Appeared In: Casino Royale (2006)
Played By: Mads Mikkelsen
Diabolical Weapon: Knotted rope
Killed By: Mr. White (Jesper Christensen) shooting him
After the horrible taste that Die Another Day left in our mouths, we were extremely surprised by the grittiness, realism, and overall quality of Casino Royale. And a lot of that success is due to Mads Mikkelsen, who played the perfect post-9/11 villain in Le Chiffre. His plot is to regain the money he owes to various terrorists by winning a high-stakes game of poker worth tens of millions of dollars. This cash would have funded terrorism for decades and would have helped Le Chiffre convince them not to kill him.
Mikkelsen brought the proper amount of brains and underlying brutality to the role, as he traded in the over-the-top personalities of previous Bond villains for a more realistic take on the character. And if you need any more proof not to run afoul of Le Chiffre, just remember how he pummels Bond’s testicles to a pulp after 007 beat him in poker. Why do these guys always go after the testicles?