Vavra was the head of a tribe of Gypsies that lived in a camp in the outskirts of Istanbul, Turkey. He spied on the Bulgars, reporting information back to his old friend Kerim Bey and he occasionally gave him information about the Russians and the Bulgars. Vavra appears in the 1963 film From Russia with Love and he is portrayed by Francis de Wolff.
James Bond and Kerim were invited to dinner at the camp, where two girls were to fight to death over the love of a man. The fight was interrupted, and Bond managed to save Vavra's life, gaining his upmost respect and gratitude.
- Vavra knew very little English, and constantly replied to Bond saying "Thank you!, Thank you!".