It’s long been rumored (and pretty much assumed) that Javier Bardem would have a role in the next James Bond film, which is still going under the working title James Bond 23. Word had it that he would be playing some kind of villain role, but wether it was a mastermind or thug-type villain was unknown.

Well, we now have confirmation of one thing: Bardem is indeed going to be sharing the screen with Daniel Craig’s James Bond.

For all the secrecy surrounding director Sam Mendes’ (American Beauty) Bond film, the confirmation of Bardem’s casting came pretty casually (irony alert) as the actor sat down to talk to ABC Nightline about more serious matters – like suffering refugees. Of course, most people reading this are probably more interested in the Bond news – said Bardem:

“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.”

Despite his coy answer to the TV cameras, Bardem has in fact already let the cat out of proverbial bag, having already admitted in a past interview that he had indeed been offered a villain role in Bond 23. But will he play henchman to a mastermind villain? Could that mastermind be Ralph Fiennes as the new Blofeld? Will this film tie up the threads from the previous two about the Quantum Organization? Clearly there are still many questions to be answered.

We do know that Daniel Craig is still Bond, his boss “M” is still Judi Dench, Naomi Harris is likely playing Moneypenny and that the next Bond girl will be French Actress Bérénice Marlohe.

However, we’ll be finding out more, soon, as Bond 23 starts shooting next month to make its November 9, 2012 release date.

Source: ABC Nightline via Coming Soon via MI6-HQ