MI6 takes at indepth look at the characters in SilverFin
- the first book in the Young James Bond series by
Young Bond: SilverFin - Characters
4th March 2005
James is a couple of years younger than Red, but both boys help
each other out on various tight spots throughout the adventure.
Red first meets James in London as he sneaks aboard a train to
Scotland. Later the boys work together to locate Red's missing
cousin Alfie. Soon they discover that not everything is what it
seems at the Hellebore's Castle, and Alfie could have strayed
to oclose. Using his street smarts, Red helps James sneak onto
the Castle grounds, where Red breaks his leg, but does not make
a sound so as to prevent them being captures. Red is quickly besotted
with Wilder and her green eyes, but he hates being in the open
country side and prefers the streets of London.
George is James' rival and cause of a lot of problems during his
first year at Eton. He is older than James and is protected by
his powerful and respected father who is feared at Eton. George
pits his wits against James after pushing him around during the
cross country race, and a rift becomes apparent between George
and his father when he is forced to take a mysterious pill before
the race. Failing to win the race exacerbates the problems between
Lord Hellebore and his son. Upon his return to Scotland, George
spends most of his time with the castle grounds. When James needs
help from George, he turns his back letting his father and scientist
experiment on him. Realising what his father has been doing, and
how poor he treated his mother, George agrees to help James escape
and destroy his father's terrible work. After the destruction
of the laboratory and experiments, George and James part as amicable
friends. George leaves to head back to America where his mother
resides. Upon returning to Eton, George 's friends are none the
wiser to his disappearance and look respectively upon young James
up after hearing rumours of his involvement.
Lord Randolph Hellebore
Lord Hellebore is a rich and powerful man who made his money
developing and selling weapons in America. Divorcing his
wife and bringing his son alone, he brought a Scottish castle
and a lordship title. He is a patron of Eton he provides
finical assistance to the school, which also gives him power
and respect. He has an active interest in George's well
being until he loses the cross country race. He secured
his castle from prying eyes when Randloph began working
with his brother on the Silverfin serum. Obsessed with perfection
and developing the serum, he allowed it to consume his brother,
his son, and himseld. Both he and his son took tablets version
of the serum, as well as his obsession leading to experiments
on animals and humans. Randolph loses everything towards
the end, including his life, to his tortured brother who
he abused and neglected after the failing of the serum.
Wilder Lawless + Martini
Wilder is a young free spirited Scottish girl who makes
a few appearances during the boy's adventure. Red is soon
besotted with Lawless and her striking green eyes and long
hair. She spends all of her free time with her horse Martini
roaming the open moors. On parting, James receives a kiss
from the more mature Lawless, and the door is left open
for her possible return in a future Young Bond adventure.
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Pritpal is a fellow room mate who helps James learn all the inner
workings of Eton and some of the more obscure traditions. Pritpal
is a maths and science genius but has little interest in his studies
- and more in food. James and Pritpal hit it off instantly, and
their friendship is bound to grow throughout the Young Bond series.
In the epilogue of Silverfin, Algar saves James from loch Silverfin
and establishes James' dislike of eels. The taller and (orginally)
more handsome twin brother to Randolph, Algar was the true brains
behind the SilverFin serum. Through his obsession with the serum,
he tested it on himself which resulted in his physical appearence.
The serum transforms him into a monster, however, of the two brothers
he is the most compassionate, and saves James.
Mr Merriot is James' classical tutor who is responsible for overseeing
James' educational curriculum while at Eton. Mr Merriot is also
in charge of the school athletics program and spots young James'
potential as a long distance runner and encourages him to partake
in a prestigious cross country race.
Aunt Charmain is James' loving legal guardian, following the loss
of his parents. he has been responsible for James' education and
upbringing. She is fiercely independent and strong minded. She
treats James as an adult and loves him unconditionally.
Suffering from lung cancer, Max shares a strong "bond"
with James through SilverFin. Max spends some quality time with
James teaching him how to drive and the finer points of fishing
and relaxing. Before passing away, Max shares some of his darkest
secrets with James of his role as a spy during WW1, and how he
never gave up and managed to escape his captors.