|“||You know, I never understood these elaborate tortures. It's the simplest thing to cause more pain than a man can possibly endure. And of course it's not just the immediate agony, but the knowledge that, if you do not yield soon enough, there will be little left to identify you as a man. So the only question is, will you yield in time?||„|
|~ Le Chiffre as he tortures James Bond|
Le Chiffre is the main antagonist of Ian Fleming's 1953 novel Casino Royale, the first entry of the James Bond franchise, and its television adaptation in the 1954 anthology series Climax!, the secondary antagonist of the 1967 spoof film version (the main antagonist instead being Dr. Noah) and the central antagonist of the 2006 film adaptation (the main antagonist being Mr. White). He is a finnancial manager working for SMERSH (Quantam in the 2006 film version) who lost a large sum of money belonging to the organization (the reason also being different depending on the version of the story) so he tries to win it back at Casino Royale before they find out and kill him.
He is portrayed by Peter Lorre in the 1954 television adaptation on Climax!, by Orson Welles in the 1967 spoof film version and by Mads Mikkelsen - who also portrayed Hannibal Lecter in the TV series Hannibal, Kaecilius in Doctor Strange, and Gellert Grindelwald in The Secrets of Dumbledore - in the 2006 film adaptation.