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Vesper Lynd (Ursula Andress)

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Vesper Lynd is a character in the 1967 film Casino Royale. She was portrayed by Ursula Andress.

Film biography

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.

Trivia

  • Ursula Andress previously portrayed the famous Bond girl Honey Ryder in Dr. No.
  • This is the only version of Vesper in which she doesn't show any guilt for her betrayal, and is portrayed instead as a straightforward villain.

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