Daniel Craig and Rami Malek ended up sharing a steamy kiss on the set of their new James Bond film No Time To Die.
Now that the film has finally been released in theaters after numerous delays due to the pandemic, fans are reflecting on Rami Malek’s admission about a steamy on-set kiss from an interview two years ago.
During an appearance on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert in 2019, Malek, 40, sung high praises of Craig as his “favorite” Bond actor – and he dished the details on a particularly challenging scene they worked on together.
“We had a scene that was a very complicated scene and we were rehearsing for it with our terrific director,” Malek told Colbert. “We were sitting at a table over hours just batting about ideas, back and forth, and we finally cracked this really challenging scene.”
The Bohemian Rhapsody star continued to share this moment, “And he grabbed me, picked me up – and I can’t tell who initiated the next moment, whether it was him or I – but a kiss transpired between the two of us. I’m going to say that Daniel initiated it, and I was very taken aback.”
When asked by Colbert if the kiss was welcome, Malek coyly said, “Yes, very much so. And I took a moment, caught my breath, looked down and said, ‘So, does this make me a Bond girl?’” Colbert then sticks his hand out to shake Malek’s and says to him, “Congratulations.”
Watch Malek on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert below:
The kiss between the actors will likely come as a surprise to fans, as both men are reportedly straight and in relationships with women. Rami is dating his Bohemian Rhapsody co-star Lucy Boynton, while Daniel has been married since 2011 to actress Rachel Weisz.
However, the kiss wasn’t caught on film, so we will just have to use our imaginations to picture the handsome actors’ intimate moment.
If the kiss did make it into the film, it wouldn’t have been the first queer moment in a James Bond film — a famous homoerotic scene in the 2012 film Skyfall showed Craig’s Bond tied to a chair by MI6 agent and cyberterrorist Raoul Silva, played by Javier Barden.
In the scene, Silva tells Bond a long anecdote about rat cannibalism before he sits down opposite him and starts to unbutton his shirt and stroke his neck and chest. He eventually moves down to Bond’s thighs. “You’re trying to remember your training now… well, there’s a first time for everything,” Silva says.
Bond replies, “What makes you think this is my first time?”