I was offered the chance to play Bond: Javier Bardem

Javier Bardem

Oscar-winning actor Javier Bardem, who plays villain in the new Bond film "Skyfall", says he was offered the chance to play 007 but he turned down the role.

Bardem, 43, said Bond producers were considering him as the superspy before they settled on Daniel Craig, but he did not feel the time was right for a Spanish 007, reported Showbiz spy.

"Years ago, I was (offered the role). I don't remember what movie it was for. I didn't feel that it was the time for me to do something like that. And also, I was doing something else, so I passed. This time, when I read it, I felt that it was very powerful material, and I wanted to join," he said.

The actor, who is married to Spanish beauty Penelope Cruz, said he never regretted saying no to the titular character.

"I have passed on many things that I could easily regret, but I don't regret any of them, because that also gives room for something else to come that I'm proud of," he added.

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