Rami Malek Talks Bond 25 Production Problems

New Bond villain Rami Malek has addressed concerns that Bond 25 is in trouble.

If you’d been reading the tabloids lately (we would consistently advise against it) you’d probably have ingested all manner of bizarre headlines about the ongoing Bond 25 shoot by now, some of which have casually thrown around words like “DOOMED,” “CURSED,” and “MUTINY.” Yes, according to some papers, Bond 25 is the most chaotic production since Richard Stanley’s Island Of Dr. Moreau.

Bond 25 star Rami Malek, however, is here to say calming, soothing words to your inner Bond fan as filming continues on the latest 007 outing, with Beasts of no Nation director Cary Fukunaga calling the shots as lead actor Daniel Craig recovers from an ankle injury he sustained on set.

“I haven’t shot with Daniel yet, but I’m thrilled to work with him,” Malek confirmed (via Digital Spy). “We’ve already filmed in Norway for a week. That’s where I got to work with [director] Cary Fukunaga and our incredible cinematographer, Linus Sandgren. They are a great team. So far, so good. So far, so great.”

Malek admits that the most trying thing for him right now is flitting between his villain role in Bond 25 and shooting the final season of Mr. Robot.

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“This has been one of the most difficult seasons of Mr. Robot to shoot. But during the hiatuses, or weeks off, I have had the luxury and privilege of going to work on the next James Bond film. It is taxing. I will not lie; it is very, very taxing.”

Of the current Bond 25 production situation, Malek doesn’t seem too worried about how things are going. “Daniel was injured, so they are shooting what they can. I talked to Cary yesterday and the schedule has been altered. I know that. But with a franchise like this, I think they have it together. They have it figured out by now.”

The actor, who is at a career high right now after grabbing myriad awards statues for his portrayal of Freddie Mercury in Bohemian Rhapsody last year, also revealed he only agreed to take the part of Bond’s latest antagonist if the plot didn’t reflect outdated propaganda.

“Another thing that I discussed with Cary; I said we cannot identify him with any act of terrorism reflecting an ideology or a religion. That’s not something I would entertain, so if that is why I am your choice then you can count me out. But that was clearly not his vision.”

More on Bond 25 as we get it. You can read everything you need to know about James Bond 25 right here.