Characters specific to Skyfall
. For those in the entire film franchise
, see here
Raoul Silva (Tiago Rodriguez)
Played by: Javier Bardem
The main antagonist, he wants to discredit and kill M. His real name is Tiago Rodriguez, and he was a sold-out MI6 agent who took his cyanide pill, but survived.
- The Bad Guy Wins: Posthumously. M dies from her wounds inflicted by his men.
- Badass: While he makes good use of his mooks, Silva's no slouch when it comes to getting his hands dirty.
- Badass Longcoat: On the posters, he is seen wearing one and you would think he wears it throughout the film. Nope, only in the final battle.
- Being Evil Sucks: At the end he looks genuinely worried seeing M wounded and somewhat realizing he's the cause of this.
- Being Tortured Makes You Evil: He was captured and tortured for months on end but he refused to give up any information, until he realized M sold him out and he subsequently tried to commit suicide. Instead of dying he ended up horribly disfigured. Still clinging to life, he realized vengeance against M is now all he has left.
- Beware the Silly Ones: He's a Psychopathic Manchild and Large Ham, but at the same time is extremely competent and a Hero Killer. As the film moves on, his 'silly' traits begin to make him more and more creepy instead of funny.
- Big Bad: The main villain of Skyfall.
- Blond Guys Are Evil: In contrast to Bond.
- Body Horror: His upper teeth are prostheses to hide his melted teeth and the destroyed left side of his face. The result is a sunken eye combined with a skeletal looking appearance that is unnerving as it sounds.
- Break Them by Talking: What he attempts to do Bond when they meet with his 'last two rats' speech.
- The Chessmaster: Everything you've planned for, he's already three steps ahead of you because he knows all of your protocols and/or hacked your computer.
- Crazy-Prepared: He has a ridiculous amount of back-up schemes to fight MI6.
- Dangerously Genre Savvy: The guy sets up his endgame by faking Bond Villain Stupidity to get him exactly where he wanted to be. Justified, as he's a Fallen Hero.
- Death Seeker: As revealed in the end, he wants to die along with M.
- Depraved Bisexual: Strongly implied.
- Diabolical Mastermind: A big name in the criminal underworld.
- Dissonant Serenity: He acts very civil and easygoing, which makes his actions and his extremities to do so more terrifying than most villains in the franchise. Plus his smile is really unnerving and it turns out to be an prosthesis to hide the sunken and almost skull-like left side of his face. The result is very disturbing
- The Dreaded: When Bond mentions that he wanted to see Silva, Severine begins shaking in terror.
- Driven to Suicide: In his backstory, he tried this with a cyanide pill, but survived.
- Escape Artist: Silva masterminds an ingenious get-out-of-jail free plan that involves remotely hacking the auxiliary MI6 computer systems so that his cell opens, during which he takes out both guards, then escapes through tunnels leading into an Underground station, where he then slips out dressed as a police officer.
- Et Tu, Brute?: He felt this way upon realizing that she sold him out to the Chinese.
- Evil Counterpart: Compares himself and Bond to 'rats' of the same litter.
- Evil Genius: An expert hacker, giving a comparison to Q.
- Evil Plan: Humiliate and kill M because she sold him out to save six other agents when he looked up to her as a mother figure. Also, possibly destroying the entire MI6.
- Evil Sounds Deep: Javier Bardem can sound very deep when he''s not being a Sissy Villain.
- Expy: The filmmakers specifically said they based him off of the Heath Ledger interpretation of The Joker, as well as Hans Landa.
- Facial Horror: Concealed by a prosthesis, but Silva's real mouth is missing many of his teeth and the left side of his face is sunken due to his failed suicide by Cyanide Pill. It's ignored completely after he shows it to M. The overall effect is enhanced by Bardem's undeniably amphibious features.
- Face-Heel Turn: Prior to the movie he became a terrorist after he was betrayed by MI6.
- Fallen Hero: He is an ex-MI6 agent.
- Faux Affably Evil: He sounds remarkably civil when torturing captives and offing minions.
- Freudian Excuse: Silva was left for dead by the MI6, which triggers his wish to destroy them.
- Foil: To Bond mostly, though he has elements of Q and M as well. He's an evil agent who uses multiple gadgets, opposed to Bond. He is an expert hacker, opposed to Q. He makes very dark decisions and leads his organization, opposed to M.
- From Nobody to Nightmare: He went from being a normal MI6 agent to freelance cyber terrorist, killing five MI6 agents in the process.
- Hero Killer: Five agents blown because of him. And M.
- He Who Fights Monsters: His desire for revenge on M stems from her selling him out (for admittedly criminal actions he committed). He gets his revenge by doing the same thing to at least five completely innocent secret agents, and planning to do it to many more.
- In the Back: A knife is thrown into his back as the killing blow.
- Knight of Cerebus: You thought Le Chiffre and Dominic Greene were nasty? You ain't seen nothing yet!
- Large Ham: He loves hearing himself talk and doing grand gestures.
Played by: Bérénice Marlohe (credited as "Bérénice Lim Marlohe")
Played by: Naomie Harris
Eve is an MI6
field agent, who during the mission with Bond in Turkey, ends up shooting 007 while he struggled with Patrice atop a train. Afterwards she is suspended from field work, although she does aid in fighting off Silva in order to ensure that Bond can help M escape safely. At the end of the movie, Eve states she is not fit for field work, and will remain only in a desk job at MI6. As Bond says that they have not been properly introduced, she says her full name is Eve Moneypenny (see also Moneypenny's page here)
. Despite the fact that the Bond girl in the film is Séverine, Eve and Bond also share a few romantic moments.
- Action Girl: She drives like a stuntwoman, is a trained sniper, takes out two mooks with her heels and a metal suitcase and goes on to shoot a few more before eventually deciding that fieldwork isn't for her.
- Drives Like Crazy: Granted, they were in a chase, but James needs to have a word with her about driving in crowded streets.
- Race Lift: Her counterparts in previous movies were fair skinned.
- Sexy Secretary; She's Bond's secretary, and you could cut their sexual tension with a knife.
Gareth Mallory (and later, the new M)
Played by: Ralph Fiennes
Chairman of the British Parliament's Intelligence and Security Committee and formerly a Lieutenant Colonel in the SAS. He becomes the new M at the end of the film.
- Badass Bureaucrat: He's initially a Member of Parliament and he works at a desk, but don't think he's a pushover.
- Bait-and-Switch Tyrant: Early on, he seems to be an obstruction to M and Co., and before Silva shows up there's even a bit of fauxshadowing that makes it seem like he might be be behind the attacks on MI6.
- Big Good: He takes M's place after she dies.
- Everyone Has Standards: He unapologetically believes that M should be called to account for her handling of the crisis, but is visibly disgusted when it becomes clear that the actual committee hearing is basically nothing more than a Kangaroo Court.
- Jerkass Has a Point: In the beginning when he's in Obstructive Bureaucrat mode, at least, when he shuts down M's objections to being summoned to meet him:
M: Forgive me, but why am I here?
Mallory: Three months ago you lost a computer drive containing the identity of almost every NATO agent embedded in terrorist organizations across the globe. A list, which in the eyes of our allies, never existed. So, if you'll forgive me, I think you know why you're here.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: While he may be a bit harsh towards M, there's no doubt that Mallory is just doing his job.
- Legacy Character: Becomes the new M after the death of Judi Dench's character.
- Obstructive Bureaucrat: What he first appears to be in his conversations with M.
- Reasonable Authority Figure: M screwed up and he wants her to be held accountable. Nothing odd there.
- Retired Badass: He's an ex-SAS colonel who was once held hostage for three months by the IRA.
- Superdickery: The reason he came off like an Obstructive Bureaucrat.
- Taking the Bullet: When Silva attacks the inquiry hearing, Mallory instinctively jumps a railing. Seeing Silva about to shoot M with his pistol, Mallory pushes her to the ground and takes a bullet in his left arm. He's seen wearing a sling for the remainder of the movie.
- Took a Level in Badass: Twice. First, when Silva attacks the hearing, he pushes M down and takes a bullet from Silva's pistol. After a few more bailiffs get shot, Mallory breaks cover, runs across the room while under fire from Silva and a henchman, grabs a dead bailiff's pistol, and manages to kill the henchman. He later approves Q and Tanner's breaking of the regulations and put out tracking devices for Silva.
Played by: Albert Finney
An old gamekeeper who still keeps up Skyfall, the Bond family estate in Scotland
A mercenary of unknown nationality with a French name. He works for Silva, and is responsible for setting the events of the movie in action, by stealing the list of NATO
field agents' true identities. Is the first of Silvas mooks to die
and notable for being the only named one.
- All There in the Manual: Ola Rapace has described him as a man of few words, who loves violence.
- Awesome but Impractical: His depleted uranium bullets, which allows Bond to track down and kill him. However, considering how much of a Chessmaster Silva is, it is possible that he planned for Bond to track down Patrice, kill him, and lead him to Severine in the Macau casino, to set his plans in motion. After all, it seems he is dependent on this to happen.
- Badass: Quite a thorn on Bond's side.
- Cold Sniper: Conducts a sniper kill shortly before his death. Possible just a set up to attract the attention of Bond.
- Cool Guns: Sniper Rifles. Not to mention his Glock 18 with a 100-round Beta C-Mag.
- Disney Villain Death: He dies at the end of his fight with Bond by falling to his death.
- The Dragon: Averted. He's the most developed of Silva's mooks but given his death before the first appearance of Silva, and the lack of contact between them, he's clearly not the guy's Number Two.
- High-Altitude Interrogation: After his Fight Scene with Patrice, Bond tries this. Patrice remains silent until he falls to his death. Perhaps Patrice had seen what happened to Sandor in The Spy Who Loved Me?