Felix Leiter is a fictional character invented by Ian Fleming in the James Bond books, who also appears in the Bond movies. In the films, Leiter works for the CIA, and assists Bond in his various adventures. He was portrayed by Jeffrey Wright in the 2006 film Casino Royale and the 2008 film Quantum of Solace and will reprise his role in No Time to Die in 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.
Later, Felix and Gregg Beam work with Medrano's regime to ensure America gets oil rights in Bolivia when Medrano becomes president by force. Leiter informs Bond of these dealings at a bar in La Paz, briefly informs him that their time window to talk is 30 seconds and warns him that the Bolivian government is after him. Bond escapes at the last minute just as authorities burst into the bar they're in and eventually goes on to defeat Medrano. M later informs Bond that Leiter has been promoted within the CIA.
- "James... move your ass."
- ― Felix as he reveals that 007's time is up.
Bond mentions Felix Leiter briefly to Lucia Sciarra as a form of protection.
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 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 modeled after the Daniel Craig version of Bond.