Bond 23 changing Bond?
I wonder if the people behind James Bond have been reading some of the criticism of Quantum of Solace (Filmstalker review) and realise that amongst the problems of the unfinished script and the terrible editing that they've picked up on the fact that a banker with a high aversion to risk who fleeces a dictator isn't really that much of a villain for Bond to go up against.
For the man who is in talks to play the next villain for James Bond has revealed that they are planning something different for this Bond villain, something that would change everything.
That's according to Javier Bardem anyway, who we heard was in negotiations for the role. Well he's certainly talked to Sam Mendes about the possibility and he said that the conversation was "very intriguing".
What that exactly means I'm not sure, and while his quote praises Bond over at the The Hollywood Reporter story, there's something else that he says that raises questions about what this new Bond is doing and how they are going to change things from Quantum of Solace (Filmstalker review).
"They're changing the whole thing, the whole dynamic... I'd be playing Bond's nemesis, yes, but it's not that obvious. Everything is more nuanced."
What does that mean exactly? I have no idea and I find it really difficult to even guess what he's talking about. Obviously there's something more to it than the standard baddie-goodie deal going on.
I mean I could sit here and guess that perhaps he's playing an agent who is under the pay of the Quantum organisation and is very much like Bond, just on the other side, but this is complete guesswork. All we can really do is wait and see.
Certainly the casting of Bardem would be excellent, but it's clear the film-makers have something more in store for Bond's new bad guy.