Meet James Bond’s Nemesis Safin in New Video

After winning Best Actor for Bohemian Rhapsody, Rami Malek probably had his pick of roles. But he went all in for the biggest project of his career: playing a Bond villain. All the Daniel Craig entries have relied on acclaimed European actors for its antagonist roles, but Malek is the first American to threaten the globe and Britain's top secret agent.

In the two trailers released so far, we've barely gotten a glimpse of Malek's face, let alone his sinister intentions. But a new behind-the-scenes video gives us an opaque look at what Safin is up to. Threatening to kill the person Dr. Madeline Swann (Lea Seydoux) loves the most and make Bond "redundant," he projects evil without ever raising his voice. Director Cary Joji Fukunaga calls Safin "a frightening character" because of his relentlessness. Malek's goal was to make Safin "unsettling," partly because Safin views himself as the hero.

Take a look at the action-packed video below for all the details.

No Time to Die hits U.S. theaters on November 20.


About Kip Mooney

Kip Mooney
Like many film critics born during and after the 1980s, my hero is Roger Ebert. The man was already the best critic in the nation when he won the Pulitzer in 1975, but his indomitable spirit during and after his recent battle with cancer keeps me coming back to read not only his reviews but his insightful commentary on the everyday. But enough about a guy you know a lot about. I knew I was going to be a film critic—some would say a snob—in middle school, when I had to voraciously defend my position that The Royal Tenenbaums was only a million times better than Adam Sandler’s remake of Mr. Deeds. From then on, I would seek out Wes Anderson’s films and avoid Sandler’s like the plague. Still, I like to think of myself as a populist, and I’ll be just as likely to see the next superhero movie as the next Sundance sensation. The thing I most deplore in a movie is laziness. I’d much rather see movies with big ambitions try and fail than movies with no ambitions succeed at simply existing. I’m also a big advocate of fun-bad movies like The Room and most of Nicolas Cage’s work. In the past, I’ve written for The Dallas Morning News and the North Texas Daily, which I edited for a semester. I also contributed to Dallas-based Pegasus News, which in the circle of life, is now part of The Dallas Morning News, where I got my big break in 2007. Eventually, I’d love to write and talk about film full-time, but until that’s a viable career option, I work as an auditor for Wells Fargo. I hope to one day meet my hero, go to the Toronto International Film Festival, and compete on Jeopardy. Until then, I’m excited to share my love of film with you.