With beach blonde hair, a deceitful smile, and manic confidence, Javier Bardem strides into the latest Bond installment as Raoul Silva -- a classic villain for Daniel Craig’s 007, in Sam Mendes’ “Skyfall.”
But on November 8, a day before the movie’s national release, the 43-year-old Spanish actor will stride down the Hollywood Walk of Fame to unveil his very own star on the coveted boulevard, according to a Hollywood Chamber of Commerce press release.
“We are very happy to welcome Javier Bardem to our Walk of Fame family,” Hollywood Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Leron Gubler said in the press release. “We pride ourselves on the fact that the Walk of Fame features some of our most popular international figures that work on films near and far. It shows the diversity that this world-famous sidewalk has to offer.”
Bardem is known for his Oscar-winning performance as the blood-chilling Anton Chigurh in Ethan Coen’s “No Country for Old Men” (2007) as well as lighter roles in “Vicky Cristina Barcelona” (2008) and “Eat Pray Love” (2010). His twisted character in the 23rd installment of the James Bond franchise has been praised by critics and fans alike.
"The moments that elevate 'Skyfall' from the efficient to the inspired can be attributed to one man: Javier Bardem, the hulking, 43-year-old Spanish actor whose delicious performance as Raoul Silva, sniggering cyber-terrorist, makes him a convincing contender for best Bond villain of all time," Ryan Gilbey wrote for The Observer.
The Spanish actor is aware of the magnitude of the film franchise and credits his ability to shine in the movie to the flexibility in the moviemaking process.
"I've never done a movie as big as James Bond, so I didn't how a big monster like this would affect my work on set," Bardem told the Associated Press. "It was a great gift of finding myself in a very, very creative process."
The ceremony will take place in front of the El Capitan Theater at 11:30 AM. The actor's wife, Spanish actress Penélope Cruz, received her own star on April 2011 but will not be present at Bardem's ceremony. In June, the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce announced the newest 24 Walk of Famers which included Bardem and Mexican pop star Thalía.
CORRECTION: A previous version of this article expressed that Bardem's wife, Spanish actress Penélope Cruz, would be expected at the ceremony. A representative has since informed The Huffington Post that Cruz will not be attending the ceremony.