Javier Bardem talks 'Skyfall,' 'Tango'-like Bond-Silva scene with Daniel Craig
Javier Bardem recalls filming his "Tango"-like first meeting scene with Daniel Craig's character in the new James Bond film "Skyfall," which sees the Spanish actor play the villain Silva.
In "Skyfall," Bond's loyalty to Judi Dench's character, MI6 chief M, tested after her past comes back to haunt her. The British Secret Intelligence Service is attacked and 007 sets off to stop its perpetrator. The movie is directed by Oscar-winning director Sam Mendes. It is the third franchise film for Craig, who played James Bond in the films "Casino Royale" and "Quantum of Solace."
Bardem said the scene where Silva and Bond meet for the first time is long and extremely powerful and that the "Skyfall" script intimidated him at first.
"When I read it, I was scared of it, because there are so many tones that we have to play and that we have to try to achieve it," he said in an interview provided by distributor Columbia Pictures. "But there were things there that need to be done on the set that were not written in the sense of how to create a relationship between them both - it was something that had to be on the set."
"And then we went there, and we shot, and it was a great day of work, because Daniel was doing his thing, I was doing my thing - but both of us - we were dancing the same Tango and Sam Mendes had fun with it and he knew how to move us around in order to create different feelings about it. It was one of those days that you go, 'I'm happy about it. I'm happy about what we've done,'" he said.
The Spanish actor famously sported a bowl-cut hairstyle while portraying a compassionless killer in "No Country for Old Men," which earned him an Oscar. Bardem, who was recently also honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, sports another unique 'do in "Skyfall" - the actor went blond for Bond.
"I always think that the looks of the character tells a lot of the story, but all the looks of any character has to make sense with the story that you're telling and with the character that you're playing - rather than just be something that you just do for the firework of it," Bardem said.
The new Bond film hit theaters in the United States on November 9, almost 50 years after the release of the first James Bond film, "Dr. No," which was released in 1962 and starred Sean Connery.
Watch the trailer for "Skyfall" below.