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Why Pirates 5 baddie Javier Bardem defines the movie villain

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Johnny Depp hits the high seas again as Jack Sparrow in Pirates of the Caribbean: Salazar's Revenge. And this time the raffish, rogueish Sparrow has a good reason to be afraid, very afraid, as the titular ghostly villain sets his sights on our hero.

As played by villainous actor extraordinaire Javier Bardem, the undead Captain Salazar has the potential to be the most terrifying antagonist in the Disney franchise so far. So to mark the occasion, here are the unforgettable Bardem roles that make him the perfect choice for Sparrow's latest nemesis...


Collateral (2004)

It's easy to forget that Bardem appears in Michael Mann's eye-scorchingly cool neo-noir thriller. After all, the bickering antagonism between Tom Cruise's sociopathic hitman Vincent and Jamie Foxx's affable cabbie Max took centre stage.

Even so Bardem (in what was his first Hollywood role) makes a vivid impression as menacing gangster Felix, whom Max has to visit in the guise of Vincent in order to secure essential information. The way Bardem radiates suave menace was a harbinger of the even more memorable roles to come.


No Country For Old Men (2007)

It takes a special kind of character (and indeed actor) to immediately vault into the all-time-great villains list. But the utterly petrifying hitman Anton Chirgurh is just that.

As spectacularly played by Bardem, Chigurgh is the brooding centrepiece of the Coen brothers' masterpiece, a fearsomely violent and utterly gripping adaptation of Cormac McCarthy's novel about a stolen case of money and the collateral damage that comes with it.

Whether he's flipping a coin to decide someone's fate or stealthily approaching a hotel room in his bare socks, Bardem's magnificent performance never fails to induce shudders, and he deservedly won an Oscar for the role. If Salazar is just a fraction as scary as this guy, we're in for a treat.


Skyfall (2012)

Following the lacklustre baddie as featured in 2008's Quantum of Solace, there was a real hunger among 007 fans for a rip-roaring, theatrical foe in the manner of the classic Bond films.

Thankfully we all got one in the form of Bardem's flamboyant yet deeply sinister and vengeful Raoul Silva, expert computer hacker and master manipulator whose troubled history with M (Judi Dench) extends the Bond mythology in fascinating ways.

Indeed one of the many reasons why Sam Mendes' first 007 movie is such a success is because the villain's quest is as personal as Bond's. Bardem's unsettling blonde locks and lip-smacking air of diabolical mischief both winks at the audience and establishes Silva as a serious threat, securing him as one of the franchise's greatest villains.


Pirates of the Caribbean: Salazar's Revenge
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