Rami Malek: ‘Phoebe Waller-Bridge gave life to my Bond villain’

Rami Malek has credited Phoebe Waller-Bridge with transforming his villain character in new James Bond film No Time to Die.The Bohemian Rhapsody star, who portrays mysterious villain Safin in the upcoming 007 blockbuster, has revealed that the Emmy and…

Rami Malek has credited Phoebe Waller-Bridge with transforming his villain character in new James Bond film No Time to Die.

The Bohemian Rhapsody star, who portrays mysterious villain Safin in the upcoming 007 blockbuster, has revealed that the Emmy and Golden Globe winner collaborated closely with him to revise the character.

“She had quite an impact on what I was doing,” Malek told Entertainment Weekly. “I’d have long phone conversations with her, giving her context as to what we were essentially looking for in the scenes, and she would turn things over incredibly quickly… We know her as a very witty and funny writer, but she’s got a knack for drama and tension as well.”

The Fleabag creator was hired last year after James Bond himself, Daniel Craig, personally recommended her as he was impressed by Waller-Bridge’s writing on the award-winning shows Fleabag and Killing Eve.

“She’s the best f**king writer around,” he stated.

Craig previously dismissed rumours that she was hired to flesh out the movie’s female roles or to bring more diversity to the writing team, with him telling a reporter from The Sunday Times last year that the reports were “f**king ridiculous.”

Director Cary Joji Fukunaga, who replaced Danny Boyle after he departed the 25th Bond movie due to creative differences, also contributed to the screenplay, alongside screenwriters Neal Purvis and Robert Wade and The Bourne Ultimatum’s Scott Z. Burns.

No Time to Die, which also stars Lea Seydoux, Ralph Fiennes, Lashana Lynch, Ben Whishaw, and Jeffrey Wright, is released in April.

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Producer Barbara Broccoli insists James Bond will never be played by a woman

James Bond producer Barbara Broccoli has insisted a woman will never be cast as the British spy in a movie.Daniel Craig is set to make his fifth and final appearance as the suave MI6 agent in No Time to Die, the upcoming 25th Bond film. Speculation ha…

James Bond producer Barbara Broccoli has insisted a woman will never be cast as the British spy in a movie.

Daniel Craig is set to make his fifth and final appearance as the suave MI6 agent in No Time to Die, the upcoming 25th Bond film.

Speculation has been rife over who will replace the 51-year-old after he retired from the role, and fellow Brits including Idris Elba, Tom Hiddleston, and Richard Madden have since emerged as frontrunners.

However, Broccoli is adamant that the role of Bond will never be played by a woman.

“He can be of any colour, but he is male,” she told Variety, adding that she wants better and more interesting characters to be created for women. “I believe we should be creating new characters for women – strong female characters. I’m not particularly interested in taking a male character and having a woman play it. I think women are far more interesting than that.”

Last year, it was rumoured that Captain Marvel star Lashana Lynch was in the running to become the next Bond.

Yet, it was later revealed that she will instead be playing a character called Nomi who is assigned Bond’s iconic 007 number when he retires from MI6.

No Time to Die, which also stars Rami Malek, Lea Seydoux, Ben Whishaw, and Jeffrey Wright, will hit cinemas from 2 April.

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Rami Malek took inspiration from Freddie Mercury when playing Bond villain

Rami Malek took inspiration from Freddie Mercury when playing a Bond villain in the upcoming No Time to Die.The 38-year-old bagged a Best Actor Oscar for his portrayal of the late Queen frontman in the musical biopic Bohemian Rhapsody earlier this year…

Rami Malek took inspiration from Freddie Mercury when playing a Bond villain in the upcoming No Time to Die.

The 38-year-old bagged a Best Actor Oscar for his portrayal of the late Queen frontman in the musical biopic Bohemian Rhapsody earlier this year, and he revealed that his performance as James Bond’s mysterious adversary Safin was heavily influenced by the flamboyant rocker.

“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,” he told the January issue of Empire magazine.

“If it’s not original, then why bother? I’ve pocketed some things from some of my favourites. 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,” Rami added.

He also revealed that he teamed up with his Bohemian Rhapsody voice coach to achieve the perfect dialect for his mysterious Bond villain.

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

Daniel Craig returns for one final outing as the infamous MI6 super spy in No Time to Die, which will be released in April 2020.

The 25th instalment of the James Bond franchise is directed by True Detective’s Cary Joji Fukunaga and also stars Lashana Lynch, Lea Seydoux, Christoph Waltz, Ralph Fiennes, Naomie Harris, and Ben Whishaw.

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Daniel Craig felt Spectre wasn’t right place to conclude run as James Bond

Daniel Craig wanted to reprise the role of James Bond one more time because he felt Spectre wasn’t a satisfying way to conclude his run as the spy. After Spectre was released in 2015, many believed it was the British actor’s final turn as the MI6 agen…

Daniel Craig wanted to reprise the role of James Bond one more time because he felt Spectre wasn’t a satisfying way to conclude his run as the spy.

After Spectre was released in 2015, many believed it was the British actor’s final turn as the MI6 agent, particularly after he famously said he would “rather slash (his) wrists” than play the character again, a statement he later retracted.

However, he decided to come back and reprise the role for the fifth and final time for No Time to Die, and in an interview with Empire magazine, Craig explained that he wouldn’t have been satisfied if he’d stopped after Spectre.

“If that had been it, the world would have carried on as normal, and I would have been absolutely fine,” he said. “But somehow it felt like we needed to finish something off. If I’d left it at Spectre, something at the back of my head would have been going, ‘I wish I’d done one more.'”

He added that he had his own thoughts about where the continuing story might end up.

“I always had a kind of secret idea about the whole lot in my head, and where I wanted to take it. And Spectre wasn’t that… But this feels like it is,” the 51-year-old noted.

Craig, who began playing Bond with 2006’s Casino Royale, confirmed he was “done” with Bond movies during an interview on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert in November.

He also told USA Today he has had a “really good run” as the spy, and stated, “It was the right thing to do one more… I think we’ve done something really wonderful… We’ve got an amazing story and something that’s going to be surprising for people. It’s all going to come together.”

No Time to Die, which takes place a few years after the events in Spectre, features returning stars Naomie Harris, Lea Seydoux, Ben Whishaw, and Ralph Fiennes as well as newcomers Rami Malek, Ana de Armas, and Lashana Lynch. It is set to hit cinemas in April 2020.

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Christoph Waltz’s return as Blofeld confirmed in first No Time to Die trailer

Christoph Waltz’s return as James Bond’s nemesis Blofeld has been confirmed in the first trailer for new movie No Time to Die.The German-Austrian actor played the iconic role in the previous 2015 instalment Spectre, in which his fate was left hanging a…

Christoph Waltz’s return as James Bond’s nemesis Blofeld has been confirmed in the first trailer for new movie No Time to Die.

The German-Austrian actor played the iconic role in the previous 2015 instalment Spectre, in which his fate was left hanging after his helicopter was shot down by Bond.

Despite rumours Blofeld would be back, Waltz heavily hinted in interviews he would not return – with Rami Malek taking over as the main adversary of Daniel Craig’s superspy – but the SPECTRE chief briefly appears in the new trailer.

In the clip, Blofeld is shown incarcerated in a high-security cell, and says, “When her secret finds its way out, it’ll be the death of him,” with other scenes suggesting that Bond discovers something devastating about another returning character, Lea Seydoux’s Dr. Madeleine Swann.

Another notable moment is the first glimpse of Malek’s main villain, Safin, who Bond accuses of attempting to “play God” when the pair face off.

Fans have speculated that Safin may end up being a version of another legendary villain from the franchise, Dr. No.

Craig’s character is billed as beginning the film in retirement and is also shown meeting his replacement as 007, Nomi, played by Lashana Lynch.

After meeting her predecessor, Nomi is shown telling Bond that “the world has moved on” and to “stay in your lane” or she will put a bullet in his knee – later mocking his age by adding “the one that works”.

No Time to Die, which is believed to be Craig’s last outing as 007, will hit cinemas in April.

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Daniel Craig confirms he’s ‘done’ with James Bond

Daniel Craig has finally confirmed he is done with playing suave spy James Bond.The British actor left fans guessing about his future in the franchise as he promoted the 2015 release of Bond movie Spectre, after claiming he’d rather “slash his wrists” …

Daniel Craig has finally confirmed he is done with playing suave spy James Bond.

The British actor left fans guessing about his future in the franchise as he promoted the 2015 release of Bond movie Spectre, after claiming he’d rather “slash his wrists” than reprise his role as 007 once more.

He later backtracked and insisted he just needed a break, and subsequently returned for the 25th movie in the series, the upcoming No Time to Die, which he believes will serve as the perfect swansong for his stint as Ian Fleming’s fictional character.

During an interview on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, he told the host that he was making no more James Bond movies.

When Colbert asked Craig if he was “done with Bond,” the 51-year-old actor replied, “Yes.”

“You’re done with Bond?” the host pressed, prompting Craig to state firmly: “It’s done.”

In another interview with USA Today, he told the publication that he’s had a “really good run” with the role he’s held since 2006’s Casino Royale.

“It was the right thing to do one more,” Craig stated, before adding that he is confident fans will be pleased with No Time to Die. “I think we’ve done something really wonderful… We’ve got an amazing story and something that’s going to be surprising for people. It’s all going to come together.”

The discussion about who should replace Craig as Bond has been ongoing for years and is likely to reach new heights following his confirmation. Previous favourites for the role have included Idris Elba, Tom Hiddleston, and Richard Madden.

No Time to Die, which features returning stars Naomie Harris, Ralph Fiennes, and Ben Whishaw alongside newcomers Rami Malek, Lashana Lynch, and Ana de Armas, is set to open in cinemas in April.

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Bee Gees biopic in the works

Bohemian Rhapsody producer Graham King is developing a biopic about the Bee Gees. King, who produced the hit 2018 biographical movie about Freddie Mercury and rock band Queen, has now set his sights on his next musical subjects – brothers Barry, Robin…

Bohemian Rhapsody producer Graham King is developing a biopic about the Bee Gees.

King, who produced the hit 2018 biographical movie about Freddie Mercury and rock band Queen, has now set his sights on his next musical subjects – brothers Barry, Robin and Maurice Gibb, best known as the Bee Gees.

According to Deadline, he has teamed up with Paramount Pictures and production company Sister to develop a movie about the trio, whose worldwide sales of more than 220 million records established them as one of the biggest-selling groups of all time.

King confirmed the news on the GK Films Instagram account by simply sharing a picture of the group and tagging Paramount and the Bee Gees in the caption.

Executives at Paramount have also purchased the life rights to the Gibb family estate so the team will be able to use classic songs such as Night Fever, Stayin’ Alive, and How Deep Is Your Love in the film.

The biopic will mark the first U.S. project for Sister, which will either serve as a producing partner or co-financier. The new venture was launched by Elisabeth Murdoch, the daughter of media mogul Rupert Murdoch, former 20th Century Fox chief executive officer Stacey Snider, and Chernobyl producer Jane Featherstone.

The film will mark King’s second music-driven drama following the success of Bohemian Rhapsody, which was nominated for five Oscars, including Best Picture. It won four – including Best Actor for Rami Malek – and the Golden Globe for Best Motion Picture – Drama.

The Bee Gees formed in the 1950s and were at the height of their popularity in the late ’60s and early ’70s. They are best known for their disco sound and contribution to the Saturday Night Fever soundtrack, one of the best-selling soundtracks of all time. The group had plenty of drama, with a number of family spats, compounded by misuse of alcohol and drugs. Barry is the only surviving member of the trio.

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Rami Malek and Daniel Craig locked lips while rehearsing Bond scene

Rami Malek and Daniel Craig found themselves sharing a smooch while rehearsing a scene for their new James Bond movie.The actors co-star in No Time to Die, in which Craig portrays 007 and Malek the villain, and while workshopping a particularly difficu…

Rami Malek and Daniel Craig found themselves sharing a smooch while rehearsing a scene for their new James Bond movie.

The actors co-star in No Time to Die, in which Craig portrays 007 and Malek the villain, and while workshopping a particularly difficult scene, the colleagues found themselves locking lips.

“We had a scene that was a very complicated scene and (Daniel and I) were rehearsing for it with our terrific director, Cary Joji Fukunaga,” Rami recalled of the moment on Wednesday during an appearance The Late Show with Stephen Colbert.

“We’re sitting at a table over hours just batting about ideas back and forth. And we finally cracked this really challenging scene.”

The breakthrough moment quickly turned into a kiss, with Rami explaining: “He (Daniel) grabbed me, picked me up… I can’t tell if I initiated the next moment, if it was him or I but a kiss transpired between the two of us. I’m going to say that Daniel initiated it and I was very taken aback… I took a moment, caught my breath, and I looked out and said, ‘So, does this make me a Bond Girl?'”

No Time to Die, which also stars Naomie Harris, Ralph Fiennes, Christoph Waltz and Lea Seydoux, is set for release in April.

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Rami Malek: ‘I miss playing Freddie Mercury’

Rami Malek was thrilled to join Queen onstage at the Global Citizen Festival in New York on Saturday, because he misses playing late frontman Freddie Mercury.The Oscar winner joined Brian May, Roger Taylor and singer Adam Lambert for the big gig in Cen…

Rami Malek was thrilled to join Queen onstage at the Global Citizen Festival in New York on Saturday, because he misses playing late frontman Freddie Mercury.

The Oscar winner joined Brian May, Roger Taylor and singer Adam Lambert for the big gig in Central Park after he initially thought he was just going backstage to say a quick hello.

“It’s so special to spend time with them and and it’s the first time I got to be with them backstage and in the green room,” Malek shared on Live with Kelly and Ryan on Tuesday. “Then I did a walkout with them (onto the stage). They were like, ‘Why don’t you do this with us? Why don’t you walk out (from) backstage before we open the curtain and do the show?’

“In all the research (for Bohemian Rhapsody), I had a chance to see Freddie do that so many times so to be a part of that… was absolutely extraordinary… I miss it. I miss being onstage and performing – it’s a rush like no other. Being in front of the camera and working as an actor is one thing, but doing what they do, it’s on a different level of an adrenaline rush… that gratification.”

He’s also very happy to have played a part in introducing the band to a younger generation.

“What’s extraordinary now is you see young kids coming out and this whole new generation,” he smiled. “That kind of response and that energy… is something extraordinary.”

Malek recreated a number of Queen’s performances for Bohemian Rhapsody, most notably their set at the historic 1985 Live Aid concert, which he previously described as a career highlight.

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Naomi Campbell closes Saint Laurent spring 2020 show

Naomi Campbell closed Saint Laurent’s spring/summer 2020 Paris Fashion Week show on Tuesday night. The iconic supermodel wowed the crowd, which included models Kate Moss, Eva Herzigova, Cindy Crawford, and Amber Valletta as well as celebrities like Sal…

Naomi Campbell closed Saint Laurent’s spring/summer 2020 Paris Fashion Week show on Tuesday night.

The iconic supermodel wowed the crowd, which included models Kate Moss, Eva Herzigova, Cindy Crawford, and Amber Valletta as well as celebrities like Salma Hayek, Rami Malek, Andie MacDowell, and Ezra Miller, as she closed creative director Anthony Vaccarello’s latest presentation.

She strutted down the long runway in front of the Eiffel Tower wearing a black sequinned blazer jacket and matching trousers – a nod to the French fashion house’s famous Le Smoking suit – and black pointed ankle strap pumps with gold tips.

The 49-year-old shared footage of herself walking in the shimmering suit and wrote on Instagram, “Closing @ysl Spring Summer 2020 tonight was an honour! Thank you @anthonyvaccarello & @pg_dmcasting.”

Naomi had hinted at her appearance earlier in the day by sharing throwback footage of herself walking the YSL runway for the Couture Spring 2002 show and another snap of herself on the runway with Yves Saint Laurent himself.

“Mr. Yves Saint Laurent, you believed in me and stood by my side when I needed it most! Grateful for you and for all the memories we’ve made together over the years. Kind-hearted, creative genius and fashion visionary! We miss you dearly,” she wrote in the caption.

The show marked Naomi’s first appearance for a fashion house for spring/summer 2020. Earlier this month, she walked the runway for her annual charity event, Fashion for Relief, during London Fashion Week.

For his spring/summer 2020 collection, Vaccarello channelled rocker chic, festival style, and bohemian looks, with the collection featuring gold paisley embroidered dresses, chiffon blouses, and peasant-style smocks.

The models, which included Kaia Gerber and Stella Tennant, also donned micro shorts, cut-off jeans, waistcoats, cowboy boots, and tuxedo ensembles.

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