Behind-the-Scenes Look at Rami Malek’s James Bond Villain

By Sarah Garden
26 February 2020
Rami Malek, No Time to Die, James Bond, Movies
The ‘No Time To Die’ character is shrouded in mystery

As the release of No Time To Die creeps ever-nearer, speculation surrounding Rami Malek’s character is ramping up. A new promotional video for the 25th James Bond movie, narrated by director Cary Joji Fukunaga, teases that Bond’s nemesis is “more dangerous than anyone he has ever encountered, and whoever they are is smarter and stronger than Spectre.”

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For those of you who aren’t 007 superfans – Spectre is the organisation led by Blofeld (played by Christoph Waltz), who James Bond faces off multiple times throughout the movie franchise.

Which has people wondering… Is Malek’s villain completely separate to Spectre? So far, all descriptions have been vague, and it seems that even Malek isn’t completely sure who he plays. Speaking to Entertainment Weekly the former GQ Middle East cover star said: “I don’t even know what my character’s final name is in this movie. No, I’m pretty sure it’s Safin. It is.”

The movie marks Daniel Craig’s grand farewell as James Bond, making it even more poignant than a usual Bond drop. And Fukunaga explains that it will answer a lot of questions.

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Speaking in the short clip, he says:

"No Time To Die is a culmination of all that Bond has become, it's all that he's seen, all the trauma, the loss.

"What is that mission, that will be his most challenging and his most difficult? That was our target. We aim to do something extraordinary with this one.

"Every Bond film has that thing, the danger but also the emotional punch. Everything that was left unsaid will finally be said. This will be the final chapter for Daniel Craig."