Rami Malek has revealed that he would have refused to play Bond 25’s villain if the character had been written as a religious terrorist.
Talking to The Mirror, Malek spoke of how he spoke with director Cary Fukunaga about the characters motivations before accepting the part. “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,'” he recounted.
Instead, Fukunaga had a “very different kind of terrorist” planned for Bond’s 25th mission, and so Malek joined the project.