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Dryden was a corrupt MI6 section chief in Prague. He was killed by James Bond on his last mission before becoming a 00 Agent. He was James Bond's second kill. He was portrayed by Malcolm Sinclair in 2006's Casino Royale.

Film biography

Dryden was a former section chief of MI6's station in Prague. He quickly came to the attention of M for selling official secrets to an unknown source. Consequently, M sends James Bond - a candidate for 00 status - to investigate Dryden and his contact. Bond tracks Dryden's contact, Fisher, to a cricket match in Lahore, Pakistan. After attempting to flee, Fisher is cornered by Bond in a restroom and following a violent scuffle is shot dead; marking Bond's first official kill.

Returning to Prague, Bond investigates Dryden's office - finding evidence of his misdeeds in the safe. Dryden returns late to find the safe door ajar and Bond waiting for him in the shadows. Taking a seat, Dryden reaches for a concealed firearm whilst confidently exchanging pleasantries with Bond.

"If the theatrics are supposed to scare me you have the wrong man, Bond. If M was so sure that I was bent she'd have sent a double-0. Benefits of being section chief, I'd know if anyone had been promoted to double-0 status, wouldn't I?"
― Dryden (Malcolm Sinclair).[src]

Believing him not to be a threat, Dryden notes that if M had been certain about his traitorous activity, she would have sent a "00" to confront him. Having access to Bond's personnel file, he gloats that he lacks the two required kills of a "00." Bond infers that he is well aware of this; a fact which unnerves Dryden. He suddenly realizes that Bond has assassinated his contact and stealthily grabs his firearm from the open drawer.

Dryden: "Shame. We barely got to know each other. [Dryden pulls the trigger. Nothing happens]"
Bond: "[Holds up the gun's magazine] I know where you keep your gun. I suppose that's something."
―Dryden attempts to kill Bond.[src]

He trains the pistol on Bond and pulls the trigger. But to no avail, since Bond had removed the magazine beforehand. Realizing that he is about to become the spy's second kill, he inquires into how his contact died. Bond replies "not well." Sympathizing with Bond, perhaps in a desperate attempt to persuade him out of pulling the trigger, Dryden remarks that even though the first kill was uncomfortable, the second would be considerably easier. Before he finishes the sentence, Bond coldly shoots him dead. As the man falls backwards from his chair a family photo-frame briefly comes into sight, showing that Dryden had been married with a young daughter. As Bond puts away his gun and leaves, he answers Dryden's remakr with "Yes. Considerably".

Behind the scenes

In an extended cut of the confrontation scene between Dryden and Bond, the section chief asks "you're not a cricket fan, are you?" in response to the spy's subtle hint that he was responsible for the death of his contact. Confirming that Dryden was aware of his contact's assassination in Lahore.

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