James Bond has had to deal with some pretty serious bad guys in his time – from Dr. No to Ernst Blofeld to Jaws – and it looks like Javier Bardem’s Raoul Silva could be next in line. Don’t be fooled by the wacky blonde hairdo; Bardem means business. Just check out this new international trailer for Skyfall.
Whereas the previous trailers focused more on Bond’s splintered relationship with M, this trailer shines a bit more light on 007’s newest enemy. It also shows off a bit more footage from the movie’s big action sequences.
From the trailer, it’s still not clear exactly who Silva is or how he’s connected to M, but it is clear that he’s not someone to mess with. As Berenice Marlohe’s character explains, Bond may know fear, but “Not like this. Not like him.”
With his unusual hair and menacing nature, many are comparing Bardem’s Bond villain to his Academy Award-winning role as the merciless hitman Chigurh in the Coen brothers’ No Country for Old Men. While it’s unlikely that Silva will approach quite the same level of pure evil as Chigurh, the comparison is only a good sign for Bond fans. After all, the world’s most famous secret agent is at his best when he’s up against a really great villain.
There are plenty of other things to like about Skyfall besides Bardem, not the least of which is the film’s director, Academy Award winner Sam Mendes (American Beauty). While his career hasn’t been marked by big action extravaganzas, there’s no doubt that Mendes is one of the best directors working today.
Better yet, Mendes is working with many of his frequent collaborators, including cinematographer Roger Deacons (who worked with Mendes on Revolutionary Road and Jarhead) and composer Thomas Newman (who has scored four of Mendes’ previous films).
There’s strong potential for Skyfall to be the best Daniel Craig Bond film so far, especially following the relative letdown of Quantum of Solace. Considering that Craig recently signed on for two more films, one can only hope Skyfall turns out well lest audiences get tired of seeing the actor in the iconic role.
Skyfall opens in U.S. theaters on November 9th, 2012. To gear up for the new film, celebrate James Bond Day on October 5th.