Rami Malek Says Playing Freddie Mercury Helped Inspire His Bond Villain Role

By | December 24, 2019

No Time to Die‘s Rami Malek has revealed how his Oscar-winning role as Freddie Mercury in Bohemian Rhapsody inspired his Bond villain character.

Speaking to Empire, the actor opened up about the important lesson he took from the Queen frontman during work on the film, stressing how important it is to always be original.

On portraying the mysterious new Bond villain Safin, he said: “If I went in there and tried to make a carbon copy of someone, what joy or fun would that be for anybody?

“I guess that may be a lesson I learned from Mr Mercury. If it’s not original, then why bother?”

Rami Malek as Freddie Mercury in Bohemian Rhapsody

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He continued: “I’ve pocketed some things from some of my favorites. But I tried to every day imbue this character with something I thought made sense for the character, but might also at the same time be shocking and unnerving.” The actor also explained that he spent a lot of time with dialogue coach William Conacher on the Bond film to create a distinctive voice for his villain.

“I wanted to create something that we couldn’t quite peg from any particular part of the world,” he added.

Rami Malek as Safin, Bond No Time To Die

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Meanwhile, No Time to Die director Cary Joji Fukunaga recently teased Safin’s motivations, saying it’s a trait of a villain to “see themselves higher than everyone else”.

“They’re pulling the strings,” he continued. “There’s an entitlement there, and a playfulness. So yeah, I guess all the great villains play God.”

No Time to Die, the 25th James Bond movie, has a UK release date of April 2, 2020, and opens in the US on April 10, 2020. All the previous Bond movies are available on DVD or Blu-ray.

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