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Javier Bardem Confirms He Is Bond 23 Villain, Still Hope for Ralph Fiennes

Photo of Anne Thompson By Anne Thompson | Thompson on Hollywood July 11, 2011 at 5:44AM

UPDATE: Javier Bardem confirms he will play the villain in Bond 23 (the title is rumored to be Skyfall), telling Nightline; "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." Daniel Craig hopes that both Bardem and Ralph Fiennes will be in the film. So do we.
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UPDATE: Javier Bardem confirms he will play the villain in Bond 23 (the title is rumored to be Skyfall), telling Nightline; "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." Daniel Craig hopes that both Bardem and Ralph Fiennes will be in the film. So do we.

Here's more on the latest rumored Bond girl.

EARLIER: The NYT reports, from an original story in London tabloid the Daily Mail, that Ralph Fiennes and Javier Bardem are joining Sam Mendes' Bond 23 (when will they give us a real title?), starring Daniel Craig as Agent 007, Naomie Harris as Miss Moneypenny and Judi Dench as M.


A Sony spokesman has "no comment on rumors," and offers no expectation of a forthcoming or imminent official announcement. The movie is set to open November 9, 2012.

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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.