Felix Leiter (Jeffrey Wright)
Character: Felix Leiter
Movie: Casino Royale, Quantum of Solace
Actor: Jeffrey Wright
Date of Birth: 07/12/65
Height: 5' 11" (1.80 m)
Place of Birth: Washington, Columbia, USA
"Just one thing.
If you pull it off, the CIA get to bring him in."
Pleased To Meet You
Although Leiter is much less of a field agent than 007,
his knowledge and expertise have often arrived for Bond
just in the nick of time. Leiter slowly becomes
the closest thing that Bond has had to a friend, as shown
by 007's extreme
reaction to his torture in Licence
He has been previously played by Jack
Lord (Dr No), Cec Linder
(Goldfinger), Rik Van Nutter
(Thunderball), Norman Burton
(Diamonds Are Forever), David Hedison
(Live And Let Die, Licence To Kill), and John
Terry (The Living Daylights)
first encounters Leiter in the Casino Royale, when
the CIA and MI6 join forces to topple Le Chiffre at the poker
appears to have somewhat of a dry sense of humour,
interests are unknown. He prefers his cocktails without 'fruit'.
Although Bond and Leiter eventually become quite good friends,
not much is known about Felix's private life.
On the "Quantum of Solace" mission,
Leiter initially disobeys his superiors in order to help 007
get to the bottom of Dominic
Greene's involvement in Bolivia and his connections to the
mysterious organisation Bond is hoping to expose. Covering for
007 almost lands Leiter in hot water with his superior, Gregg
Beam, whom he eventually replaces once the
dust has cleared on Quantum. Leiter exhibits
cool and casual mannerisms - even when flung into the most dangerous
of scenarios - and always proves a trustworthy ally to James
Casino Royale - Bond and Felix Leiter cross
paths when they are both assigned to the Le
Chiffre case. Their first encounter is across the card
table, yet Bond does not know of Leiter's CIA connections.
However, Bond soon relies on the CIA on to bolster his funds
when Felix strikes a deal with MI6's best
card player. Felix quickly concedes that 007's card playing
skills are above his own and they join forces to topple Le Chiffre
- Bond with his raw wit and skill, Leiter with his powerful
CIA resources and connections.
Quantum of Solace - Leiter
is assigned to the CIA's South American office, where he works
under the guidance of Agent Gregg Beam. Involved principally
with cutting a deal between Dominic Greene and the US government
for Bolivian resources, Leiter's job is put in jeopardy when
James Bond flies in. His loyalty to the British Agent means that
on numerous occasions Felix has to cover for Bond in order to
keep Beam from ousting him. When the full extent of Greene's
dubious dealings is exposed by 007, Leiter leases with the British
and is promoted by his American superiors in place of Beam.
Leiter: I should have introduced myself, seeing as we're related. Felix Leiter, a brother from Langley.
Leiter: [ordering a Vesper martini] My friend, bring me one as well but keep the fruit.
Leiter: Listen, I'm bleeding chips. I'm not going to last much longer. You have a better chance. I'll stake you. I'm saying I'll give you the money to keep going. Just one thing, if you pull it off, the CIA get to bring him in.
Bond: What about the winnings?
Leiter: Does it look like we need the money?
Leiter: [to Bond] I heard a rumour you'd gone
Leiter: You know who Greene is and you want to put us in bed with him?
Beam: You're right, we should just deal with nice people.
Leiter: Regimes change once a week down here,
Medrano is no dirtier than the next guy.
Bond: Ah, you see that's what I like about US Intelligence, you'll lie down with anybody.
Leiter: Including you, buddy.
"What can I tell you? There's no such thing as a free lunch."
Jeffrey Wright was born and raised in Washington DC, USA. Wright
graduated 1987 with keen interests in politics and science, but
his real passion became acting. He earned himself a scholarship
to the drama school NYU. Yet, after just a two-month stint at
the school, Wright dropped out to pursue his career. He started
on the stage and won a notable role in the Broadway production
of "Angels of America" (a role he would later reprise in the TV
series). He was rewarded with a Tony award for his performance.
This flung him to some sense of stardom and he began to pick up
roles in films and television. Wright has notably taken up a variety
of roles and proven himself an upcoming star with immense talent.
His recent winning of both a Golden Globe and an AFI award have
brought Wright into stardom.
Some of his most notable productions
include: Hamlet (2000), Ali (2001), Angels in America (2003) and
Syriana (2005). Following 2008's "Quantum of Solace", Leiter is set to star in another Sony Pictures production, "Cadillac Records", in which he portrays the legendary blues musician, Muddy Waters.