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"This was your choice..."
― Safin[src]
"James Bond. License to kill. History of violence...I could be speaking to my own reflection. Only your skills die with your body. Mine will survive long after I'm gone...James Bond. I've made you redundant..."
― Safin to James Bond.[src]

Safin is an anarchist, and a former assassin of SPECTRE. Portrayed by American actor, Rami Malek, he is the main antagonist of the 2020 James Bond film, No Time to Die.

He is considered to be James Bond's second greatest enemy following Ernst Stavro Blofeld. Ruthless and destructive enough to make Bond drive away from his moral original codes of behavior, Safin is a mysterious man who is best known for his cruelty, his intelligence and his coldness.

Despite his mysteriousness, he is presumed to be a former assassin of SPECTRE who was sent to kill Mr. White, yet, had failed once his daughter, Madeleine Swann, as a child, prevented it and caused him to chase her onto a frozen lake outside their house, shooting a part of his white opera-like mask.[1]


Early Life and Origins

Nothing is known about Safin's origins, neither his real name, from the reason he is shrouded in complete mystery, yet, the only facts known about him is that he is a powerful figure in the world of terrorism and anarchism, with no connections to any religion or ideologies.

The Assassination Attempt

"A man once came to our house to kill my father. He didn’t know I was upstairs playing in my bedroom. Or that Papa kept a 9mm under the sink with the bleach. That's why I hate guns.."
― Swann tells Bond of the assassination attempt[src]

Years ago, Safin arrived to assassinate Mr. White at his possible days as an assassin for SPECTRE, yet, had failed once his daughter, Madeleine Swann, as a child, prevented it and caused him to chase her onto a frozen lake outside their house, shooting a part of his white opera-like mask, revealing his scarred face to her while she was underneath the frozen ice ,inside the lake. Safin was determined to kill her but failed again as she survived and escaped.[2]

This was actually confirmed by Swann's words as she told Bond of a man who came to their house to kill Mr. White yet she protected him.

No Time to Die (2020)

To be added.


"We’ve thrown the book at him on this one. He is really the supervillain. He’s the one that really gets under Bond’s skin. He’s a nasty piece of work.."
― Producer Barbara Broccoli describing Safin's personality
"He's quite unique. Very complex. Daniel calls him misunderstood.."
― Rami Malek describes Safin and shares Craig's words of describing Safin
"And now there's someone new out there. More dangerous than anyone he's ever encountered and whoever they are is smarter and stronger than SPECTRE.."
― Director Cary Joji Fukunaga describing Safin

Safin is an extremely mysterious individual, probably the most mysterious individual that Bond has come to face against in his entire career as 007 agent, yet, he is known to the world as an extremely powerful, ruthless, sadistic and nasty individual from the most diabolical kind which could be ever imagined to the MI6 either to Bond himself.

Considered as a powerful key figure in the world of terrorism and anarchism, Safin is also known to be a nearly supervillain-esque individual, using his skills and his gifted talents and intelligence to outsmart Bond into driving away from his original moralities and codes he used to work or follow after, doing so like his greatest enemy before him, Ernst Stavro Blofeld.

Safin, in addition, is said to be knowing how to become getting under Bond's skin, making him Bond's most cruel and sadistic nemesis he ever faced against. When he is encountering in James for the very first time, he coldly speaks of Bond's role in the MI6 and compares Bond to himself, saying that with Bond's history of violence ,Safin is seeing Bond his own reflection but cruelly mocks at Bond's skills ,promising his skills, unlike Safin's, would die with his own body while his would survive and live long after he would die, stating that he has succeeded in making Bond redundant.

Even in his attempt to assassinate Mr. White; he is showing his absolutely cruel and cold nature when he was chasing after Madlienne as a child only to lose her beneath the ice lake, furiously intending to kill her for nearly revealing his disfigured face behind his opera mask. Thus, Safin is an extremely intolerant individual for failure.

On the other hand, Safin is said to be deeming himself as a hero and a savior of humanity which can solve one of its biggest problems, with his brutal ruthlessness is an addition to his so-called "heroism".

Physical Appearance

Safin appears to be roughly in his thirties, with short black hair, dark brown eyes and heavily disfigured face. which are shown heavily more when he was about to assassinate Swann in the lake. In order to hide his disfigured, Safin is wearing a white porcelain fragile opera mask which its part was shredded and broken due to a gunshot.

Safin, in addition, is wearing a long dark blue coat and a black long sweater, and, often wears a white snow coat with a golden-brown fur in its hat.


  • Safin is considered to be the most cruel, sadistic and coldest villain in the entire Bond franchise, described as "a nasty piece of work" and as "the one who really gets under Bond's skin" by producer Barbara Broccoli.[3]
  • It is the first time that Rami Malek portrays a villain or a character in the franchise.



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