No Time to Die’s resident bad guy, Rami Malek, gives his opinion on a slew of iconic James Bond villains from over the years in this new video.
No Time to Die star Rami Malek ranks past James Bond villains in a new video. Oscar winner Malek will join the Bond franchise in No Time to Die, Daniel Craig’s final outing as the renowned spy. Malek will play the mysterious villain Safin, who remains one of the biggest question marks in the film. Very little is known about Safin, save for the fact that he’s a former SPECTRE assassin and something of an “eco-friendly” terrorist. It’s also hinted that he has ties to Bond’s love Madeleine Swann (Léa Seydoux), as his return in No Time to Die brings a dangerous secret of hers to light.
Had 2020 gone to plan, fans would already know everything there is to know about Safin. No Time to Die was originally scheduled for release in April of this year, but the coronavirus pandemic led to it being delayed multiple times. Currently, No Time to Die will be released on April 2, 2021, and it will not go to streaming despite recent rumors that it would. Therefore, fans have been left to wait even longer to see the film.
In the meantime, fans have been treated to some new tidbits about No Time to Die, as well as this fun Malek interview. In a new video from British GQ, Malek has been tasked with rating several past Bond villains. Malek gives each villain some fun descriptors, from calling Goldfinger a “blowhard” to deciding Christoph Waltz’s Blofeld is “sharp, cunning.” You can see all of Malek’s ratings in the video down below.
When it came to the very first Bond villain, Dr. Julius No from Dr. No, Malek definitively said he “set the tone.” Fans have speculated for a while now that Malek’s Safin could actually be Dr. No, similar to the way Waltz’s Spectre villain turned out to be a new Blofeld. So far, it hasn’t been confirmed that Safin is actually the first Bond bad guy, but it hasn’t been debunked either. Malek himself didn’t even outright deny it in a recent interview, though he did promise Safin will shock viewers.
An action movie is often only as good as its villain, and only time will tell how No Time to Die turns out. Bond villains over the years can be hit or miss, and it’ll be quite interesting to see where Safin falls on the spectrum when he makes his long-awaited debut. So far, he’s been hyped as a very formidable bad guy, even if he doesn’t turn out to be Dr. No. Fans will get to see Malek’s Safin in action next year, where they can decide if he’s one of the best, or if he lands a bit further down the list.
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Source: British GQ
Key Release Dates
- No Time to Die/James Bond 25 (2021)Release date: Apr 02, 2021
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