And of course, there are also some high-profile newcomers from 007, including Oscar winner Rami Malek as antagonist Safin and Captain Marvel’s Lashana Lynch as a new 00 agent.
Here’s the full list of who will star in the highly anticipated movie and where you might have seen them before.
daniel craig plays james bond
who is james bond? the iconic double agent 00 is one of the most famous characters in movie history: a british secret service agent working for mi6 under the code name 007. at the beginning of no time to die, we find the link in a somewhat different way situation than we are used to: retired in jamaica with the love interest of madeleine swann.
what else has daniel craig been in? in addition to the previous four bond movies, craig has starred in the girl with the dragon tattoo, layer cake, steven speilberg drama munich, science western Fiction Cowboys & Aliens and Logan Lucky by Steven Soderbergh. He played the role of detective Benoit Blanc in Rian Johnson’s hit murder mystery and will reprise the role in his upcoming sequel. He took over from his 007 predecessor, Pierce Brosnan, in 2006’s Casino Royale.
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rami malek plays safin
who is safin? Safin is the main antagonist of the new film and has been described as a terrorist leader on a mission of revenge. Producer Barbara Broccoli said it “really gets under Bond’s skin” and is a “nasty job”, while, in Malek’s words, he considers himself “as a hero in almost the same way that Bond is. a hero.”
in a 2020 interview with gq, malek added, “when i think of safin, i think of someone who’s meticulous but measured, and there’s something about that that’s really unnerving and unsettling.”
“is someone who sometimes I feel gives you the feeling that you’re being watched and that, again, is quite unsettling. it asks you to ask yourself what you think is right, what you think is wrong and what is your interpretation of those two things as accurate as it seems?”
There have been some suggestions and rumors that Safin could in fact be an updated version of the classic Bond villain Dr. no, although this has never been confirmed, and was recently denied by director cary joji fukunaga.
Meanwhile, Malek also said he sought assurances from director Fukunaga that his character would not be portrayed as an Arabic-speaking terrorist.
“He’s a great character and I’m very excited,” he told the mirror. “But that was something I discussed with Cary. I said, ‘We cannot identify it with any act of terrorism that reflects an ideology or a religion. that’s not something that would entertain me, so if that’s why I’m your choice, then you can count on me.’ but clearly that was not his vision. so he’s a very different kind of terrorist.”
what else has rami malek been in? malek is known for his breakout role in amazon prime’s mr robot, and also for his oscar-winning portrayal of freddie mercury in 2018’s bohemian rhapsody. He also starred in the Netflix cartoon Bojack Horseman, the crime film Little Things, and the sitcom The War at Home.
lashana lynch plays nomi
who is nomi? Nomi will be introduced as the new 007 in the film, which begins when Bond retired from the secret service. He will then join Bond to fight the antagonist Safin and his evil plot to kill millions.
what else has lashana lynch been in? while you may recognize her from her breakout role as maria rambeau in captain marvel, english actress lynch started out in the movie fast girls and starred in series British television. silent witness, death in paradise, 7:39 and daytime soap dish doctors. Her first American role was as Rosaline Capulet in Shondaland’s Still Star-Crossed. She is set to play Miss Honey in the upcoming film adaptation of Matilda the Musical.
lea seydoux plays madeleine swann
Who is Dr. madeleine swann? a French psychologist who first bought the eye of bond en spectre. the couple became romantically involved and she is rumored to be the cause of some heartbreak in this follow-up installment.
Daughter of the elusive Mr. White, Swann helped Bond track down the specter of criminal gangs. However, in the process, she was taken hostage by Blofeld before Bond mercifully rescued her from her.
seydoux has teased that we’ll see a different side of the character in this movie. This time we will have the opportunity to see what has happened in his life, in his childhood, she explained in the first episode of the official podcast No Time to Die. “The opening of the movie is her as a child and we understand her roots, what she’s been through.
“and even the character, the way she’s written is very different from spectre. spectre, it was colder, there was more distance, it was like she thought you couldn’t really relate to her in any way. she was kind of of mystery. And I think that in this one she will be more open and vulnerable, because she is in love.”
what else has lea seydoux been up to? Having first appeared in the Bond en Spectre franchise, French actor Seydoux has previously appeared in major Hollywood films including Inglourious Basterds, Robin Hood and Mission: Impossible: Ghost Protocol. In 2013, he received critical acclaim for turning his star into Blue Is The Warmest Color.
christoph waltz plays ernst stavro blofeld
who is blofeld? Waltz reprises his role as classic Bond baddie Ernst Stavro Blofeld, the head of the Specter and main antagonist from the previous film. Bad guys from the Daniel Craig Le Chiffre era, Dominic Greene, and Raoul Silva were all members of Spectre.
Blofeld’s father, Hannes, adopted James Bond after he was orphaned. Feeling as if he had been usurped, Blofeld killed his father and faked his own death. Blofeld got the scar on his face after Bond and Swann blew up an explosive watch in his face.
What else has Christoph Waltz been up to? The German-Austrian actor is one of the favorites of Quentin Tarantino, known for his roles in Inglourious Basterds and Django Unchained, winner of Oscars for both films. he is also known for the zero theorem and big eyes, as well as his key role in the spectrum. Since then, he has appeared in Alita: Battle Angel, Downsizing, and Tulip Rush.
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ana de armas plays dove
Who is dove? Little is known about Paloma so far other than that she is a CIA agent helping Bond, while she has been described as “irresponsible” and “bubbly”.
What else has Ana de Armas been up to? Cuban-Spanish actress Ana de Armas made a name for herself on Spanish-language television before landing her big break in 2015 in the American thriller Knock Knock. She has since starred in Exposed, Hands of Stone, Dogs of War, and Blade Runner 2049. She previously co-starred with Daniel Craig in Knives Out, and her upcoming roles include playing Marilyn Monroe in Blonde and a role in the thriller Deep Water. p>
david dencik plays valdo obruchev
Who is Valdo Obruchev? Little has been revealed about Valdo, but we do know that he is a scientist whose disappearance is investigated by Bond, the event that starts the plot of the new film.
what else has david dencik been up to? the Danish-Swedish actor drew international attention thanks to his roles in the girl with the dragon tattoo and coppersmith, tailor, soldier, spy. He also played Uncle Boris opposite James Norton on BBC1’s McMafia.
billy magnussen plays logan ash
who is logan ash? Logan is another CIA agent assigned by Felix Leiter to support Bond in the search for Obruchev, although no further details have been released.
what else has billy magnussen been up to? You may recognize American actor Magnussen from his roles in the 2014 musical Into the Woods, the martial arts film Birth of the Dragon, and the black comedy game night. He also starred in the award-winning Black Mirror episode of Uss Callister, as well as Netflix’s horror Velvet Buzzsaw and the Aladdin remake.
dali benssalah plays cousin
who’s cousin? Little is known about the character beyond the fact that he is a mercenary and adversary whom Bond encounters in the Italian city of Matera.
what else has dali benssalah been up to? Relatively new, the French actor previously starred in the French-language film A Faithful Man and the French crime series nox.
ralph fiennes plays m
who is m? Lieutenant Colonel Gareth Mallory or M is the head of the Secret Intelligence Service. Fiennes succeeded Judi Dench in the role after her character’s untimely death at the end of Skyfall.
what else has ralph fiennes been up to? After joining the Bonds franchise in Skyfall in 2012, Fiennes is an accomplished British actor best known for playing Voldermort in the Harry Potter series. He also played leading roles in the historical drama The Reader and The Grand Budapest Hotel, and won critical acclaim and a host of awards for his roles in the 1993 Schindler’s List and the 1996 film The English Patient. In early 2021, he starred in the Netflix period drama, The Dig.
ben whishaw plays q
who is q? head of the secret service’s research and development branch, provides liaison with all of their high-tech gadgets. Ben Whishaw succeeded John Cleese in the role of Skyfall after the character had been absent for several films.
what else has ben whishaw been up to? Also joining the franchise in Skyfall, Whitshaw has worked with Craig on three previous occasions, both sharing roles in The Trench, Lasting Love and Layer Cake. He also appeared in the BBC series London Spy, lent his voice to Paddington Bear in his two feature films, and starred in Mary Poppins Return and the BBC1 miniseries A Very English Scandal.
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naomie harris plays eve moneypenny
who is eve moneypenny? Nowadays a difficult sidekick to bond with, harris’s moneypenny has also shared some romantic tension with secret agent craig. Absent from casino royale and quantum of solace, he reappeared in skyfall and has been an established presence of the franchise ever since.
what else has naomie harris been up to? Joining the Bond franchise in 2012’s Skyfall, Harris also starred in 28 Days Later, Mandela: A Long Walk to Freedom, Pirates of the Caribbean and the critically acclaimed Moonlight. the latter saw her win nominations for best supporting actress at the golden globes, baftas, and oscars.
rory kinnear plays bill tanner
who is bill tanner? bill is m’s chief of staff and works alongside him in the secret service. after a decade-long absence, he was reintroduced into a consolation quantum.
what else has rory kinnear been up to? Kinnear previously starred in the 2014 film, The Imitation Game. Most recognized for his television work, Kinnear played Prime Minister Michael Callow in the first Black Mirror series, ‘The Creature’ in Penny Dreadful, Michael in Count Arthur Strong, and played Craig Oliver in Brexit: The Uncivil War. He won an Olivier Award in 2014 for his portrayal of Iago in Othello at the National Theater.
jeffrey wright plays felix leiter
Who is Felix Leiter? CIA agent and close ally of Bond. the character, created by ian fleming, has emerged in casino royale, amount of consolation and now there is no time to die. this time he brings 007 out of retirement for one last mission.
what else has jeffrey wright been up to? wright played beetee in the hunger games and more recently appeared on the television series broadwalk empire and westworld.
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who was the first james bond?
The late Sean Connery was the first actor to play James Bond, first appearing in 1962’s Dr No and then appearing in five more films. Other stars who have played 007 include George Lazenby, Roger Moore, Timothy Dalton and Pierce Brosnan, with Craig taking over in 2006’s Casino Royale.
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