Javier Bardem, the Spanish actor who won huge acclaim for playing remorseless hitman Anton Chirgurh in 'No Country for Old Men', is to play the villain in the forthcoming Bond movie. The actor confirmed the role during an interview on U.S. new show 'Nightline', saying he was "very excited" to be joining the project.
Mysterious killer Chirgurh is often regarded as one of cinema's best villains, and Empire magazine ranked him 46 on their list of the 100 Greatest Movie Characters of all Time. Bardem, who may look to channel the psychopath's traits into his new role, refused to reveal further details, saying, "They chose me to play this man.but I cannot give you many details". The actor, who recently completed work on an untitled Terrence Malick movie, revealed his love for the franchise, explaining, "I am very excited because my parents took me to watch the movies and I saw all of them". The 23rd Bond movie, rumoured to be titled 'Skyfall', once again features Daniel Craig as 007, while Dame Judy Dench reprises her role as M. Other new additions to the cast include Ralph Fiennes and Helen Mccory, with American Beauty director Sam Mendes getting behind the camera.
The movie is slated for a November 2012 release, with filming set to get underway in Scotland, among other locations, in the near future.