- Directors: Martin Campbell
- Producers: Michael G Wilson, Barbara Broccoli
- Genres: Action, Adventure, Thriller
In Prague, James Bond earns his 00 status when he corners and kills corrupt MI6 section chief Dryden and his underground contact Fisher. In Uganda, Mr. White, a senior official in a shadowy organization, arranges a meeting between a terrorist tied banker, Le Chiffre, and Obanno, the leader of a guerrilla group seeking a safe haven for his funds. Le Chiffre assures the leader that there is “no risk in the portfolio,” but his investments actually involve considerable risk: he short sells successful companies and then profits by engineering terrorist attacks to sink their stock values. In his first mission as Agent 007, Bond pursues an international bomb-maker named Mollaka in Madagascar. After a parkour chase across the city to the Nambutu embassy, Bond kills his target and blows up a part of the embassy to enable his escape. He obtains Mollaka’s mobile phone and discovers that it has received an SMS from Alex Dimitrios, an associate of Le Chiffre in the Bahamas. Bond travels there, wins Dimitrios’s Aston Martin DB5 in a poker game, and seduces his wife, Solange Dimitrios, who reveals that her husband is flying to Miami on business (it should also be noted that the first drink Bond orders in the Bahamas is not the regular shaken-not-stirred martini, but is instead a “large Mount Gay with soda”). Bond travels there, kills Dimitrios, and foils Le Chiffre’s plan to destroy the prototype Skyfleet airliner. This leaves the banker with a major financial loss, since he had shorted and bought put options on Skyfleet stock, which then expired worthless. However, in retaliation Le Chiffre has Solange brutally murdered.
M tells Bond that Vesper had a French-Algerian boyfriend who was kidnapped and held for ransom by the organization behind Le Chiffre and White. Bond learns that she agreed to deliver the ransom money (his winnings) only if they would consent to let Bond live. James discovers that Vesper has left Mr. White’s name and number in her mobile phone for him to find. White, arriving at a palatial estate near Lake Como, receives a phone call. As he asks the identity of the caller, he is shot in the leg. Bond approaches, with a silenced UMP9 in hand, and replies, “The name’s Bond. James Bond.”