Though Goldfinger and Blofeld rank among the most famous among cinematic James Bond villains, the first Bond baddie onscreen was the robot-handed Dr. No, the titular character of a little movie called…Dr. No. And now, some 007 fans think that actor Rami Malek might be playing a rebooted version of Dr. No in the next big Bond film, No Time To Die.
Back in August, during a big casting announcement, Malek said: “I’ll be sure that Mr. Bond doesn’t have an easy ride of it,” which solidified the idea that he would be playing the big bad in the 25th James Bond film, which will be Daniel Craig’s swan song in the role. It’s also been confirmed that No Time To Die will be filming in Jamaica, in the exact spot where a huge chunk of the action in Dr. No, happened, too. So, some people have put 2 and 007 together and come up with…a new Dr. No!
Is it crazy? Well, considering the fact that the film Spectre secretly rebooted Blofeld in the form of Christoph Waltz, it’s not that nuts to think No Time To Die could bring back Dr. No. Because this movie is Daniel Craig’s last James Bond movie, added with the fact that some people think a male James Bond might not happen ever again, it would make a lot of sense to bring the Bond franchise full circle.
The question remains though, would it be cooler if Malek was a new villain or a rebooted Dr. No? And the answer to that kind of depends on how cool the movie is. So far, it seems like this could be Daniel Craig’s best Bond film, but still. Both Casino Royale and Skyfall had villians who were contained in those movies. True, one of them originated from the first bond novel ever, and one of them was Javier Bardem, but still. In terms of on-screen Bond baddies, they were unique. In Spectre, it almost didn’t matter that Waltz was really Blofeld. He could have just as easily been another character. So if Malek is Dr. No, it could be cool. But, let’s just hope is robot hands are really sweet, otherwise this whole shebang won’t work.
No Time To Die is out everywhere on April 8, 2020.