Rami Malek has said he did not want to play a terrorist with ideological or religious motives in Bond 25. The Bohemian Rhapsody star told Digital Spy that his character - who faces off with Daniel Craig as James Bond - does not mirror his own national heritage, whilst also discussing the villain's motivations.
When Rami Malek was asked if the Bond villain would reflect his Egyptian heritage or hail from Egypt, the Oscar-winner replied, "No, absolutely not." He added, "Another thing that I discussed with Cary [Joji Fukunaga, director of Bond 25]; 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."
The actor also described the pressure of playing a Bond villain in the hit franchise. "I feel a substantial weight on my shoulders. I mean, Bond is something that we all grow up with. The one thing I have going for me is I played one beloved Brit in Freddie Mercury and I pulled that off, so I feel like I can possibly have a shot at playing the villain in a Bond film."
On the issues as a result of Daniel Craig's injury which had seen reports of scheduling issues between the stars, Malek revealed that the production helmed by Cary Joji Fukunaga is still moving ahead but with some adjustments. "I talked to Cary yesterday and the schedule has been altered. I know that. But with a franchise like this, I think they have it together. They have it figured out by now."
He also confirmed that he has already filmed some scenes in Norway, albeit without Craig. Bond 25 will see Bond come out of retirement to take on Malek's foe who is armed with the dangerous tech after a scientist is kidnapped and Felix Leiter (Jeffrey Wright) requests 007's help. Bond 25 will be releasing on April 3, 2020.Read More