Dr. Madeleine Swann
A young psychiatrist, she is the daughter of Mr. White, who committed suicide after Oberhauser had him poisoned for treason. Bond swore in front of White to give her protection.
- Action Survivor: She's a civilian, not a Professional Killer like Bond. However, she knows how to use a gun and she's willing to take advantage of opportunities when they come her way, case in point being stabbing a mook with a syringe he intended to use on her and opening fire on Mr Hinx seconds before he could murder 007.
- Damsel in Distress: She's captured by Hinx, and Bond rescues her. Later Blofeld captures her again in London.
- Deadpan Snarker: At the start of the film, she's not impressed with Bond in the slightest and isn't afraid of letting him know.
- Defrosting Ice Queen: She's understandably pissed when Bond nearly kills her by running the Range Rover she's in off the road. Over the course of the film, she begins to warm up to him.
- Doesn't Like Guns: Subverted. She openly disapproves of guns and the men using them, but knows how to use one which she does at one point to save Bond.
- As a child, she shot an assassin who was after her father with a Beretta 9mm hidden in a kitchen cupboard, which seems to have been what triggered her dislike of them.
- Frying Pan of Doom: Attempts to hit Mr. Hinx with a frying pan on the train. She hits him, but it doesn't work on him.
- Happily Ever After: The sole Bond Girl in Craig's tenure to have romanced Bond and made it all the way to the end of the film alive.
- Morality Pet: Serves as one for Mr. White, who called it quits when Spectre began to dabble in human trafficking and slavery, particularly those of women and children.
- Riding into the Sunset: As with Happily Ever After, the only Bond Girl in the new continuity so far to do this.
- Second Love: Becomes this for James Bond since she becomes his replacement for Vesper Lynd.
- See You in Hell: She yells "Go to Hell!" to Bond after he rescues her from Oberhauser's men.
- Woman in White: Throughout the rest of the film (except for one scene in Oberhauser's lair). Particularly, during the third act when she wears a white coat over her clothes, in contrast with the rest of the heroes, representing how she's a civilian and refuses to take the life of a spy. This also provides a contrast in the climax of the film when Bond is holding Oberhauser at gunpoint. M is there dressed in black representing Bond's life as a deceiving and murderous agent for the crown, with Madeline on the other side dressed in white representing the chance of a peaceful life away from the death and lies.
A huge, strong and wordless Spectre enforcer.
- All There in the Script: His name is never actually mentioned in the film.
- Badass Driver: Complete with flat cap. During the Rome car chase, he almost effortlessly keeps up with Bond, one of cinema's greatest badass drivers by utilising a Cool Car which is even faster than the Aston Martin Bond is using.
- Badass in a Nice Suit: Sharply dressed and a ruthless enforcer, Hinx is this in spades.
- Bald of Evil: He's a Spectre enforcer, and he's bald.
- The Brute: Obviously Bond's physical superior.
- Co-Dragons: With C. He's The Brute, while C is more or less the Evil Chancellor.
- Combat Pragmatist: Hinx does not mess around when it comes to fighting. During his introduction, he challenges another member to fill the recently vacated position of Spectre's top hitman. Hinx doesn't give him the slightest chance to fight back; he just smashes the guy's head onto the tables, pokes out his eyes and then breaks his neck.
- Composite Character: A mix of Oddjob's endurance, Jaws' strength and metal combat implants (fingernails instead of teeth) and Red Grant's methodical skills and cunning, as well as dogging Bond throughout the film. Word of God also notes that he was inspired by The Terminator when helping develop the character.
- Cool Car: Owns a Jaguar C-X75, and despite not being a Weaponized Car, manages to run Bond's Aston Martin down and send it flying into the Tiber.
- Determinator: Once Mr. Hinx is after you, he just doesn't stop coming.
- Dissonant Serenity: His general attitude to the events around him and Bond. Almost nothing fazes him and Word of God notes that he finds Bond "amusing", believing that not even 007 can take him on.
- Establishing Character Moment: When we're first introduced to him, he bashes the skull of a fellow henchman who was supposed to substitute Marco Sciarra in the Spectre meeting, before gouging his eyes and killing him with a Neck Snap. And noticing his hands covered in blood, grabs a handkerchief from his pocket to clean up a bit before taking his seat.
- Evil Counterpart: To Bond. Hinx is a well dressed Bad Ass Driver assassin who is as skilled an operative as Bond. The only difference is that Hinx is larger and borderline indestructible in combat, something which he takes full advantage of when trying to kill Bond on the train out of Tangier.
- Eye Poke: In his Establishing Character Moment, he does this brutally to a fellow Spectre member that was supposed to substitute Sciarra's position in Rome, and later attempts to poke Bond's eyes when they fight on the train out of Tangier.
- Implacable Man: Ticks all the boxes and it's what makes Hinx a far more dangerous enemy compared to the henchmen in the previous Craig films. Being sent hurtling through a Range Rover's windscreen stuns him for, oh, a minute or two.
- Lightning Bruiser: He may be large but Hinx is no lumbering Mighty Glacier like Jaws. He's shown himself to be incredibly fast in the train brawl.
- Made of Iron: Survives a car crash no worse for wear and tears through Bond's desperate attempts at fighting back when cornering him on the train out of Tangier Morocco.
- No-Holds-Barred Beatdown: The fight between him and Bond on the train is quite possibly the most brutal fight in the entire series.
- No-Sell: Just like one of his inspirations, whatever Bond can throw at him, Hinx can overcome or power through.
- Psychotic Smirk: Hinx's default expression unless he's mad. Mostly seen during Bond's attempt to flee the Spectre conference in Rome.
- Red Right Hand: His natural thumbnails have been removed and steel replacements grafted on in place. It allows Hinx to pull off a lethal Eye Poke when he's killing someone with his bare hands.
- Silent Antagonist: His Famous Last Words after he is attached to various steel barrels and is about to be thrown off the train are a simple "Shit".
- Smug Snake: As noted above, he really doesn't think much of Bond. It costs him dearly when Madeleine Swann provides 007 the opening to kill him.
- Uncertain Doom: His actual death has not been shown on-screen. His apparent demise is made doubly suspect given that Bautista has expressed willingness to return as Hinx, which queued a lot of He's Just Hiding! from the fandom.
- Weapon of Choice: A double-barreled pistol. It's powerful enough to tear through an aircraft fuselage, as he demonstrates when opening fire on the plane Bond's using to chase him in Austria.
Max Denbigh (C)
Head of the Joint Intelligence Service (the fusion of MI5 and MI6 after the events of Skyfall) who wants to get rid of the 00 section in favor of mass surveillance. He is nicknamed C by James.
- Armor-Piercing Question: M explains to C that a man having a license to kill also means having a license not to kill in difficult situations, and asks C if he's ever actually killed anyone in person (as Bond and M both have). C refuses to answer, and instead states that he's monitoring all MI-6 employees, including 007.
- Asshole Victim: Given how he was a jerkass who was Evil All Along, nobody felt sorry for his Disney Villain Death.
- Berserk Button: Subtle, but he hated it when people questioned his motives behind dismantling the 00-section.
- Big Bad Duumvirate: Although Bond refers to him as Blofeld's disciple, it would much be more accurate to describe him as a senior partner. He holds infinitely more power in Spectre than Le Chiffre and Silva (the Big Bads of previous movies), and arguably more than even Dominic Greene and Mr. White. It's also implied that Nine Eyes really is his idea and that he will be the one controlling it, merely loaning it to Blofeld. It should be noted that an earlier draft of the script even had Denbigh as the Big Bad... as in, higher than BLOFELD of all people.
- Big Brother Is Watching: He believes that the best way to make the world safe for people is by handing over complete control of international surveillance systems to his Nine Eyes project (which would conveniently put him in power of it). When he's questioned by M about this, he mocks the prospect of democracy and refuses to entertain any rationale against his global spyware.
- Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: In his first scene, it's actually mostly Bond who is being rude to him, while Denbigh is trying to take his job but remains fairly level headed and polite throughout. As the movie goes on, this devolves and Denbigh becomes more of a Jerkass, belittling his colleagues and even insulting M. It's later revealed that he's a member of Spectre all along.
- Bond Villain Stupidity: He himself is guilty of this, as he had many chances to kill M so he won't hinder his Evil Plan, but opts to do Break Them by Talking near the climax. He also failed to recognize M as a potential threat, given that M managed to do a total sweep of his office and empty his gun before he got there, being that M is a former field agent unlike C, who's more of a corrupt paper-shuffler and Obstructive Bureaucrat. He finally tries to kill M, but M manages to grab C's gun and send him down his Disney Villain Death.
- Break Them by Talking: Attempts doing this on M several times, even after he's revealed to be working for Blofeld, but fails.
- The Chessmaster: He effortlessly works the meeting nations to buy into his Nine Eyes plan and manages to weasel his way up to being the head of the MI5 and MI6 merger without being suspected as a Spectre agent. However, this trope is subverted once his Smug Snake characteristics pop up and he looks so far down on everyone, including M that he gets killed by neglecting to take him as a serious threat.
- Co-Dragons: He's this alongside Mr. Hinx to Blofeld, albeit more of the Evil Chancellor type.
- Control Freak: He's a narcissistic and arrogant SOB who advocates Big Brother Is Watching and Attack Drones, but insults and demeans those who question his real motives behind the "Nine Eyes" program. And once he's exposed for being Blofeld's lapdog, he's willing to have M killed for interfering in his operations.
- Corrupt Politician: He's a Politically Incorrect Villain and Obstructive Bureaucrat who advocates Big Brother Is Watching and Attack Drones, and once more of his motivations to shut down the 00 agent program are exposed, he's revealed to be Blofeld's stooge. Blofeld is using him as a way to humiliate 007.
- Country Matters:
- After being introduced as the man who is trying to get rid of the agent system used by MI-6, he is promptly nicknamed "C" by Bond. When Denbigh gives his actual name, Bond responds with a smirk and notes that he prefers to call him C.
- As his Jerkass side becomes more evident, M calls him "a cocky little bastard".
- After mocking M by saying that it stands for "moron" and then finding out that M took the bullets out of the gun he was about to shoot him with, M responds by saying it's clear what C stands for... then after a beat using the milder "careless", though with a clear indication of another word coming to mind.
- Death Glare: Just look at his eyes.
- Death from Above: Related to Disney Villain Death, C falls to his death after being hit off balance by shattered glass falling on him from above.
- Democracy Is Bad: Has a low opinion of democracy, thinking that totalitarianism and Big Brother Is Watching will bring in order, alongside advocating the replacement of field agents like 007 with AttackDrones.
- Diabolical Mastermind: C is in charge of a proposed merger of MI-5 and MI-6, but uses it as a cover to give control of his "Nine Eyes" surveillance plan to Blofeld, which would further enable Blofeld to humiliate 007.
- Disney Villain Death: Ironically happens in the building he worked so hard to build.
- Does This Remind You of Anything?: Denbigh belittling M for his outdated ways of running a spy agency sounds an awful lot like Trevelyan ridiculing 007 for his belief in queen and country in GoldenEye.
- The Dragon: He serves as this to Blofeld at a political level. Bond even describes him as Blofeld's Evil Chancellor at one point.
- Evil All Along: He was always a snarky Jerkass but eventually it comes to light that he's in cahoots with Blofeld, merely using MI-6 as a base to install his Nine Eyes program.
- Evil Cannot Comprehend Good: After he's revealed to be in cahoots with Blofeld, he uses Psychological Projection to explain why Democracy Is Bad, The Evils of Free Will, that it's a Crapsack World out there, and how Big Brother Is Watching will solve everything by calling M a "moron", only for M to shut him down by calling him "careless". At first glance, it may seem that he's insulting M for his failures, but it's obvious to M that Denbigh is only ranting about himself and his insanity.
- Evil Chancellor: At first, he's an Obstructive Bureaucrat advocating Big Brother Is Watching, the replacement of field agents like 007 with Attack Drones, and total surveillance. As the film progresses, it's later revealed that he cut a deal with Blofeld so Spectre could use "Nine Eyes" as a way to counteract any attempts to investigate into their operations.
- Evil Counterpart: To M, as the malevolent head of an intelligence agency seeking to bring the world under Spectre's absolute authority.
- Evil Genius: Of Spectre, as the man who was sent to infiltrate the British spy agencies and put forth their own world-dominating security system. He nearly succeeds in getting it activated too.
- The Evils of Free Will: He believes that democracy has utterly failed to protect humanity's interests and that only by giving total control over to Nine Eyes aka Spectre can we truly know peace.
- Evil Running Good: C effortlessly concocts his Evil Plan without being suspected as a Spectre agent. This way, Spectre will have unlimited access to the data gathered from the "Nine Eyes" project, and use it to secretly dominate the world and destroy anybody who tries to meddle in their affairs. Heck, they even do more harm to MI-6 in the long run than in the original continuity. The Centre for National Security is actually a front for Spectre.
- The Face: Spectre is a secretive, criminal organization and Denbigh is a member of a well-known spy agency so he provides the charm to get key countries to sign on to the "Nine Eyes" plan.
- Famous Last Words: "Why can't you just face it, M? You don't matter anymore." Said to M just before they get into a struggle with M's gun, eventually leading to Max falling to his death.
- Fatal Flaw: Overconfidence and arrogance. He effortlessly manipulates the meeting nations to buy into his Nine Eyes plan and manages to work his way up to being the head of the MI5 and MI6 merger without being suspected as a Spectre agent. However, as his more smug characteristics pop up, he condescendingly looks down on and hurls rude insults to others, including M, whom he failed to realize as a potential threat to his plans.
- Faux Affably Evil: It's quite clear that despite his calm manner, he really wants to have M killed for interfering in his fiendish schemes.
- First-Name Basis: M and everybody within MI-6 except James always addressed him by his first name. Even if he's revealed to work for Blofeld. M calmly calls him by his first name as he attempts to take him in and decided to kill him when it went off the tracks.
- Foil: To M, as both have different ideas of running spy agencies in many ways. For example:
- While C is interested in Big Brother Is Watching, Attack Drones, and shutting down the 00-agent program, M questions the role of total surveillance in society, and even asks C if an Attack Drone can do the job of field agents like 007.
- And while M sticks to his principles like 007, C is willing to sell-out others in order to gain more power at the expense of killing countless innocents in staged terrorist attacks.
- Government Agency of Fiction: He heads up the Centre for National Surveillance system, which is really a Trojan horse for world domination for Spectre, so they could use it to counteract any intelligence operations into their activities.
- Gun Struggle: Between him and M. Noticeably, neither party gets shot, instead the stray bullets bring shattered glass falling down on them, which causes C to fall to his Disney Villain Death.
- Hate Sink: Since Ernst Stavro Blofeld represents Evil Is Cool for the James Bond franchise and is the Trope Codifier for Right-Hand Cat, Blofeld Ploy and Diabolical Mastermind, not to mention being intelligent, Wicked Cultured, and having idle banter with 007 despite planning to kill him, but swift and deadly toward henchmen that fail him and driven by greed. Plus, having inspired many villains such as Dr. Claw, Giovanni, Emperor Palpatine, Lex Luthor, and Dr. Evil over the years gives many a reason to root for him. Plus, Mr. Hinx has a Cool Car and is a mix of Oddjob's endurance, Jaws' strength and metal combat implants (fingernails instead of teeth) and Red Grant's methodical skills and cunning, as well as dogging Bond throughout the film. Word of God also notes that he was inspired by The Terminator when helping develop the character. Also, Mr. White is given a sympathetic backstory as to why he resigned from SPECTRE. So who do we hate in the film? Well, perhaps because of just how cool Blofeld, Mr. Hinx, and SPECTRE are, the viewer can see Max Denbigh as the movie's Hate Sink. From the start, he's an oily new superior who expresses ignorant opinions on hot-button real-world issues and furthermore, is a terrorist himself. And from the moment the audience learns he's a civilian contractor placed in charge of a merger between MI5 and MI6, we know he's going to be trouble, and he proves it by acting like a Smug Snake to Bond and M and advocating the replacement of human agents with Attack Drones and mass surveillance. It's later revealed that he isn't just a corrupt sleazeball to begin with he's flat-out evil as he's in cahoots with Blofeld and plans to turn control of the new surveillance system he's designing over to him. At the end of the film, he suffers a Karmic Death when he plummets to the bottom of the headquarters of the merged intelligence service, which he had paid for with SPECTRE blood money. It's easy to see why he has few fans both In-Universe and out.
- The Heavy: While Obenhauser is seldom seen, Denbigh is in direct contact with the heroes and oversees the plan to have the world brought under Nine Eyes to hand control of the world's intelligence network to Spectre on a silver platter.
- Hobbes Was Right: Best exemplified by his Motive Rant once he's revealed to be a Blofeld toady. He believes democracy is a total failure and thinks that only totalitarianism and Big Brother Is Watching will solve all of the world's problems.
- Hoist by His Own Petard: Has a Disney Villain Death in the building representing the culmination of his hopes and dreams.
- Hypocrite: For a guy who's actively involved in shutting down MI-6 and sold himself out to Spectre to enhance his Evil Plan, and furthermore, is an Obstructive Bureaucrat to begin with, it's ironic that he calls M a "paper-pusher" when he himself is one once he's exposed for being the Mole in Charge within the British government.
- I'll Take That as a Compliment: Said word-for-word by C when M confronts him about the deactivation of the 00-agent program; M isn't amused.
- M: You're a cocky little bastard, aren't you?
C: (Laughs)...I'll take that as a compliment.
M: I wouldn't.
- I Did What I Had to Do: Tries to justify his Motive Rant during the climax, but M doesn't buy it and calls him "careless".
- Insufferable Genius: He pisses Bond and M off to no end by constantly insulting their work and affirming the superiority of the program he will be putting in. He even directly calls M a "moron" after he's been revealed as a villain.
- Insult Backfire: After being exposed as The Mole within the British government, Denbigh belittles M about why he chose to support Spectre by calling him a "moron", only for M to fire back and call him "careless".
- Interservice Rivalry: Is a former MI5 employee who has managed to get himself in charge of the merged MI5 and MI-6. As a result, he comes into conflict with M, whose power has been crippled due to the shake-up. The fact Denbigh is from a rival service doesn't help matters in the slightest.
- Irony: At one point, M questions his surveillance plan's ability to deal with morally difficult situations, wondering if someone who just sits with such technology would be capable of pulling a trigger and killing someone. Later, when Denbigh does pull a gun on M, it's not lack of willing that stops him from shooting, but that M's more hands-on field approach enabled him to sweep the room and empty Denbigh's gun before he got there.
- It's All About Me: A total scumbag, he doesn't care for anyone except himself, believing his surveillance idea is the future and scoffs at anybody who criticizes him.
- It Works Better with Bullets: M calls him out on his carelessness, after the latter tries to shoot him without checking if his gun is still loaded (the bullets are all in M's hand).
- Jerkass: As his Smug Snake characteristics begin to pop up, he devolves into a Manchild once M begins to question his surveillance plan, culminating into a Villainous Breakdown once he's revealed to be The Mole for Blofeld.
- Jerk with a Heart of Jerk: He's not just a well-meaning but slightly stressed sleazeball who starts insulting everyone because they disagree with his actions as a new higher-up to begin with, he's a high-ranking member of Spectre and plans to turn over the new surveillance system he's in charge of over to Blofeld.
- Karmic Death: Being the movie's Hate Sink, it's no surprise that he received this at the end, when he was revealed to be a toady for Blofeld.
- Knight Templar: Utterly dedicated to the idea that 24/7 surveillance is the way of the future. He's willing to cut a deal with Blofeld for its sake not quite an Unwitting Pawn given his cognizance of his role.
- Kubrick Stare: In his most menacing Death Glare as shown above when he reveals to M that he is spying on Bond.
- Lame Comeback: When he's questioned by M about his rationale behind Nine Eyes and advocating the replacement of field agents like 007 with Attack Drones, he simply ridicules M and refuses to entertain any reasoning against his global spyware program.
- Ludd Was Right: Discussed and justified. C believes that digital surveillance has made the "00" program obsolete. Later on, the suspicions of 007 and M towards C are proven right, when it turns out that C is a Spectre operative and that the Centre for National Surveillance system is really a Trojan horse for world domination.
- Manchild: He devolves into this once people question his opinions, and starts insulting others, including M. This culminates into a Villainous Breakdown once he's revealed to be Blofeld's lapdog.
- Manipulative Bastard: A corrupt paper-pusher and Obstructive Bureaucrat to begin with, he advocated the replacement of field agents like 007 with total surveillance. He also effortlessly works the meeting nations to buy into his "Nine Eyes" scheme and weasels his way up to being the head of the MI5 and MI6 merger without being suspected as a Spectre agent.
- The Mole: Revealed to have been working for Blofeld all along. It's being done by Blofeld to humiliate Bond psychologically.
- Mole in Charge: He's basically the Bond universe version of Kim Philby or Vidkun Quisling. Spectre cultivated him as an asset. In return for helping him get his electronic surveillance system implemented, he'll ensure all the intel it collects gets forwarded to them.
- Motive Rant: His "Reason You Suck" Speech to M is basically this.
- Narcissist: Throughout the film, he gives absolutely no congratulations to anyone except himself, believing his surveillance idea is the future and that anyone who questions it, for any reason, must be stupid and ignorant. He's so deluded and self-righteous that he's willing to sell his country out for Blofeld and kill thousands of innocents since it would bring his dream to fruition.
- Near Villain Victory: If it weren't for Bond realizing that C was The Mole for Spectre and relaying this info to M, Denbigh would have managed to get Nine Eyes implemented and Blofeld would have succeeded in further humiliating 007.
- Non-Action Guy: Predictably, as someone who doesn't see the use of field agents, he prefers using technology for intelligence gathering and accordingly spends his time in an office. He's later revealed to be the evil version of this trope, when his allegiance to Spectre comes into light. He tries to pull a gun on M, only for it to have had the bullets removed and lasts only a few seconds in hand-to-hand combat before falling to his death.
- Not-So-Harmless Villain: At first, he may seem to be a sleazy and Obstructive Bureaucrat who expresses ignorant opinions on hot-button issues such as Big Brother Is Watching, but once he's revealed to be Spectre's lapdog within the British government, he sics goons on 007 and M so they won't interfere in his plans.
- Obstructive Bureaucrat: He attempts to dismantle the 00 branch of MI-6, in favor of a 24/7 Sinister Surveillance system he calls "NCB". In reality, he's cut a deal with Blofeld to hand control of the world's intelligence network to Spectre via the "Nine Eyes" program.
- Oh, Crap!: Gets one in the climax when he's about to shoot M after delivering his Motive Rant, only to realize that M emptied his gun's magazine beforehand.
- Older Hero vs. Younger Villain: Not quite a villain to Bond, but his idea to end the 00-agent program makes him quite antagonistic to the protagonists. The age gap is even greater between him and M, who he actually engages in combat with, after revealing he is, indeed, a villain. The difference in their ages is also parallel to the new vs. old ideas of running spy agencies they adhere to.
- Police State: What C plans to use the "Nine Eyes" program for 24/7 surveillance, replacement of field agents like 007 with Attack Drones and The Evils of Free Will. In reality, he's cut a deal with Blofeld to hand control of the world's intelligence network to Spectre via "Nine Eyes". And with this, Spectre would be able to anticipate and counteract any attempts to investigate into their operations.
- Politically Incorrect Villain: Expresses ignorant opinions on real-world issues, thinks that 24/7 surveillance will bring the people into total submission, and advocates the replacement of field agents like 007 with Attack Drones.
- Psychological Projection: Near the climax, he projects his own flaws on M, though M obviously knows he's just a nutcase.
- The Quisling: Revealed to have been working for Spectre all along. Blofeld had been cultivating him as a way to further humiliate 007. In return for helping him get his electronic surveillance system implemented, he'll ensure all the info it collects gets sent to Spectre.
- "The Reason You Suck" Speech: Near the climax, he rants to M on Big Brother Is Watching and Democracy Is Bad, calling M a moron. M fires back with a brief but blunt Shut Up, Hannibal! reply when C realizes that M emptied his gun magazine.M: [after shutting C's access to the mainframe] Not a good feeling being watched, is it?
C: Don't tell me you're responsible for this.
M: [to Q] No, but my Quartermaster is, and he's extremely talented.
C: Oh, bravo. But in case you hadn't realized it, you two are out of a job, so you're trespassing.
M: I'm afraid you've got the wrong end of the stick, Max. We're going to stop this system going online, and then I'm going to bring you in.
C: On what grounds, exactly?
M: Poor taste in friends.
C: Take a look at the world chaos. Because people like you, paper-pushers and politicians, are too spineless to do what needs to be done so I made an alliance to put the power where it should be, and now you want to throw it away for the sake of democracy, whatever the hell that is? How predictably moronic. [aims his Glock 17 at M] But then, isn't that what 'M' stands for 'moron'? [squeezes trigger, realizes the gun is unloaded]
M: [opens fist to reveal he's emptied the magazine] And now we know what 'C' stands for 'careless'.
- Shadow Archetype: He's revealed to be an Evil Counterpart of M as the viewer gets to know more about his rationale to shut down the 00-agent program in favor of the "Nine Eyes" surveillance program, which would give Blofeld unlimited backdoor access and destroy anybody who tries to meddle in his affairs, aside from further humiliating 007.
- Shut Up, Hannibal!: After being exposed as The Mole within the British government, he rants about M's failures and calls him a "moron," only for M to shut him down by calling him "careless".
- Sinister Surveillance: Denbigh plans to replace the 00 section with a widespread surveillance program called "Nine Eyes" over M's objections. It's actually a Trojan horse for global domination, as it becomes even more sinister when C is revealed to be working for Spectre, and all the "Nine Eyes" program's intel will be directly sent to them.
- Smug Snake: To the bitter end. Even finding his Glock 17 empty does nothing to break his composure. But, it costs him greatly when he makes the mistake of taking on "M", the veteran SAS soldier who sends him slipping on broken glass and off the edge of a blown out stairwell.
- The Sociopath: An arrogant SOB, Denbigh doesn't care for anyone except himself, believing his surveillance idea is the future and throws rude statements to anybody who criticizes him. He's so deluded and self-righteous that he's willing to bring his dream to fruition without regards as to who may get killed or maimed in the staged terrorist attacks he's conducted on behalf of Blofeld.
- Straw Nihilist: Has shades of this as evident in Spectre he thinks Democracy Is Bad and that it's a Crapsack World out there. To quote his "Reason You Suck" Speech against M:"Take a look at the world chaos. Because people like you, paper-pushers and politicians, are too spineless to do what needs to be done so I made an alliance to put the power where it should be, and now you want to throw it away for the sake of democracy, whatever the hell that is? How predictably moronic."
- Tyrant Takes the Helm: From the start, he's an oily new superior who expresses ignorant opinions on hot-button real-world issues and furthermore, is a terrorist himself. And from the moment the audience learns he's a civilian contractor placed in charge of a merger between MI5 and MI6, we know he's going to be trouble, and he proves it by acting like a Smug Snake to Bond and M and advocating the replacement of human agents with Attack Drones and mass surveillance. It's later revealed that he's not just a sleazeball to begin with he's flat-out evil as he's in cahoots with Blofeld and plans to turn control of the new surveillance system he's designing over to him.
- The Unfettered: After The Reveal, he's willing to bring his dream to fruition without regards as to who may get killed or maimed in the staged terrorist attacks he's conducted on behalf of Blofeld.
- Villain Has a Point: During his Motive Rant, he points out the flaws of democracy, the failure of elected officials who don't get things done in time or fall back on their promises, and why totalitarianism will fix everything.
- Villainous Breakdown: As everyone gets to see more of his Jerkass side, he begins to belittle anybody who criticizes his opinions, even insulting M in his face. His tone of voice is akin to that of a child whining and arguing with his parents underneath his calmness, which of course makes him more of a Manchild, especially the scenes where he's arguing with M.
- A subtle one in the end. Max tries one last time to break M by saying that he doesn't matter anymore and face it. After M says "Maybe I don't, but something has to," C abruptly starts fighting M over the gun.
- Visionary Villain: He envisions a world where 24/7 surveillance will protect humanity. Oberhauser even refers to him with the term "visionary" when Bond asks if Denbeigh is his disciple.
- Walking Spoiler: Like Georgi Koskov, all those white spaces...
- Well-Intentioned Extremist: C fancies himself as a Knight Templar who believes that Big Brother Is Watching and Attack Drones will solve all of the world's problems. M begs to differ, and once C is revealed to be The Mole within the British government, M and 007 refer to him and Blofeld as insane loons. Denbigh even tries to give a "Reason You Suck" Speech to M, but M fires back with a brief but Shut Up, Hannibal! statement, causing him to enter Villainous Breakdown mode.
- You're Insane!: Not to him directly, but after Bond learns that C is a member of Spectre and Blofeld refers to himself and C as "visionaries", Bond bluntly shuts him down and refers to both of them as insane loons once 007 gets to hear more about the "Nine Eyes" surveillance program. "Psychiatric wards are full of them."
A high-ranking Spectre operative, he was assigned by Blofeld to stage a terrorist attack in Mexico City and assassinate Mr. White. Bond is tasked by the previous M to kill him. He's also the husband of Lucia Sciarra.
- Disney Villain Death: Bond kicks him and the pilot off the helicopter, leading to their deaths.
- Even Evil Has Loved Ones: Even though he didn't get along with his wife, she still grieved at his death.
- Plot-Triggering Death: His death leads to Bond uncovering the Awful Truth behind Spectre.
- Minor Crime Reveals Major Plot: Sciarra's crimes in Mexico, while minor, not only reveals the ugly truth behind Spectre, but also enables C's campaign to shut down the 00-agent program and hand the collective intel gathered by the world's major intelligence agencies to Blofeld.
- Minor Major Character: Sciarra may have had limited screen time, but his death early on kicks off the film's plot.
- Safety in Muggles: He attempts to elude Bond by walking through the Day of the Dead parade. It works, temporarily.
- Small Role, Big Impact: His death is what leads Bond to find more about Spectre.
- We Hardly Knew Ye: His widowed wife Lucia talks with 007 about his death and sends him to a SPECTRE meeting in Rome, while Bond gets a What the Hell, Hero? speech from M for his unauthorized mission in Mexico.
The widow of Marco Sciarra, a high-ranking member of Spectre.
- Ms. Fanservice: Considering the actress' age, she's 50 years old, the oldest woman Bond has ever seduced onscreen by far, and she can still rock a merrywidow-and-garters ensemble.
- Romancing the Widow: Bond doesn't let things like grief get in the way of his advances.
- What Happened to the Mouse?: After Bond presses her for information, he tells her to find Felix Leiter, where she'll purportedly be safe in the American embassy. That's the entire extent of her contribution to the plot.
- Widow's Weeds: Right down to her underwear. Fitting, as she's (ostensibly) grieving for her dead husband.
- Widow Woman: She absolutely despised her husband but grieves at his death, not for his sake but hers - she's now a loose end to be cleaned up by Spectre.
An Austrian climbing and skiing instructor, he is the father of Franz Oberhauser and adopted Bond when he was an orphaned at a young age.
- Cool Teacher: Taught skiing and climbing to Bond when he was in his teens.
- Dead All Along: He's long dead before the events of Spectre take place.
- Good Parents: Hannes regarded an orphaned 007 as a second son, making him the Greater-Scope Paragon to James.
- Gory Discretion Shot: While his death was done offscreen long before the events of Spectre, the article also shows that Hannes was crushed to his death in the staged avalanche.
- Greater-Scope Paragon: Became a Parental Substitute and mentor to a young 007, and 007 still holds him in high regards.
- Horrible Judge of Character: Hannes encouraged Franz to refer Bond as his younger brother, unaware that Franz was secretly bitter about this. After Bond moved out, Franz kills his own father in a staged avalanche out of pure malice.
- Like a Son to Me: After 007 lost his parents in a climbing accident, Hannes adopted him and began treating him like a second son. This causes Franz to be bitter about this, and kills him out of envy, before faking his death and creating Spectre.
- Like Father, Unlike Son: If we're going by the newspaper article about Hannes' death, it's shown that he was very nice towards his neighbors and son. He's a stark contrast to Franz, who later became to be a totally violent and psychopathic monster.
- Mentor Archetype: Bond still held him in high regards even after his death, and was visibly angered when Franz told him that he committed Patricide.
- Minor Major Character: He taught climbing and skiing in Kitzbühel before taking temporary custody of the young James Bond following the death of his parents in a climbing accident.
- Nice Guy: Implied to be the case, as the newspaper article shows that he was nice to his family and neighbors, and a stark contrast to his son, who turned out to be sociopathic.
- Parental Favoritism: Franz resented his father caring for Bond. Bitter about this, he kills his own father out of nothing but a pure desire to be favored more than 007. And this is the main reason why Franz, now calling himself Blofeld, refers to Bond as a "cuckoo hatching inside another bird's nest". It doesn't excuse Franz of his crimes or his general villainy, but it gives a legitimate reason why he held an enormous but totally Irrational Hatred of Bond. Blofeld blames his father for creating a wedge between him and Bond, but it was obviously the other way around.
- Parental Obliviousness: He didn't have the faintest clue that his son was plotting to kill him for showing Parental Favoritism towards Bond.
- Parental Substitute: Adopted Bond after he lost his parents in a climbing accident. Bond regarded him as a substitute father.
- Plot-Based Photograph Obfuscation: The photo Bond looks at early on in the film features him as a boy with the older Oberhauser and the face of the other boy has been burned away. This foreshadows the relationship between Bond and Franz, as Franz retains a whole copy of the photo.
- Plot-Triggering Death: While Hannes was long dead, this also triggered the Cain and Abel relationship between Franz and James in later years.
- Posthumous Character: He was already dead by the time Spectre takes place, but his role formulated the Cain and Abel relationship between 007 and Blofeld in later years, and indirectly shaped the events of Casino Royale (2006), Quantum of Solace, Skyfall and Spectre.
- Related in the Adaptation: He was an Austrian climbing and skiing instructor in Octopussy and The Living Daylights, but is Bond's foster father prior to the events of Spectre.
- Small Role, Big Impact: While he's dead by the time Spectre takes place, it's shown that much of the film's plot occurred because Hannes showed Parental Favoritism towards Bond after he was orphaned, causing Franz to kill him out of jealousy. His death also indirectly shaped the events of Casino Royale (2006), Quantum of Solace, and Skyfall
- Strong Family Resemblance: The newspaper article about his death shows Blofeld sharing some of his father's facial features.
- Unwitting Instigator of Doom: Showing Parental Favoritism towards Bond is what caused Franz to kill him out of jealousy by murdering him in a staged avalanche and become a Diabolical Mastermind.
- We Hardly Knew Ye: He's mentioned in a newspaper article regarding his death, an adoption letter that allowed Bond's aunt Charmain to grant Hannes temporary custodianship of a young James, alongside Franz giving his Motive Rant on why he killed his father.