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Ralph Fiennes Fought to Make Sure M Didn't Become a Villain in James Bond Series

Ralph Fiennes Fought to Make Sure M Didn't Become a Villain in James Bond Series

Ralph Fiennes is protecting the integrity of his character.

The 59-year-old actor opened up about his James Bond character, MI6 chief M, in an interview on the Happy Sad Confused podcast.

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During the appearance, he revealed that the character arc of M, who he took over from Judi Dench, almost headed into villain territory. (Warning: franchise spoilers ahead!)

Sam Mendes, as we know, directed Skyfall and the pitch was very attractive at the time,” he said.

Judi Dench’s M dies and you’re set up as the next M, and I thought great. I also loved Daniel’s Bond and I just respected Sam’s intelligence and the approach to it and what he was doing with it. Skyfall was a great script.”

He said that at that point, there were disagreements regarding his character.

“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 fine with me…’ It was like he was Blofeld or something, but that was a red line.”

He also mentioned that he was even up for the role of Bond at one point.

“I’m not sure I’d have been very good at Bond. I liked the books a lot when I was in my teens. I like the films, particularly the earlier Connery films. I had a teenage obsession with Bond so when that day came, of course I was flattered.”

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