No Time To Die: Rami Malek’s James Bond Villain Is Revealed

Rami Malek

Next year (2020) is set to be an epic year in film and if you’re a James Bond fan, you’ll be waiting with baited breath for the release of Daniel Craig’s fifth and final installment, No Time To Die.

And while we cannot wait to see Craig in a tuxedo one again, it’s Oscar winner, Rami Malek’s brand new villain we’re really excited for.

Malek follows in the footsteps of some serious talent including Javier Bardem, Christoph Waltz and Mads Mikkelsen and will take on the super-spy when the latest installment of Bond comes to screens in April next year.

In an interview with The Mirror, Malek admitted he had to think twice before accepting the role.

“It’s a great character and I’m very excited,” he told the outlet, however, explained that he wanted assurance from director Cary Fukunga that the villain would not be a “religious fundamentalist”.

“I said, ‘We cannot identify him with any act of terrorism reflecting an ideology or a religion. That’s not ­something I would entertain, so if that is why I am your choice then you can count me out’.

“But that was clearly not his vision. So he’s a very different kind of terrorist.”

Rami MalekOscar winner Malek, feels the pressure of joining the Bond franchise, saying it’s “something that we all grew up with”.

“It’s another extremely clever script from the people who have figured out exactly what people want in those movies.

“But I feel a substantial weight on my shoulders.”

The No Time To Die trailer, which is dropping world-wide December 4, is set to give us an exciting snippet of what’s to come.

“Bond has left active service and is enjoying a tranquil life in Jamaica,” the synopsis reads.

“His peace is short-lived when his old friend Felix Leiter from the CIA turns up asking for help. The mission to rescue a kidnapped scientist turns out to be far more treacherous than expected, leading Bond onto the trail of a mysterious villain armed with dangerous new technology.”

Leading an all-star cast and returning to the 007 franchise is Ralph Fiennes (M), Naomie Harris (Moneypenny), Ben Whishaw (Q), Lea Seydoux (Madeleine Swann), and Jeffrey Wright (Felix Leiter).

All photographs courtesy of NBC Universal.