Javier Bardem’s casting in Bond 23 seems to have been confirmed by a few outlets over recent weeks, and in a new interview the actor confirmed he’ll star opposite Daniel Craig (likely as the villain).
From Nightline on ABC
I am very excited, my parents took me to watch the movies, and I saw all of them, and to play that is going to be fun. They chose me to play this man, but I cannot give you many details.
It seems details on his role won’t be revealed for some time (why would anyone want to be spoiled now?), but a Bardem Bond villain is something to get excited about either way.
Filming on Bond 23 (thought to be titled Skyfall) will shortly begin under the direction on Sam Mendes. Daniel Craig and Judi Dench are returning and will be joined by Naomie Harris (28 Days Later) as Moneypenny, Ralph Fiennes in ‘a darkly complex’ role and French actress Berenice Marlohe as Bond girl. Helen McCrory (Narcissa Malfoy in Harry Potter) and Ben Whishaw (Perfume: The Story of a Murderer) are also said to have joined the cast in yet unspecified roles