Daniel Craig, Rami Malek, and the cast of No Time to Die get lethal in EW's February cover shoot
Malek plays the movie's villain, Safin — much of his plotline is being kept under wraps but we know that he lures Craig's Bond to Cuba, and that he's faced what Malek calls "immense challenges in his life."
Lashana Lynch, of Captain Marvel fame, plays double-0 agent Nomi. Theories abound over whether she'll be replacing Craig's 007, but No Time to Die's producers warned fans not to jump to any conclusions.
Léa Seydoux is back as French psychologist Madeleine Swann — at the beginning of No Time to Die she's living peacefully in Jamaica with a retired Bond, but we all know that nothing last forever in 007 world.
“S--- happens! Everything falls apart," jokes Seydoux of her character's storyline with Craig.
Craig's appearance in No Time to Die almost didn't happen. “I finished that movie with a broken leg,” the actor tells EW. "I had to question myself: Was I physically capable of doing [another one] or did I want to do another one? Because that phone call to your wife saying ‘I’ve broken my leg’ is not pleasant.”
“He felt at the end of the last movie he’d kind of done it,” explains producer Barbara Broccoli. “I said to him, ‘I don’t think you have, I think there’s still more of the story of your Bond to tell.’ Fortunately, he came around to agree with that.”
Fleabag creator Phoebe Waller-Bridge was brought on to help with the script, much to Rami Malek's delight. “She had quite an impact on what I was doing,” says the Bohemian Rhapsody star, 38. “I’d have long phone conversations with her, giving her context as to what we were essentially looking for in the scenes, and she would turn things over incredibly quickly. We know her as a very witty and funny writer, but she’s got a knack for drama and tension as well.”