Specter’s Ralph Fiennes reveals the massive cut-twist he fought for for his James Bond character

Ralph Fiennes is no stranger to playing the bad guy. Through a career that has seen him play an eerie character in Schindler’s list, In Bruges, and of course Harry Potter the series is the man perfectly practiced in the art of threats. But even he has a code when it comes to certain characters and when it comes to his role in Daniel Craig’s fourth James Bond film Specter, Fiennes recently revealed that there was a massive twist he was struggling to cut from his incarnation of M. What’s even more crazy is that we think we know how that revelation was eventually held in director Sam Mendes’ second 007 film.

The massive ghost twist was fought off by Ralph Fiennes

In a conversation at Josh Horowitz’s Happy Sad Confused podcast, Fiennes’ work as the latest spy chief in The Farmer’s World was brought up. While the actor showed up to promote his work on The King’s Man, he certainly had a lot to say about his connections to the James Bond universe. The most shocking revelation was the fact that M, according to Ralph Fiennes himself, had to break in badly. Specter. Here’s why he fought it:

I think I can say now that I had to fight an attempt by Sam in Specter to make M – I said I would not play M, and then you turn around and make him evil guy. M is never the bad guy. So I had to have some pretty intense discussions with Sam and said, ‘This is not flying with me.’ … It was like he was Blofeld or something, but it was a red line.

There have certainly been moments where Ms from the past and present have been involved in business that may have been a bit shady. Even Ralph Fiennes’ Gareth Mallory was not immune to that kind of thing No time to die so V his dirty little secret, known as “Project Heracles” puts the world in danger. But M has never been a direct villain, and has been held as a sacred character in the MI6 family along with Moneypenny and Q. But the twist that Fiennes fought against seems to raise its head in Specter after all, just with another character holding the knife.

Andrew Scott sits menacingly at his desk in Specter.

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How that twist may have been adjusted in Specter’s final form

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