Adolph Gettler was a fictional operative of the criminal organization Quantum. The villain was based on the literary character who first appeared in the 1953 Ian Fleming novel Casino Royale and was portrayed by German actor Richard Sammel in its 2006 James Bond film adaptation of the same name. The character later appeared in the 2008 video game Quantum of Solace, which incorporated scenes from the 2006 film.
Following the death of Le Chiffre at the hands of Mr. White, James Bond decides to retire from MI6 and start a new life with Vesper Lynd after depositing his winnings from the Casino on behalf of the British government. However, Vesper had a French-Algerian boyfriend named Yusef Kabira who was kidnapped by Quantum to blackmail her into co-operation, and she agreed to deliver the money in exchange for saving Bond's life.
Bond soon learns that his winnings were never deposited in the Treasury's account, and that Vesper has betrayed him, as she is delivering the money to Mr. White. It also turns out that part of the deal involved killing Le Chiffre, as Mr. White could no longer trust him anymore. To ensure of this, Mr. White contacts Gettler to ensure that the job will be done.
Gettler is first encountered as he meets Vesper in Venice to receive the money. However, Bond chases the two into a building under renovation, which is being kept from sinking only by inflatable supports. A gunfight ensues shortly after, during which the inflatable supports are punctured and the building begins to collapse. Bond makes an attempt to rescue Vesper, making his way up the building and killing Gettler's men as he does so. In a final confrontation between the two, Gettler runs towards Bond, but the spy uses a nail gun to shoot out Gettler's left eye.
Despite Gettler's death, Bond failed to save Vesper (who suddenly drowns to her death) while Mr. White makes a clean getaway with the money, though he would later end up in custody after Bond tracks him down.
- His name seems to be a reference to the infamous Fascist Adolf Hitler. In Russian the letter H is pronounced as G.