‘Skyfall’ Olympics Trailer: First Glimpse of Javier Bardem as Silva

Published 3 years ago by , Updated March 13th, 2013 at 1:22 am,

After a fairly long hiatus – it’s been four years since Quantum of Solace – James Bond will return in Sam Mendes’ Skyfall this November. And though we’ve seen the trailer and heard tell of the Comic-Con footage (courtesy of our very own Kofi Outlaw), we’ve yet to see more than a shadowy glimpse of the villain, played by Javier Bardem.

Last night, a teaser trailer (above) aired during the Olympics opening ceremony that featured, among other things, the first shadow-less glimpse of Javier Bardem’s blond, creepy villain, simply known as “Silva.”

The teaser is fairly brief at 33 seconds, but it has everything you could possibly want from a Bond movie trailer: action, romance, the Aston Martin, Bond’s family home burning to the ground, a person falling to his death, and Bond himself dryly uttering the words: “007 reporting for duty.”

The second to last shot in the teaser – of Bond leaping onto a train as the caboose gets torn loose, standing upright, then nonchalantly straightening his right cufflink – is so quintessentially Bond that it’s hard not to get extremely excited about the film. In fact, it’s incredibly reminiscent of the scene in Goldeneye where Pierce Brosnan smashes into a car with his tank, stops to assess the damage, calmly adjusts his tie, then drives off.

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Alas, there is but a glimpse of Bardem’s “Silva” character, but it’s enough to assume that his blond hair (which appeared in some set photos a while back) is probably not a wig within the continuity of the film, as some hypothesized. Might “Silva” be a throwback to creepy, blond villains of yore as portrayed by Robert Shaw in From Russia with Love, Ronald Rich in You Only Live Twice, Andreas Wisniewski in The Living Daylights, and Gotz Otto in Tomorrow Never Dies? One can only hope.

James Bond (Daniel Craig) also appeared in the opening ceremony of the Olympics (sort of), escorting the Queen herself to the event. Check it out below:


James Bond escorts The Queen to the London 2012 Olympic Game from The Queen on Vimeo.

It’s interesting that Danny Boyle – who directed the opening ceremony and the clip above – was actually rumored at one point to be up for directing James Bond 23 before Sam Mendes became officially attached. Looks like he got his chance to direct James Bond after all.

Skyfall – starring Daniel Craig as James Bond, Naomie Harris as Eve, Judi Dench as M, Javier Bardem as Silva, Ralph Fiennes as Gareth Mallory, Albert Finney as Kincade, and Ben Whishaw as Q – hits theaters November 9th, 2012.


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  1. There was a new trailer for Skyfall in front of The Dark Knight Rises in IMAX

    • that was an amazing trailer. Roger Deakins needs to experiment with imax, he could really do some great things with it

  2. “Bond leaping onto a train as the caboose gets torn loose, standing upright, then nonchalantly straightening his right cufflink.”

    What else do you need to see other then the release date and the 007 logo?

    • My biggest fear with trailers like this is that they give away too much and you end up going, “Oh I already saw that”, making the whole thing Anti-Climatic…

      • Don’t watch it.

    • It’s funny because that was my least favorite part of the trailer. It’s only my opinion, but I would lump that shot in the same category as the scene in every action movie where the hero sets off some huge explosion and does the slow motion walk away from it. I feel like Casino Royale and QOS did a great job in putting the realism back into the Bond films after we saw Pierce Brosnan surfing on a glacier-induced tidal wave in “Die Another Day”. I just hope they don’t stray too far off from realism and more into a typical hollywood action movie style.

      • Now of course this is James Bond we’re talking about, not your average joe, but still

      • I genuinely don’t know how you could compare that fairly subtle, funny shot to the biggest, most over-the-top cliche in action movie history.

        • @Ben

          You know you’re right, that was a bit too much of an exaggeration on my part, but I still hope there aren’t too many of those kinds of scenes. I still remember being so impressed/moved in Casino Royale during the scene following the fight at the hotel in the hallways, where Bond goes back to his room and takes a few quick drinks just to calm his nerves. I thought that put a lot of realism and humanity into the usual cold hearted killer Bond typically is.

          So I retract my previous statement, but I still hope there isn’t too much of that.

    • Must be some kind of twitch he has – walks into a room, fixes cufflinks.

  3. That was a really quick glimpse lol

    Seeing this trailer in IMAX before TDKR really got my blood pumping, I’m excited for this movie. And Man of Steel looks badass!

  4. Now we all know the Queen did not jump from the Heli but still, that was Fantastic! God Save the Queen! Excellent job London and England as a whole I might add…

  5. Did anyone notice that, in the trailer, Bond was shooting his Walther PPK and the prop gun didn’t eject any shells nor the slide moved. Is the England recession so bad that the sudios can’t afford better props? :(

  6. Tom Hardy did a good job as Bane but I truly believe Javier Bardem as Bane would have been better and on par with Heath Ledger’s Joker.

  7. Why do I smell inception??? Style-wise!

    • I…don’t know. Is there something particularly Inception-esque about the trailer?

      • Inception was a Bond tribute. It’s the other way around.

  8. Looks good…so far…

    Please God..Please make this movie not suck.

    Quantum was an abortion of a film to say the least. Casino Royal started strong (Parkour-chase) but fizzled towards the end.

    Hope the third times the charm..

    • I think you mean “aberration”…

  9. like said, you can see so much in 33 sec. what you like from bond. and it´s cool to mention the old-school blond-villains in bond movies. i have high hopes in sam mendes.

  10. I would love to see an olympics connection in the movie:
    Bond entering M’s office.
    M: “I’m glad to see you got high marks in your jump school refresher, the Queen rated you as average when you escorted her to the Olympics.”

  11. Olympics royal entry, now that’s the real definition of skyfall. lol.

    The cufflinks adjustment gives me hope that some suavete may just be getting back into Bond character again. In the words of M: ‘Damn! I miss the cold war’ (when Bond was smooth n ruthless).

  12. That trailer was sweet!

  13. Bond has VERY well made tailered suits. I want at least one.

    • ^^ Amen

  14. Fantastic bridge sequence. James Bond clearly does not suffer from Vertigo….but Vertigo, as a great movie sequel is something Daniel Craig should want to consider after his Bond 7!! Keep going if you can!

    Best Wishes,

    Dinesh R Makwana