With just one month to go until the release of the 24th James Bond movie, Spectre, you can probably expect to see quite a bit more Bond-related press in the coming days and weeks. So far, we’ve seen several trailers, TV spots, some posters, and the like.
And yet, for all the information that’s been revealed about the film, we still know very little about Dave Bautista’s character, the villainous Mr. Hinx. His size and unique look bring to mind the many larger-than-life brawny villains of James Bond movies past – your Odd-Jobs, your Red Grants, your Jaws(es), etc. But is there more to him? Is he more than just the muscle to Christoph Waltz’s mind?
Back in March, Screen Rant was lucky enough to get to visit the set of Spectre in Mexico City, where we talked to Bautista about his role in the film – or what little he could say about it – as well as what it was like to fight James Bond, whether or not he wants to see a Guardians of the Galaxy/Avengers crossover, and more.
Screen Rant: What got you interested in this role? Were you a big James Bond fan from the start?
Dave Bautista: I was a big fan. Which I think, you know, is kind of a [Laughter] – you’re going to hear that a lot. I mean, it’s kind of, “Who’s not a fan?” There’s been so many Bond films throughout the years, I’d be hard-pressed to find someone who’s not at least a fan of one of the films. But I was a huge fan. Of Daniel’s, of Sean Connery in particular. It was weird, this was kind of the first major film that reached out to us. I didn’t plan on this happening. It just came out of nowhere and surprised the hell out of me. My agent called me and said, “Would you like to be in a James Bond film?” And I said, “Hell yeah, are you kidding me?” Yeah, so that began the audition process. I went through that and eventually met with Sam [Mendes]. We clicked really well. And now here we are. I was just super excited. It came out of left field and hit me right in the face. I never expected it.
SR: That’s great. You’re playing Mr. Hinx – is that right?
SR: Are you playing the brawny, strong henchman type [of Bond villain], like Jaws from The Spy Who Loved Me or Oddjob from Goldfinger, or is there more to your character?
DB: There’s way more. Yeah, way more. He’s an interesting guy. I don’t think he’s a character like anyone’s seen in a past Bond film. He’s just got a lot going on, there’s a lot of layers to Mr. Hinx. He’s really cool, he’s – he is physically menacing and a badass, but he’s also very intelligent, he’s got a very pleasant demeanor about him, very carefree, very well-dressed. So yeah, I think he’s different from any character you’ve seen, but I think that’s going to make him really memorable.
SR: Cool. I presume at some point in this film you will fight James Bond. And obviously, looking at you, you kick his ass.
SR: That’s not even a spoiler, that’s just obvious. So besides kicking his ass, what’s it like to fight James Bond?
DB: [Laughter] Again, we don’t want to give away too much, but if we were to speculate that I was fighting James Bond … I’ll put it like this: Daniel and I have done a lot of training together. We’ve spent a lot of time in the stunt room together. If you know anything about Daniel, you know he’s an athletic guy, he’s a tough, rugged guy, enjoys his rugby, he’s had a few injuries, probably been in more than a few fights in his day. Which makes for a very good dynamic between the two of us, because I’ve been through the same things. So I would say, if you were to assume that James Bond and Mr. Hinx were to throw down, it would be the most exciting fight scene you’ve seen in a Bond film.
SR: Oh, wow.
SR: One last question. There are rumors that Guardians of the Galaxy and The Avengers will cross over at some point. Would you be interested in partaking in that?
DB: [Laughter] Yeah, come on, man. Hell yeah. Yeah, of course I would. At the core of me is the biggest geek you’ve ever met. I’m a superhero fan first and foremost, and…of course, man, I want that to happen.
SR: Me too.
DB: It’s rumors right now, but, you know, I pray every day…and night, and afternoon, and after you walk out the door I’ll go pray and say, “Please let Drax be in ‘The Avengers.’ ” [Laughter] Yeah, I hope it’ll happen.
Spectre hits theaters November 6th, 2015. Also, don’t forget that today is Global James Bond Day – the anniversary of Dr. No’s 1962 theatrical release.