Played by: Eva GreenVesper 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 Man Behind the Man behind Le Chiffre (Quantum (which later becomes SPECTRE) 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.
- Afraid of Blood: She sobs about the blood that's on her while sitting in the shower, clothed, consumed by feelings of guilt after watching Obanno and his mooks getting killed by Bond.
- Always V Sexy: Vesper, and the fact that it's Eva Green playing her.
- Anti-Villain: She's directly working against Bond and his mission the entire time, but it's clear that it wasn't her choice. The sequel makes her an even more sympathetic antagonist.
- Brainy Brunette: A brunette accountant that works for Her Majesty's Treasury.
- Break the Cutie: She has to play along with everything to steal Bond's money and rescue her kidnapped/dead boyfriend.
- Cartwright Curse: She commits suicide by not allowing Bond to rescue her from drowning out of guilt from betraying Bond and her country.
- Dark Secret: Vesper is being blackmailed by Quantum into helping Le Chiffre so she can rescue her kidnapped boyfriend.
- 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.
- Femme Fatale: She's a Woman in Black with Absolute Cleavage that keeps a Dark Secret and ends up turning on the hero.
- Gambler Groupie: She is used by Bond as a strategic distraction for the other competitors during the card game.
- Girl of the Week: More than that actually. She becomes Bond's true Love Interest and her loss is just as influential on Craig's Bond as the loss of Tracy was on the other Bonds.
- Heroic BSOD: She goes through one after seeing Obanno and his henchmen getting killed by Bond.
- The Lost Lenore: For Bond in Quantum of Solace.
- Love Interest Traitor: She has no choice however, and she doesn't want to harm Bond.
- The Mole: She's secretly working for Quantum.
- 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.
- Raven Hair, Ivory Skin: She has fair skin, dark hair, and is outstandingly attractive. Mathis even remarks how outstandingly attractive she is towards the end of the poker game.
- 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. In fact, it seems like it's her favourite colour.
- Who Names Their Kid "Dude"?: Bond hopes she gave her parents hell for that.
Played by: Mads MikkelsenThe 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 Dye Job: The novel also describes his hair being red-brown, instead of jet black as in this film.
- 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.
- Big Bad Wannabe: He is introduced as a Diabolical Mastermind, controlling the money of terrorists world wide. Despite this, a risky bet causing him to lose the money reveals him as little more than a well paid Smug Snake, as shown when he is left squirming from two terrorists threatening him if he fails to get the money back. After he loses to Bond in poker, he's reduced to a desperate state, torturing an unwavering James Bond until Mr. White arrives, tired with his failure and shoots him in the head with half an hour of film still left to go.
- The Chessmaster: He hatches 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. It's even stated that he's an expert chess player.
- Conspicuous Consumption: His yacht, fine clothes, and platinum inhaler are all displays of his immense wealth.
- Dark Is Evil: He has dark hair and dresses entirely in black.
- Diabolical Mastermind: He has the wealth (he's a banker), enough numbers of mooks, and connections with a leader of the Lord's Resistance Army.
- Disc One Final Boss: He spends the film as Bond's most consistent rival and most cunning antagonist until his continued failures lead to Mr. White killing him and hunting bond with Quantum's resources and 30 minutes of action still to go in the film.
- Evil Genius: He is a mathematical genius who services many of the world's terrorists and the Quantum organization.
- 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 interrogating and 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.
- The Heavy: He is the main antagonist whose direct actions are the primary focus of the film, even though Mr. White is his superior within Quantum.
- Hollywood Nerd: A math nerd who uses an inhaler, yet he's trim and handsome.
- 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.
- Karmic Death: When he's torturing Bond for the password to the winnings, he tells him that Valenka and one of his henchmen are questioning Vesper. Then, gunshots and a woman's scream are heard in another room, and Le Chiffre assumes that they killed Vesper, which he then gloats about to Bond. Just when Le Chiffre is about to kill Bond, Mr. White bursts from said room, revealing that the gunshots heard before came from him and impliying that he killed Valenka and the henchman, and shoots Le Chiffre dead.
- 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 tuxedo 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.
- Pretty Little Headshots: Mr. White disposes him with a clean shot on his forehead.
- 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 repeated failures and untrustworthiness.
Played by: Jesper ChristensenHe 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 and Spectre.
- Badass in a Nice Suit: He wears a nice suit in all of his scenes.
- Better to Die Than Be Killed: Confident his daughter will be safe with Bond, White takes his own life to deny Blofeld the satisfaction.
- Big Bad: Le Chiffre's contact in Quantum and the reason he sets up the poker game in Montenegro to begin with. At first he seems to be a background threat but he controls Le Chiffre and after the man's failure he kills Le Chiffre himself and directly drives the plot himself by taking charge of getting the terrorist money back himself.
- The Chessmaster: The SMS in Vesper's phone indicates that he had a hand in her extortion.
- Diabolical Mastermind: He's an even higher operative within Quantum than Le Chiffre, who's himself already an example of this.
- Driven to Suicide: In Spectre, he kills himself by firing his gun at the jaw from point blank range..
- Even Evil Has Loved Ones: Despite their estrangement, he still deeply cares for his daughter and gives Bond intel on SPECTRE in return for Bond promising to protect her.
- Even Evil Has Standards: He had a falling out with SPECTRE over their involvement in human trafficking of children.
- Karma Houdini: Averted, as Bond captures him thanks to Vesper's last SMS.
- Manipulative Bastard: He was the one in charge of blackmailing Vesper Lynd.
- The Man Behind the Man: He was the man behing Le Chiffre's acts.
- Nebulous Evil Organization: Quantum, the criminal organization of which he's the liaison with Le Chiffre. It's eventually revealed that Quantum is just one branch of SPECTRE.
- Non-Action Big Bad: Le Chiffre is The Heavy and Mr. White is content to sit back while his subordinate attempts to recover his losses until he becomes fed up with Le Chiffre's incompetence and begins focusing on Bond himself.
- Only Known By His Nickname: Like a lot of the bad guys in here, we never find out his real name.
- Pre-Mortem One-Liner: Before shooting Le Chiffre in the head.Mr. White: Money isn't as valuable to our organization as knowing who to trust. *BANG*
- Soft-Spoken Sadist: The only time where he raises his voice is when he screams after he's shot in the leg by Bond.
- Villainous Rescue: Saves Bond's and Vesper's life when they are tortured by Le Chiffre.
- You Have Outlived Your Usefulness: In Spectre, we find that following his failures with Le Chiffre and Greene, as well as his objection to SPECTRE's entry into the child sex trade, Blofeld has declared him a liability and had him poisoned. He hangs on long enough, apparently through sheer force of will, to entrust his daughter's safety to Bond before ending his life on his own terms.
Played by: Giancarlo GianniniAn 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.
- Cool Old Guy: He's a really friendly guy who seems in his sixties.
- Mistaken for an Imposter: At the end of the film Bond has Mathis arrested because Le Chiffre identified Mathis as a Double Agent. In Quantum of Solace this is revealed to have been false.
- 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.
Played by: Simon AbkarianA contractor in charge of Le Chiffre's operation. Bond tracked Mollaka's phone to the Bahamas and found that he had been contacted by him.
- Cool Car: Owns an Aston Martin DB5, until he loses it to Bond.
- The Dragon: To Le Chiffre.
- The Gambling Addict: Loves playing poker.
- Hoist by His Own Petard: Bond stabs him with his own knife.
Played by: Caterina MurinoThe 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.
- All Girls Want Bad Boys: Deconstructed brutally.
- Cartwright Curse: She is found tortured and killed, strangled in a hammock, for having (unintentionally) helped Bond.
- Chekhov'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.
- Disposable Woman: The second half of her role in the movie (see below for the first one) is to be Stuffed into a Hammock.
- Kill the Cutie: She's introduced as a sweet and lovable woman, and then gets killed for telling Bond what she knows about her husband's plans.
- Ms. Fanservice: The first 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.
Played by: Ivana MiličevićLe 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.
- Dark Chick: For Le Chiffre's crew. Also possibly The Dragon.
- Femme Fatale: A very good and deadly example of this. Her introduction alone is a classic Bond Girl intro; climbing out of the water onto Le Chiffre's boat in slow motion and walking past the game he's playing in a swimsuit.
- 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.
- Sensual Slavs: She's sensual and seems of Slavic origin, if her name and her actress' originnote is any indication.
- Smug Snake: She looks smug when Le Chiffre kidnaps Bond and Vesper.
Played by: Issac de BankoléA 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.note 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 SammelA man in Mr. White's employment, whose job is to collect the Casino Royale winnings in Venice from Vesper.
- All There in the Manual: He never gets identified by name onscreen.
- Co-Dragons: With Le Chiffre to Mr White.
- Eyepatch of Power: Played with. One half of his glasses is darkened.
- Human Shield: Uses Vesper briefly as this.
- Karma Houdini: In the book. Remedied most painfully in the film.
- Moe Greene Special: Dies when Bond puts a nail through his eye, with the nail gun he used against Bond moments earlier.
- Nail 'Em: Tries to kill Bond with a nail gun. It doesn't end well for him.
- Nice Hat: Wears a Panama hat for his rendezvous with Vesper.
- Sinister Shades: You can't get more sinister shades than a pair that only has one half of them darkened.
Played by: Sébastien FoucanA 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.
- African Terrorists: He's an African Terrorist Without a Cause.
- Badass: The chase scene shows that guy knows a lot about freerunning and Le Parkour (his actor is the founder of freerunning, and considered an early developer of parkour). Too bad for him that Bond decides to bypass all of that.
- Good Scars, Evil Scars: His bomber career shows on his face.
- Le Parkour: Uses parkour to try to evade Bond. Played by one of the pioneering members, too.
- Scary Black Man: Not enforced by his attitude per se, but by the scary scars on his face.
- Terrorists Without a Cause: He's a bombmaker, but just a freelancer. M describes him as such while scolding Bond for killing him:M: The man isn't even a true believer; he's a gun for hire.
- The Voiceless: He has absolutely no lines, but people still remember him for the runaround he gave Bond.
Played by: Claudio SantamariaA freelance terrorist hired by Dimitrios as a replacement to Mollaka for Le Chiffre's operation.
- Dressing as the Enemy: He gains access to the Miami airport by Impersonating an Officer of the Miami-Dade Police Department.
- Hoist by His Own Petard: Literally: Carlos attached a bomb to a fuel truck to destroy the plane, but Bond found it and attached it to Carlos' belt. When Carlos detonated the bomb, he found it attached to himself too late.
- Oh Crap!: The look he has at the end of the Chase Scene on the airport runway when he discovers that the bomb he attached to the fuel truck has been attached to his belt by Bond is this.
- Terrorists Without a Cause: A bomb maker and terrorist, but only a for-hire one, just like Mollaka.
- Why Am I Ticking?: Carlos sets off a bomb he believes to be attached to a fuel truck next to a prototype jumbo jet, but unbeknownst to him, however, Bond had attached the bomb to his belt during the preceding fight scene. He gets just enough time to locate the source of the beeping before he goes boom.
Played by: Malcolm SinclairDryden 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.
- Bond One-Liner: He gets one in on Bond, but it proved premature.Dryden: Shame. We barely got to know each other.Click
- Casual Danger Dialogue: He's entirely too British to get upset by something as mundane as a government assassin lying in wait in his office.
- Double Agent: A section chief of MI6's station in Prague who's selling official secrets to terrorists.
- 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.
- It's also implied that he cares in some capacity for his affiliates, going so far as to ask how his contact was killed and looking affected at the description.
- 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 —
[is shot by Bond]
Bond: Yes. Considerably.
- The Mole: He's one within MI6, selling official secrets to terrorists.
- Smug Snake: He treats Bond with utter disdain in the face of his information selling being uncovered.
- Underestimating Badassery: He doesn't believe that the agent sent to confront him, Bond, was going to kill him. He was wrong.
Played by: Darwin ShawHe 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.
- All There in the Manual: His name is not mentioned in the movie.
- Mook: He's Dryden's contact who Bond mows down, but not after a brutal fight.
- 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.