Archive for department: "Villains"

“Skyfall” international trailer

Surprisingly different, and surprisingly more revealing than the teaser trailer (and indeed the IMAX teaser trailer that was leaked recently), the first international theatrical trailer was released online:

A first real look at Javier Bardem as Silva, after the peak we got in the Olympics TV spot. We also see James Bond “die” – the climax to the Turkish train sequence! – and come back from the dead to aid MI6 and M when top secret data is stolen.

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Javier Bardem praises co-star Daniel Craig

The Spanish actor Bardem, who appeared as a shady silhouette in the first teaser trailer for Skyfall, says that Daniel Craig is “a great colleague”.

He told the National: ”He’s shooting non-stop and I’m thinking: ‘Oh my God, I don’t know how you do it’. He’s on top of all the stunts, and I go, ‘man, if I were you, I would be a mess’. In my opinion, he’s a great Bond.”

Although a raft of photos emerged onto the internet featuring Daniel Craig shooting on location in the UK and Turkey, Bond villain Bardem has kept a very low profile. The only picture we have seen of the actor in costume showed the villain in a clever disguise.

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Sam Mendes says he wanted to create a real Bond villain

According to a comment the Director of Skyfall made to the media recently, Sam Mendes wanted to up the ante in terms of villainy seen in the 23rd James Bond film.

[It's been] a while since there was a classic … what I would call a classic Bond villain. I’m not saying these guys weren’t great. I thought Mads [Mikkelsen] was particularly good in Casino Royale

But I wanted somebody perhaps a bit more flamboyant, perhaps a bit more frightening, and so I felt like we needed a great actor to achieve that.

Sam Mendes ultimately cast Javier Bardem as the villain Raoul Silva – whose motives remain a closely guarded secret.

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First look at Javier Bardem as “Skyfall” villain

Javier Bardem was spotted filming an action sequence alongside Daniel Craig in London earlier in the week.

His ‘look’ for the film has been a guarded secret, but now it appears he has donned a wig or dyed his hair blonde for part or all of the picture.

Previously, the name of the character, to date a closely guarded secret of Skyfall, was leaked.

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“Skyfall” callsheets leak Javier Bardem’s character name

A copy of some Skyfall call sheets (which detail scene numbers, character involvement and a quick summary of the action) and scheduling were recently leaked onto the internet via an anonymous eBay seller.

The information inclosed concerns scenes early in the film involving M, Bond, Tanner and the famed MI6 building.

Whilst pictures from this shoot are dime-a-dozen, some characters are involved in another sequence spotted on the same call sheet, including Skyfall‘s main villain played by Javier Bardem.

Click through to read more about what we saw before the links and photos were removed.

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Javier Bardem self-confirmed for James Bond 23

The Spannish actor and star of No Country for Old Men, Javier Bardem, has been speaking to the media about his good-will work and whilst they were at it Nightline popped the Bond 23 question:

The journalist in a recent video interview prompted Bardem to tell us “about the next villain you are going to play, in James Bond?”

“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.”

Bardem’s name as been associated with the production since January when it was revealed he was offered a part… only this week can we confirm that he will star in the film.

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Daniel Craig confirms Fiennes & Bardem still contenders for Bond 23 role

Daniel Craig is gearing up for James Bond 23 and, as a result, is becoming a little more open about the casting situation.

In an interview with MTV the 007 star asserted that Ralph Fiennes and Javier Bardem are in the running for Bond 23 villains.

Both names have a long history of connections to the forthcoming 23rd James Bond film: Bardem admitted he was in talks in February 2011. A month later Variety leaked the news that Fiennes was performing on London’s West End for a strictly limited run so that he could be involved in Bond 23.

Could Spaniard Bardem pass himself off as a Turkish villain?

Craig has high hopes that both Hollywood icons will appear alongside the leading Brit for Bond 23.

He also offered up another praise of his director and reasserted his confidence in the Bond 23 script: “We’ve got a great script this time. I’m as excited about this script as I was about the ‘Casino Royale’ script. I think in Sam [Mendes] we’ve got the perfect director. The cast is coming together now. I can’t wait to get going on it.”

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Bond 23 looking to Turkey for Bond girl casting

According to a rumor picked up on by MI6-HQ.com, Turkish actress Ebru Akel has auditioned for the role of the villain’s girlfriend.

The boffins over at “six” note that this would be the first “Turkish actress to play a significant role in a 007 film.”

As we know, permission was recently granted for James Bond 23 to shoot at a few key landmarks in the famed city of Istanbul.

Although, if MI6 can be believed (and they are notoriously well informed) Akel was not lucky enough to land a role in the Bond flick.

From this news we can safely assume that Istanbul will play a key part in Bond 23 – perhaps with the villain’s heritage stemming from Turkey.

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Rumors that Blofeld will be back are sparked by comment from John Logan

Co-writer on the new James Bond adventure, John Logan, have left Bond fans wondering if 007 will be facing off against his arch enemy from the 1960s: Ernst Stavro Blofeld.

According to Latino Review, it was when Logan was speaking at the BAFTA Screenwriters lecture that the scribe was asked about Blofeld by one member of the audience.

With a smile he said: ”Bond should always fight Blofeld.”

Logan also let slip that, unlike many blockbusters, the Bond 23 schedule has 2 weeks of rehearsal to accommodate.

Before Bond 23 was in production, rumors hit the media that Michael Sheen would play the arch villain. These were dispelled by the actor on a talk show in April this year.

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German news sites claim Javier Bardem has confirmed Bond 23 role

According to scouts over at MI6, the Spaniard, Javier Bardem, who has been long-associated with Bond 23 has signed on to the production.

The site claims that “several” German news blogs have touted the news and predict an announcement of Bardem’s involvement shortly, should there be any weight at all to the news.

The No Country For Old Men star was first mentioned in association with James Bond 23 in January 2011 and the news came from the normally reliable source, Deadline.com.

Bardem is widely expected to play a villain or henchman.

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