Javier Bardem James BondJavier Bardem has been offered a major role in the newest James Bond film, Moviefone reports, proving money woes and development hell cannot keep 007 down.

Early in January, word hit that 'Bond 23' still had Sam Mendes gearing up to direct, and a not-so-far-off release date of Nov. 9, 2012. Since then, buzz has been on the rise, and just days after word hit that Judi Dench would return to the franchise, Deadline revealed Bardem was offered a starring role in the film.

Bardem won't play Bond himself, of course -- that honor still belongs to Daniel Craig, who's ready to tackle the shnazzy icon for the third time. The offered role is being kept under wraps, but it's not too hard to guess.