30 Days of SPECTRE #011: Mr. White

Day 11 of 30 Days of SPECTRE!

It’s time to talk Mr. White on James Bond Radio. First seen in Casino Royale and Quantum of Solace, Jesper Christensen returns in SPECTRE as the glue that ties those films together. Considering Mr. White was sent to kill Le Chiffre and was present at the Quantum opera house meeting we speculate on his potential position within SPECTRE itself. Could he have been Number 2? Or maybe even 3 or 4? Find out in today’s episode of James Bond Radio.

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16 Responses

  1. Another good episode, lads.

    I think the reason Mr. White doesn’t explain that L’american is a place, is just to ensure that Bond protects Madeleine. If he had told Bond that it was a place, Bond would have no reason to go to the Hoffler clinic, and Madeleine would have been at risk.

      1. I agree.

        I also feel like there is some kind of “relation” between Bond and Mr. White. I’m not sure he’s a “Number 2” type of character, and not a traditional henchman either.

        I think he is more like a traditional “agent”, just like Bond is. He’s on a contract. He’s just not working for a national security service, but for a “private” organization instead. Be it “Quantum” or “Spectre”.

        Mr. White has been too “visual” in Casino and Quantum, and is now a liability to his employer, who needs him silenced. Hence the thalium and the fear of Madeleine being at risk.

        Bond has seen the same pattern at MI6, in Skyfall, where both he, himself and Silva were reduced to mere pawns in the bigger chessgame that M was playing. Replaceable at best.

        That’s why I think Bond can relate to Mr. White. They are essentially the same. That is also why he has no fear when handing White a loaded gun. There is no fight between White and Bond. Even White having tortured Vesper makes no difference. Bond has no yearning for vengeance on White. He has played out his role. They essentially make a gentlemen’s agreement. White gives up the information Bond needs and Bond agrees to protect Madeleine. White trusts Bond to do his part. Bond trusts White with his gun. Both deliver on the agreement like gentlemen.

        It’s a very good wrap up of Mr. White, indeed. And well executed by Jesper Christensen.

  2. I had mentioned before that mr.white was the middleman for ‘SPECTRE’
    QUANTUM was the mafia for SPECTRE however in my opinion any thing
    can be reworked in movies. If the producers had the rights much earlier on
    we probably would’ve of seen elements of spectre in ”SKYFALL”

  3. A trivia question just occured to me, which are the only main Bond villains to share a first name? (Please note that Emile Leopold Locke and Emilio Largo are not included since one of them is just a henchman and the name they share is not quiet the same).

          1. DOH! Tricky, and yet obvious. 🙂

            Come to think of it … It’s quite understandable to choose to go by your mother’s maiden name ‘Blofeld’, but what kind of swindling numerologist gets you to change your first name from Franz to Ernst Stavro?? I mean … ‘Ernst’, really? When you can be ‘Lollipop Sugarplum’ or ‘Moonshine Thunderstrike’ or ANYthing else, you settle for ‘Ernst’.

            I find that unambitious! 😉

  4. I really liked this scene. I thought it was a fitting end to Mr. White’s storyline. I honestly didn’t mind that Bond was less than infuriated at him after what occurred to Vesper. Just looking at Mr. White for a second told Bond that there’d be no satisfaction or pleasure in popping a cap in his brain or whatever. He was a walking dead man, and, because Bond is a little bit more mature now then back in CR, he understands that there are more important matters at hand, namely the organization White used to work for. The scene played out really nicely i felt.

  5. Great analysis of an excellent scene for Mr. White’s exit. He looked amazing in that scene. Interesting insight, the grim trailer may have caused some of the negative U.S. reaction. I suppose people don’t like to be too surprised. But I really welcomed its lighter tone because it balanced out the grim parts. After 3 very serious films this was a lot more fun. And Bond is so cool here, it’s nice to compare with Casino Royale, just as cool but different maturity level. So far it really looks like they’re making an effort to have him evolve through the series. Very nice.

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