Rami Malek Had an Important Request Before Joining Bond 25

Rami Malek, seen here in Mr. Robot, was very specific about his character in Bond 25.
Rami Malek, seen here in Mr. Robot, was very specific about his character in Bond 25.
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With tons of behind the scenes drama on the set of the 25th James Bond film, it’s easy to forget the exciting stuff coming on the screen—like the fact that recent Oscar winner Rami Malek is playing the latest Bond villain. That only happened, though, because the filmmakers agreed to a non-negotiable request Malek had about the character.


“I said, ‘We cannot identify him with any act of terrorism reflecting an ideology or a religion,’” Malek explained to the Daily Mirror. “‘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 [director Cary Fukunaga’s] vision. So he’s a very different kind of terrorist.”

Malek is of Egyptian descent so that request implies he didn’t want to help perpetuate any negative stereotypes. The actor got his wish.

“It’s another extremely clever script from the people who have figured out exactly what people want in those movies,” he said. “But I feel a substantial weight on my shoulders. I mean, Bond is something that we all grow up with.”

Little is known about the plot for the new James Bond movie—even the title is still a mystery, and it’s been filming for several weeks. Rumors suggest, though, Malek’s character will use technology to raise the kind of terror that would draw the attention of 007.

Bond 25 is scheduled for release April 8, 2020.

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How many Bond villains are based on ideology or religion in the first place? It’s not really the Bond formula, he doesn’t fight terrorists.

I guess Moonraker sort of had a cult. Not the same thing.