Spanish actor Javier Bardem received his star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, right beside the one honoring his wife, Penelope Cruz, something that for the new villain of the James Bond saga was a "beautiful coincidence," he told Efe.

The ceremony was held Thursday at the touristic heart of Hollywood Boulevard, at the doors of the iconic El Capitan Theatre and across from the Dolby Theater, previously the Kodak, where the Oscars are awarded each year.

Bardem was accompanied by Sam Mendes, the director of the new Agent 007 film "Skyfall," and by the actresses starring in that film, Naomie Harris and Berenice Marlohe, in what was one more promotional event leading up to the U.S. premiere of the movie this Friday.

Penelope Cruz was not seen in this corner of Hollywood, where on April 1, 2011, she received, just a few meters (yards) away, the same honor that was awarded her husband on Thursday.

"It's a coincidence due to the years when the two stars were installed that they ended up together. It's a beautiful coincidence, it's very nice. It's an honor to receive it and one accepts it gratefully," the winner of an Oscar as Best Supporting Actor for the 2007 Coen brothers' film "No Country for Old Men" told Efe.

EFE