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Raoul Silva (Tiago Rodriguez)
Played by: Javier BardemThe 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.
- A Pupil of Mine Until He Turned to Evil: According to M, he was one of her best agents.
- Agent Peacock: He has some seriously flamboyant mannerisms, but is still one of the deadliest Bond villains.
- Alas, Poor Villain: His last scenes are really tragic. After he learnt one of his men had shot her with a stray bullet and is mortally wounded, he practically begs M to kill him and herself.Silva: You're hurt. You're hurt! What have they done to you? What have they done to you? [puts his gun in her hand] Free us both. With the same bullet. Only you can do it. Do it! Do it!
- Ambiguously Bi: Uses Faux Yay to get under people's skin, regardless of sex.
- Ax-Crazy: Very much so.
- The Bad Guy Wins: Posthumously. M dies from her wounds inflicted by his men.
- 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 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.
- 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.
- Dark-Skinned Blond: The villain, "Silva", attacks the British anti-terrorism effort, and the palaces of the establishment, using his skills as a cyber-hacker. He's al-Qaeda and Anonymous rolled into one.
- Death Seeker: As revealed in the end, he wants to die along with M.
- 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 M 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. He's also one to Alec Trevelyan, being a former MI6 agent out for revenge against his former employer, but his case is much more sympathetic and plotted out; he only wants M and then himself dead for her selling him out, whereas Trevelyan was financially interested in destroying MI6 and England. And he's an Expy of Victor "Renard" Zokas due to having a major head injury and being a Death Seeker after he kills M, who Renard has kidnapped (with the exact same actress, too).
- 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; this also somehow got him connected to Quantum/SPECTRE, which isn't even mentioned until the next Bond movie.
- 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.
- Famous Last Words: "Free us both. With the same bullet. Do it. Do it. Only you can do it."
- 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.
- Light Is Not Good: Wears white, has blond hair, and is very Not Good.
- Limp and Livid: After Skyfall manor blows up he gets annoyed.
- Manipulative Bastard: Plays MI6 like a fiddle.
- Meaningful Name: His real first name, Tiago, is the Portuguese form of James.
- Mistreatment-Induced Betrayal: He was sacrificed for the greater good by M, leading him to endure a Face–Heel Turn.
- Mommy Issues: Though M isn't actually his mother, he treats it like she is, and her reactions to her agents does mirror one.
- Moral Myopia: There's no doubt he's suffered unimaginable agonies being tortured for months and has more than a Freudian Excuse. Later it's revealed that he had engaged in unauthorized hacking of the Chinese, besides causing the death of innocent secret agents and shooting Severine in front of Bond after she betrayed him.
- Obfuscating Stupidity: Once captured he pretends to be out of tricks.
- Older Hero vs. Younger Villain: The younger villain to M's older heroine.
- Parental Betrayal: The realization that M abandoned him to be tortured for months is what prompted his Face–Heel Turn and Roaring Rampage of Revenge.
- Please Keep Your Hat On: Those are some pearly whites, Raoul! *click* ... oh.
- Psychopathic Manchild: Probably best exemplified at the end when he turns into a crying, scared little boy when he realizes M's death was not going to be a swiftly-painless affair, and proceeds to lovingly embrace her like a mother while begging for her forgiveness.
- Roaring Rampage of Revenge: His actions throughout the entire movie are him enacting one of these on M.
- Rogue Agent: Ex-MI6 agent. Even before his Face–Heel Turn he'd gone this way, having hacked into the Chinese security systems without permission.
- Shadow Archetype: He's what Bond could be if he didn't forgive or trust M for the things she puts him through.
- Sissy Villain: Particularly in his first talk with Bond, where he becomes very effeminate.
- Slasher Smile: When his Affably Evil nature drops.
- Soft-Spoken Sadist: Is very civil and tranquil as he goes about destroying London.
- There Is No Kill Like Overkill: His solution to James Bond pursuing him as he escapes from MI6's underground HQ? Drop a freaking train on him. Of course, given how most incarnations have survived almost everything from stray bullets to heart failure, it's a case of Genre Savvy.
- Tragic Villain: Sold out by M, tortured for five months, and tried to commit suicide via cyanide capsule only to end up horribly disfigured, his only goal now is destroy M and die with her.
- Troll: He seems to do things just to mess with Bond from time to time, like his attempted flirting when they first meet.
- Silva enjoyed showing M his deformity, he started laughing after seeing M's reaction to his sunken face.
- He sends a message when Q tries to open his computer and winds up hacking MI6. "Not such a clever boy."
- Uncanny Valley: An Invoked Trope and Justified Trope. His smile seems... off, and then we learn that he tried to poison himself with cyanide, so those aren't even his real teeth and that the top left portion of his face is sunken in to give a skeletal appearance.
- Villainous Breakdown: First when Bond foils his initial plot to kill M. Later, he has another after Bond blows up the Skyfall manor.
- Walking Spoiler: Of a sort. You would think he is just a normal Big Bad of the Bondverse, however comes The Reveal later in the movie... and those white spaces are because of that.
- We Can Rule Together: He tries to get Bond to join him.Silva: You see, we are the last two rats. We can either eat each other... mmm... or eat everyone else.
- "Well Done, Son!" Guy: Even though he wants to M to be punished for what she did to him, Silva still loved her enough as a mother to want to "make-peace" with her through sharing a dignified and painless death.
- Wealthy Yacht Owner: Bond is taken to his hideout aboard a sailing yacht.
- Well-Intentioned Extremist: Initially, according to M, he started going rogue not by selling out MI6 or Britain, but by executing unauthorized missions against the Chinese.
- Woobie, Destroyer of Worlds: Although the "woobie" part is left ambiguous. M declares he was always a "slippery one".
Played by: Bérénice Marlohe (credited as Bérénice Lim Marlohe)Silva's associate.
- Boom, Headshot: How Silva kills her.
- Broken Bird: Due to her past, she has little reason to smile.
- Cartwright Curse: Killed after a night with Bond.
- Disposable Woman: Bond doesn't seem to think much about her murder, and neither does Silva.
- Everything Sounds Sexier in French: Her name is French.
- Expy: She's all but identical to Andrea Anders of The Man with the Golden Gun—the Sex Slave of the villain, (who's Bond's Evil Counterpart) who hates her lover and wants Bond to kill him so as to free her, only for she to be the one who dies at his hand.
- Foreign Fanservice: Apparently in-universe as well, where her foreign nature is used as a compliment.
- Girl of the Week: Almost literally so, considering her short lifespan.
- Ms. Fanservice: Has a nice figure and a bathing scene.
- Only One Name: Or at least, we don't know what her other part of her name is, if there is any.
- Sacrificial Lamb: Her death is a display of how sadistic Silva is.
- Sex Slave: She is Silva's sex slave.
- Smoking Is Glamorous: A rare tribute to the earlier films with more smoking.
- Stepford Smiler: When she meets Bond in Macau. Though Bond sees through it with ease.
- We Hardly Knew Ye: After Silva shoots the glass off her head, neither he nor Bond think of Severine as important for the remainder of the movie.
Played by: Naomie HarrisEve 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 Caucasian.
- Sexy Secretary; She's Bond's secretary, and you could cut their sexual tension with a knife.
- Took a Level in Badass: Moneypenny has scarcely been seen outside of her office before, much less working as Bond's partner in the field, to say nothing of firing a gun in combat.
Gareth Mallory (and later, the new M)
Played by: Ralph FiennesChairman 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: In his conversations with M he initially appears to be some arrogant pencil pusher that will get in her way of catching the bad guys.
- 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.
- 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 FinneyAn old gamekeeper who still keeps up Skyfall, the Bond family estate in Scotland.
- Badass Grandpa: He looks at a movie that says "old things are obsolete" and blows it away with his shotgun.
- Brave Scot:[BAM! THUD!] Kincade: Welcome to Scotland!
- Cool Old Guy: He's like Batman's Alfred but with more cursing.
- Expy: The character was written for Sean Connery, the first actor to play Bond, though the production staff apparently decided against asking him to come out of retirement.
- Old Retainer: For Skyfall Manor.
- Only One Name: Just Kincade.
- Parental Substitute: The closest person Commander Bond had to a father, ever since he lost his real one.
- Shotguns Are Just Better: Hunting shotguns, in fact.
- Sawed-Off Shotgun: He is seen cutting down the barrels.
Played by: Ola RapaceA 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 allow 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.
- Cold Sniper: Conducts a sniper kill shortly before his death. It's 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 that his death is 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?