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***WARNING: POTENTIAL NO TIME TO DIE SPOILERS***

James Bond is back, with Daniel Craig reprising his role as 007 one last time. In the No Time To Die trailer, he can be seen trying to work out how his girlfriend Madeleine Swann (played by Lea Seydoux) could be connected to the enemy, accusing her of harbouring “secrets”. When it comes to the villain, it’s all about Safin (Rami Malek), with fans getting their first good look at him in the new footage.

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One moment from the trailer shows Safin stalking across the frozen surface of a lake, limping and clutching a machine gun, his scarred face hidden behind a white mask.

The mask, however, is shattered, a large part broken away to reveal a glimpse of his face underneath.

If we piece together the puzzle, leaks and past revelations from Spectre, what emerges is the mysterious relationship between the villain and Bond’s love, Swann.

First, back in March, pictures and video emerged of the Bond crew shooting a scene on an icy lake.

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James Bond No Time To Die trailer: Safin and Madeleine SwannJames Bond No Time To Die trailer: What's the connection between Safin and Madeleine Swann? (Image: EON)

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Shots saw a child actress, playing a young Swann, running across the lake with Safin in pursuit.

The scene clearly matches the snippets seen in the first trailer, released this afternoon, demonstrating that the moment where Safin is surrounded by the snow and ice, his broken mask half-concealing his identity, seems to be a flashback to Swann’s childhood.

But why would he be chasing her? And what’s the significance behind the shattered mask?

Track back to the previous Bond film, Spectre, during which Swann hints at her past when 007 tries to train her to assemble a gun as they take the train to Blofeld’s (Christoph Waltz) lair.

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