With more than 20 movies in the franchise, the James Bond series has produced a wide range of memorable villains. From Le Chiffre in “Casino Royale” to Goldfinger to Blofeld, each Bond nemesis has tried — and failed — to take down 007.
The next villain to take on the challenge will be Silva (played by Javier Bardem), who’ll try his luck against Daniel Craig’s Bond in the upcoming “Skyfall.” MTV News recently visited the movie’s London set and we asked Bardem how Silva stacks up against Bond’s long list of famed adversaries.
“I never pretend to be the best Bond villain ever, that would be too much to think of yourself,” Bardem said. “I think the character — it’s complex — he’s not an easy guy. He’s not only a villain, it’s more than that, hopefully, that’s what we tried to achieve.
“I’m saying this in the middle of a shooting,” he emphasized. “Then the director and the editor has to make decisions and put the movie together, and then out of that is what the character will become.”
Little is known about why Silva is after Bond , and Bardem wasn’t about to tell us. He remained tight-lipped, saying even he was unsure how the rivalry will play out on screen.
“I don’t know, we have to see the movie to see that, because I know what I’ve done as an actor, but I haven’t seen the movie, so I cannot tell you how the movie is going to look like,” Bardem said. “I have an idea I think that it is going to be a very, very exciting movie to watch.”
Bardem hopes his transformation into Silva will ultimately be something fans have never before seen onscreen. “In these times, there is nothing that we haven’t seen before, but I guess it’s a different type of person [than] I’ve played before,” he explained.
Bardem has good track record when it comes to playing villains: His haunting performance as Anton Chigurh in “No Country for Old Men” won him an Oscar. So what makes the actor so good at being bad?
“I see them more than villains, I see [them] like people with some circumstances behind them that make them act and react the way they do,” Bardem said. “It’s not only a sign you have to put on a character like, ’This is a villain.’ It’s a man who has some trouble going on and he has to cope with it.”
“Skyfall” hits theatres this fall.
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