The anticipated release of No Time To Die is fast approaching with less than four months until the film makes its way to Australia. Ever so slowly, new details are teased and following the Golden Globes on Sunday we have fresh information from Rami Malek. Up until now, the Bohemian Rhapsody actor has remained silent regarding his elusive character as villain, Safin, in the new film with only James Bond producer Barbara Broccoli commenting.
“We’ve thrown the book at him on this one,” Broccoli told Empire in 2019. “He is really the supervillain. He’s the one that really gets under Bond’s skin. He’s a nasty piece of work.” Additionally in July, Malek said he doesn’t identify his character with “any act of terrorism reflecting an ideology or a religion,” and that the villain he plays is a “very different kind of terrorist.”
While Malek didn’t go into plot teasers with reporters on Sunday, he did reflect on what it’s like to face-off against Daniel Craig.
“He’s quite unique,” Malek explained. “He’s very complex. Daniel [Craig] calls him ‘misunderstood.’ But I had the most extraordinary time going head-to-head with [Craig]. He is a consummate professional. What was really special about that is, you see these movies, and I love the Bond films, but on day one, going out, on stage, on set, in front of the lens…I actually got a Broadway version, sitting in the front seat, watching Bond do it firsthand. It took me a second to step back and go, ‘What’s my first line again?’”
A popular internet theory suggests that Safin could in fact be Dr. No, the iconic villain from Sean Connery’s first Bond film and it’s not the first time a character has been brought back into the storyline. In Spectre, Christoph Waltz’s character Ernst Blofeld also appears in From Russia With Love, Thunderball, You Only Live Twice and For Your Eyes Only. Only time will tell if this is in fact true.
Directed and co-written by Cary Fukunaga, No Time to Die stars Daniel Craig, Ralph Fiennes, Naomie Harris, Rory Kinnear, Léa Seydoux, Ben Whishaw, Jeffrey Wright, Ana de Armas, Dali Benssalah, David Dencik, Lashana Lynch, Billy Magnussen and Rami Malek. It is scheduled for release on April 8, 2020.