As we know, the protagonist can only be as good as the antagonist is bad. Weak bad guy, lame good guy. As such, if they can sell Silva as someone so dangerous he has to be held in a special cell, well, Bond will have to rise to the occasion, and we'll have a story we can sink our teeth into.
'No Country for Old Men' proved how intense a portrayal Bardem is capable of. The guy brings it. So, I have high hopes for his turn as Silva. I mean, why would an actor with that kind of track record accept a role as a half-assed politically correct bad guy?
It follows that Daniel Craig's Bond will be swinging for the fences.
The writers certainly have pedigree. Patrick Marber (Notes on a Scandal, Closer). John Logan (Hugo, Rango, Gladiator, The Last Samurai). Neal Purvis and Robert Wade (Quantum of Solace, Casino Royale, Die Another Day).
Then, of course, there's the direction by Sam Mendes (American Beauty) and the transcendental cinematography by Roger Deakins.
'Skyfall' is looking like the best Bond yet.