With the new trailer for No Time To Die, the 25th James Bond film, we got a much fuller look at the bad guy. Rami Malek's Safin certainly looks the part, but as Bond asks at one point: what does he want?
"Revenge," says Swann. "Me."
Hmm. Interesting thesis, doctor, but you might be a little way off there. Safin seems to have something altogether more operatic in mind than that.
"James Bond..." he says in the time-honoured Bond villain manner. "We both eradicate people to make the world a better place. I just want to be a little tidier."
"He's going to kill millions," says Lashana Lynch's Nomi.
"If we don't do this, there will be nothing left to save," says Bond.
Whatever he's got in mind, it sounds like a clear ramping up of stakes when you compare it to Quantum of Solace (in which the bad guy wanted to do something with water in South America), Skyfall (ex-spy wants to do Judi Dench in) and Spectre (data harvesting, some mild terrorism). Even Le Chiffre, Casino Royale's blood-weeping gangster, was just after some money. Bit tawdry, really.
Killing millions though? That's a spicy meatball. And the campy description of mass-murder as being "a little tidier"? Inspired!
On top of that, we've got a much better look at Safin's wardrobe now. Only a proper supervillain would pad about his lair with a kimono-slash-dressing gown thrown over what looks like an all-black jumpsuit. Blofeld ditched his socks and went with a collarless jacket, but there's an entirely different energy to Safin's fit.
He's got the facial disfigurement of your classic Bond villain – though the BFI has made its position on facially disfigured villains plain before now – and that lair has exactly the kind of artful, tasteful bombast you'd hope for. Look at this. He's got a team of evil gofers dedicated to sorting out his rockery.
All of which looks very promising if you, like me, are hoping for a big, extremely Bond end to the era in which Bond turned from a venerable old institution into a box office-gobbling behemoth. It's a bigger deal than ever, and Safin could be the big villain it deserves.
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