He stars as Bond villain Safin in the latest installment of the 007 franchise.
And Rami Malek made a jovial impression as he walked the red carpet at the world premiere of No Time To Die at the Royal Albert Hall in London on Tuesday.
The 40-year-old actor dressed to impress in a smart black tuxedo as he posed for cameras at the glitzy star-studded event.
Looks good: Rami Malek cut a jovial figure as he walked the red carpet at the world premiere of No Time To Die at the Royal Albert Hall in London on Tuesday
Prior to the red carpet event, fans gathered in the Royal Albert Hall to catch a glimpse of James Bond’s Aston Martin en route to the red carpet.
Crew members took the luxury vehicle to the location in a truck where it was rolled out hours before the star-studded event began.
The car had bullet holes in the glass and scratches on the sides after Bond’s adventures.
It was a long way to the premiere after the film’s release was delayed several times due to the coronavirus pandemic.
The film, directed by Cary Joji Fukunaga, was originally scheduled for April 2020, but was delayed to November before being rescheduled for release in April 2021 in light of the coronavirus pandemic.
The release date was eventually set for September 30 in the UK, followed by October 8 in the US.
Prior to its release, Daniel and some of his co-star cast members attended the Chris Evans Breakfast Show with Sky to talk about the film.
Daniel, who has starred in five Bond films in fifteen years, told Chris: “After the last one, I thought that was it. I thought, ‘I can’t do this anymore’.
Event: Prior to the red carpet event, fans gathered in the Royal Albert Hall to catch a glimpse of James Bond’s Aston Martin as it made its way to the red carpet
Fans: Crew members took the luxury vehicle to the location in a truck where it was rolled out hours before the star-studded event started
“I rested a little bit and we talked a little bit about what we wanted to do with this last film and how big we wanted to go, and it felt good, and I just got really excited about it, and I can’t wait for people to see it .
“I saw a rough draft of it about a month after we finished, which is very rough because there are no special effects or anything like that. When you see that version of it, you just hope and pray that it makes sense, and it did.
“Once you’ve got the effects, and you’ve got the music, Hans Zimmer made the music, and it’s just incredible. The story holds up.’
‘Everyone just delivers brilliant performances, and I think that’s quite special.’
Action: The car had bullet holes in the glass and scratches on the sides after Bond’s adventures
Speaking about the forced delay of the film’s release due to the pandemic, the actor said: “It’s strange with a movie, when you’ve got it out, and you turn it off and you’re like, ‘Woah, I hope that it’s Good.’
“But if there’s a two-year gap between finishing and releasing, it makes things even weirder.”
About where he was when he first found out he’d landed the part of Bond: “I was in Baltimore making a movie. And I was at Whole Foods, doing my weekly grocery shopping, wandering around with a cart of food in it, and (producer) Barbara Broccoli was on the phone, and she just said, “On to you, kid.”
“So I grabbed my cart and quietly pushed it down an aisle, walked into the liquor department and bought a bottle of vodka and a bottle of vermouth, a glass and a shaker, took it home and drank it, and then went out and sat in a bar and drank about three more vodka martinis.
“It’s actually very sad when you think about it. But I must have had some kind of look on my face because the bartender kept asking me what was going on and I said, ‘I can’t tell you!’
Release: The release date was finally set for September 30 in the UK, followed by October 8 in the US
Daniel recently spoke about the outdated James Bond storylines of previous films in the franchise – like the idea of glamorous disposable so-called Bond girls.
Speaking to Lorraine Kelly about the spy series – in which the latest film No Time To Die is set to release this week – that “you have to adapt” with the times.
“Sure, a lot of what happened in the earlier movies is a bit questionable now… different times, but we didn’t want to lose the essence [in the new film]. It’s still a Bond movie.
“I’ve been given free rein to influence it, but I’ve never forgotten that. We can have all the important elements and things that people have loved over the years, but you adapt.
About the franchise, Daniel said, “A lot of what happened in the earlier films is a bit questionable now… different times, but we didn’t want to lose the essence. [in the new film]. It’s still a Bond movie
“One of my biggest things is that all the characters, especially the women, have to be brilliant and believable.”
Daniel also told Lorraine that he was overcome with emotion as he shot his final scene as Bond.
“Everyone showed up — all the heads of department came down and I was like, ‘Oh God, I have to give a speech, this is my worst nightmare.’ It all just came out, I was trying to keep it together.
“All those people I’m going to work with every day, especially for this film, the collective effort was so great and meant so much to me that everyone worked so hard on it — that’s what I’ll miss so much.”
Changes: The film was previously scheduled to release on April 2, but the original release would be in April 2020 (Photo Daniel Craig)
No Time To Die is the 25th film in the franchise and finds Bond after leaving active duty and enjoying a quiet life in Jamaica when his old friend Felix Leiter, played by Jeffrey Wright, shows up from the CIA asking for help.
Bond leaves his seemingly happy life with Madeleine (Lea Seydoux) and returns to the field to face Safin (Rami Malek), who is armed with a new dangerous technology that could affect the world.
Producer Barbara Broccoli has already teased what fans can expect, saying the film will deliver a satisfying ending to Daniel’s Bond.
Speaking on the official James Bond podcast, she said: “It’s a culmination of everything his portrayal of the character has been through and it connects all the storylines. It’s quite an epic movie, I must say.’
Daniel took over the role of Bond from Pierce Brosnan in Casino Royale in 2006 and appeared in Quantum of Solace in 2008, Skyfall in 2012, and Specter in 2015.
History: Daniel took over the role of Bond from Pierce Brosnan in Casino Royale in 2006 and appeared in Quantum of Solace in 2008, Skyfall in 2012, and Specter in 2015