No Time to Die still has a great deal of mystery around it, despite trailers and soundtracks being released to fans. The cast is filled with some true greats, such as Oscar winner Rami Malek as the main villain. A theory about this villain’s true identity has been circulating, and Malek has refused to deny it.
Is Rami Malek playing Dr No in No Time to Die?
In an interview with Esquire, Malek was questioned about his character, a mysterious man who is only named Safin.
Asked whether he is actually Dr No, he said: “I heard that, Am I?
“I mean isn’t that an exciting thing to consider all the way up to the release?
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No Time To Die spoilers: Is Rami Malek Dr No?
“…there is a resurgence of an Ian Fleming influence on this film”
He was questioned further about his character, but only answered: “I have to be extremely careful – I can’t really talk about the character.”
Malek, along with the other actors, was expected to do a junket about film they were not allowed to actually talk about, during which time, Malek asserts, he would ask journalists whether they really wanted to know the answers to their questions.
Of course, the answer is yes, and many fans have been theorising while they wait for the truth to come out.
One of these theories is that Safin is actually Dr Julius No from the first ever Bond movie, and there are some compelling reasons for this.
One reason is based in how similar the two actors look.
Dr No was played by Joseph Wiseman, and had short, dark hair and fairly pronounced features, including a strong jawline and prominent cheekbones.
This is absolutely the same look as Malek but another aspect of his look which could lend himself to being the new Dr No, as seen in the No Time to Die posters.
In those, Safin is wearing a large, kimono-like cape, with slickly arranged hair as he stares into the distance.
This kimono-like outfit is very similar to the kind of clothes worn by Dr No, and his hairstyle is even closer than his own hair.
Rami Malek playing Safin
Another reason is the name of the film, No Time to Die.
One suggestion from fans is that, if the emphasis on the word “no” is moved, this could be how the film ends: with James Bond killing his nemesis once and for all.
If the title was written as “No, time to die,” this would certainly double as a strong line given by Bond at the point where he kills his nemesis – given that his other nemesis, Blofeld (played by Christoph Waltz), is in high security prison.
A final reason for this comparison comes in the trailer, as one part of Safin’s anatomy are kept out of view for the entirety: his hands.
Megafans will remember Dr No looked as though he was wearing black gloves throughout the film, but he actually had prosthetic metal hands due to radiation exposure.
The original Dr No
Dr No was also an operative from SPECTRE, meaning this would link him to the previous movie.
The same could be said for Safin, who is clearly disfigured in the film shown by scarring on his face, and his hands are not shown except for in gloves.
Perhaps he has all the same injuries, and is living in a reclusive lair far away from civilisation, just like Dr No?
The final clue came in a line from the trailer, where Bond tells Safin: “History isn’t kind to men who play god.”
A very similar line was heard from Bond in Dr No, where he told his nemesis: “World domination. The same old dream. Our asylums are full of people who think they’re Napoleon. Or God.”
Safin has scarring on his face in No Time to Die
The final link is where Bond has chosen to retire at the start of the film: Jamaica.
Jamaica is where Bond is stationed as an MI6 agent when Dr No begins, and it is here he accidentally comes upon Dr No’s lair.
While it looks as though Safin is living in an icy lair, far away from the hotter climes of Jamaica, this could be another subtle link between the two films to guide fans to one conclusion.
Of course, fans will just have to wait and see.
No Time to Die is out in cinemas on April 2