Does No Time to Die trailer confirm Rami Malek is playing Dr No?

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The explosive full trailer for the 25th official Bond film, No Time to Die, has lastly dropped – and whereas it both confirms some fan theories in regards to the movie (Blofeld’s again!) and closely hints at others (Lashana Lynch’s Nomi is confirmed as a 00 agent, although not essentially the brand new 007), there’s one other hearsay doing the rounds that it seems to endorse.

The lack of know-how accessible about Rami Malek’s villain has some followers speculating that, very like Christoph Waltz’s Blofeld in Spectre, he is perhaps a basic Bond antagonist in disguise – specifically Dr. No. (Malek’s character has been named as “Safin”, however then Waltz was initially billed as playing “Franz Oberhauser” in Spectre, in order that doesn’t imply very a lot.)

The movie’s director Cary Fukunaga is suspiciously tight-lipped when it comes to Malek’s dangerous man, solely describing him as “hyper clever and a worthy adversary” (through Empire).

However what’s the reasoning behind this Dr. No concept, past simply the truth that No Time to Die is set to be Daniel Craig’s last outing as 007 – the top of an period – and so resurrecting the franchise’s very first villain (initially performed by Joseph Wiseman in 1962) would make for a neat bookend?

Within the 1962 movie, Dr Julius No is established as working for terrorist conglomerate SPECTRE, and with Blofeld – the pinnacle of the organisation – returning as MI6’s captive in No Time to Die, it is sensible not solely that SPECTRE will play a job within the new film however that one in every of Blofeld’s subordinates could have stepped up to run issues in his absence.

Joseph Wiseman as Dr. No

Joseph Wiseman in 1962’s ‘Dr No’
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Dr No – each the character and the film – are additionally primarily based in Jamaica, the place Craig’s Bond is now primarily based having given up his licence to kill on the finish of Spectre.

There’s additionally a separate, although now presumably linked, hearsay doing the rounds that No Time to Die would possibly kill off Bond’s ally Felix Leiter (Jeffrey Wright) – a concern that’s hardly assuaged by the brand new trailer, which options the character in only one temporary scene.

Felix seems in Ian Fleming’s Dr. No novel and survives, although it’s totally attainable that No Time to Die may merge the characters of Felix and Strangways, one other spy whose homicide by No sends Bond off on a mission of vengeance within the guide.

Then in fact, the title of the movie itself would possibly present a clue to Safin’s true id – “No” Time to Die… geddit?

You could possibly argue that the bodily variations between the masked, scarred Safin and the way No appeared in his first display screen look, or how he’s described in Fleming’s novel, disprove the speculation. Not solely that, however the brand new trailer implies that Safin may very well be one way or the other linked to Bond’s beau Madeline Swann (Léa Seydoux), one thing with no foundation within the books.

However then once more, Spectre introduced us with a radically reinvented model of Blofeld, one who was now Bond’s foster brother, a plot level which once more options nowhere within the supply materials.

What’s actually bought us suspecting that the speculation might need some precise weight to it, although, is a scene that includes Bond and Safin that’s glimpsed within the trailer.

“Historical past isn’t form to males who play God,” a tense Bond tells his opponent. It’s a warning that very a lot remembers one of the crucial well-known exchanges between Sean Connery’s Bond and No, after the villain has laid out his deranged scheme.

“World domination – usual dream,” mocks Bond. “Our asylums are full of people that assume they’re Napoleon. Or God.”

Is that this the largest clue but that Safin is certainly an outdated foe given new life? There’s nonetheless 4 months to wait until we discover out for certain. However the reply is both no…. or No.

No Time to Die is out in cinemas on third April 2020

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