Javier Bardem, fantastic villain in Skyfall, the new 007 movie

Javier Bardem, fantastic villain in Skyfall, the new 007 movie
Isabel del Rio

Javier Bardem, in the role of the villain Raoul Silva, is the best antihero in Skyfall, last James Bond movie. The film will be released tomorrow worldwide.

Javier Bardem (left) and Amenabar. Photo by Imma Romero Gelpí

Javier Bardem (left) and Amenabar. Photo by Imma Romero Gelpí

Best villain: Javier Bardem. As I promised, yesterday I saw Skyfall, the new James Bond movie. Fantastic film directed by by Sam Mendes and casting by Daniel Craig, Naomie Harris and, of course, Javier Bardem in the role of the super villain Raoul Silva.

I’m a fan of James Bond. Then, it’s not strange I like this new movie. But, trying to be objective, Skyfall is better than the previous 007 movies and in my opinion, most of them were better than the previous one. That’s right, cinema technique is everyday better and we are speaking about action films with lots of special effects.

However not everything is technique in Skyfall, the plot is coherent, ironic and amusing and the rhythm impressive but not exaggerated.

Anyway, the best of the film is the casting and specially Javier Bardem ‘s performance.

Since I’m Spanish, I know Javier Bardem from the beginning. He is part of a family of actors and actresses (his mother, Pilar Bardem, is a fantastic actress too) very well known here. He started his career many years ago, being still a child: “The Scoundrel” (“El Picaro”) and he continued acting during his teens years in an independent theatrical group. But it was in 1992, in “Ham, Ham” (“Jamon, Jamon”) when he jumped to the fame. Both, as a good actor and as a sex symbol, image he dislikes. Determined to change it, he refused similar subsequent roles and has gone on to win acclaim for his ability to appear almost unrecognizable from film to film. In “Mondays in the Sun” by Leon de Aranoa, he is an unemployed person; in “The Sea Inside” by Amenabar, he is a paraplegic; in “Goya’s Ghosts” by Milos Forman, an ugly priest… In the United States, Javier Bardem has played different villain and now, in Skyfall, he has broken his own ranking, being in my opinion the best villain in the series of James Bond.

If you have the chance, go to see the film, you will face the best antihero.

** Javier Bardem has played in almost 30 films and he has been awarded with a Golden Globe, a Screen Actors Guild Award, a BAFTA, five Goya awards, two European Film Awards, a Prize for Best Actor at Cannes, two Coppa Volpis at Venice Festival, and one Academy Award in 2007, for Best Supporting Actor, in his role as psychopathic killer in “No Country for Old Men.”

Now, I’d like to know how many awards he will win by this last performance in Skyfall.

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Isabel del Rio

Managing Editor at Yareah® Magazine. Author of ‘Ariza’ (2008) and ‘The Girls of Oil’ (2010)

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