It was de Armas’ role in Knives Out that indirectly led to her role in the James Bond film No Time to Die. The actor revealed to the LA Times that the role of Paloma in the Bond film was custom-written for her, just months after co-starring with Daniel Craig in Knives Out. Originally, de Armas said that she had planned on filming No Time to Die, followed by work on her Marilyn Monroe biopic, Blonde. However, a series of circumstances that included Daniel Craig getting injured and the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic eventually led to de Armas filming both films nearly back to back.
“It was kind of crazy, because the physicality of the two characters are so different, and their mind-set,” de Armas told the LA Times. “I’ve never done such intense work and research and preparation as I did with Marilyn. I have never done — or will do — anything like it ever again.” De Armas pointed out that the scheduling for filming ended up so that she had to go straight to the set of No Time to Die almost immediately after wrapping Blonde, joking “So I will be a Bond girl with a Marilyn Monroe body.”