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Skyfall Launch - Javier Bardem interview

Skyfall launch

Interview by Rob Carnevale

JAVIER Bardem discusses playing the new Bond villain in Skyfall, the 23rd James Bond adventure, and what it means to him to become a part of the franchise. He was speaking at the launch of the film at a press conference in London on November 3, 2011.

Q. Was Bond a part of your life growing up in Spain?
Javier Bardem: Of course it was. Some of the most beautiful memories I have with my family was when I was a kid and I went to the theatre to see all these movies. I would say it was one of the first experiences of really having this experience, of seeing amazing movies, amazing stories on screen. So of course yes.

Q. How do you feel about playing the bad guy?
Javier Bardem: Who told you that a villain is a bad person [smiles]? For me, it’s an honour to be on this table for many reasons. Firstly, because of the background story that Bond has on me; second, because of the quality of these professionals, that is beyond words, and thirdly, because of it being fun to do. For me, it’s a pleasure and an honour to be here.

Q. You’ve played such a formidable bad guy in a previous film No Country For Old Men, how can you top that?
Javier Bardem: It’s not about improving, there’s not even a comparison. It’s about really taking a different journey, taking a different path and doing something that’s related to the great story that we have.

Q. Can you expand on that?
Javier Bardem: As you saw… no!

Q. What sort of training have you had to do for the role?
Javier Bardem: For me, learning English vowels [laughs and gets round of applause]! That’s a lot of training, that’s all I can say.

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