With a delay of a year, at least, for No Time To Die now locked in due to ongoing theater closures caused by the pandemic, that leaves a big gap for rumors and speculation to fill.

One of the many rumors circulating about this film is that Rami Malek’s character of Safin will be revealed as a reworking or reimagining of Dr Julius No from the very first James Bond movie. The 1962 movie that starred Sean Connery and started it all, Dr No.

Malek seemed unconcerned by this rumor. He spoke to GQ for a cover interview and said:

“Let the rumors fly! No matter what you expect from this movie you will be shocked when you see the film. I will not add any more fuel to that fire.”

When probed he replied:

“That is interesting. I’m not going to bite on that, but I do think it’s interesting. They’ll just have to wait and see.”

Christoph Waltz also returns as Blofield, held in captivity at MI6 as we can see in the trailer. In the same magazine article the director Cary Joji Fukunaga told GQ that Safin is unlike anything this version of 007 has ever faced before. Promising a return to global peril and big, evil plots he said:

“Once we got into Christoph Waltz / Blofeld territory, you can’t go small again. We had to think bigger. It’s tricky because you don’t want to make a cliché super villain, but you have to make someone that’s threatening not only to Bond and the people he loves but to the world at large.”

This matches his previous statements that Safin is one of the more dangerous threats Bond has ever tackled. He said he is:

“…smarter, and stronger than even Spectre.”

As the movie features a now retired James Bond living a quiet life in Jamaica, a world away from Her Majesty’s Secret Service, it had been rumored that Lashana Lynch’s character will be the current owner of the 007 code allocation at MI6, at least at the beginning of the movie. This rumor appears to have been confirmed on the cover of another magazine.

Harper’s Bazaar launched an edition featuring Lynch as a cover star and named her as the first female 007.

No Time To Die is now due on April 2nd 2021.