Characters specific to Casino Royale
. For those in the entire film franchise
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Vesper Lynd is a treasury agent who is tasked to accompany Bond to the poker tournament at Casino Royale, posing as his wife. Bond and Vesper eventually fall in love in the aftermath of the mission and Bond is prepared to leave the service for her. Unfortunately, it turns out that Vesper is being blackmailed into helping the Bigger Bad behind Le Chiffre (Quantum in the film, SMERSH in the original novel) into betraying her country, and she subsequently commits suicide (directly in the novel, and by not allowing Bond to rescue her from drowning in the film).
Vesper is the very first Bond Girl to appear in the novels, and she is arguably Bond's love of his life in the Craig continuity. Her death impacts Bond severely and defines his later relationships with women in the novels, while revenge for it is the driving focus of Quantum of Solace.
- Break the Cutie: She has to play along with everything to steal Bond's money and rescue her kidnapped/dead boyfriend.
- Meaningful Name: Vesper Lynd is a pun on "West Berlin". Berlin was a city split down the middle during the Cold War. Vesper's loyalties are equally split.
- Show Some Leg: She wears a low-cut dress given by Bond to be a distraction during the card game.
- Unwitting Pawn: As revealed in Quantum of Solace, her boyfriend was a Quantum agent who was using her to get information, then faked his own kidnapping to force her to betray her country.
- Who Names Their Kid "Dude"?: Bond hopes she gave her parents hell for that.
The main villain of the film. He is a banker for terrorist funds who uses them in his own moneymaking schemes. After one goes disastrously wrong due to Bond's interference, he is forced to hold the poker tournament at Casino Royale to hastily win back the losses.
- Adaptational Attractiveness: In the original novel, Le Chiffre is described as an overweight, unattractive man. In the film, however, he's trim and handsome (Mads Mikkelsen has been voted "Denmark's sexiest man" multiple times).
- Adaptational Badass: This Le Chiffre is far more dangerous than his counterpart in the 1967 film
- Badass in a Nice Suit: Le Chiffre always wears all-black. His tuxedo shirt is also this color.
- Boom, Headshot: When Mr. White kills him.
- Eye Scream: Implied. He has scars near his left eye, which weeps blood during moments of stress, suggesting that he sustained an eye injury in the past.
- Meaningful Name: Le Chiffre means "The Number" in French. In the novel, it was an alias deliberately chosen by the villain (real name never provided) because he was nothing more than a "number" to the displaced persons bureaucracy.
- Only Known By His Nickname: Everyone refers to him as Le Chiffe ("the number") instead of using his birth name.
- Professional Gambler: He's a skilled card player. A major plot event is when he arranged a high-stakes card game in order to secure millions of dollars for an investment gone wrong.
- Red Right Hand: He weeps blood from his left eye when stressed. It gets lampshaded.
Weeping blood comes merely from a derangement of the tear duct. Nothing sinister
- Smug Snake: A rather creepy version of this trope.
- Tears of Blood: Blood comes from his left eye during moments of stress.
- Torture Technician: Knows a very simple and very painful way to interrogate someone.
- Villains Want Mercy: One of the interesting things about him is that, despite being the film's Big Bad, the plot largely revolves around him being in trouble with some other evil folks and desperately trying to save his own ass.
- Villainous Breakdown: He's very calm until Bond refuses to give him what he wants while torturing him.
- Villainous Cheekbones: He's played by Mads Mikkelsen. Enough said.
- Wealthy Yacht Owner: First seen playing poker aboard a yacht.
- You Have Failed Me: Mr. White kills him for his failures and untrustworthiness.
Played by: Jesper Christensen
He is a Quantum operative in charge of Quantum's financial deal with Le Chiffre. He ends up killing Le Chiffre because of his unreliability.
He reappears in Quantum of Solace
- Villainous Rescue: Saves Bond's and Vesper's life when they are tortured by Le Chiffre.
Played by: Giancarlo Giannini
field agent and Bond's ally inside the Casino Royale. He reappears in Quantum of Solace
- Code Name: "René Mathis" is not his real name.
- Mr. Exposition: He provides information to Bond upon his arrival and play-by-play commentary for the poker game.
- Punk in the Trunk: Places the dead bodies of Steven Obanno and his bodyguard in the police chief's car trunk to frame him. This tactic comes to bite him in the ass in the next film.
Played by: Simon Abkarian
Bond tracked Mollaka's phone to the Bahamas, and found that he had been contacted by Dimitrios, a contractor in charge of Le Chiffre's operation.
- Cool Car: Owns an Aston Martin DB5, until he loses it to Bond.
Played by: Caterina Murino
The wife of Alex Dimitrios, she's in an increasingly loveless relationship and willingly spends the night with Bond in order to spite her husband. She indirectly helps Bond stop Le Chiffre but ends up getting tortured to death for this.
- Genre Savvy: Is fully aware that Bond will sleep with her for information. She goes along anyway.
Played by: Ivana Milicevic
Le Chiffre's girlfriend.
- And Your Little Dog Too: Obanno threatens to chop off her hand with a machete if Le Chiffre doesn't give his money back.
- Blondes are Evil: She's an attractive blond who works for the very evil Le Chiffre.
- Gambler Groupie: Le Chiffre uses her the same way Bond uses Vesper : a distraction for the other competitors during the card game.
- Killed Off Screen: Mr. White arrives while Le Chiffre, Valenka and Kratt are questioning Vesper Lynd and Bond. Her death is not witnessed onscreen, but it is assumed that Mr. White executed her as well as Le Chiffre and his bodyguards.
- Moral Myopia: She's terrified when Obanno attacks her boyfriend and threatens to mutilate her. Later in the film, however, she's smug and devoid of pity when Le Chiffre kidnaps Vesper and brutalizes Bond.
- Peek-a-Bangs: Pictured here.
- Poisoned Chalice Switcheroo: Le Chiffre prompts her to give Bond a poisoned drink during the card game.
- Smug Snake: She's smug when Le Chiffre kidnaps Bond and Vesper.
Played by: Issac de Bankolé
A leader of the Lord's Resistance Army, introduced to Le Chiffre by Mr. White to account his finances.
- African Terrorists: He leads an armed militia in central Africa.
- Badass in a Nice Suit: When he comes to the Casino Royale to reclaim his money to Le Chiffre.
- Expy: Of Real Life terrorist Joseph Kony. It's been commented that Obanno is probably the closest thing to a real person to have served as a Bond villain thus far.
- I Will Punish Your Friend for Your Failure: He threatens to chop Valenka's arm off if Le Chiffre fails to secure his money.
- Machete Mayhem: His signature weapon is a machete. He uses a machete to intimidate Valenka while menacing Le Chiffre.
- Neck Snap: How Bond kills him.
- No Honor Among Thieves: Something Le Chiffre should have remembered. He brutalizes Le Chiffre and threatens to mutilate Valenka unless Le Chiffre secures his money.
- Scary Black Man: You don't get much scarier than an armed militia leader who wields a machete and threatens to mutilate his enemies.
Played by: Richard Sammel
A man in Mr White's employment, whose job is to collect the Casino Royale winnings in Venice from Vesper
Played by: Sébastien Foucan
A freelance terrorist hired by Dimitrios for Le Chiffre's operation. He is attending a mongoose versus snake pit fight in Madagascar, and unsuspectingly being shadowed by Bond and Carter. Mainly due to Carter, Mollaka realises he is being watched and runs. Bond then chases him to the Nambutu embassy, kills him and flees with his backpack.
Played by: Claudio Santamaria
A freelance terrorist hired by Dimitrios as a replacement to Mollaka for Le Chiffre's operation.
Played by: Malcolm Sinclair
Dryden appears in the Deliberately Monochrome
prologue of the film. He is a corrupt MI6
section chief in Prague. He is shot by Bond on his last mission before becoming a 00 Agent. He is Bond's second kill in the Craig continuity.
Played by: Darwin Shaw
He appears in the prologue. He is Dryden's contact and attends a cricket match in Lahore, Pakistan (this is shown in a deleted scene). Bond follows him into the cricket club's toilets and they start brawling. He is notable as the first man to be killed by Bond in the Craig continuity, and the first of two kills required in order for Bond to qualify for 00-status.
- Not Quite Dead: Bond attempts to drown him in a sink. After several seconds of struggling, the man's body goes limp and crumples to the floor. Fisher is feigning his death and as Bond turns to retrieve his pistol from the floor, the thug snatches his own weapon and takes aim. With lightening-fast reflexes, Bond turns and shoots first. Silhouetted against the white tiles and shot from the perspective of Fisher's gun barrel, this is shown on screen as a modified version of the traditional Bond Gun Barrel sequence and leads into the film's opening credits.