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Blofeld sends his regards.
~ Cyclops to James Bond

Primo, also known as Cyclops, is a major antagonist in the 2021 James Bond film No Time to Die. He is a professional mercenary and former Spectre operative who previously worked for Ernst Stavro Blofeld, but later defected to bioterrorist leader Lyutsifer Safin. He is also known for using a bionic eye paired to a similar one that Blofeld is using while still remaining in prison.

He was portrayed by Dali Benssalah.

Biography

Attack at Italy

Several days following Blofeld's arrest for his crimes against humanity, Primo first appeared in Italy, where he led several SPECTRE assassins to confront and take down Blofeld's nemesis James Bond when the latter was visiting Vesper Lynd's grave, which was blown up by the assassins. Engaging into a brief fight with Bond, Primo claims that Madeleine sent him to murder Bond, right before he is knocked out. Bond then escapes with Madeleine after taking down many of the assassins, but a call from Madeleine's phone number implicates her as a traitor, inciting an enraged Bond to sever his relationship with Swann.

Defecting from SPECTRE

Five years later, Primo is assigned by Blofeld to lead a new team of SPECTRE assassins to kidnap MI6 scientist Valdo Obruchev, who has created a deadly nanobot bioweapon called Project Heracles. As part of the plan, Primo and the assassins broke into a MI6 laboratory, where they murdered many of the MI6 personnel before taking Obruchev and his bioweapon. CIA agents Felix Leiter and Logan Ash contacted Bond about the situation, stating that they have located Obruchev in Cuba as he is due to attend a SPECTRE meeting.

Bond infiltrates the meeting, only to end up being trapped by the SPECTRE members. It later turns out that Blofeld has a bionic eye paired up with Primo's bionic eye, and that he's using Primo's eye as a communication device to lead the meeting while still remaining in prison. Blofeld orders for the nanobots to kill Bond, but the nanobots end up murdering all of the SPECTRE members (including Dr. Vogel, Moreau, Abrika, Valerian and Marshall) as Obruchev reprogrammed them to do so under Safin's orders. However, Primo escapes and reclaims his bionic eye while Ash murders Leiter, revealing himself to be league with Safin as he helps Obruchev escape from custody.

Following Blofeld's death, Q soon learns through several video files recorded from Blofeld's bionic eye that Primo has met up with Ash, who explained to him about Safin's successful plot and convinced him to work for Safin. Surprisingly, Primo willingly accepted the offer, implying that he was never loyal to Blofeld or SPECTRE in general. Safin then sends in Ash and several of their men to capture Bond, Swann and their daughter Mathilde. Though Bond manages to kill Ash and several of Safin's men, Safin succeeded in capturing Swann and Mathilde before taking them to his base at an island located between Russia and Japan.

Death

At Safin's base, Safin orders Primo to take Swann to her cell while deciding to keep Mathilde to himself. Swann tries to distract Primo by berating him for his betrayal against SPECTRE, but Primo plays wise to this by silencing her and demanding her to drink a glass filled with eye-damaging poison. However, Swann splashes the drink in Primo's face and uses the opportunity to escape. Shortly afterwards, Bond and his colleague Nomi infiltrate Safin's fortress and dispatch most of Safin's men.

Bond then rescues Swann and Mathilde from captivity while Nomi kills Obruchev by pushing him into a toxic acid pool. Bond then lets Nomi, Swann and Mathilde escape on a boat before staying behind to open the island's silo doors, which would enable a missile strike from the British Navy to destroy the nanobots.

As Bond heads over to the control console to open the silos, he kills all of Safin's remaining guards before engaging into another fight against Primo. Eventually, Bond uses his watch with an electromagnetic pulse to strike Primo in the face, blowing up his bionic eye inside his head, killing him instantly for good. After Primo's death, Bond retorts to Q on the radio that Primo "blew his mind" after showing him the watch.

Trivia

  • Dali Bensallah is the first Algerian-French actor to be portraying a character from the Bond franchise in general.

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