Javier Bardem Offered ‘James Bond 23′ Role [Updated]

Published 4 years ago by , Updated February 15th, 2014 at 4:27 pm,

Javier Bardem offered James Bond 23 role Javier Bardem Offered James Bond 23 Role [Updated]

[UPDATE: Bardem says he could play the villain in the new James Bond movie]

Hold your horses, Dark Tower fans, the role of gunslinger Roland Deschain may not belong to Javier Bardem just yet. The multiple Oscar-nominee (and one-time winner) has reportedly received an offer to star in yet another upcoming, high-profile flick – next year’s James Bond movie.

The word is that Bardem has been approached to play a significant role in 007′s next venture and the obvious guess would be that of Mr. Bond’s latest nemesis. If that is the case, be prepared to hear lots of jokes about Bardem’s No Country for Old Men character (and hairdo), should he decide to sign on.

Details concerning the plot of the 23rd James Bond are being kept under wraps, though it’s expected to pick up shortly after the events of Quantum of Solace - with both Daniel Craig and Judi Dench officially set to reprise their roles as the titular secret agent and his boss, “M.” Deadline broke the story about Bardem having been approached to star in the film, which will be directed by Oscar-winner Sam Mendes and is expected to begin production in the latter half of 2011.

It’s been an overall eventful week for Bardem: he received a Best Actor Oscar nomination for his role in Biutiful, has been approached to appear in both Ron Howard’s Dark Tower adaptation and the new James Bond, and (most significantly) became a father as his wife, actress Penelope Cruz, gave birth. Dark Tower is being planned as a film trilogy and TV series, so the time commitment alone could inspire the new family man to pass on the Stephen King project and sign up for the next Bond pic instead.

UPDATE: Bardem has confirmed to the LA Times that he’s been approached to play the villain in the new James Bond flick, which he says is “more nuanced. It’s very intriguing… They’re changing the whole thing, the whole dynamic.”

dark tower cast javier bardem Javier Bardem Offered James Bond 23 Role [Updated]

Bardem is very much a powerhouse actor who always turns in a worthwhile performance, even when the rest of the film is only sub-par (not to mention names, but… Love in the Time of Cholera). That he was able to be so chilling and terrifying as the murderous Anton Chigurh in the Coen Brothers’ 2007 Oscar-winner while looking the way he did was no small feat. The idea of Bardem donning a much more slick and sophisticated outfit (and haircut) to portray Mr. Bond’s new foe is all the more enticing for it.

It seems very unlikely that Bardem won’t either saddle up for Dark Tower or accept the James Bond offer at the end of the day. Look to hear an official announcement about the Spanish thespian’s next move in the very near future.

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Source: Deadline

Update Source: LA Times

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  1. Oscar nod, new son, offer for lead of the Dark Tower, offer for major role in next Bond film. This fellow is having a good couple of days.

  2. He’d be a fantastic Bond Villain. I’d go so far to say that he’d be the coldest villain Bond has ever faced.

    • No that goes to the evil henchman in The Living Daylights, Necros! He was the coldest Bond villian of all time.

      • I bet Bardem can out do that Sam :)

        • Dunno…

          I’m not sure having someone as high profile as Bardem in a Bond film is such a great idea…His presence could overshadow the film.

      • I like this role for him much better than Roland, He would make a great Blofeld, just saying

        • Patrick Stewart for Blofeld!

          • lol everytime he plays evil , it just doesnt work. Love patrick Stewart but he does nt do evil well

  3. He better say YES! He’s as ruthless as you can get if channels his innerself from No Country for Old Men

  4. Here is hoping he takes the role to be in the Bond film.

    He would be a GREAT Bond villain matched up against Craigs Bond!

  5. HOLY COW!!.. Sugar VS. Bond.. this would be EPIC of EPIC EPICNESS :D

    • No that’s Scott Pilgrim. :)

  6. hate to see him not play roland in the dark tower… but he might be the coldest and evil bond villian ever…

    can you say a young blofeld???

  7. I’m hoping he will take the Bond role because I’m still not convinced he should play Roland.

  8. I would rather seem him as a Bond villain than as Roland – he just doesn’t have the look. Call me crazy, but I think that Rob Lowe would make an awesome Roland.

  9. I think, if done right, he could be the next Red Grant and be a truely formittable foe to Daniel Craig’s Bond , something which was sorely lacking in Quantum of Solace.

  10. Amazing choice. Bardem is a powerhouse performer. Somehow reminds me of Jeffrey Dean Morgan all the time.

  11. no please!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! don’t let that happen , Daniel should stay for at least 3 more bond films , Javier cant see im being bond ever.

    • ok sorry guys didnt read the ttle correctly didnt have my glasses

  12. Do you think Bardem was going for 70s homosexual in that top picture?

  13. ^ I think you were with the way you talk and present yourself on this website.

    • Sorry?

      • DSB making friends again I see lol

        • Right Ant, why is everytime DOC is always getting into it with someone, lol

          • It does seem that way lately, some new people on here are obviously not used to my sense of humour. I was originally going to say that Bardem looked like a date rapist.

            • I actually like your sense of humour.. and not-the-usually-sugar-coated-comments.. It’s entertaining and (sometimes) thought provoking too.. But i must say there are a LOT of people.. Who doesnt actually know the meaning of “Opinion” on WWW ..

        • I thought it was funny…Obviously not.

          • Maybe you offended the lad, who knows I don’t judge either way

            • LOL maybe it hit a little to close to home

  14. Let him take this, and give the role for the Dark Tower film to Viggo, and it will be a good day.

    • I agree.

  15. why

  16. I would like to see him do both…

  17. @Dr.
    Some new people here?
    I have been coming to Screenrant since a long time but have only just started commenting.

  18. Let’s not forget that they have to cast a young Roland for Wizard and Glass – our luck, they’ll cast Hayden Christensen…seriously though, who would be good for this role?

    • Good question! Hard answer. As long as it aint Justin Beiber, I’ll be fine. Seriously though, it depends on a few things. For instance, I’ve been wondering if they are going to up the age of any of the young characters. What I mean is, will Jake Chambers still be 12? And will the young Roland and his ka-tet still be around 14? The ages should be left alone, but hollywood does some funny stuff with adaptations, and I have a feeling that they might scale up the ages. Having said that, I still have no idea, but I think I might start watching tv with my 6 yr old daughter more often, so that I can do my own scouting. Zack Efron definitely has the crazy blue eyes to play a young Roland, but not at age 14, Zack is almost old enough to buy beer now I think.

      • They’ll definitely scale up the ages. Even though King wrote them as 14, I always pictured them as 18 or so in my mind’s eye. I still think that Rob Lowe would be an awesome “old” Roland – and Zack Efron actually isn’t a bad idea for the young one. Cuthbert would almost certainly have to be the guy from Scream and the Scooby Doo movie. What is his name? He was always who I pictured.

  19. If he is smart ,
    He will choose The Roland role.
    Its a big franchise,
    It means long term financial security.
    Bond villains are a dime a dozen.