Said Taghmaoui cast as Bond 25's lead villain prior to Danny Boyle's exit

  • Bang Showbiz
  • 10 September 2018
Said Taghmaoui

Said Taghmaoui

According to Said Taghmaoui, he was cast to play the lead villain in 'Bond 25' prior to director Danny Boyle's exit

Said Taghmaoui was cast to play the lead villain in 'Bond 25' prior to director Danny Boyle's exit.

The 45-year-old actor - who is, perhaps, best-known for starring in the Mathieu Kassovitz-directed 'La Haine' - has revealed he's already accepted the role of the villain in the new movie, although the situation is now uncertain following Boyle's decision to walk away from 'Bond 25' over "creative differences".

He said: "I'm supposed to do the next James Bond, playing the lead bad guy."

Said admitted he's unsure how the movie will develop in light of Boyle's departure.

He told the National newspaper: "I was cast by Danny Boyle, and just now he left the project, so of course there's some uncertainty."

Said confessed he doesn't know who the new director of the film will be, and the producers may still decide to replace him as the lead villain.

The actor - who also starred in 2017's 'Wonder Woman' - explained: "We don't know who the director will be, and the producers don't know if they're going to go Russian or Middle East with the baddie right now. I literally just received a message saying: 'If they go Middle East, it's you. If they go Russian, it's someone else.'

"It's the story of my life. Always on that line between something that could change my life and something that disappears."

No Time to Die

  • 4 stars
  • 2021
  • UK
  • 2h 43min
  • 12A
  • Directed by: Cary Joji Fukunaga
  • Cast: Daniel Craig, Rami Malek, Lea Seydoux, Ralph Fiennes, Naomie Harris, Ben Whishaw, Rory Kinnear, Jeffrey Wright, Ana de Armas, Dali Benssalah, David Dencik, Lashana Lynch, Billy Magnussen
  • UK release: 30 September 2021

The 25th James Bond film is directed by Cary Joji Fukunaga and sees Daniel Craig in the lead for one last time.