Characters: Quantum of Solace
Characters specific to Quantum of Solace. For those in the entire film franchise, see here.
Camille Rivera Montes
Played by: Olga KurylenkoCamille is a Bolivian agent of Russian descent who is seeking revenge for the murder of her family (her father was Medrano's political opponent). She first meets Bond in Haiti where she has her own agenda in killing Medrano, due to the fact that he killed her family when she was only a little girl (he shot her father in the head, then raped her mother and older sister before strangling them to death). She seduced Dominic Greene as a way to get to Medrano, but it didn't work. At first she clashes with Bond, but soon begins to realize he is the only one she can trust. They then team up and go after Greene and Medrano.
- Beauty Is Never Tarnished: Zig-zagged. Camille does have a nasty burn scar from when she was a kid, but it is on her back and thus concealed by clothing for most of the movie. On the other hand, an ongoing theme of the film is psychological scars.
- Best Served Cold: She has spent several years plotting her revenge against Medrano.
- Broken Bird: Her whole family was killed when she was only a little girl, which left her emotionally detached.
- Brownface: Olga Kurylenko, a fair-skinned woman of Ukrainian origin, has a considerable tan while playing the Bolivian Camille. Of course, some Bolivians are as fair skinned as Eastern Europeans.
- Conveniently an Orphan: She was orphaned when she was little, which led to her plotting revenge against the man who killed her family and answering Bond's Call to Adventure.
- Dark and Troubled Past: Her backstory is that her whole family was killed when she was only a little girl by Medrano, hence why sh'es going after him in the present.
- Fire-Forged Friends: She starts being hostile with Bond, but they both soon realize that they can trust each other.
- Girl of the Week: Deliberately averted. All Camille gives to Bond is a quick peck before apparently leaving him forever.
- Primal Fear: Pyrophobia in her case. From her conversation with Bond, we learn that she got the burn mark on her upper back from the fire in her family's household that was caused by Medrano, which is likely the source of her pyrophobia.
- Revenge/You Killed My Father: She wants revenge against General Medrano for killing Camille's whole family.
Played by: Mathieu AmalricDominic Greene is the main villain of the film, and is part of the Quantum organization. Greene runs a business organization called Greene Planet, which is supposedly devoted to buying up large sums of land for ecological preservation. This, however, is a front for his real plan, to control various commodities such as oil and water, the latter having to do with his current plot in Bolivia.Director Marc Forster rejected any Evil Is Hammy traits for the character to emphasize the hidden and secret nature of the film's contemporary villains. Although Forster shot down any Red Right Hand elements for Greene, he did have Amalric make his eyes bigger and more bug-eyed.
- Death by Irony: Greene deprives Bolivian people of water and drowns Strawberry Fields in crude oil, so Bond leaves him in the desert with only a can of oil to drink.
- Friendly Address PrivilegesGreene: My friends call me Dominic.Bond: I'm sure they do.
- The Heavy: He represents only one branch of Quantum.
- Karmic Death: He drank (or was forcibly fed) the bottle of oil Bond provided before Quantum executed him.
- Killed Offscreen: He's the first main Bond antagonist to die this way. The last time he's seen in the movie is when Bond dumps him in the middle of the Bolivian Desert with a can of motor oil (Bond states that since Greene failed his mission and then ratted out Quantum, they'd be looking for him, but he SHOULD be hard to find out there). At the close of the movie, M informs Bond that Greene was found dead there, with two bullet holes in his head and the oil in his stomach.
- The Man Behind the Man: For some of the Quantum agents from Casino Royale.
- Meaningful Name: Runs an organization with supposedly ecological goals.
- No Celebrities Were Harmed: Amalric has said he modeled Greene's mannerisms after Tony Blair and Nicolas Sarkozy. In the same breath he specified that this is not a commentary on them being real-life villains, but on how much showbusiness modern politics is.
- Non-Action Big Bad: He has no fighting skills and it shows dramatically in the final fight. All he can do against Bond is mere Confusion Fu. While he momentarily succeeds to incapacitate Bond, it ends with a very painful result for him.
- He is, however, the only Big Bad of the Daniel Craig-Bond era to even fight 007. Silva, Oberhauser, even Le Chiffre, might be more physically imposing, but Greene not only is the only one to get into combat, but thanks to the Interesting Situational Duel aspect of the fight, hold his own against Bond.
- Villainous Breakdown: In the final fight his plans explode around his ears, he goes insane, trying to chop Bond to little pieces using an axe while making sounds more appropriately shrieked by demonic monkeys. His fury gets the better of him when he axes himself in the foot.
- You Have Failed Me: He is executed offscreen by Quantum agents.
Played by: Joaquín CosíoAn exiled Bolivian general that Greene is helping to overthrow his government in exchange for a seemingly barren piece of desert. He murdered Camille's family when he was a dictator.
- Attempted Rape: In the climax, Medrano attempts to rape some hotel waitress, before Camille enters the room and proceeds to send him to Hell. Especially significant due to what happened to Camille's mother and older sister.
- Authority Equals Asskicking: Pay attention to his fight with Camille. He is kicking her ass.
- Banana Republic: He was once in command of one. Now he wants to re-establish it.
- Big Bad Wannabe: Views himself as Domonic Greene's equal partner, but Greene basically tells Medrano that he'll be a Puppet President once they put him in power, and if he doesn't like it, Greene's partners will simply have him killed and put another guy in his place (maybe even his own bodyguard). Medrano is seriously annoyed, but reluctantly concedes.
- Despotism Justifies the Means: Medrano has no problem with Quantum engineering a drought in his own country if it means that he will be the next dictator of it. He is much more annoyed when he finds out that he'll basically be a puppet and will further have to essentially hand over Bolivia's entire water supply to Quantum, but he decides its worth the price anyway. Granted, the threat of a bullet to the back of his head probably helped there.
- Karmic Death: Died at the hands of the daughter and sister of two of his victims.
Played by: Jesper ChristensenBond captured him at the end of Casino Royale (2006). He manages to escape his interrogation by M in Siena. He is later seen attending a Quantum meeting set in the middle of a representation of Tosca at the festival of Bregenz, Austria.
- Deadpan Snarker:White: I guess Tosca isn't for everyone.
- Genre Savvy: Chooses to not stand up and leave the performance of Tosca once Bond uncovers his network.
- Wicked Cultured: He loves opera.
Played by: Giancarlo GianniniMathis, now retired in Italy, has been cleared by MI6 for his involvement with Le Chiffre and MI6 bought him a villa on Lake Como. Bond, now a fugitive, returns to him and convinces him to help him track down Dominic Greene in Bolivia.
- Code Name: "René Mathis" is not his real name.
- Death by Irony: In Quantum, he is apparently killed and his body is left in Bond's trunk for the police to 'find'. In Casino Royale (2006), this same method was used by Mathis to get Le Chiffre's ally out of the picture.
- Died in Your Arms Tonight: He dies in Bond's arms.
- Punk in the Trunk: He is beaten by the Bolivian police and placed in his own car trunk in order to frame Bond.
Played by: Gemma ArtertonShe is an MI6 agent who works at the British consulate in Bolivia. She is tasked to force Bond to return to the UK immediately; nonetheless, Bond soon seduces her before they attend a party Greene holds that night. There, she helps Bond escape by causing Elvis to fall down the stairs.
- Adorkable: Best exemplified by her eagerness to be out in the fields despite being somewhat straight laced. This arguably makes her death all the more tragic.
- Drop Dead Gorgeous: She is drowned in oil by Quantum agents, and her oil-covered body is laid on Bond's bed, a callback to Jill Masterson's fate in Goldfinger.
- Girl of the Week: Deconstructed. She shows that Bond's cold manipulation of the people around him can actually ruin or end their lives.
Played by: Anatole TaubmanDominic Greene's friend and second in command.
- The Dragon: To Dominic Greene, though he barely does anything other than play assistant.
- Heterosexual Life-Partners: With Greene, apparently.
- Red Right Hand: Downplayed with his Dodgy Toupee and the neckbrace that he has to wear later on after he is tripped down a flight of stairs.
- Undignified Death: As his boss is escaping in the climax, Elvis is set up to hold a line against Bond. Instead of a fight, Elvis meets his fate by being engulfed by an explosion that blows off his pants.
Played by: Fernando Guillen CuervoThe Colonel of Bolivian Police, the chief of all police forces, and the contact of René Mathis in Bolivia. Mathis doesn't know that Carlos is in league with Medrano. Carlos has Mathis beaten by his men and places him in his own car trunk, setting a trap for Bond.
- Karmic Death: During the climatic fight in the parking of the ESO Hotel.Bond: You and I had a mutual friend! (Bond shoots him in the head)
Played by: Glenn FosterA senior MI6 agent and M's personal bodyguard for five years, while secretly working for Quantum. He tries to kill M while she's interrogating Mr. White in Siena, allowing the latter to escape in the confusion. He is shot by Bond after a furious chase in the undergrounds and on the roofs of Siena during the Palio.
- Badass: He's obviously a well-trained agent and puts quite a tough fight against Bond.
- Bodyguard Betrayal: Almost succeeds to kill M.
- Irony:Mr. White: Well, then, the first thing you should know about us is that we have people everywhere. Am I right?
Played by: Simon KassianidesVesper Lynd's Algerian lover, who secretly works for Quantum. He seduces high-ranking women with valuable connections, getting them to give up government assets as ransom for himself in fake kidnappings where he is supposedly held hostage. He was believed to be dead at the end of Casino Royale (2006). Bond confronts him in Kazan (Russia) at the end of Quantum of Solace, and opts to capture him alive to be interrogated by the MI6 instead of killing him out of revenge for Vesper's death. His fate is unknown after that point.
- Evil All Along: He was said to have been kidnapped and killed by Quantum in Casino Royale (2006). Turns out he faked both and worked for Quantum all along.
- Face Death with DignityYusef: (to Bond) Please, have it quick!
- Honey Trap: His modus operandi. He seduces female secret agents and obtains informations from them once they're deeply in love with him.
- Memento MacGuffin: The Algerian love knot he offers to all the women he seduces. Bond shows Vesper's to Corrine Veneau (a Canadian agent and Kabira's next prey), which prompts her to exit.
Played by: Stana KaticA Canadian intelligence operative and Yusef's latest target. Surprising them in Yusef's apartment, Bond holds Yusef at gunpoint. He tells Corinne about Vesper and advises her to alert the Canadian Security Intelligence Service to the leak. She brusquely exits, leaving the two men alone.
- Memento MacGuffin: The Algerian love knot.
- Oh Crap!: Just have a look at her face (picture). This is when she realizes the Awful Truth that she has been made a fool of by Yusef.