Felix Leiter is a fictional American CIA intelligence operative. Based on the literary character created by Ian Fleming, Leiter is portrayed by American actor, Jeffrey Wright, and first appeared in the 2006 film, Casino Royale, and was later seen in its 2008 sequel, Quantum of Solace, and will reprise his role in No Time to Die (2020), making him the only actor to play the role of Felix Leiter in three films.
At the Casino Royale in Montenegro Leiter plays in the high-stakes poker game against James Bond and Le Chiffre. Unable to beat Le Chiffre, Leiter backs Bond with a $5 million buy in, after Bond misreads Le Chiffre's bluff, under the agreement that the CIA be the ones to arrest Le Chiffre after the game.
- "James... move your ass."
- ― Felix as he reveals that 007's time is up.
Later, Felix and Gregg Beam work with General Medrano's regime to ensure America gets oil rights in Bolivia when Medrano becomes president by force. Beam indeed negotiated a deal with Quantum operative, Dominic Greene, to ignore his orchestrated coup in Bolivia in exchange for oil, which the section chief assumed Greene had discovered; incorrectly interpreting Greene's bulk purchase of water piping. He and Leiter travel with the Quantum representatives to Austria and while discussing their business arrangements, Greene mentions that he has a 'pest' he would like eliminated as part of the deal. Beam glances at the photo of James Bond and passes it to Leiter, duplicitously asking him to identify it. When Felix lies to the men, Beam identifies Bond and tells Greene he will deal with him. Later in La Paz, 007 phones Leiter at their front office, Incan Exports, and arranges a meeting. Beam sends his men after Bond to kill him. However, Felix, disgusted by Beam's corruption, informs the spy of their dealings with Medrano and that their time window to talk is 30 seconds and warns him about his pursuers, allowing him to escape at the last minute. Following Medrano and Greene's demises, Beam is exposed for his crimes and Leiter replaces him as section chief as M says that to Bond.
Bond mentions Felix Leiter briefly to Lucia Sciarra as a form of protection.
No time to Die
Years after Bond's mission in Bolivia Felix comes and sees Bond in Jamica and recruits him to help rescue a kidnapped scientist.
Behind the scenes
Casino Royale allowed Leiter to re-appear and he and Bond meet for the first time in the film. Early script drafts for Quantum of Solace gave Wright a larger role, but his screen time was restricted by on-set rewrites. Wright became the second actor to play the role of Leiter multiple times after David Hedison in 1973's Live and Let Die and 1989's Licence to Kill. He will also return to the role in No Time to Die.
- Oddly, in the 2012 game 007 Legends the Felix Leiter that appears in the Goldfinger section of the game is played by and based on the likeness of Demetri Goritsas, as opposed to the Jeffery Wright, despite the in game universe being based on the Daniel Craig version of Bond this game though was made long prior to the making of No time to Die and hence Wrights return to the franchise.
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