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Four years after Quantum of Solace, Daniel Craig will step back into his James Bond tuxedo in 2012 for the currently untitled Bond 23. And though there are essentially no details about the film, there is a reason to feel unsettled by the villain.
Actor Javier Bardem recently confirmed his status as Bond’s new nemesis after meeting with director Sam Mendes earlier in 2011.
An Academy Award winner for playing sociopath Anton Chigurh in the Coen brothers’ ‘No Country For Old Men,’ Bardem is highly adept at being a creep. All thoughts of the smiling, Spanish father to Penélope Cruz‘s child disappear with one look at those evil bangs — or five minutes of Eat Pray Love.
So while we can still only speculate about what kind of evildoer Bardem will channel in the next Bond, here is a look back at some of the roles that showcase his ability to play a villain.
Benito González, Huevos de Oro (1993)
Was Bardem’s hapless Benito González “evil” in one of his early breakout roles? No. But his greed, unrealistic ambitions, harem of ladies and cartoonish undoing satisfy pretty much every other perquisite for Bond foil status. Should ‘Bond 23’ go for a comedic edge, comparisons to Golden Eggs will be inevitable.
Felix, Collateral (2004)
Bardem was hardly a headliner in the Tom Cruise/Jamie Foxx vehicle about the world’s worst cab passenger, but his brief drug lord monologue out-charisma-ed all two hours worth of Cruise’s chatty contract killer.
Anton Chigurh, No Country for Old Men (2007)
2007 will go down in history as the year Bardem ruined coin tosses, Partridge Family haircuts, gas station employment and free bags of money for absolutely everyone. One could argue that Anton might even be able to take Bond in a fight. (Brits aren’t known for their skills with a shotgun.)
Juan Antonio, Vicky Christina Barcelona (2008)
Another decidedly non-evil character was Bardem’s playboy artist in the Woody Allen film that won his wife an Oscar, but he caused a rift between best friends Rebecca Hall and Scarlett Johansson. And somebody did get shot.
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