Bond 25 Reveals New Casting With Rami Malek as Its Villain

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It’s official: the next Bond baddie will be Oscar winner Rami Malek, who said in a video message on Twitter: “I promise you all I will be making sure Mr Bond does not have an easy ride of it.” Bond actor Daniel Craig joked afterwards that he was “scared” of Malek, who won a Best Actor Oscar in February for his portrayal of Freddie Mercury in Bohemian Rhapsody.

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Bond 25 director Cary Joji Fukunaga made further announcements, speaking at a live Q&A from Goldeneye in Jamaica – the former home of Bond creator Ian Fleming. New cast members include Game Night actor Billy Magnussen and Captain Marvel star Lashana Lynch, along with other newcomers Ana de Armas, Dali Benssalah, and David Dencik.

And returning to the fold will be Ralph Fiennes as M and Ben Whishaw as Q. Naomie Harris returns as Miss Moneypenny with Léa Seydoux reprising Dr Madeline Swann. Jeffrey Wright is also returning as Felix Leiter – his first Bond appearance since 2008’s Quantum of Solace.

Phoebe Waller-Bridge, fresh from Fleabag and Killing Eve, is named as co-writer, joining long-time Bond writers Neal Purvis and Robert Wade alongside The Bourne Ultimatum’s Scott Z. Burns.

READ: What Every Actor Can Learn From Phoebe Waller-Bridge

When asked how the appeal of James Bond had lasted through 25 movies, Daniel Craig said: “I’ve tried during my tenure to continue that tradition of making movies that stand out and are different from the other movies out there.” He also put it down to “consistency” – and another thing that has remained consistent is speculation on Craig’s eventual replacement.

Casting Director Debbie McWilliams is confirmed, and casting is ongoing.

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