Characters: Casino Royale (2006)

aka: Casino Royale
Characters specific to Casino Royale (2006). For those in the entire film franchise, see here.


Vesper Lynd

Played by: Eva Green

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, and revenge for her death is the driving focus of Quantum of Solace.

  • Always V Sexy: Vesper, and the fact that it's Eva Green playing her.
  • Break the Cutie: She has to play along with everything to steal Bond's money and rescue her kidnapped/dead boyfriend.
  • Cartwright Curse: As expected in a Bond movie.
  • Deadpan Snarker: A regular goldmine of sarcastic barbs.
  • Distracted by the Sexy: What she is supposed to do to Bond's adversaries in the poker tournament. It actually winds up working more on Bond himself in practice.
  • Ms. Fanservice: When she walks into the poker room in either dress, but especially the latter. When she revives Bond via Magical Defibrillator, her cleavage, and there is a lot of it, is on full display.
  • 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.
  • Woman in Black: She usually dress in black. Infact seems like it's her favourite colour.
  • Who Names Their Kid "Dude"?: Bond hopes she gave her parents hell for that.


Le Chiffre

Played by: Mads Mikkelsen

The main villain of the film. He is a banker for terrorist funds who uses them in his own moneymaking schemes (wherein he short sells massive shares of a company's stock, then stages terrorist attacks on said company's major assets to drive them into bankruptcy). 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. Note that 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.
  • Faux Affably Evil: He's calm, collected, and polite, even when torturing Bond for the password to the winnings, but loses it when he realizes that Bond has no intention of giving him said information.
  • Good Scars, Evil Scars: He has small scars near his left eye.
  • I Will Punish Your Friend for Your Failure: Obanno threatens to mutilate his girlfriend Valenka if he doesn't secure his money. Le Chiffre doesn't do much about it, though it's never explicitly stated whether this is because he doesn't care, is just too cowardly, or is calling Obanno's bluff.
  • 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.
  • Obviously Evil: If the all black suit and his bearing and demeanor wasn't enough, he tells his second-in-command to throw the guests he had just beaten in poker overboard if they weren't gone in five minutes.
  • Only Known By His Nickname: Everyone refers to him as Le Chiffre ("the number") instead of using his birth name.
  • Professional Gambler: He's a skilled card player. A major plot event is when he arranges a high-stakes card game in order to secure $100 million he lost in an investment gone wrong.
  • Red Right Hand: He weeps blood from his left eye when stressed. It gets lampshaded.
    Le Chiffre: Weeping blood comes merely from a derangement of the tear duct. Nothing sinister.
  • Smug Snake: A rather creepy version of this trope.
  • The Stateless: His nationality is indicated as such on his MI6 file.
  • Tears of Blood: Blood comes from his left eye during moments of stress. Nothing sinister, though.
  • 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 him being the film's Big Bad, the plot largely revolves around he himself being in financial trouble with some other evil organizations 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.


Mr. White

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.

  • Bigger Bad: Le Chiffre's contact in Quantum and the reason he sets up the poker game in Montenegro to begin with.


René Mathis

Played by: Giancarlo Giannini

An MI6 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.


Alexandre Dimitrios

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.


Solange Dimitrios

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's criminal scheme but ends up getting tortured to death for this.

  • Chekov's Gun: The way she comes up behind Dimitrios and kisses him is Bond's inspiration for having Vesper do the same at Casino Royale.
  • Genre Savvy: Is fully aware that Bond will sleep with her for information. She goes along anyway.
  • Kill the Cutie: What happens to her for telling Bond what she knows about her husband's plans.
  • Ms. Fanservice: The other half of her role in the movie, including scenes in a sexy, sea-green two-piece, and a pinkish-red evening gown with a neckline that borders on Absolute Cleavage.
  • Your Cheating Heart: Due to her bitter relationship with Alex, she sleeps with Bond.


Valenka

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 blonde 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 Offscreen: 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 the gunshots we hear before Mr. White bursts in and shoots Le Chiffre are the ones that kill Valenka and Kratt.
  • 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.


Steven Obanno

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.


Adolph Gettler

Played by: Richard Sammel

A man in Mr White's employment, whose job is to collect the Casino Royale winnings in Venice from Vesper.


Mollaka

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.

  • The Voiceless: He has absolutely no lines, but people still remember him for the runaround he gave Bond.


Carlos

Played by: Claudio Santamaria

A freelance terrorist hired by Dimitrios as a replacement to Mollaka for Le Chiffre's operation.


Dryden

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.

  • Even Evil Has Loved Ones: He'll sell state secrets to terrorists without batting an eye but keeps a framed photo of his family on his desk. This is one of the first indications that Craig's interpretation of Bond is a decidedly more morally ambiguous one.
  • Genre Blindness: He assumes that if M wanted him dead, she'd have sent a Double O. Turns out M doesn't seem to consider him quite as important as he does, though she does send him the next best thing.
  • Hope Spot: For a moment, he honestly thinks he has gotten the drop on Bond.
  • It Works Better with Bullets: Bond knows where Dryden keeps his gun and removed the bullets evidently just to troll him.
  • Killed Mid-Sentence:
    Dryden: Made you feel it, did he? Well, you needn't worry. The second is — [BAMM]


Fisher

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.

Alternative Title(s):

Casino Royale