James Bond Director Wanted To Turn Ralph Fiennes’ M Into Blofeld

James Bond star Ralph Fiennes has revealed that series director Sam Mendes wanted to turn his version of M into series antagonist Blofeld.

The Daniel Craig James Bond films have something of a complicated legacy. Installments like Casino Royale, Skyfall, and No Time To Die were all big hits with fans and critics and are considered to be some of the best films in the franchise. Other installments like Quantum of Solace and Spectre, on the other hand, are decidedly not considered very good with the latter film often being grilled hard.

The fourth Daniel Craig James Bond film has been criticized for its bizarre twists. Specifically, the movie reveals that Christoph Waltz’s Blofeld was James Bond’s long-lost brother, and all of the events of the previous films had been orchestrated by him as an elaborate, decades-long revenge scheme. As it turned out, however, the film once had an even more elaborate twist up its sleeve involving Ralph Fiennes’ M.

First introduced in Skyfall, Ralph Fiennes’ character, Gareth Mallory succeeded Judi Dench’s position as M after her character’s death. During the development of Spectre, director Sam Mendes apparently wanted to turn the character into an antagonist. During an interview with Happy Sad Confused, Fiennes revealed this and but told Mendes he wasn’t doing it:

I think I can say now that I had to fight off an attempt by Sam in ‘Spectre’ to make M – I said ‘I don’t want to play M and then you turn around and make him the bad guy. M is never the bad guy.’ So I had to have some pretty intense discussions with Sam saying, ‘This is not flying with me…’

Later on, he revealed that his character was meant to turn into none other than Blofeld himself:

“He was Blofeld or something, but that was a red line.”

Here is the plot synopsis for the latest film in the franchise, No Time To Die:

Bond has left active service and is enjoying a tranquil life in Jamaica. His peace is short-lived when his old friend Felix Leiter from the CIA turns up asking for help. The mission to rescue a kidnapped scientist turns out to be far more treacherous than expected, leading Bond onto the trail of a mysterious villain armed with dangerous new technology.

Directed by Cary Joji Fukunaga, No Time to Die stars Daniel Craig, Ralph Fiennes, Naomie Harris, Ben Whishaw, Lea Seydoux, Rory Kinnear, Jeffrey Wright, Rami Malek, Ana de Armas, Lashana Lynch, Billy Magnussen, David Dencik, and Dali Benssalah.

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Source: Happy Sad Confused