All the Clues That Rami Malek's Bond Villain Safin is Actually Dr. No

The first James Bond villain in the cinematic franchise was Dr. No, a reclusive member of the secret organization S.P.E.C.T.R.E., who wreaked havoc on civilians with their evil schemes.

Over time, more members of the group have come to the fore, most recently in the movie 2015 Spectre, which introduced the latest version of Ernst Blofeld (played by Christoph Waltz).

Given Blofeld has been reinvented, it seems entirely possible the same could be done with Dr. No, who has yet to make a reappearance since the first-ever film.

It may be the 25th film is the perfect opportunity to relaunch the character, perhaps with a new backstory, as was the case for Blofeld.

Fans have been all over the suggestion that Safin (Rami Malek) could be the new Dr. No, and have analyzed all the possible clues that indicate his real identity.

Despite this, director Cary Joji Fukunaga has rejected the idea, telling SFX magazine: "Everyone thinks it's so easy to make these tentpole films, that it's just formulaic and you just plug-and-play and people are going to show up for the cinema. Actually, if you want a good film you have to take it seriously and put a lot of thought into it.

"It takes a lot of smart people to create these films, and also to create these characters that will hopefully last. This is a new villain. He's not, as some have speculated, Dr. No. Hopefully he'll be one that is lasting in some way."

That said, fans may remember Waltz insisted he was not playing Blofeld before the bombshell was dropped, so this could be yet another red herring.

Either way, the theory will not die and is still a favorite among fans. Newsweek breaks down everything from trailer clues to interview hints that suggest Safin could be a new version of Dr. No, if not an exact reinvention of the character.

Both Have a Secluded Lair

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Rami Malek as Safin in "No Time to Die". He has a fictional lair, which was filmed in the Faroe Islands. Universal

Most Bond villains have underground laboratories or hideaways in the mountains, teeming with staff ready to fall on their swords for their leader.

For Safin, the No Time to Die team went one further and used the Faroe Islands as the base for a fictional island lair.

Dr. No was famously reclusive and similarly had his own island, hiding underground on Crab Key off the coast of Jamaica.

In the trailers for No Time to Die, Safin is seen sitting in a huge room alone, except for his gunmen ready to take out anyone in the way.

While this trope is classic of Bond villains, something of Safin's desire to escape the rest of the world, living alone on an island, could make him a little more Dr. No-esque.

Both Villains Have Major God Complexes

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Joseph Wiseman as Dr. Julius No in "Dr. No" Sunset Boulevard/Getty Images

Both Safin and Dr. No seem to have a common mission: to live forever and dominate.

Mortality has been an ever-increasing theme in the Bond world, with 007 himself constantly coming back from death or retirement to fight another day.

Part of Dr. No's plans began by disrupting an American missile, but soon Bond became privy to his other ideas; he wanted to develop technology so he could become a god, deciding who would live and who would die.

Safin has similar feelings, and in one trailer does another classic Dr. No move: tells Bond his motivations and plans.

He says: "People want oblivion and a few of us are born to build it for them, so here I am, their Invisible God, sneaking under their skin... we both eradicate people to make the world a better place. I just want it to be a little tidier."

Both Are Clean Cut and Organized

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Joseph Wiseman as Dr. Julius No in "Dr. No" United Artists/Getty Images

That quote aside, Rami Malek has spoken about his view on Safin, as being someone whose evil has come from his past, but his approach to terrorism is incredibly exacting.

He told GQ: "When I think about Safin I think about someone who is meticulous but measured, and there is something about that that is really unnerving and unsettling. He's someone that at times I feel gives you the sensation that you're being watched and that again is quite unsettling.

"He asks you to question what you think is right, what you think is wrong and is your interpretation of those two things as accurate as it seems to be."

Even the images of his lair shows there is not a speck of dust on the floor, and his kimono-type jacket is immaculate.

Dr. No was an analytical and logical scientist, who held himself back when Bond was making jibes at his work. The biggest outburst was when he called Bond a "stupid policeman" in a moment where his composure dropped.

The portrayal of Dr. No by Joseph Wiseman was unsettling as well, due to his almost mild-mannered approach to crime, which could also be immensely disconcerting.

Despite this, Dr. Ian Kinane, the editor of the International Journal of James Bond Studies, is on the side of the director, asserting many of these attributes are examples of why Safin is just like any other Bond villain.

He told Newsweek: "From what I've seen, Safin seems to lean in hard to the traditional megalomania of Connery-era villains; clearly sociopathic. His plan seems to be about 'tidying up' the world - and we all know that that usually means some sort of genocidal intent."

Dr. Kinane believes that Safin will be a villain we recognize, but for being a "blandly apolitical figure, a megalomanical 'everyman' to be slotted into the plot as required." Kinane also believes Safin will use updated methods of destruction to wreak havoc, rather than simply be a reinvention of Dr. No.

Either way, Bond fans will no doubt be hoping Safin will have a lasting effect on the franchise — just as Dr. No did himself.

No Time To Die hits U.S. theaters on Friday, October 8.