Javier Bardem jumped out of a birthday cake in drag for Daniel Craig’s birthday
Javier Bardem once jumped out of a cake dressed “like a Bond girl” for Daniel Craig’s birthday.
Speaking on Variety‘s Actors on Actors series, Bardem revealed that he jumped out of a cake dressed in drag, and sang “Happy Birthday” to his Skyfall co-star in his “best Marilyn Monroe impersonation”.
The anecdote came about when Craig asked Bardem if he had any musical experience. Bardem sings as Desi Arnaz in the new movie Being the Ricardos, which follows the relationship between I Love Lucy stars Lucille Ball and Arnaz.
Bardem quipped: “Well, apart from coming out of birthday cakes dressed like a Bond girl, not much!”
The actors, whose birthdays are one day apart, said that the iconic moment happened at a joint party.
In September 2021, Bond producer Barbara Broccoli revealed that studio executives tried to cut a homoerotic Skyfall scene between Daniel Craig and Javier Bardem.
In one scene in the 2012 film, James Bond (Craig) has been captured by villain, former MI6 agent and cyberterrorist Raoul Silva, (Bardem), and has been tied to a chair.
Silva takes a seat opposite Bond and begins to unbutton his shirt and stroke his neck and chest, before moving down to his thighs.
Silva says: “You’re trying to remember your training now… well, there’s a first time for everything.”
Surprising the villain, Bond responds: “What makes you think this is my first time?”
Discussing the scene in the Apple TV+ documentary Being James Bond, Broccoli revealed that it was almost cut as executives were presumably worried about straying from Bond’s heterosexual, womanising image.
She said: “We were told to cut that line by the studio and we said, ‘No, no, no.’
“And I remember on the night of the premiere, that line, just the whole place erupted, and I remember looking at the studio executive and going: ‘See? Told you.’”