New Bond villain Javier Bardem has confessed he was offered the chance to play 007 - but turned the role down.

The Oscar winner reveals Bond producers were considering him as the superspy before they settled on Daniel Craig, but he didn't feel the time was right for a Spanish 007.

The actor, who plays Bond's nemesis Raoul Silva in 'Skyfall', tells CinemaBlend.com, "Years ago, I was (offered the role). I don't remember what movie it was for.

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Javier Bardem at the Skyfall premiere in London

"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."

And Bardem insists he never regretted saying no to Bond: "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."

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    Daniel Craig arriving for the Royal World Premeire of Skyfall at the Royal Albert Hall, London. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Tuesday October 23, 2012. See PA story SHOWBIZ Bond. Photo credit should read: Yui Mok/PA Wire

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    Britain's Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall (R) shakes hands with British actor Daniel Craig (L) as Craig's wife British actress Rachel Weisz (L) at the royal world premiere of the James Bond film 'Skyfall' at the Royal Albert Hall in London on October 23, 2012. AFP PHOTO / POOL / KIRSTY WIGGLESWORTH (Photo credit should read KIRSTY WIGGLESWORTH/AFP/Getty Images)

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    Britain's Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall (R) meets British actors Daniel Craig (L) and Judi Dench (C) as she arrives with the Prince of Wales to attend the royal world premiere of the James Bond film 'Skyfall' at the Royal Albert Hall in London on October 23, 2012. AFP PHOTO / POOL / KIRSTY WIGGLESWORTH (Photo credit should read KIRSTY WIGGLESWORTH/AFP/Getty Images)

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    Britain's Prince Charles, Prince of Wales (R) and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall (2R) meet British actors Daniel Craig (L) and Judi Dench (2L) as they arrive to attend the royal world premiere of the James Bond film 'Skyfall' at the Royal Albert Hall in London on October 23, 2012. AFP PHOTO / POOL / KIRSTY WIGGLESWORTH (Photo credit should read KIRSTY WIGGLESWORTH/AFP/Getty Images)

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    LONDON, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 23: Prince Charles, Prince of Wales and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall attend the Royal World Premiere of 'Skyfall' at the Royal Albert Hall on October 23, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Eamonn McCormack/Getty Images)

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    LONDON, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 23: Tulisa Contostavlos attends the Royal World Premiere of 'Skyfall' at the Royal Albert Hall on October 23, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Eamonn McCormack/Getty Images)

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    LONDON, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 23: Sam Taylor-Johnson and Aaron Taylor-Johnson attend the Royal World Premiere of 'Skyfall' at the Royal Albert Hall on October 23, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Eamonn McCormack/Getty Images)

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    LONDON, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 23: Prince Charles, Prince of Wales and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall attend the Royal World Premiere of 'Skyfall' at the Royal Albert Hall on October 23, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Eamonn McCormack/Getty Images)

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    Britain's Prince Charles, Prince of Wales (L) and Camila, Duchess of Cornwall (R), greet members of the crowd as they arrive to attend the royal world premiere of the new James Bond film 'Skyfall' at the Royal Albert Hall in London on October 23, 2012. AFP PHOTO / LEON NEAL (Photo credit should read LEON NEAL/AFP/Getty Images)

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    LONDON, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 23: Valentino attends the Royal World Premiere of 'Skyfall' at the Royal Albert Hall on October 23, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Eamonn McCormack/Getty Images)

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    LONDON, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 23: (L-R) Jade Ellis, Tulisa Contostavlos, Ella Henderson and Lucy Spraggan attend the Royal World Premiere of 'Skyfall' at the Royal Albert Hall on October 23, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Eamonn McCormack/Getty Images)

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    LONDON, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 23: (L-R) Jade Ellis, Tulisa Contostavlos, Ella Henderson and Lucy Spraggan attend the Royal World Premiere of 'Skyfall' at the Royal Albert Hall on October 23, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Eamonn McCormack/Getty Images)

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    The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall meet James Bond actor Daniel Craig (left) and Dame Judi Dench (2nd left) as they arrive for the Royal World Premeire of Skyfall at the Royal Albert Hall, London.

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    John Logan arriving for the Royal World Premeire of Skyfall at the Royal Albert Hall, London

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    Christopher Biggins and Neil SInclair arriving for the Royal World Premeire of Skyfall at the Royal Albert Hall, London

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    Bear and Shara Grylls arriving for the Royal World Premeire of Skyfall at the Royal Albert Hall, London

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    Kathy Lett and Stephen Fry arriving for the Royal World Premeire of Skyfall at the Royal Albert Hall, London

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    Sam and Aaron Taylor-Johnson arriving for the Royal World Premeire of Skyfall at the Royal Albert Hall, London

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    Jordan Stephens and Harley Alexander-Sule from Rizzle Kicks arriving for the Royal World Premeire of Skyfall at the Royal Albert Hall, London

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    Marvin Humes, Aston Merrygold, Ortise Williams and JB Gill from JLS arriving for the Royal World Premeire of Skyfall at the Royal Albert Hall, London

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    Maryam D'Abo arriving for the Royal World Premeire of Skyfall at the Royal Albert Hall, London

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    Naomie Harris arriving for the Royal World Premeire of Skyfall at the Royal Albert Hall, London. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Tuesday October 23, 2012. See PA story SHOWBIZ Bond. Photo credit should read: Yui Mok/PA Wire

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    Emeli Sande and husband Adam arriving for the Royal World Premeire of Skyfall at the Royal Albert Hall, London

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    (Centre left to right) Ralph Fiennes, Daniel Craig and Berenice Marlohe arriving for the Royal World Premeire of Skyfall at the Royal Albert Hall, London. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Tuesday October 23, 2012. See PA story SHOWBIZ Bond. Photo credit should read: Yui Mok/PA Wire

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    Daniel Craig arriving for the Royal World Premeire of Skyfall at the Royal Albert Hall, London.

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    Chris Evans and wife Natasha arriving for the Royal World Premeire of Skyfall at the Royal Albert Hall, London

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    The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall arriving for the Royal World Premeire of Skyfall at the Royal Albert Hall, London. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Tuesday October 23, 2012. See PA story SHOWBIZ Bond. Photo credit should read: Yui Mok/PA Wire

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    Tulisa Contastavlos with Lucy Spraggan, Ella Henderson and Jade Ellis arriving for the Royal World Premeire of Skyfall at the Royal Albert Hall, London

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    Kelly Brook arriving for the Royal World Premeire of Skyfall at the Royal Albert Hall, London

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    District3 arriving for the Royal World Premeire of Skyfall at the Royal Albert Hall, London

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    District3 arriving for the Royal World Premeire of Skyfall at the Royal Albert Hall, London

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    Union J arriving for the Royal World Premeire of Skyfall at the Royal Albert Hall, London

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    Christopher Maloney, Kyle Sones, James Arthur and Jahmene Douglas arriving for the Royal World Premeire of Skyfall at the Royal Albert Hall, London

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    Ellie Simmonds arriving for the Royal World Premeire of Skyfall at the Royal Albert Hall, London

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    Victoria Pendleton arriving for the Royal World Premeire of Skyfall at the Royal Albert Hall, London

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    Victoria Pendleton arriving for the Royal World Premeire of Skyfall at the Royal Albert Hall, London

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    Tess Daly arriving for the Royal World Premeire of Skyfall at the Royal Albert Hall, London

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    Sir David Frost arriving for the Royal World Premeire of Skyfall at the Royal Albert Hall, London

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    Katie Price arriving for the Royal World Premeire of Skyfall at the Royal Albert Hall, London

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    His Royal Highness The Prince of Cornwall and the Duchess of Cornwall arriving for the Royal World Premeire of Skyfall at the Royal Albert Hall, London

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    Bear Grylls arriving for the Royal World Premeire of Skyfall at the Royal Albert Hall, London

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    Holly Valance arriving for the Royal World Premeire of Skyfall at the Royal Albert Hall, London

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    Naomi Campbell arriving for the Royal World Premeire of Skyfall at the Royal Albert Hall, London

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    Tamara Beckwith arriving for the Royal World Premeire of Skyfall at the Royal Albert Hall, London

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    Minnie Driver arriving for the Royal World Premeire of Skyfall at the Royal Albert Hall, London

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    Ella Anderson arriving for the Royal World Premeire of Skyfall at the Royal Albert Hall, London

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    Lucy Spraggan arriving for the Royal World Premeire of Skyfall at the Royal Albert Hall, London

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    Tulisa Contostavlos arriving for the Royal World Premeire of Skyfall at the Royal Albert Hall, London

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    Jade Ellis arriving for the Royal World Premeire of Skyfall at the Royal Albert Hall, London

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    Victoria Pendleton arriving for the Royal World Premeire of Skyfall at the Royal Albert Hall, London

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    Rylan Clark arriving for the Royal World Premeire of Skyfall at the Royal Albert Hall, London

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