May 28, 2017

Javier Bardem offered a significant James Bond role?

By Sean O’Connell Javier Bardem needs a clone. And his clone could probably use a clone. The Oscar winner, needless to say, is in demand.

Currently riding a high for his recent Oscar nomination for Alejandro González Iñárritu’s “Biutiful,” Bardem is receiving a steady stream of offers and weighing which direction he’d like to go.

An early report says Bardem has been offered the lead role in Ron Howard’s upcoming adaptation of Stephen King’s “The Dark Tower,” which would tie the actor up for at least three feature films and a television series.

But now we’re hearing, courtesy of Deadline, that Bardem could play a major part in the next James Bond film, which will be directed by Sam Mendes. Character details “are being kept under wraps for now,” according to the report, but the most obvious choice to star opposite Daniel Craig’s Bond would be a villain, though that’s not confirmed.

Could he do both? Absolutely. While the “Dark Tower” certainly seems like it would require a LOT of Bardem’s time (if he accepts it), the Bond film could shoot around Bardem’s schedule. And we know he’s versatile enough to fluidly switch between roles, if need be. But Deadline adds that Bardem “was offered the high-profile villain role in Oliver Stone’s ‘Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps’ and turned it down.”

So the ball is in Bardem’s court, and we’re anxious to see which way he chooses to go.

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About Sean O'Connell

Sean O'Connell is a nationally recognized film critic. His reviews have been published in print ('The Washington Post,' 'USA Today') and online (AMC, MSN's Citysearch) since 1996. He's a weekly contributor to several national radio programs. He is a longstanding member of the Broadcast Film Critics Association (BFCA), the Online Film Critics Society (OFCS), and the Southeastern Film Critics View all articles by Sean O'Connell Association (SEFCA).

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