Photo: Javier Bardem in Skyfall
Javier Bardem makes an extraordinary villain in “Skyfall,” the new adventure of the most famous secret agent in the history of movies, James Bond, producer Barbara Broccoli said here Saturday at an event launching the film’s international presentation tour.
Broccoli apologized for Bardem not being at the event - he had to suspend his trip to Moscow due to the bad weather during the shooting in Spain of “The Counselor,” a new film by British director Ridley Scott.
Javier is an extraordinary villain because he has personal reasons to create problems for Agent 007, Broccoli explained at a press conference in a downtown Moscow hotel, where she was accompanied by the new Bond girl, France’s Berenice Marlohe.
At the packed press conference, Broccoli, co-producer of “Skyfall,” said that Bardem, who plays Raoul Silva, is a magnificent actor and it was great they could convince him to take the part - because people are going to love his work, which she called exceptional.
Broccoli, whose father was one of the original producers of the saga, said her dad would be glad that James Bond films have remained popular so long - half a century on the big screen.
Broccoli believes the value of “Skyfall” is precisely the extraordinary cast that director Sam Mendes, winner of an Oscar for “American Beauty,” managed to put together.
Both actors and producers have kept mum about the content of the movie, which is No. 23 in the series of films about the secret agent and which will premiere late this month in London.
The movie, which seeks to recover the spirit of the first films in the series, was filmed in Britain, Turkey and China.