Spanish actor Javier Bardem, who plays the villain in the latest installment of the James Bond saga, said the chemistry he developed with co-star Daniel Craig and director Sam Mendes made it a joy to "get up and go to work."

"Nothing surprised me about Daniel. I didn't know him at all, but as an actor I knew he was really solid, very good and with an exceptional intensity. I imagined we'd get along well and that was the case," Bardem, who plays a cyberterrorist named Raoul Silva in "Skyfall," scheduled to premiere next week, told Efe.

"Both he and Sam have an incredible sense of humor that had me laughing non-stop, from the I time I arrived for shooting until I left," he said.

Bardem, who died his hair blonde to give his character a distinctive look, said the working relationship he developed with Craig and Mendes created "that wonderful thing where you want to get up and go to work."

In "Skyfall," the loyalty of Bond (Daniel Craig) to British Secret Service chief M (once again played by Judi Dench) is tested as her past mistakes come back to haunt her. When the Secret Service itself comes under attack, Bond must do away with the threat no matter how personal the cost.

The Spanish actor, who won an Oscar for his role as a sociopathic hit man in the Coen brothers' 2007 film "No Country for Old Men," said he was first approached about the project "a few years ago" by Craig during an event in Los Angeles.

"I told him 'yeah, sure,' that it sounded great, but you always have to read the material," Bardem said.

The actor added that the screenplay was very well crafted and that he worked with Sam to create a villain who was "broken on the inside, someone with a very clear objective."

"He's not a megalomaniac. He doesn't want to destroy the world just because. That brings him closer to the viewer," Bardem said.

"He has elements of the classic Bond villains, as a homage on the 50th anniversary of the saga, but I wanted to make him someone down-to-earth, even though he flies a little high too, which is what people expect of a character like that," the actor said. EFE