only if he plays Anton Chigurh again, lol.

    Seriously though, he would be great no matter the character. Great news. And I think if he wants to, he could shoot both this and The Dark Tower... I mean the latter comes out half a year later. It'd be a very tight schedule, but he could make it.

  • goavs

    awesome news

    a villain with some name recognition. A James Bond movie has not had this in a while.

  • Chris

    Brad, any news on whether rachel w. will be in it?

  • adu

    This has been a good day for casting news.

  • twocrow48

    This will be a fantastic addition if it ends up working out. Honestly, this movie is sounding better and better with each piece of information. As a big fan of the Casino Royale and Quantum of Solace storyline, I'd really like to see it continued to round out a trilogy.

  • Ganonlink

    Are this high profile role offerings have anything to do with his oscar nom? What if he hadn't got the nom?

  • cmay13

    the villain/actor in quantom was terrible. this would be a superior upgrade.

  • Just Myself

    A great villain is what the Daniel Craig 007 films have lacked so far. Javier Bardem is a great choice.

  • http://twitter.com/#!/Lou_Magic ravidlaz

    He can play JAWS!

    Anyway, I'd rather him do this than TDT. I don't see him as Roland. I'm sure he would do a great job if he got it, but I just don't see Bardem, or anyone that looks like him when I read the books.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Marc-Honore/100001609178796 Marc Honore

    As long as he's a villian and he gets a random hair style I'm golden