Vesper Lynd is a fictional character created by Ian Fleming in his novel Casino Royale (1953). She was portrayed by Ursula Andress in the 1967 film version of the novel, which is mostly a parody and doesn’t follow the book, and by Eva Green (pictured) in 2006’s Casino Royale, which starred Daniel Craig for the first time as Bond. Fleming created a cocktail recipe named after her, and the phrase “shaken, not stirred” comes from that as well. In the 2006 movie, Vesper works at MI6 headquarters and is assigned to help Bond bankrupt SMERSH baddie Le Chiffre, who has been staked by Mr. White. After 007 takes all Le Chiffre’s money in a game of baccarat, his henchmen kidnap Vesper. When Bond goes to rescue her, they grab him too. Vesper saves 007’s life when he gets poisoned. Naturally, they both are fine, though Bond is injured, and Vesper visits him daily as he recovers. They fall in love and become lovers when he regains his health.
However! Vesper is a double agent working for Russia. Her former lover had revealed to SMERSH (under torture) this information about her. After Le Chiffre’s death (via Mr. White, due to Le Chiffre losing his stake), Vesper hopes she can make a fresh start with Bond in Venice, even though she takes the money Bond won to give to her peeps, but then she sees a SMERSH baddie following them and knows her cover is blown. In an attempt to save 007’s life, she commits suicide. Upon discovering that Vesper was a spy for the other side, Bond appears to immediately dismiss any emotional attachment toward her and proceed with his next mission. But secretly he still has feelings for her, as we see in On Her Majesty’s Secret Service (1969) when he visits her grave annually ~ no matter that OHMSS took place decades before Casino Royale. We do not concern ourselves with such trivial details. Bond also mentions her in Goldfinger (1964). Gah, how do these dates make any sense???
Quantum of Solace supposedly makes sense of all this lover, former lover, embezzling stuff, but I haven’t seen it yet! In 2015’s Spectre, Bond finds a video of Vesper’s interrogation by Blofeld, who taunts 007 by saying he caused her death to hurt Bond. So even after her death, the Vesper Lynd character plays a significant role in future (and former) 007 films. Just don’t get hung up on the dates (I say to self).
Tune in tomorrow for more A-Z Bond!
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