Egyptian actor Mohamed Karim has dismissed reports suggesting he’s in talks to play the next Bond villain, but he’d jump at the chance to tussle with 007.
The dashing and charismatic star, who has put his career as a doctor on hold to make it big in Hollywood, is urging Bond bosses to consider him as a baddie.
“I’m a big fan of James Bond movies,” he tells WENN. “I’ve always loved big franchise movies that have an international appeal. I’d definitely be interested. The Bond films are such great movies, throughout the generations, and everybody loves James Bond…
“I love to be attached to these big budget movies; they just give you a lot of really good exposure. It’s what I’m looking for here in Hollywood.”
Mohamed, who previously entertained 100 million TV viewers as the host of hit talent show The Voice throughout the Middle East, while picking up awards for his film and TV roles, insists it’s time for Bond to head back to his homeland, where Roger Moore’s 007 spent time seeking plans for a submarine tracking system in 1977’s The Spy Who Loved Me.
“I think a lot of people would love to see a Bond movie set in Egypt,” he adds. “Look at the history – all over the world people read about the Pyramids and read about the history of Egypt and the Pharaohs.
It would be a brilliant idea to have an adventure at the Pyramids, in Luxor, down in Aswan. People travel from all over the world to visit Egypt, so it would make a lot of sense to shoot a movie over there.”
And the actor would love to work with Craig in what will be his last outing as 007: “I’m a big fan of his work. He’s really focused and really knows what he’s doing. I really love the little details in his acting – the body language and the way he talks. I think he’s really professional.”
Meanwhile, Karim recently wrapped his first major Hollywood action film, A Score to Settle, in which he played a mob boss opposite Nicolas Cage and Benjamin Bratt. He’s preparing for another big movie with a top star, but refuses to reveal details.