Rami Malek Agreed To Play The Bond 25 Villain On One Condition

"It's a great character and I'm very excited," Malek said.

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Actor Rami Malek plays the villain in the upcoming 25th and untitled James Bond movie. Now, the Oscar winner has revealed that he needed a guarantee about the character before signing on. He told The Daily Mail that he discussed his intentions with director Cary Fukunaga, telling him that he wouldn't play the part if the character was a religious fundamentalist.

"It's a great character and I'm very excited," Malek said. "But that was one thing that I discussed with Cary. 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.'"

That kind of character was "clearly not" what Fukunaga had in mind, Malek said, so he agreed to do the movie. The character Malek plays is a "very different kind of terrorist," he said.

Malek went on to say the script is "extremely clever," and it should be "exactly what people want" from a James Bond movie. Malek also said he feels "substantial pressure" to deliver in his performance given the weight of the history of the James Bond series.

Oscar winner Danny Boyle (Slumdog Millionaire) was initially tapped to direct Bond 25, but he dropped out due to "creative differences." Cary Fukunaga replaced Boyle before the film was delayed first from October 2019 to February 2020 and then again to April 2020.

Bond 25--which is not the final name--stars Daniel Craig as James Bond for the final time. Ralph Fiennes, Naomie Harris, and Lea Seydoux will all reprise their roles for the film Jeffrey Wright and Ben Whishaw also return.

In June, a controlled explosion on-set went wrong, and one person was injured.

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bet he wouldn't mind if a villain in a movie mirrored trump though.

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That's good. I could definitely see casting him as a Muslim extremist. Glad it's not going in that direction.

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@atopp399: Muslim terrorists are not extremist, they're orthodox.

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Rami Malek isn't a great actor, hardly good. He was lucky to have played roles in which the series/movie/game was a successful good title which gained him popularity undeserved, and even in those roles, they could have done better. Not to mention he brought his political views into his Oscar speech which was abhorrently cringe.

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@Sound_Demon: So you don't like it when someone says something you disagree with?

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@teshammutna: Pretty flimsy strawman Cathy Newman

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@teshammutna: No. I don't like it when people bring their personal views of politics into their careers especially if that career is in arts. Pull your head out of your ass.

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@Sound_Demon: So if he said the opposite of what he said while accepting his Oscar, you'd also be disappointed that he brought it up?

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@teshammutna: Yes as I'm not from the US and their politics are meaningless to me. However, I dont agree with agenda pressing in any field of entertainment and will not overlook it. For the same reason will never play a game with Anita S anywhere on the credits.

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@Sound_Demon:

kekekekekeke

Oh, I'm so sorry, you were actually being serious there.

In that case,

kekekekekeke...

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@teshammutna: "So you are saying... So you don't like... So you think..." strike again.

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@Saladudo: So repetitive. I know.

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Bring back Roger Moore as Bond. I know he's dead but they can still do a 'Weekend At Barney's" type movie

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@moonco: Weekend at Moneypennys!

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@moonco: thats a fantastic idea ?

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@ballis: Why stop at Roger Moore? They could even bring back icons like John Wayne. It's going to happen in the very near future. Movies which star deceased Hollywood actors.

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@ronaldmcreagan: And they're going to be creepy as hell... think Peter Cushing in ROGUE ONE.

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Seydoux? Really? She killed the last movie. She was absolutely dreadful. Why bring her back?

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more virtue signaling. People want real-ISH things in Bond movies, not complete real OR fake.

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@bullsharktestosterone: virtue signalling? really? how do you figure that?

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Once those primadonna clowns get their fancy golden bald man-shaped dildo, they jump right into the comfort zone.

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I don't really want that idea, James Bond is fantastical escapism. It can perhaps takes inspiration from the real world to add a sense of gravitas (as Skyfall does with it's London scene), but I don't directly want ISIS or Al Quidi running about, or some pseudo attempt to hide it.

At the same time, we really don't need another computer hacker. Since this is the final Craig era movie (most likely) go all out with something akin to You Only Live Twice.

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Not that it was the first thing he was in or that I noticed him in, nor do I think it's what kicked him off as filmmakers seek (it was probably Mr. Robot [never seen it though so I don't know; seemed well regarded]), but every time I see him I think 'wow, that dude is from Until Dawn.'

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@NTM23: lol

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@NTM23: Every time I see him I always think of "Snafu" from The Pacific.

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Cant wait for this movie and to see Craigs final portrayal as Bond. To me I feel like he is the best bond of all time. Casino Royale is still my fav out of the bunch

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@Archangel2222: He turned Bond into an adult character. That's why he is my favorite and probably why some fans don't like him.

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@ahpuck: Not really. He's dull and so are his Bond movies. If I want to watch a grounded spy movie with realistic characters, I'd watch the Bourne series instead (which does it better anyways). When I watch Bond movies, I would at least expect a bit of cool gadgets and vehicles, memorable villains, cheesy one-liners, beautiful women, macho culture and a bit of fantasy.

Sean Connery, Roger Moore and Pierce Brosnan's movies all had different vibes to them yet they all implement a combination of the above-mentioned elements that make Bond movies iconic.

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@cboye18: Agree with you on all except Pierce Brosnan. All he could pull was a constant same facial expression, and a but on the feminine side, definitely not macho as men should be. No idea, his face was just too thin, too much make up etc...

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@cboye18: bond marathons always have the same effect. i watch all connery ones, lazenby one ive never been able to stand for over 3 minutes, with moore movies i see the couple of first ones and then fade out, dalton movies i watch about halfway through, brosnan versions i watch intensely and craig movies i skip altogether. ive seen the craig movies once but only skyfall was remotely entertaining

so yeah i hope the next one is connery and brosnan type. moore is ok but he was just in too many midmovies. but pls anything but lazenby. just seeing the guy makes me run away

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Cyber hacker attacking London, shutting down the entire city, where bond is unable to drive he's electric Aston Martin.

The only thing that can stop the MI5 from falling into chaos will result in bond returning to those primordial instincts, where all the information about bond is now known to the entire city and anyone can kill bond even he's worst enemies.

Predictable story, if Malik agreed to it.

Let's just say it now, it's s John wick ripoff.

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@lorddaggeroff: 99.9999% chance you're right. Makes me sad.

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Nobody can call him Mr. Robot? :P

Seriously, though, can we get some gaming news?

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@Barighm:I noticed a lot more movie articles in the last little while as well. I think the gaming well is running dry right now with E3 games and most other gaming news all revealed in June.

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@lion2447: Bullcrap. There is always some new game out there that can use the coverage.

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@Barighm: True. But it seems to happen every year after E3. Though, like you, I would prefer they separate the gaming news from the entertainment news. They have an entertainment tab at the top, so they already have the separation available. It wouldn't be hard at all to make the news channel only on gaming.

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@lion2447: Well, GameFAQs is part of the problem. For some reason the majority of links they list there are movie related. If GameFAQs would just link to game news, I wouldn't even see the movie news.

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@Barighm: lol

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