There has been considerable speculation, from John Pearson among others, that the model for Ian Fleming's first James Bond villain, Le Chiffre, was none other than the infamous occultist and probable Satanist Aleister Crowley. I don't intend to either verify or debunk this speculation, and you can easily perform Internet research which will provide you with evidence one way or the other. Rather, I thought it might be interesting to quote Fleming's description of Le Chiffre, and then provide pictures of Crowley to see how well--or not--they synch up.
Fleming's first descriptive words about Le Chiffre are as follows:
"...Le Chiffre, with the silence and economy of movement of a big fish, came through the opening in the brass rail and, with a cold smile of welcome for the table, took his place directly opposite Bond in the Banker's chair."
Next, Fleming notes that Le Chiffre has "a thick, white forefinger...."
Later, "Le Chiffre looked incuriously at him, the whites of his eyes, which showed all around the irises, lending something impassive and doll-like to his gaze."
"He slowly removed one thick hand from the table and slipped it into the pocket of his dinner jacket. The hand came out holding a small metal cylinder with a cap which Le Chiffre unscrewed. He inserted the nozzle of the cylinder, with an obscene deliberation, twice into each black nostril in turn, and luxuriously inhaled the benzedrine vapour."
Fleming then says that Le Chiffre has a "wide expanse of white face surmounted by [a] short abrupt cliff of reddish brown hair, [an] unsmiling wet red mouth, and...impressive width of the shoulders, loosely draped in a massively cut dinner-jacket."
"But for the highlights on the satin of the shawl-cut lapels, he might have been faced by the thick bust of a black-fleeced Minotaur rising up from a green grass field."
These are the principal descriptions of Le Chiffre.
Now for a few images of Crowley.
Draw your own conclusions. Tomorrow I will revisit the thread and kick in my tuppence.