It's been almost nine months since Javier Bardem was first rumored to co-star in James Bond 23, which may or not be called Skyfall now. But that news was pushed aside quickly when we learned Bardem was also in talks to star in Ron Howard's now-dead adaptations of Stephen King's Dark Tower novels. But we hadn't forgotten. There were two theories about which part Bardem would play: 1) Our theory, in which he plays a gender-swapped Moneypenny and changes the sexual landscape forever in a series of flirtatious encounters with Daniel Craig, confusing macho James Bond fans in a matter hitherto incomprehensible, and 2) Everyone else's theory, in which he plays the villain.
Yeah, it's the second one. In our defense, we thought of that one too. But you gotta admit the Moneypenny thing would have been fascinating.
In a recent interview with Christiane Amanpour on TV's Nightline, Bardem – finally – had this to say: "I am very excited. My parents took me to watch the movies and I saw all of them. So to play that is going to be fun. […] They chose me to play this man, but I cannot give you many details."
Whoa! "This man?"
Let the internet speculation begin!
In all seriousness, we have no idea. He doesn't seem like a Hans Blofeld to us, so we're probably looking at another new character. Right now we'll just have to be satisfied with the news that he's actually doing the film which, by the way, took everyone long enough. Nine months! Sheesh…
CraveOnline will be back with more James Bond 23 news, but keep it on the DL. It's for your eyes only.