Bond franchise producer Barbara Broccoli provided some details on Malek’s role in an interview with Empire, and she revealed that the next Bond villain will go by the name “Safin.”
Not only that, but Broccoli broke down some of Safin’s characteristics. Simply put, it seems as though Safin is a different type of villain that 007 didn’t encounter in the series’ first 24 films.
“We’ve thrown the book at him on this one,” Broccoli said about Safin. “He is really the supervillain. He’s the one that really gets under Bond’s skin. He’s a nasty piece of work.”
Malek portrayed Freddie Mercury in the 2018 film, Bohemian Rhapsody, and he received plenty of critical acclaim for his portrayal of the legendary singer. Now, we get to see him share the screen with Daniel Craig – who is likely portraying Bond for the final time.
Christoph Waltz portrayed Ernst Stavro Blofeld in the last Bond film, Spectre, which was released in 2015. In Spectre, Bond chooses not to kill Blofeld – instead leaving him to be arrested at the end of the film. Waltz will also be repreising his role as Blofeld in No Time to Die.
It was reported last week that director Cary Joji Fukunaga filmed three different endings for No Time to Die, and that Craig himself doesn’t know which conclusion will be chose for the final cut. This had led to plenty of speculation that Craig’s Bond will be killed off and replaced.
No Time to Die marks the milestone 25th film in the James Bond franchise, and it’s slated to be released in the United States on Apr. 8, 2020. Jeffrey C. Wright will return to portray Felix Leiter – one of Bond’s CIA allies – who was absent from Skyfall and Spectre. The main cast members from the last two Bond films are set to reprise their roles once again.