Willard Whyte (Jimmy Dean)
Willard Whyte played by Jimmy Dean
Born in Plainview, Texas, USA on 10th August 1928
Died 13th June 2010
Starred In Diamonds Are Forever (1971)
While an element of the storyline revolves around Willard Whyte, he is not seen in the flesh until near the end of Diamonds Are Forever. After dealing with Bambi and Thumper, Bond releases Willard Whyte from his hilltop 'prison'. Felix Leiter and Willard Whyte then lead an attack on an oilrig being used as Blofeld's base of operations.
Owner of the Las Vegas casino and hotel The Whyte House, this billionaire presents the perfect kidnap victim for Ernst Stavro Blofeld, as he has not been seen in public for three years. With the help of the voice changer machine Blofeld impersonates Whyte and takes control of his empire.
Owner of vast industries including aerospace, Whyte is not the stereotypical ruthless businessman, he is in fact a softly spoken, genuine character. When Bond and Whyte emerge from the building Bert Saxby attempts to shoot them. He is consequently killed by Felix Leiter's men however, where Whyte genuinely asks Bond "Was that Bert Saxby? Tell him he's fired!" §