Rami Malek, the star of one of the biggest biopics in recent times, Bohemian Rhapsody, has shared how his role as Freddie Mercury has influenced his upcoming performance in the latest James Bond cut, No Time To Die.
The star will take on the role of Bond villain Safin in the blockbuster film and go up against Daniel Craig’s James Bond. Taking the role of the legendary spy for the last time this year’s release is likely to be one of the biggest in the franchise.
Being a part of such a notorious series of films was a struggle the Mercury actor would have to overcome. Malek reflected on the challenge of avoiding becoming a “copy” of another performance, “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,” the star told 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.”
The Bond star did share that he returned to his Bohemian Rhapsody voice coach to perfect his villainous new voice for Safin, “I wanted to create something that we couldn’t quite peg from any particular part of the world,” he said.
If Malek can turn the same craft and attention to his role as Safin as he did with the Oscar-winning role of Freddie Mercury, then James Bond No Time To Die could be the best film yet.