Casino Royale Girl

Vesper Lynd
James Bond character
First appearanceCasino Royale (1953 novel)
Last appearanceCasino Royale (2006 film)
Created byIan Fleming
Portrayed byUrsula Andress (1967 James Bond parody)
Eva Green (2006)
In-universe information
OccupationDouble agent


ClassificationBond girl/Henchwoman
  1. Bond Girl Casino Royale
  2. Bond Girls Casino Royale 2006
  3. Casino Royale Woman In Red Dress
  4. Casino Royale Girl
  5. Casino Royale Girl Dress

Vesper Lynd is a fictional character featured in Ian Fleming's 1953 James Bond novel Casino Royale. She was portrayed by Ursula Andress in the 1967 James Bond parody, which is only slightly based on the novel, and by Eva Green in the 2006 film adaptation.

In the novel, the character explains that she was born 'on a very stormy evening', and that her parents named her 'Vesper', Latin for 'evening'. Fleming created a cocktail recipe in the novel that Bond names after her. The 'Vesper martini' became very popular after the novel's publication, and gave rise to the famous 'shaken, not stirred' catchphrase immortalised in the Bond films. The actual name for the drink (as well as its complete recipe) was mentioned on screen for the first time in the 2006 film adaptation of Casino Royale.[1]

In 1993, journalist Donald McCormick claimed that Fleming based Vesper on the real life of Polish agent Krystyna Skarbek, who was working for Special Operations Executive.[2]

Novel biography[edit]

Valenka (Ivana Milicevic) is a minor villainess from the 2006 James Bond film Casino Royale. Valenka is the girlfriend, mistress and henchwoman working with the main villain Le Chiffre (Jean Duran). Valenka is first seen coming out of the sea in the Bahamas after a swim in a luxurious blue swimsuit, and takes a sexy shower. Miss Goodthighs (Jacqueline Bisset) is a spy in the 1967 spoof James Bond film 'Casino Royale'. Miss Goodthighs is a SMERSH operative and assassin working for Le Chiffre (Orson Welles). In the movie, she is credited only as 'Miss Goodthighs', however in some publications and stories, she is named 'Giovanna Goodthighs'. Valenka (Ivana Milicevic) is a minor villainess from the 2006 James Bond film Casino Royale. Valenkais the girlfriend, mistress and henchwomanworking with the main villainLe Chiffre (Jean Duran). Valenka is first seen coming out of the sea in the Bahamas after a swim in a luxurious blue swimsuit, and takesa sexy shower. One of LeChiffre's friends is eyeing her while she showers, and Le Chiffre.

Vesper works at MI6 headquarters being a personal assistant to Head of section S. She is lent to Bond, much to his irritation, to assist him in his mission to bankrupt Le Chiffre, the paymaster of a SMERSH-controlled trade union. She poses as a radio seller, working with Rene Mathis, and later as Bond's companion to infiltrate the casino in Royale-Les-Eaux, in which Le Chiffre frequently gambles. After Bond takes all of Le Chiffre's money in a high-stakes game of baccarat, Vesper is abducted by Le Chiffre's thugs, who also nab Bond when he tries to rescue her. Both are rescued after Le Chiffre is murdered by a SMERSH agent, but only after Bond has been tortured.

Vesper visits Bond every day in the hospital, and the two grow very close; much to his own surprise, Bond develops genuine feelings for her, and even dreams of leaving the service and marrying her. After he is released from the hospital, they go on a holiday together and eventually become lovers.

Vesper has a terrible secret, however - she is a double agent working for Russian Ministry of Internal Affairs (MVD) and worked with Bond only because she was ordered to see that he did not escape Le Chiffre. (Her kidnapping was staged to lure Bond into Le Chiffre's clutches.) Before she met Bond, she had been romantically involved with a PolishRAF operative. This man had been captured by SMERSH and revealed information about Vesper under torture. Hence, SMERSH was using this operative to blackmail Vesper into helping them. After Le Chiffre's death, she is initially hopeful that she can have a fresh start with Bond, but she realizes this is impossible when she sees a SMERSH operative with an eye patch, Adolph Gettler, tracking her and Bond's movements. Consumed with guilt and certain that SMERSH will find and kill both of them, she commits suicide, leaving a note admitting her treachery and pledging her love to Bond.

Bond moves at top speed through all the Kübler-Ross model stages of grief following Vesper's death, eventually seeing past his sense of loss the clear implications of her espionage. He renounces her only as 'a spy,' packing her away as a memento in the box room of his life and recalling his professional identity immediately within the present situation. Through to his superiors on the telephone, with quiet emergency he informs them of Vesper's treasonous identity, adding, upon a request for confirmation, 'Yes, dammit, I said 'was.' The bitch is dead now.'

However, Bond's genuine feelings for Vesper never fade. Fleming's tenth novel, On Her Majesty's Secret Service, reveals that Bond makes an annual pilgrimage to Royale-Les-Eaux to visit her grave. In Diamonds Are Forever, Bond skips the song 'La Vie En Rose' in Tiffany Case's hotel room 'because it has memories for him'; this is a song closely associated with Vesper in Casino Royale. In the novel Goldfinger, when Bond has been severely poisoned and believes he is about to enter heaven, he worries about how to introduce Tilly Masterton, who he believes has died along with him, to Vesper.

Film biography[edit]


In the 1967 version of Casino Royale, Lynd was portrayed by Ursula Andress, who had portrayed another Bond girl, Honey Ryder, in the 1962 film version of Dr. No.[3]

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 ('because if I wore it in the street people might stare'). Bond (played by David Niven), now in the position of M at MI6, uses a discount for her past due taxes to bribe her into becoming another 007 agent, and to recruit baccarat expert Evelyn Tremble (Peter Sellers) into stopping Le Chiffre (played by Orson Welles).

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. She presumably does this for the same reason she does in the novel, as she remarks that it isn't for money but for love. Though her ultimate fate is not revealed in the film, in the closing credits she is shown as an angel playing a harp, showing her to be one of the 'seven James Bonds at Casino Royale' killed by an atomic explosion.

Eon films[edit]

In the 2006 film version of Casino Royale, Vesper Lynd is a foreign liaison agent from the HM Treasury's Financial Action Task Force assigned to make sure that Bond adequately manages the funds provided by MI6. Vesper is initially skeptical about Bond's ego and at first is unwilling to be his trophy at the hold 'em poker tournament hosted by Le Chiffre. However, she assists Bond when Lord's Resistance Army leader Steven Obanno attacks him, knocking a gun out of Obanno's hand and giving Bond the chance to kill him.

She retreats to the shower afterwards, feeling she has blood on her hands from helping to kill Obanno. Bond sits next to her and kisses the 'blood' off her fingers to provide comfort, and they return to the casino. His kindness does not prevent her from doing her job, however; she refuses to bankroll him after he misreads Le Chiffre at the table and loses his table stakes. Shortly afterwards, Vesper saves Bond's life. Poisoned by Le Chiffre's girlfriend, Valenka, Bond struggles unsuccessfully to connect a key wire to his automatic external defibrillator and enters cardiac arrest, but Vesper arrives in time to connect the wire properly, enabling the machine to revive him.[1][3]

After Bond wins the tournament, Le Chiffre kidnaps Vesper, and Bond gives chase. They fall into Le Chiffre's trap and are tortured by him and his thugs, but are ostensibly saved by Quantum henchman Mr. White, who shoots and kills Le Chiffre for misappropriating the organisation's funds.[4]

While both are hospitalized to recover, Bond and Vesper fall deeply in love, and Bond plans to resign from the service to be with her. As in the novel, Bond and Vesper go on vacation to Venice, both of them hoping to start a new life. Unknown to Bond, however, Vesper embezzles the tournament winnings and intends to deliver them to a gang of Quantum henchmen. Leading the group is Adolph Gettler, who (like his novel counterpart) has been spying on the two agents since they arrived in Venice, and was spotted by Vesper, much to her visible dismay.

When Bond receives a timely phone call from M and realizes Vesper's scheme, he pursues her as Gettler takes her hostage and throws her in a caged elevator while he and his fellow thugs battle Bond. He eliminates them, including Gettler, but in the process causes the building to flood and start sinking. Vesper resigns herself to death and, after apologizing to James, locks herself in, even as Bond frantically tries opening the elevator. In a final gesture, she kisses Bond's hands as if to clear him of guilt; she begins to run out of air and drowns. Bond finally extricates her and attempts to revive her using CPR, to no avail.

As in the novel, Bond copes with his lover's death by renouncing her, saying 'The job's done and the bitch is dead.' M chastises him, assuming that, when held captive by Le Chiffre, Vesper had cut a deal with her Quantum blackmailers to spare Bond in exchange for the tournament money, pressured by their kidnapping of her boyfriend Yusef. When Bond opens Vesper's mobile phone left in their Venice hotel room, he discovers her note for him with Mr. White's phone number; this enables Bond to track down and confront him at the movie's end.

At the end of the 2008 film Quantum of Solace, Yusef is revealed to be an agent working for Quantum, asked to seduce high-ranking women in the world's intelligence agencies. He is then 'kidnapped' by Quantum, and the women are forced to become double agents in the hope of securing his freedom. This information vindicates Vesper in Bond's eyes, as he realizes she was coerced to embezzle the winnings in Casino Royale. He does not kill Yusef, but leaves him to MI6 and tells M that she was right about Vesper. As he walks away, he drops Vesper's necklace in the snow.[5]

In the 2015 film Spectre, Bond finds a VHS video tape in Mr. White's hotel room in Morocco labelled 'Vesper Lynd Interrogation'. Ernst Stavro Blofeld, whose Spectre organization is the power behind Quantum, taunts Bond by explicitly taking credit for Vesper's death as part of his personal vendetta against him.

Related character[edit]

The character of Vesper Lynd does not appear in the 1954 television adaptation of Casino Royale. Instead, the character was replaced by a new character named Valerie Mathis, played by Linda Christian, who is depicted as an American. She also betrays Bond (played by Barry Nelson), but comes to his rescue after he is shot by Le Chiffre (played by Peter Lorre). Valerie does not die in this adaptation.


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  2. ^McCormick, Donald (1993). The Life of Ian Fleming. Peter Owen Publishers. p. 151.
  3. ^ abCawthorne, Nigel (2012). A Brief Guide to James Bond. Little, Brown Book Group. ISBN978-1-84901-829-6.
  4. ^Pratt, Benjamin (October 2008). Ian Fleming's Seven Deadlier Sins and 007's Moral Compass. Front Edge Publishing. ISBN978-1-934879-12-2.
  5. ^Newby, Richard (4 December 2019). ''No Time to Die' and Finding Closure for Daniel Craig's Bond'. The Hollywood Reporter.

Preceded by
Valerie Mathis
Bond girl (main sidekick)
in a non-EON Productions movie

Succeeded by
Domino Petachi
Preceded by
Giacinta 'Jinx' Johnson
Bond girl (main sidekick)
in an EON Productions movie

Succeeded by
Camille Montes
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Caroline Munro at the 3rd Norwich Sci-Fi Film, Comic, Toy & Collectors Fair on 1 November 2009
16 January 1949 (age 72)[1]
Windsor, Berkshire, England
OccupationActress, model, singer
Years active1966–present
(m. 1970; div. 1982)​

(m. 1990; died 2020)​

Caroline Munro (born 16 January 1949)[1] is an English actress and model known for her many appearances in horror, science fiction and action films of the 1970s and 1980s.[2]

Early career[edit]

Munro's career commenced in 1966 when her mother and a photographer friend entered some headshots of her in The Evening News's 'Face of the Year' contest. As she said:

I wanted to do art. Art was my love. I went to art school in Brighton but I was not very good at it. I just did not know what to do. I had a friend at the college who was studying photography and he needed somebody to photograph and he asked me. Unbeknownst to me, he sent the photographs to a big newspaper in London. The fashion photographer, David Bailey, was conducting a photo contest and my picture won.[3]

This led to modelling work for Vogue magazine at the age of 17.[3] She moved to London to pursue modelling work and became a cover girl for fashion and TV advertisements while there. She had bit parts in films such as Casino Royale (1967)[2] and Where's Jack? (1969).[3] One of her photo ads led to a screen test and a one-year contract with Paramount[4] where she was cast as Richard Widmark's daughter in the comedy western A Talent for Loving (also 1969).[4] She appeared alongside Vincent Price in The Abominable Dr Phibes (1971), playing the deceased Victoria Regina Phibes. She reprised the role in its sequel, Dr Phibes Rises Again (1972).[5]

Hammer horror films[edit]

Hammer Films Chairman, Sir James Carreras, spotted Munro on a Lamb's Navy Rum poster/billboard.[6] He asked his assistant, James Liggett, to find and screen test her. She was promptly signed to a one-year contract. Her first film for Hammer proved to be a turning point in her career. It was during the making of Dracula AD 1972 (1972)[7] that she decided from this film onward she was a full-fledged actress.[8] Munro acted in Captain Kronos – Vampire Hunter (1974).[7] Directed by Brian Clemens, she played the barefoot gypsy girl Carla. In Paramount Pictures' DVD commentary, Clemens explains that he envisioned the role as a fiery Raquel Welch-type redhead.

Munro has the distinction of being the only actor ever signed to a long-term contract by Hammer Films. She turned down the lead female roles in Hammer's Dr. Jekyll and Sister Hyde (1971), Frankenstein and the Monster from Hell (1974), and the unmade Vampirella because they required nudity.[9]

The Golden Voyage of Sinbad[edit]

Munro with Charles H. Schneer in 1974 in Amsterdam during the premiere of The Golden Voyage of Sinbad

Bond Girl Casino Royale

Munro in Amsterdam in 1974

Brian Clemens helped her to be cast in the role of Margiana, the slave girl in The Golden Voyage of Sinbad (1973).

I got the part – I had been signed by Hammer, for one year, for a contract, out of which I did two films, one being Dracula AD 1972, and the second one being Captain Kronos – Vampire Hunter, which, kind of, would come full-circle, to Sinbad. It was written and directed by Brian Clemens, who wrote the screenplay for The Golden Voyage of Sinbad, so, I was lucky enough to be chosen for Captain Kronos, and they were searching for somebody to do Sinbad, and they wanted a big name, somebody American, or well-known, but Brian said 'No'. He kept lobbying Charles Schneer [producer] and Ray Harryhausen — saying: 'I think you should come and look at the rushes, and see what you think, because I think she's right'. So, they said 'No', but, eventually, Brian persuaded them to do that, and they saw the rushes, and that was how I got the part. So, it was lovely, like work-out-of-work. I was very lucky to have done that.[10]

Munro has served as a trustee of the Ray and Diana Harryhausen Foundation.[11]

Other appearances during this time included I Don't Want to Be Born (1975) with Joan Collins, and At the Earth's Core (1976) with Peter Cushing and Doug McClure. She appeared also as Tammy, a nursing employee of a sinister health farm, in 'The Angels of Death',[12] an episode of the TV series The New Avengers that featured also rising stars Pamela Stephenson and Lindsay Duncan.

James Bond[edit]

In 1977, Munro turned down the opportunity to play villainessUrsa in Superman in favour of Naomi in The Spy Who Loved Me.[2]

Late 1970s and 1980s[edit]

Munro continued to work in numerous British and European horror and science fiction films through the 1970s and 1980s, such as Starcrash (1978) with David Hasselhoff, Christopher Plummer and Marjoe Gortner.

Munro's career continued to thrive well in the 1980s, and she appeared in many slasher and Eurotrash productions. Her first film shot on American soil was the William Lustig production Maniac (1980).[13] This was soon followed by the 'multi-award winning, shot during the Cannes Film Festival' shocker The Last Horror Film (1982)[7] (directed by David Winters), in which she was reunited with her Maniac (and Starcrash) co-star Joe Spinell. She had a cameo role in the film Don't Open Till Christmas (1984),[7]Slaughter High (1986),[7]Paul Naschy's Howl of the Devil, and Jess Franco's Faceless (1988), followed in rapid succession. She reteamed with Starcrash director, Luigi Cozzi, for Demons 6: De Profundis (aka Il gatto nero, 1989).


Between 1984 and 1987, Munro was also a hostess on the Yorkshire Television game show 3-2-1. Munro was also a popular pin-up girl during this time, though she refused to pose nude. In the early 1980s, she appeared in music videos for Adam Ant's 'Goody Two Shoes' and Meat Loaf's 'If You Really Want To'.[4]


An early effort of Munro's was a 45 single release by Columbia, 'Tar and Cement' backed with 'The Sporting Life'. The musicians who played on the recording included Eric Clapton, Jack Bruce and Ginger Baker.[14][15]

During the 1970s, she recorded a number of singles with her husband Judd Hamilton. They included 'You Got It' b/w 'Where Does Love Begin', 'Rhythm Of The Rain' b/w Sound Of The Rain' and 'Love Songs' b/w 'Sound Of The Sun'.[16]

In 1984, Munro collaborated with Gary Numan for the single 'Pump Me Up', which was released on Numan's Numa record label.[17]

Since 1990[edit]

Her film roles were confined to performing cameos as herself in Night Owl (1993),[2] as Mrs. Pignon in To Die For (1994),[2] as the counselor in her friend Jeffrey Arsenault's film Domestic Strangers (1996), and as Carla the Gypsy in Flesh for the Beast (2003).[18]

In 2018, Munro re-teamed with her Dracula A.D. 1972 co-star Christopher Neame to appear in the horror film House of the Gorgon.[19]


Bond Girls Casino Royale 2006


1966Fumo di LondraBeautiful Brunette
G.G. PassionFemale fan
1967Casino RoyaleGuard Girl
1969Where's Jack?Madame Vendonne
A Talent for LovingEvalina Patten
1971On the BusesPoster Girl
The Abominable Dr. PhibesVictoria Regina Phibes
1972Mutiny on the BusesPoster Girl
Dracula A.D. 1972Laura
Dr. Phibes Rises AgainVictoria Regina Phibes
1973The Golden Voyage of SinbadMargiana
1974Captain Kronos – Vampire HunterCarla
1975I Don't Want to Be BornMandy Gregory
1976At the Earth's CoreDia
1977The Spy Who Loved MeNaomi
1978StarcrashStella Star
1980ManiacAnna D'Antoni
1982The Last Horror FilmJana Bates
1984Don't Open Till ChristmasCaroline Munro
1986Slaughter HighCarol Manning
1987FacelessBarbara Hallen
1988Howl of the DevilCarmen
1989The Black CatNora
1993Night OwlCaroline Munro
1994To Die ForMrs. Pignon
1996Domestic StrangersCounsellor
2002Blood CravingCaroline Munro
2003Flesh for the BeastCarla the Gypsy
2006The Absence of LightAbbey Church
2009TurpinLady Victoria
2012Aqua TalesMarinaVoice
2013The LandladyThe Landlady
2015VampyresHotel owner[20]
Crying Wolf 3DShopkeeper[21]
2016Stellar Quasar and the Scrolls of DadeliaAmanay
2017Cute Little BuggersMystic Mary
FrankulaClarissa Cobra
2018End UserBarmaid
2019House of the GorgonBaroness Bartov[22]
Alone on Christmas: The Creation of Curtis SteinHelga
2020The Haunting of Margam CastleBrenda
2021The Pocket Film of SuperstitionsHigh Priestess


1971The BOO ShowPet dog
1976The Howerd ConfessionsCaptain LatourEpisode: '#1.2'
1977The New AvengersTammyEpisode: 'Angels of Death'
1986Cinderella: The Shoe Must Go OnGame Show Hostess
1988MaigretCarolyn Page
1992Tropical HeatAliciaEpisode: 'Stranger in Paradise'
2013Midsomer MurdersEvil PriestessEpisode: 'Death and the Divas'


ActTitleCatYearLocNotes #
Caroline Munro'Tar and Cement' / 'This Sporting Life'Columbia DB 81891967UK[23]
Hamilton & Munro'Come Softly To Me' / 'Sad Old Song'King Kong Records 520011979France[24]
Judd And Miss Munro'You Got It' / 'Where Does Love Begin'Aquarius AQ 31976UK
Judd And Miss Munro'Rhythm Of The Rain' / 'Sound Of The Sun'RCA Victor RCA 27531976UK
Judd Hamilton And Caroline Munro'Love Songs' / 'Sound Of The Sun'RCA Victor PB 50211977UK[25]
Caroline Munro'Pump Me Up' / 'The Picture'Numa NU 51984UK
Caroline Munro'Pump Me Up' / 'The Picture', Pump Me Up (7' Version)Numa NUM 51984UK12'
Caroline Munro'Pump Me Up' (Remix) / 'Pump Me Up' (Instrumental Version)Zig Zag Records – ZIG20006
Numa – ZIG20006
1985Italy12', 33RPM[23]


Casino Royale Woman In Red Dress

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  2. ^ abcde'Caroline Munro: About This Person'. The New York Times. Archived from the original on 22 May 2015. Retrieved 1 June 2020.
  3. ^ abc'Chasing After Caroline Munro'. Dr. Shatterhand's Botanical Garden. Archived from the original on 1 March 2004.
  4. ^ abc'About Caroline Munro'. Caroline Munro (official website). Archived from the original on 26 June 2017.
  5. ^'Dr. Phibes Rises Again'. Retrieved 7 June 2019.
  6. ^O'Neill, Phelim (3 August 2002). 'Former Bond girl Caroline Munro talks 007, '80s slasher flick Maniac and Ted Rogers'. The Guardian.
  7. ^ abcde'Caroline Munro Filmography'. The New York Times.
  8. ^Redfield, Mark (21 September 2009). 'An Actor's Notebook by Mark Redfield: THE CAROLINE MUNRO INTERVIEW (2007)'.
  9. ^Whale, Robin. 'Caroline Munro : Vampirella Model'.
  10. ^Groom, Graham (23 November 2002). 'Caroline Munro Interview'. Margiana. Archived from the original on 27 December 2005. Retrieved 5 August 2020.
  11. ^'About The Foundation'. The Ray & Diana Harryhausen Foundation. Archived from the original on 24 October 2014. Retrieved 21 November 2014.
  12. ^'Caroline Munro Official Fansite'. Retrieved 31 December 2011.
  13. ^Vincent Canby (31 January 1981). 'Maniac'. New York Times. Retrieved 4 May 2011.
  14. ^45Cat - Caroline Munro - Discography
  15. ^Caroline Munro, First Lady of Fantasy: A Complete Annotated Record of Film and Television Appearances, By Robert Michael 'Bobb' Cotter - Page 155 OTHER WORKS: Advertising and Music – Music –
  16. ^The Music of Hamilton, Joe Frank & Reynolds, By Robert Reynolds - Page 64: Judd Haamilton Discography
  17. ^Cotter, Robert Michael Bobb. 'Caroline Munro, First Lady of Fantasy: A Complete Annotated Record of Film', McFarland & Co 2012. Retrieved on 14 February 2018.
  18. ^'Flesh for the Beast (2003)'.
  19. ^'House of the Gorgon'. Retrieved 13 February 2019.
  20. ^'Vampyres (2015)'.
  21. ^'Crying Wolf 3D (2015)'.
  22. ^Mason, Shana Beth (13 February 2019). 'Hammer Hath Risen: 'House of the Gorgon' Premieres in London'. Frontrunner Magazine.
  23. ^ abDiscogs - Caroline Munro Discography, Singles & EPs
  24. ^Discogs - Judd Hamilton Discography, Singles & EP's
  25. ^45Cat - Judd Hamilton - Discography, UK

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