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In Kill Bill— Vol. 1 the title character, played by DAVID CARRADINE, is a mostly unseen sinister figure looming over the story who has organized an elite group called the Deadly Viper Assassination Squad (or DiVAS). All of the vipers are code-named after poisonous serpents and the deadliest of them all is Black Mamba (UMA THURMAN), who is also Bill’s former lover. Early in Vol. 1 a Texas Ranger (MICHAEL PARKS) surveys a grisly scene: an entire wedding party slaughtered during a dress rehearsal in a rural chapel. The pregnant woman in the blood-splattered wedding dress is Black Mamba, better known as The Bride. Bill and The Vipers left The Bride for dead, but unluckily for them she was merely comatose. The Viper assassin California Mountain Snake, a.k.a. Elle Driver (DARYL HANNAH), creeps into The Bride’s hospital room, disguised as a nurse and brandishing a syringe— only to be called off at the last possible moment by Bill himself. Four years later, The Bride suddenly awakens and realizes what has been done to her.