Vesper Lynd is an antagonist in the James Bond franchise. She is an antagonist in the original novel "Casino Royale", a supporting antagonist in both the 1967 film "Casino Royale" and its 2006 reboot of the same name. She is a double agent working for SMERSH who goes undercover as a partner to James Bond. She is killed in the atomic explosion at the end.
She was portrayed both by Ursula Andress in the 1967 film, and Eva Green in the 2006 film.
Casino Royale (1967)
In this version, which bore little resemblance to the novel, Vesper is depicted as a former secret agent who has since become a multi-millionaire with a penchant for wearing ridiculously extravagant outfits at her office claiming "because if I wore it in the street people might stare". James Bond, now in the position of M, head of MI6, uses a discount for her past due taxes to bribe her into becoming another 007 agent, and to recruit baccarat expert Evelyn Tremble into stopping Le Chiffre.
Vesper and Tremble have an affair during which she eliminates an enemy agent sent to seduce Tremble ("Miss Goodthighs"). Ultimately, however, she betrays Tremble to Le Chiffre and SMERSH, declaring to Tremble, "Never trust a rich spy" before killing him with a machine gun hidden inside a bagpipe. In the end when Bond is calling for help Vesper disconnects the phone and holds a gun to Bond. She is killed during the atomic explosion.
Casino Royale (2006)
Vesper is Bond's partner throughout the film, but by the end, it is revealed that she had been working with Quantum the entire time in order to save her boyfriend. She ultimately dies in the end of the film, choosing to let herself drown as a compensation for her betrayal to Bond. Before she dies, she silently urges Bond not to feel guilty for her death. Upon being debriefed by M, Bond acts coldly upon learning of Vesper's betrayal, saying that 'the job's done and the bitch is dead'.
It is revealed in "Quantum of Solace" that Vesper's boyfriend is actually a member of Quantum, whose job is to seduce young women with high connections and pretend to be kidnapped in order to force them into becoming double agents for Quantum, therefore making Vesper an even more tragic villain. This information vindicates Vesper in Bond's eyes, and he tells M after tracking down and arresting Yusef that she was right about her.
- The 1967 version is the most evil version of the character.
- Vesper is an anti-villain, as she is directly working for the main villains and conspiring against Bond the entire time, but it isn't by choice.
- Vesper is similar to Mirage from The Incredibles; both are highly beautiful and seductive femme fatales who lure the protagonist into bad situations and happen to be working with the bad guys, but also grow to like the protagonist.