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Raoul Silva[1] is a fictional character and the primary antagonist in the James Bond film Skyfall. He will be portrayed by Spanish actor Javier Bardem.[2]

Character history

Javier Bardem was first linked to a role in the film — then known under the working title of Bond 23 — in January 2011.[3] He confirmed that he had been cast in the film in October of the same year.[4] The principal cast of Skyfall were assembled at a press conference in London in November 2011, with Bardem in attendance.[5] Director Sam Mendes admitted that he could not reveal any details about the character beyond Bardem's involvement in the role,[6] fuelling speculation that he would be playing a re-imagined version of James Bond's nemesis, Ernst Stavro Blofeld.[7][8] The first photos of Bardem on-set were released in March 2012, showing the actor dressed in a police uniform and wearing a blond wig.[9] These were accompanied by claims that the character's name was "Silva".[10][11] In an April 2012 interview with Spanish television network TVE, Bardem confirmed that his character's name would be "Raoul Silva".[1]


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  2. "James Bond 'Skyfall' Press Conference". Digital Spy. 3 November 2011. Retrieved 9 April 2012. 
  3. Finke, Nikki, and Mike Fleming (30 January 2011). "Javier Bardem Offered Big Bond #23 Role; MGM Leveraging 007 Distribution With Co-Financing Deal To Improve Its Cash Flow: Jockeying Studios "Increasingly Frustrated"". Retrieved 9 April 2012. 
  4. Amanpour, Christine (8 October 2012). "Javier Bardem's Passionate Cause". Nightline (American Broadcasting Company). Retrieved 9 April 2012. 
  5. Bradshaw, Peter (3 November 2011). "Skyfall, the next James Bond film, has plenty going for it". Guardian (London). Retrieved 9 April 2012. 
  6. "James Bond 23 to be called 'Skyfall'". Daily Telegraph (London). 3 November 2011. Retrieved 9 April 2012. 
  7. Roth, Harry (21 September 2011). "John Logan Hints That Blofeld Is BOND 23 Villain". WhatCulture. Retrieved 9 April 2012. 
  8. Brevet, Brad (23 September 2012). "New James Bond 23 Rumors Involve Blofeld and Rapace". Ropes of Silicon. Retrieved 9 April 2012. 
  9. Moore, Ben (12 March 2012). "Javier Bardem Blond Villain in Skyfall". Screen Rant. Retrieved 9 April 2012. 
  10. "Javier Bardem goes blond for Bond flick Skyfall". Hindustan Times. Indo-Asian News Service. 12 March 2012. Retrieved 9 April 2012. 
  11. "Javier Bardem is a blond villain in new James Bond movie". The Indian Express (Indian Express Group). 13 March 2012. Retrieved 9 April 2012. 

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