November 14, 2008

Joaquin Cosio plays classic villain in ‘Quantum of Solace’

By Kiko Martinez

It was 1962 when the first James Bond film, “Dr. No,” featuring a young Sean Connery as a British secret agent traveling the globe to fight deadly assassins and rendezvous with femme fatales, made an impact on audiences everywhere.

It might only be a coincidence that during that same year Joaquin Cosio, who 46 years later stars in the newest James Bond film “Quantum of Solace,” was born in Nayarit, Mexico, but Cosio doesn’t believe it was luck. Growing up watching Connery and Roger Moore play Agent 007 and falling in love with the series like every other male adolescent in the world, the Mexican actor believes the opportunity to star in a James Bond movie was meant to be.

In “Quantum of Solace,” Cosio plays General Medrano, an exiled political figure who, according to Cosio, is a “classic villain that makes up the James Bond franchise.”

Joaquin Cosio as Gen Medrano.

During an interview, Cosio, who started his career in Mexican theater, talked about what it was like to be a part of the popular espionage series.

“Quantum of Solace” is your first English-language feature film. How was the experience?

It was a great experience for me to make a film of this dimension. It’s such a global story. I’m very proud because it has been a goal for me to be a part of such a great cast and to be led by a great director like Marc Forster. It’s a very important experience in my professional life. It was also very enjoyable and memorable.

Did you grow up watching James Bond films?

Starting in my adolescence, James Bond has been part of my life. I remember watching all the films of Sean Connery. The current saga starting with “Casino Royale” interested me. I feel in this new series the characters are more real. It has a new realistic tone.

What was it like to be on the set with an actor like Daniel Craig?

In the movie I related a lot to everyone, in particular Daniel. My relationship with everyone was stupendous. I worked with Mathieu Amalric and it was extraordinary. I had a formidable experience. I feel very proud that I interacted with actors so recognized.

Would you like to continue to make more English films?

If I have more opportunities to make foreign films I’m ready to do it. My perspective is that I’m not a Hollywood actor but I am ready to work. Participating in this movie opens up other opportunities to star in other films.

Why do you think a franchise like James Bond has been popular for so long?

James Bond is a character that continues to be popular because it adapts to the current time. Now, he responds to the demands of the public. This character continues being mythic. He is a necessary character for iconography. He is a hero with principals necessary for contemporary fiction.

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