I’ll list Some of the reasons why I feel Safin is Dr.No. I’ve noticed in Skyfall and Spectre they’re more to the point with their dialogs unlike CR and QOS where it’s a tad bit complex and it’s open to interpretation. So going with the current trend I do believe he will be referred to that way at some point In the movie.
- Rami Malek going out of his way to tell the press on how much he loves Dr.No. Almost as if he’s promoting a different movie altogether
-His characters attire seems to tie in well with what would be a modern interpretation of Dr.No in the same vein as Waltz’s Blofeld is a modern take on Bond’s No.1 Villain of the past
-Then there’s the Noh mask, there’s NO chance they’d use that in particular and not refer back to it.
-Connery’s line when captured by Dr.No “Our Asylums are full of people who think they’re Napoleon… or God “bares a striking resemblance to Craig’s ”History isn’t kind to men who play God”
-We know the movies plot involves a scientist of some sort as per the synopsis. Given what we’ve seen in the trailer, It wouldn’t be a stretch too far to imagine Rami’s character as a scientist too just like Dr.No
-The biggest clue imo is mood board for the fan art competition which had multiple art pieces from Dr.No while the rest were from Craig’s movies. From all the 24 movies they chose to make that one stand out