|“||You are a kite dancing in a hurricane, Mr. Bond. So long.||„|
|~ Mr. White's last words.|
Friedrich König, more commonly known as Mr. White, is a recurring character in the James Bond rebooted series, serving as the secondary antagonist in the 2006 film Casino Royale, a major antagonist in the 2008 film Quantum of Solace, and an anti-hero in the 2015 film Spectre. He is the mastermind and leader of a nefarious organization called Quantum, which helps support terrorism, and is only seen a few times whilst his role in Quantum's events still remains unclear. He is later revealed to be the father of Madeleine Swann and that Quantum is revealed to be a affiliate of SPECTRE, a criminally terroristic organization that was responsible for Quantum's foundation.
He was portrayed by Jesper Christensen.
|“||Money isn't as valuable to our organization as knowing who to trust.||„|
|~ White to Le Chiffre before killing him.|
Quantum of Solace
|“||The first thing you should know about us that we have people everywhere.||„|
|~ Mr. White reveals that Quantum has infiltrated MI6.|
|“||She is clever, she's smarter than me, she knows how to hide. If you will find her, she'll take you to L'Americain, she knows L'Americain!||„|
|~ Mr White on his daughter Dr. Madeline Swann.|
Out of pity, Bond mourns for Mr. White by closing his dead eyes before leaving to find Swann. Blofeld's henchman Mr. Hinx later broke into the safe house to kill both Bond and Mr. White, only to find that Bond is gone and Mr. White's corpse is being pecked off by several crows, much to Hinx's disgust. It later turns out that the entire suicide was recorded through a video surveillance system controlled by SPECTRE, and after capturing Bond and Swann in his North African facility, Blofeld used the footage to deeply traumatize Swann (much to Bond's anger), saying that Mr. White was too weak to see exactly what Blofeld was planning for the world. This made Swann realize that in spite of Mr. White's past crimes while working at SPECTRE, he was still a good father to her at best.Eventually, Bond and Swann brought closure to Mr. White's death by defeating Blofeld in his plot to control all of the world's intelligence systems and leaving him to be arrested for his crimes against humanity.
Mr. White is a man as mysterious as Quantum and SPECTRE who wants above all to maintain the anonymity of these organizations which he persists in never mentioning. As a result, he is not cowardly enough to disclose the existence of the factions when subjected to interrogation pressure by intelligence services such as MI6 and his numerous contacts and undercover agents may allow him to escape easily to captivity. In addition, White is also determined to maintain Quantum's reputation, whether by executing associates that displease him or simply by indicating to other terrorist groups that he is not responsible for their incompetence. Although he prefers to let his subordinates do the dirty work for him and pull strings in the shadows, the terrorist can nevertheless get his hands dirty if necessary.
However, despite his cold, ruthless and calculating temperament, White is not necessarily a heartless individual since he cannot in particular resolve to contribute to sexual businesses led by SPECTRE and which involve women and children, so he left the organization for that. He also had a real love for Madeleine, whom he wanted to keep safe, far from his life as a criminal, so as not to endanger her; he even entrusted Bond to protect her from the wrath of Blofeld. White also enjoys using his wealth and his position as a high-ranking criminal to buy expensive costumes and thus adopt the appearance of a refined and polite person while settling in a number of splendid dens like the his villa on the shore of Lake Como, in Italy, and the chalet in which he is hiding in Altausee, Austria.
- Mr. White served as the Bigger Bad in Casino Royale and Quantum of Solace because, even though Le Chiffre and Dominic Greene served as the main antagonists in their respective films, they still answered to him. However, it turns out that White, Le Chiffre, Greene and Raoul Silva were all answering to Franz Oberhauser (as Quantum itself is a subsidiary of SPECTRE), as part of Oberhauser's plot to wreak psychological pain on Bond, something that Mr. White would later regret to hold a part in following the deaths of Le Chiffre, Greene and Silva.
- On early scripts of Spectre and in the story of Octopussy, it was revealed that Mr. White and Oberhauser were military brothers-in-arms and were very old "friends", but on a mission at the desert of Afghanistan, their unit was killed by a group of bandits whom taking the two as hostages, but Blofeld managed to kill every single one of them, left White alone and went on to create SPECTRE as name of the military legion they served.