‘James Bond’ Casting Director Reveals It Was A Challenge To Cast Rami Malek in ‘No Time To Die’

Debbie McWilliams, the casting director for the upcoming James Bond film, No Time To Die, is opening up about how she ended up casting Rami Malek in the role of Safin.

Speaking to Entertainment Weekly, she opened up about a lot of James Bond casting process, including the secrets of what it takes to be the secret agent, and more.

Click inside to read what Debbie shared about Rami Malek’s casting story…

Debbie explained to the magazine that there were a couple of road blocks leading to Rami‘s role in the movie.

“I had a very strange time trying to get Rami Malek into the room because, with all due respect to his agents, they didn’t really respond when I suggested that they might want to meet him,” she revealed. “Because every single person on a Bond film pretty much has to come in and be met by everybody first, you don’t just get the contract through the post.”

Debbie went on, saying that she “just happened to be in the right place in the right time” at a Bohemian Rhapsody screening where she met the star.

“We were invited afterwards for a drink so I marched up to him and said, ‘Have you had any call from your agent about a James Bond film?’ He went, ‘No.’ And I said, ‘Well, we’ve been trying to meet you for quite a long time.’”

According to Debbie, Rami was on the phone “within a second” with his agents about it.

“[Laughs] I’ve learned to be quite bold. If you want something you go and get it.”

Watch the final trailer for the movie here!

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