#JamesBond cast: How Freddie Mercury inspired Rami Malek's #NoTimeToDie villain

Rami Malek is the Oscar-winning actor who will be the next Bond villain in the 25th movie, No Time to Die. Starring opposite Daniel Craig as James Bond, Malek will play Safin, a mysterious villain who has sparked wild theories from fans over his identity. But it turns out Malek was inspired by his previous big role - that of Queen frontman Freddie Mercury.

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Before being revealed as the man in the role of No Time to Die’s Safin, Malek had bagged the Oscar, Golden Globe and BAFTA for Best Actor for his role as Freddie Mercury.

Malek made headlines for his fantastic portrayal of the Queen frontman, with the movie Bohemian Rhapsody chronicling the beginnings of the band and following their success.

The film ended at their iconic Live Aid performance, though the chronology was moved around in such a way to show Mercury revealing his AIDS diagnosis to the band just before the concert.

While this is not accurate, as Mercury’s diagnosis did not come for a few years after the performance, the drama and weight of the performance was felt strongly in the audience.

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Rami Malek as Freddie Mercury and SafinRami Malek as Freddie Mercury and Safin (Image: Eon/20th Century Fox)

And this clearly affected the big awards judges as well, as Malek earned critical acclaim for his work in the film, as well as high praise from critics all over the world.

Despite his wearing of false teeth, which must have meant his accent work and other aspects of his performance would have been made more difficult, he was still able to channel so much of what made Freddie Mercury the iconic man he was.

Of course, Malek’s vocals would not rival Freddie’s, and so the original vocals of Mercury’s were used in the film to givens that extra touch of nostalgia.

He was then revealed to be the new Bond villain, which left many 007 fans with goosebumps at the thought of who he could be.

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