Characters / Quantum of Solace

Characters specific to the James Bond film Quantum of Solace. For those in the entire film franchise, see here.
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    Camille Montes 

Camille Rivera Montes

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"I wish I could set you free, but your prison is in there."
Played by: Olga Kurylenko

Camille is a Bolivian woman who is seeking revenge for the murder of her family at the hands of General Medrano when she was only a little girl (her father was Medrano's political opponent). She seduced Dominic Greene as a way to get to Medrano, but it didn't work. She first meets Bond in Haiti and at first she clashes with him, 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, who had a Russian mother, oddly enough. Of course, some Bolivians are as fair skinned as Eastern Europeans.
  • Conveniently an Orphan: She was orphaned when she was a little girl, 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 she's going after him in the present.
  • Fire-Forged Friends: She is hostile to Bond at first, 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.
  • Mixed Ancestry: Bolivian father, Russian mother.
  • 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.
  • Rape as Drama: Not directly to herself, but Medrano raped her mother and older sister before killing them.
  • You Killed My Father: She looks for revenge against General Medrano for killing Camille's whole family.
  • Troubled, but Cute: She is psychologically scarred due to what happened with her family, but that doesn't stop characters in the film from stating that she's beautiful, and she grows close to Bond as they begin to trust each other.

    Dominic Greene 

Dominic Greene

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"You two do make the perfect couple. You are, what's the expression? Damaged goods!"
Played by: Mathieu Amalric

Dominic 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.
  • Angrish: In the climax, he's reduced to shrieking gibberish as he tries to kill Bond.
  • Ax-Crazy: In the climax, he takes on Bond with an actual axe and shrieks with wild despair.
  • Big Bad: While Quantum is still pulling the strings in the background, he's still the main antagonist to beat in the film.
  • Corrupt Corporate Executive: Tries to present himself as an Honest Corporate Executive with Greene Planet, a supposedly ecological organization, but it's only a front for his real plans to control resources.
  • 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.
  • Diabolical Mastermind: As a member of Quantum, he has all the resources, though he's a more toned down version to emphasize the hidden and secret nature of the film's contemporary villains.
  • Faux Affably Evil: Acts polite and chummy right up until his plans go south.
  • Friendly Address Privileges
    Greene: My friends call me Dominic.
    Bond: I'm sure they do.
  • The Heavy: He represents only one branch of Quantum which is itself a front for SPECTRE.
  • 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 Situation 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.

    General Medrano 

General Medrano

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"My country is not some fly-speck in the middle of the Caribbean."
Played by: Joaquín Cosío

An 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: For all his cruelty, General Medrano does know how to fight, as shown in his fight with Camille.
  • 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.
  • The Generalissimo: A Bolivian general who seeks to become dictator his country.
  • I Have You Now, My Pretty: Raped Camille's mother and sister before killing them, and attempts to rape a hotel waitress in the climax.
  • Karmic Death: Died at the hands of the daughter and sister of two of his victims.
  • Porn Stache: Sports a mustache in the classic style. A quite dark example given that he's established to be a rapist.

    Fields 

Agent Strawberry Fields

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"Mr. Bond, these orders come from the highest possible authority."
Played by: Gemma Arterton

Fields is a 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.

    Elvis 

Elvis

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Played by: Anatole Taubman

Dominic Greene's friend and second in command.
  • Dodgy Toupee: Wears a very visible toupee.
  • 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.
  • Sissy Villain: Spends more time fixing his toupee than being any credible threat.
  • 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.

     René Mathis 
See his character sheet here.

     Mr. White 
See his character sheet here.

    Carlos 

Carlos

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Played by: Fernando Guillén Cuervo

The 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.
  • Beard of Evil: His goatee makes him look even more of a smug thug that he is.
  • Dirty Cop: To the extreme: the chief of police of Bolivia and in league with a James Bond villain.
  • Sinister Shades: Seen with sunglasses at all times.
  • Gold Tooth: He's got one gold tooth on his upper jaw.
  • Karmic Death: René Mathis thought that Carlos was his friend and ally, but he didn't know that Carlos was in league with the bad guys, and Carlos has Mathis beaten and later killed by his men. So, 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]
  • Sinister Shades: Seen with sunglasses at all times.

    Craig Mitchell 

Craig Mitchell

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Played by: Glenn Foster

A 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.
  • Bodyguard Betrayal: M's personal bodyguard and almost succeeds in killing her.
  • Determinator: He puts quite a tough fight against Bond.
  • Irony:
    Mr. White: Well, then, the first thing you should know about us is that we have people everywhere. Am I right?
  • The Mole: He was a mole within MI6 for Quantum.

    Yusef Kabira 

Yusef Kabira

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Played by: Simon Kassianides

Vesper 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.
  • The Casanova: He seduced many female secret agents to obtain information from them.
  • 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.
  • Faked Kidnapping: He was said to have been kidnapped by Quantum, the reason why Vesper Lynd was blackmailed by them into betraying Bond in Casino Royale. Turns out Quantum faked it and he worked for them all along.
  • Faking the Dead: It seemed at first that Quantum killed him, and a body purported to be his is even found, but at the beginning of the film it's established that it wasn't his, and at the end it's revealed that Quantum faked his death and he worked for them all along.
  • Get It Over With
    Yusef: [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.
  • Love-Interest Traitor: It turns out that he seduced women with access to state secrets and used them to obtain and sell said secrets, including poor Vesper Lynd.
  • Manipulative Bastard: Manipulates the emotions of the women he seduces into giving him information.
  • 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.

    Corinne Veneau 

Corinne Veneau

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Played by: Stana Katic

A 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.
  • Innocent Bystander: She gets snared into the plot by Yusef's ploy.
  • 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.

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