Character sheet for the James Bond film Casino Royale.
Vesper Lynd is a treasury agent who is tasked to accompany Bond to the poker tournament at Casino Royale, posing as his wife. Bond and Vesper eventually fall in love in the aftermath of the mission and Bond is prepared to leave the service for her.
Vesper Lynd is the very first Bond Girl to appear in the novels (defining his later relationships with women in them), and she is arguably the love of Bond's life in the Craig continuity.
- Afraid of Blood: She sobs about the blood that's on her while sitting in the shower, clothed, consumed by feelings of guilt after watching Obanno and his mooks getting killed by Bond.
- Anti-Villain: She's directly working against Bond and his mission the entire time, but it's clear that it wasn't her choice. The sequel makes her an even more sympathetic antagonist.
- Brainy Brunette: A brunette accountant that works for Her Majesty's Treasury.
- Break the Cutie: She has to play along with everything to steal Bond's money and rescue her kidnapped/dead boyfriend.
- Cartwright Curse: She commits suicide by not allowing Bond to rescue her from drowning out of guilt from betraying Bond and her country.
- Dark Secret: Vesper is being blackmailed by Quantum into helping Le Chiffre so she can rescue her kidnapped boyfriend.
- Deadpan Snarker: A regular goldmine of sarcastic barbs.
- Distracted by the Sexy: What she is supposed to do to Bond's adversaries in the poker tournament. It actually winds up working more on Bond himself in practice.
- Femme Fatale: Subverted. She seems to tick all the boxes up to turning on the hero, but turning on him wasn't her choice.
- Gambler Groupies: She is used by Bond as a strategic distraction for the other competitors during the card game.
- Girl of the Week: More than that actually. She becomes Bond's true Love Interest in the Craig era Bond and her loss is just as influential on Craig's Bond as the loss of Tracy was on the other Bonds.
- Heroic BSoD: She goes through one after seeing Obanno and his henchmen getting killed by Bond.
- The Lost Lenore: For the Craig era Bond in general, as years later in Spectre he is still shown to be somewhat affected by her death.
- Love-Interest Traitor: She has no choice however, and she doesn't want to harm Bond.
- The Mole: She's secretly working for Quantum.
- Ms. Fanservice: When she walks into the poker room in either dress, but especially the latter; a black dress that lets her cleavage (and there is a lot of it) on full display. This is shown when she revives Bond via Magical Defibrillator.
- Meaningful Name: Vesper Lynd is a pun on "West Berlin". Berlin was a city split down the middle during the Cold War. Vesper's loyalties are equally split. And so are a lot of her dresses.
- Raven Hair, Ivory Skin: She has fair skin, dark hair, and is outstandingly attractive. Mathis even remarks how outstandingly attractive she is towards the end of the poker game.
- Show Some Leg: She wears a low-cut dress given by Bond to be a distraction during the card game.
- Unwitting Pawn: As revealed in Quantum of Solace, her boyfriend was a Quantum agent who was using her to get information, then faked his own kidnapping to force her to betray her country.
- Who Names Their Kid "Dude"?: Bond lampshades how weird the name "Vesper Lynd" is. He hopes she gave her parents hell for that.
Le Chiffre's Gang
The main villain of the film. He is a banker for terrorist funds who uses them in his own moneymaking schemes (wherein he short sells massive shares of a company's stock, then stages terrorist attacks on said company's major assets to drive them into bankruptcy). After one goes disastrously wrong due to Bond's interference, he is forced to hold the poker tournament at Casino Royale to hastily win back the losses.
- Actually Pretty Funny: He can't resist smiling when Bond says he won't consider himself in trouble until he starts weeping blood. Later on when "NO! To the right! To the right!" while Le Chiffre is whipping his balls with a rope, Le Chiffre tells him sincerely "You are a funny man Mr. Bond".
- Adaptational Attractiveness: In the original novel, Le Chiffre is described as an overweight, unattractive man. In the film, however, he's trim and handsome. Note that Mads Mikkelsen has been voted "Denmark's sexiest man" multiple times.
- Adaptational Dye Job: The novel describes his hair being red-brown, instead of jet black as in this film.
- Adaptational Badass: This Le Chiffre is far more dangerous than his previous incarnations.
- Badass in a Nice Suit: Le Chiffre always wears all-black. His tuxedo shirt is also this color.
- Big Bad Wannabe: He is introduced controlling the money of terrorists world wide. Despite this, a risky bet causing him to lose the money reveals him as little more than a well paid Smug Snake, as shown when he is left squirming from two terrorists threatening him if he fails to get the money back. After he loses to Bond in poker, he's reduced to a desperate state and decides to just torture Bond to get the money, and when Bond proves to be unwavering, he totally loses it and decides to kill him in a fit of anger. Then Mr. White arrives, tired with his failure and shoots him in the head with half an hour of film still left to go.
- The Chessmaster: He hatches moneymaking schemes wherein he short sells massive shares of a company's stock, then stages terrorist attacks on said company's major assets to drive them into bankruptcy. It's even stated that he's an expert chess player.
- Conspicuous Consumption: His yacht, fine clothes, and platinum inhaler are all displays of his immense wealth.
- Dark Is Evil: He has dark hair and dresses entirely in black.
- Deadpan Snarker: Engages in lots of snark to snark combat with Bond.
- Diabolical Mastermind: He has the wealth (he's a banker), enough numbers of mooks, and connections with a leader of the Lord's Resistance Army.
- Disc-One Final Boss: He spends the film as Bond's most consistent rival and most cunning antagonist until his continued failures lead to Mr. White killing him, with 30 minutes of action still to go in the film.
- Epic Flail: He uses a knotted rope to repeatedly whip Bond in the balls.,
- Evil Genius: He is a mathematical genius who services many of the world's terrorists and the Quantum organization.
- Eye Scream: Implied. He has scars near his left eye, which weeps blood during moments of stress, suggesting that he sustained an eye injury in the past. According to Mads Mikkelsen, Le Chiffre grew up in a rough neighbourhood in Eastern Europe and made money as a teenage criminal using his mathematical genius to win at gambling. Due to not being the toughest kid on his block he took to carrying a knife to defend himself and once in a fight, he got the knife in his eye.
- Fatal Flaw: Le Chiffre's impulsive and self-destructive gambling addiction, along with his complete overconfidence is what brought him down in the end.
- Faux Affably Evil: He's calm, collected, and polite, even when interrogating and torturing Bond for the password to the winnings, but loses it when he realizes that Bond has no intention of giving him said information.
- Good Scars, Evil Scars: He has small scars near his left eye.
- Foreshadowing: He has his girlfriend walk into the room wearing only a skimpy bathing suit whilst he's gambling on his yacht in order to distract his opponent. He gives her a quick admiring look but is not Distracted by the Sexy. That's why he doesn't fall for it when Bond tries the same trick on him later with Vesper (although he does take a quick glance at Vesper's arse).
- The Heavy: He is the main antagonist whose direct actions are the primary focus of the film, even though Mr. White is his superior within Quantum.
- Hollywood Nerd: A math nerd who uses an inhaler, yet he's trim and handsome.
- I Will Punish Your Friend for Your Failure: Obanno threatens to mutilate his girlfriend Valenka if he doesn't secure his money. Le Chiffre doesn't do much about it, though it's never explicitly stated whether this is because he doesn't care, is just too cowardly, or is calling Obanno's bluff.
- Karmic Death: When he's torturing Bond for the password to the winnings, he tells him that Valenka and one of his henchmen are questioning Vesper. Then, gunshots and a woman's scream are heard in another room, and Le Chiffre assumes that they killed Vesper, and gloats about it to Bond. Just when Le Chiffre is about to kill Bond, Mr. White bursts from said room, revealing that the gunshots heard before came from him and implying that he killed Valenka and the henchman, and shoots Le Chiffre dead.
- Meaningful Name: Le Chiffre means "The Number" in French. In the novel, it was an alias deliberately chosen by the villain (real name never provided) because he was nothing more than a "number" to the displaced persons bureaucracy.
- No-Nonsense Nemesis: Le Chiffre is Only in It for the Money and to save his own neck; while he does show signs of intellectual vanity and showing off how smart he is, overall his primary focus is making money and staying alive. As such, his efforts to murder and later torture Bond and others are ruthlessly straightforward, and he expresses open disdain for more theatrical villainy."I've never understood all these elaborate tortures. It's the simplest thing, to cause more pain than a man can possibly endure".
- Obviously Evil: If the all black tuxedo and his bearing and demeanor wasn't enough, he tells his second-in-command to throw the guests he had just beaten in poker overboard if they weren't gone in five minutes. Ironically, he lampshades the fact that he has an eye injury that makes him weep blood when stressed]], saying that it's "nothing sinister."
- Only Known By His Nickname: Everyone refers to him as Le Chiffre ("the number") instead of using his birth name.
- Perpetual Frowner: Aside from the occasional Psychotic Smirk, Le Chiffre seldom smiles throughout the movie. Given the stress he's under, it's fair.
- Pretty Little Headshots: Mr. White disposes him with a clean shot on his forehead.
- Professional Gambler: He's a skilled card player. A major plot event is when he arranges a high-stakes card game in order to secure $100 million he lost in an investment gone wrong.
- Red Right Hand: He weeps blood from his left eye when stressed. Nothing sinister.
- Sharp-Dressed Man: Check out his tux!
- Smug Snake: A rather creepy version of this, albeit a highly competent one. Behaves like he's the Big Bad for most of the film, and in practice he is, but when his Evil Plan crumbles around him he becomes desperate until being killed.
- The Stateless: His nationality is indicated as such on his MI6 file.
- Tears of Blood: Blood comes from his left eye during moments of stress. Nothing sinister, though.
- Torture Technician: Knows a very simple and very painful way to interrogate someone.
- Villains Want Mercy: One of the interesting things about him is that, despite him being the film's Big Bad, the plot largely revolves around he himself being in financial trouble with some other criminal organizations and desperately trying to save his own ass.
- Villainous Breakdown: He's very calm until Bond refuses to give him what he wants while torturing him.
- Villainous Cheekbones: He's the main antagonist through most of the film and he's played by Mads Mikkelsen, who has rather prominent cheekbones.
- Waistcoat of Style: Par for the course for villains played by Mads Mikkelsen.
- Wealthy Yacht Owner: First seen playing poker aboard a yacht.
- You Have Failed Me: Mr. White kills him for his repeated failures and untrustworthiness.
A contractor in charge of Le Chiffre's operation. Bond tracked Mollaka's phone to the Bahamas and found that he had been contacted by him. An all-round obnoxious loser.
- Cool Car: Owns an Aston Martin DB5, until he loses it to Bond.
- The Gambling Addict: Loves playing poker so much he's ready to sacrifice his beautiful vintage car. Too bad he plays against James Bond, who's a poker ace.
- Hero's Classic Car: He's not the hero per se, but he's the reason Daniel Craig's James Bond gets his own classic Aston Martin DB5 in his continuity.
- Hoist by His Own Petard: Bond stabs him with his own knife.
- Jerkass: He's short-tempered, dismissive and neglectful to his wife and is a terrorist to boot.
- Knife Nut: Threatens Bond with a knife after luring him to the Body Worlds exhibition.
- The Napoleon: He's a short fellow and is characterised as being bad-tempered and "not the type to take bad news well."
- Number Two: He is Le Chiffre's intermediary in charge of finding freelance terrorists for his scheme.
- Smug Snake: He's pretty certain that he'll be able to beat Bond at poker. He doesn't, making him a dime store Le Chiffre.
Le Chiffre's girlfriend.
- Absolute Cleavage: Her outfits are so skimpy that her nipples are just about the only thing NOT visible.
- And Your Little Dog, Too!: Obanno threatens to chop off her hand with a machete if Le Chiffre doesn't give his money back.
- The Beard: Le Chiffre never shows any affection for (or attraction to) her, or tries to convince Obanno not to cut her hand off. This suggests she may simply be an employee playing a role, rather than a girlfriend.
- Dark Chick: The one woman in Le Chiffre's crew.
- Femme Fatale: A very good and deadly example of this. Her introduction alone is a classic Bond Girl intro; climbing out of the water onto Le Chiffre's boat in slow motion and walking past the game he's playing in a revealing swimsuit.
- Gambler Groupies: Le Chiffre uses her the same way Bond uses Vesper: a distraction for the other competitors during the card game.
- Killed Offscreen: Mr. White arrives while Le Chiffre questions Bond and at the same time Valenka and Kratt are questioning Vesper. Her death is not witnessed onscreen, but it is assumed that the gunshots we hear before Mr. White bursts in and shoots Le Chiffre are the ones that kill Valenka and Kratt.
- Moral Myopia: She's terrified when Obanno attacks her boyfriend and threatens to mutilate her. Later in the film, however, she's smug and devoid of pity when Le Chiffre kidnaps Vesper and brutalizes Bond.
- Peek-a-Bangs: Her hair covers one of her eyes.
- Poisoned Chalice Switcheroo: Le Chiffre prompts her to give Bond a poisoned drink during the card game.
- The Quiet One: She barely says a word throughout the entire movie.
- Sensual Slavs: She's sensual and seems of Slavic origin, if her name and her actress' originnote is any indication.
- Smug Snake: She looks smug when Le Chiffre kidnaps Bond and Vesper.
A freelance terrorist hired by Dimitrios for Le Chiffre's operation. He is attending a mongoose versus snake pit fight in Madagascar, and unsuspectingly being shadowed by Bond and Carter. Mainly due to Carter, Mollaka realises he is being watched and runs. Bond then chases him to the Nambutu embassy, kills him and flees with his backpack.
- African Terrorists: He's an African Terrorist Without a Cause.
- Determinator: He really wants to get away from Bond. The chase scene shows that guy knows a lot about freerunning and Le Parkour (his actor is the founder of freerunning, and considered an early developer of parkour). Too bad for him that Bond decides to bypass all of that.
- Good Scars, Evil Scars: His bomber career shows on his face.
- Kick the Dog: He kills several people who get in his way while he's fleeing Bond, so the audience won't feel bad about Bond offing him later.
- Le Parkour: Uses parkour to try to evade Bond. Played by one of the pioneering members, too.
- Scary Black Man: Not enforced by his attitude per se, but by the scary scars on his face.
- Terrorists Without a Cause: He's a bombmaker, but just a freelancer. M describes him as such while scolding Bond for killing him:M: The man isn't even a true believer; he's a gun for hire.
- The Voiceless: He has absolutely no lines, but people still remember him for the runaround he gave Bond.
A freelance terrorist hired by Dimitrios as a replacement to Mollaka for Le Chiffre's operation.
- Dressing as the Enemy: He gains access to the Miami airport by Impersonating an Officer of the Miami-Dade Police Department.
- Elite Mook: Gives Bond quite a tough fight and kicks his ass for a while.
- Hoist by His Own Petard: Literally: Carlos attached a bomb to a fuel truck to destroy the plane, but Bond found it and attached it to Carlos' belt. When Carlos detonated the bomb, he found it attached to himself too late.
- Oh, Crap!: The look he has at the end of the Chase Scene on the airport runway when he discovers that the bomb he attached to the fuel truck has been attached to his belt by Bond is this.
- Smug Snake: He gives an expression to Bond just before he detonates the bomb that says "I win." He was oh so wrong.
- Terrorists Without a Cause: A bomb maker and terrorist, but only a for-hire one, just like Mollaka.
- Why Am I Ticking?: He sets off a bomb he believes to be attached to a fuel truck next to a prototype jumbo jet, but unbeknownst to him, however, Bond had attached the bomb to his belt during the preceding fight scene. He gets just enough time to locate the source of the beeping before he goes boom.
A man in Mr. White's employment, whose job is to collect the Casino Royale winnings in Venice.
- All There in the Manual: He never gets identified by name onscreen.
- Co-Dragons: With Le Chiffre to Mr White.
- Eyepatch of Power: Played with. One half of his glasses is darkened.
- Human Shield: Uses Vesper briefly as this.
- Karma Houdini: In the book. Remedied most painfully in the film.
- Moe Greene Special: Dies when Bond puts a nail through his eye with the nail gun he used against Bond moments earlier.
- Nail 'Em: Tries to kill Bond with a nail gun. It doesn't end well for him.
- Nice Hat: Wears a Panama hat for his rendezvous with Vesper.
- Sinister Shades: You can't get more sinister shades than a pair that only has one half of them darkened.
A leader of the Lord's Resistance Army, introduced to Le Chiffre by Mr. White to account his finances.
- African Terrorists: He leads an armed militia in central Africa.
- Badass in a Nice Suit: When he comes to the Casino Royale to reclaim his money to Le Chiffre.
- Even Evil Has Standards: When he threatens Valenka with a machete and Le Chiffre doesn't try to defend her, he disgustedly advises her to get a new boyfriend.
- Expy: Of Real Life terrorist Joseph Kony.note It's been commented that Obanno is probably the closest thing to a real person to have served as a Bond villain thus far.
- I Will Punish Your Friend for Your Failure: He threatens to chop Valenka's arm off if Le Chiffre fails to secure his money.
- Machete Mayhem: His signature weapon is a machete. He uses it to intimidate Valenka while menacing Le Chiffre and when fighting Bond.
- No Honor Among Thieves: Something Le Chiffre should have remembered. He brutalizes Le Chiffre and threatens to mutilate Valenka unless Le Chiffre secures his money.
- Pet the Dog: He gives a young boy some coins to play on a pinball machine.
- Scary Black Man: You don't get much scarier than an armed militia leader who wields a machete and threatens to mutilate his enemies.
Dryden appears in the Deliberately Monochrome prologue of the film. He is a corrupt MI6 section chief in Prague. He is shot by Bond on his last mission before becoming a 00 Agent. He is Bond's second kill in the Craig continuity.
- Bond One-Liner: He gets one in on Bond, but it proved premature.Dryden: Shame. We barely got to know each other.
Bond: I know where you keep your gun.
- Casual Danger Dialogue: He's entirely too British to get upset by something as mundane as a government assassin lying in wait in his office.
- Double Agent: A section chief of MI6's station in Prague who's selling official secrets to terrorists.
- Even Evil Has Loved Ones: He'll sell state secrets to terrorists without batting an eye but keeps a framed photo of his family on his desk. This is one of the first indications that Craig's interpretation of Bond is a decidedly more morally ambiguous one. It's also implied that he cares in some capacity for his affiliates, going so far as to ask how his contact was killed and looking affected at the description.
- Genre Blindness: He assumes that if M wanted him dead, she'd have sent a Double O. Turns out M doesn't seem to consider him quite as important as he does, though she does send him the next best thing.
- Hope Spot: For a moment, he honestly thinks he has gotten the drop on Bond.
- It Works Better with Bullets: Bond knows where Dryden keeps his gun and removed the bullets evidently just to troll him.
- Killed Mid-Sentence:Dryden: Made you feel it, did he? Well, you needn't worry. The second is —
[is shot by Bond]
Bond: Yes. Considerably.
- The Mole: He's one within MI6, selling official secrets to terrorists.
- Smug Snake: He treats Bond with utter disdain in the face of his information selling being uncovered.
- Underestimating Badassery: He doesn't believe that the agent sent to confront him, Bond, was going to kill him. He was wrong.
He appears in the prologue. He is Dryden's contact and attends a cricket match in Lahore, Pakistan (this is shown in a deleted scene). Bond follows him into the cricket club's toilets and they start brawling. He is notable as the first man to be killed by Bond in the Craig continuity, and the first of two kills required in order for Bond to qualify for 00-status.
- All There in the Manual: His name is not mentioned in the movie.
- Mooks: He's Dryden's contact who Bond mows down, but not after a brutal fight.
- Not Quite Dead: Bond attempts to drown him in a sink. After several seconds of struggling, the man's body goes limp and crumples to the floor. Fisher is feigning his death and as Bond turns to retrieve his pistol from the floor, the thug snatches his own weapon and takes aim. With lightening-fast reflexes, Bond turns and shoots first. Silhouetted against the white tiles and shot from the perspective of Fisher's gun barrel, this is shown on screen as a modified version of the traditional Bond Gun Barrel sequence and leads into the film's opening credits.
The wife of Alex Dimitrios, she's in an increasingly loveless relationship and willingly spends the night with Bond in order to spite her husband. She indirectly helps Bond stop Le Chiffre's criminal scheme but ends up getting tortured to death for this.
- All Girls Want Bad Boys: Deconstructed.
- Cartwright Curse: She is found tortured and killed, strangled in a hammock, for having (unintentionally) helped Bond.
- Chekhov's Gun: The way she comes up behind Dimitrios and kisses him is Bond's inspiration for having Vesper do the same at Casino Royale.
- Disposable Woman: The second half of her role in the movie is to be Stuffed into a Hammock.
- Kill the Cutie: She's introduced as a sweet and lovable woman trapped into the bad guys' plans, and then gets killed for telling Bond what she knows about her husband's plans.
- Ms. Fanservice: The first half of her role in the movie, including scenes in a sexy, sea-green two-piece, and a pink evening gown.
- Your Cheating Heart: Due to her bitter relationship with Alex, she sleeps with Bond.