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Raoul Silva (born Tiago Rodriguez)
Played by: Javier BardemThe main antagonist, a former MI-6 agent turned mad cyber-criminal who wants to discredit and kill M. When M found out about his unauthorized hacking of the Chinese, she sold him out to them and he took a cyanide pill but survived, leaving him with oral injuries.
- 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.
- Animal Metaphor: Describes himself and Bond as the 'last two rats standing'. He utilizes the image of trapped rats turning to cannibalism as a metaphor for what the life of a spy does to its participants - namely himself.
- Ax-Crazy: Very much so. So much that he is stated by Word of God to be based on Heath Ledger's interpretation of The Joker.
- The Bad Guy Wins: Posthumously. M dies from her wounds inflicted by his men. In fact, he's the only Bond villain in franchise history to squarely win by the end of the film. Even though he died, he still brought the entire intelligence community to its knees and had M killed. His death does little to mitigate his victory, since he clearly had no intention of living through the ordeal anyway.
- Badass Bookworm: A highly skilled cyber-terrorist who hacks MI-6 just to humiliate them, crashes a Tube train as a distraction and flies military helicopters into the middle of Scotland.
- Badass Longcoat: On the posters, he is seen wearing one that in the film he uses 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 the film.
- 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.
- Bunny-Ears Lawyer: This man is weird, overly dramatic, flighty, and just a little bit weird. Yet it's downright frightening just how dangerous, efficient, and all-around good at everything he is.
- But Not Too Foreign: A British national of Spanish origin.
- 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.
- Dark-Skinned Blond: A blond Hispanic man.
- 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, Séverine 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 converted to Quantum/SPECTRE, which isn't even mentioned until the next Bond movie.
- Fallen Hero: He is an ex-MI6 agent.
- Famous Last Words: "Free us both. With the same bullet. Do it. Do it. Only you can do it."
- 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 field 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 killed 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.
- The Klutz: He's actually rather clumsy when it comes to physicality compared to Bond (his method of sliding off a railing is belly-flopping off of it), but all the same, he's just good enough to prove himself Bond's equal. This is probably the main reason why he finds physical stuff "dull."
- Knight of Cerebus: If you thought Le Chiffre was nasty, he's literally nothing compared to Silva. He edges not just the Craig-era films into darker territory, but he's this for the entire franchise as a whole. Not a single villain remotely had Bond on the ropes quite like Silva did, and he's pretty much the only Bond villain to get everything (or most of what) he wanted at the end of the film.
- 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 he gets a limp after Skyfall manor blows up he gets annoyed.
- Manipulative Bastard: He runs rings around Bond and M, and plays the whole of 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 Séverine in front of Bond after she betrayed him.
- Mr. Smith: "Silva" is one of the most common Portuguese surnames, and he likely chose it for exactly that reason.
- No Celebrities Were Harmed: A blond man that exposes the covers of undercover intelligence operatives? Sounds and looks similar to Julian Assange.
- Obfuscating Stupidity: Once captured he pretends to be out of tricks.
- Older Hero vs. Younger Villain: The younger villain to M's older heroine.
- Orcus on His Throne: While Silva can go toe-to-toe with Bond in terms of combat, he finds action exhausting and prefers to delegate it to his minions. Noticeable in that he's the only Big Bad in the Craig era to have on-screen kills.
- 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.
- Social Darwinist: He relates a childhood story to a captive James Bond, describing how he spent time with his grandmother on an island, where she taught him how to rid the island of its rat infestation by capturing them in oil drums. He utilizes the image of the trapped rats turning to cannibalism as a metaphor for what the life of a spy does to its participants - namely himself.
- 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.
- Not the only example either. Bond is hiding out in a run-down manor with little-to-no weapons, with his only support being an old woman and a Scotsman. Silva's strategy? Why, bring an entire army with him! And a fully loaded gunship to boot.
- 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.
- 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."
- When he assaults Skyfall manor with his mooks and gunship, he plays The Animals on the loudspeakers, just to make a stylish entrance and annoy Bond.
- 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.
- Villainous Cheekbones: Without his dental prosthetic, his face sags.
- 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.
- Wicked Cultured: He seemed to have an appreciation for classical music, notably Boum by Charles Trenet. During his attack on Skyfall Lodge, he had outfitted his assault helicopter with nearly a dozen loudspeakers - solely for playing rock music during the attack (namely Boom Boom, by The Animals). And as lampshaded by Bond, he "always [had] to make an entrance."
- 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 mistress. Following a clue left by Patrice, Bond finds Séverine in Macau, where he asks to meet her employer. She promises to help Bond if he will kill her employer.
- 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.
- The Dragon: Depressingly subverted. She very much looks the part (to the point where her actress drew inspiration from Xenia Onatopp, The Baroness from GoldenEye), but is actually a terrified non-combatant former Sex Slave who tries a Heel–Face Turn to get away from Silva and ends up with a bullet hole in the face for her trouble.
- Dragon Lady: Subverted. Severine appears this way at first in everything from her clothing and makeup to her racial features (her actress is half-French, half-Cambodian), but is soon revealed to be desperate to get away from Silva and utterly helpless in her predicament.
- 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.
- Femme Fatalons: She has long, filed nails, which helps with the Dragon Lady look, even if she ends up actually not being one.
- 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.
- Made a Slave: She was made a Sex Slave at a young age.
- 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 was made one at a young age, and by the time of the film, she is Silva's sex slave.
- Smoking Is Glamorous: A rare tribute to the earlier films and the novels, where almost everyone smoked.
- 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.
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Played by: Albert FinneyAn old gamekeeper who still keeps up Skyfall, the Bond family estate in Scotland.
- Badass Beard: He's to Bond what Alfred is to Batman, and has a majestic beard while at it.
- Brave Scot:Kincade: [shoots a mook] 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.
- No Hero to His Valet: Bond might be one of Britain's best professional killers who has saved the country (if not the world) single-handedly many times, but he's still a "jumped-up little shit" if he thinks he can tell Kincade what to do.
Kincade: What was it you did again?
- Played with since Kincade was unaware of James being a world-class spy. He is visibly shocked on seeing James' ace shooting when practicing with guns.
- Old Retainer: For Skyfall Manor.
- Only One Name: Just Kincade.
- Parental Substitute: There's hints he served as a paternal figure for James after the death of the Bonds. Also compliments James having M as a maternal figure.
- Shotguns Are Just Better: He relies on hunting shotguns.
- 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 Silva's 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 Séverine 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: His custom-built sniper rifle. Not to mention his Glock 18 with a 100-round Beta C-Mag that fires depleted uranium rounds.
- 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?
- Only One Name: Only called Patrice through the film.
- Professional Killer: Explicitly his employment, although it is shown he does other jobs, namely retrieving MacGuffins.
- Traintop Battle: Has a very tough fight scene with Bond in the beginning of the movie.
- The Voiceless: He never talks; not even when Bond interrogates him.