Bardem recently met with director
The actor, who is Oscar-nominated for his lead work in the Spanish-language
"I'm a huge fan of the James Bond saga," Bardem says. "When I was little, I went watching Mr. Connery doing James Bond with my father. Who in the world would think I'd be in one of those movies?"
The deal breaker for him, if there is one, will be, as always, if the material doesn't hold up. But Bardem says he was intrigued by what Mendes told him at their meeting.
"They're changing the whole thing, the whole dynamic," Bardem says. "I'd be playing Bond's nemesis, yes, but it's not that obvious. Everything is more nuanced. It's very intriguing."
And the escapism of the Bond franchise would seem a solid fit for an actor newly determined to leave his work behind when he goes home at night.