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The Novel

    G 

General Nicholai Sergenovich Grubozaboyschikov (G)

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"There will be...displeasure."

The only major character to be exclusive to the book, "G" is the Director of SMERSH who is feared by every agent of Soviet Intelligence. He is also Klebb and Grant's superior in the novel and charges them to both eliminate and humiliate James Bond for his past foilings of SMERSH plots.
  • Adapted Out: He is replaced by Blofeld in the film.
  • Bald of Evil: His head is as shiny as a bleached skull, making his appear even more terrifying.
  • Big Ol' Eyebrows: Sports a pair, which also adds to the intimidation factor.
  • Cut His Heart Out with a Spoon: He and his fellow intelligence big shots brainstorm a lot of creative deaths for Bond, before ultimately deciding on assassinating him and framing him for a sex scandal.
  • Dan Browned: Fleming's introduction insists he was a real person and really ran SMERSH at the time the novel was set. In fact, the real SMERSH never lasted beyond World War II, and G never existed.
  • The Dragon: He is mentioned to be the personal attack dog of General Ivan Serov, the ultimate head of Soviet Intelligence, who, unlike G, really did exist.
  • Dragon-in-Chief
  • The Dreaded: The heads of all the other branches of Soviet Intelligence - KGB, GRU, and RUMID - fear Grubozaboyschikov, He is well aware of this and watches all the others for signs of weakness when they have meetings, which he then in turn snitches on to Serov.
  • Evil Counterpart: To M, being a spy chief with a single letter for a codename.
  • Greater Scope Villain: He is Klebb and Grant's commander, but otherwise has no part in their plot. In turn, Ivan Serov would be the Greater Scope Villain to him, and Nikita Khrushchev to him.
  • Overly Long Name: No wonder he goes by "G."
  • The Spymaster: One of four the Soviet Union has, and the most dangerous by far.
  • The Unfought: Bond only climbs the Sorting Algorithm of Evil as far as Klebb; he never meets G.
  • Villain Protagonist: He is the viewpoint character for chapters four through six.
  • You Have Outlived Your Usefulness: He keeps watch to see if any of the other intelligence branch heads' usefulness may be wearing thin.

The Film

    Kerim Bey 

Ali Kerim Bey

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"Ah, the old game: give a wolf a taste and then leave him hungry."
Played by: Pedro Armendáriz

A former circus strongman, he is MI6's head of Station T in Istanbul. He is a wise, good natured man whom Bond immediately takes a liking to.
  • Adaptational Heroism: Calling Kerim's character in the book a "bad guy" is probably a stretch, but the film still omits most of his less savory character traits, most infamously his cheery endorsement of the "Not If They Enjoyed It" Rationalization.
  • Adaptation Name Change: His given name was changed from "Darko" to "Ali" in the film, possibly because the context of "Darko" (it's exactly what you think it is) would be uncomfortable even for 1963.
  • Abusive Parents: We get to learn his rather twisted backstory in the book. His father was a brutish man who stole other men's wives and thrashed his kids for discipline. Nevertheless his community respected him (as does Kerim in an odd way) due to being a poor village that prized strength.
  • Badass Mustache: A badass with a moustache.
  • Cool Old Guy: A cool guy, and Armendáriz's age was showing.
  • Family Business: Most of his employees are his sons (and he has a lot).
  • The Hedonist: One gets the distinct impression that if the government were to pay him to wallow in wine and women all day, he'd jump at the chance. As it stands, though, he's very good at what he does.
  • The Patriarch: Exclusively employs family members, reasoning they're the only people you can trust in the spying business. This, of course, has the side effect of him being at least as promiscuous as Bond is.
  • Pornstache: Look at the picture.
  • Really Gets Around: Probably the only Bond character who gets more than Bond. This is a matter of necessity, as a large family means a lot of underlings who are guarenteed to be loyal to him.
    Kerim: [about to sleep with his mistress] Back to the salt mines...
  • Sacrificial Lion: Killed by Grant on the Orient Express.
  • This Is Something He's Got to Do Himself: Even though his arm is injured he insists on pulling the trigger on Bond's sniper rifle to kill his old enemy, the Bulgarian agent Krilencu.
  • Unscrupulous Hero: He's sexist, hedonistic, and willing to do all sorts of dubiously-moral deeds, but is also the most loyal and competent intelligence agent in Turkey. Bond would later encounter similar "bad good guy" characters such as Marc-Ange Draco and Tiger Tanaka.

    Tatiana Romanova 

Tatiana "Tanya" Romanova

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"The mechanism is... Oh James, James... Will you make love to me all the time in England?"

Played by: Daniela Bianchi

A corporal in Soviet Army Intelligence, assigned to work in the Soviet Embassy in Istanbul as a cipher clerk. Because of her beauty, Rosa Klebb assigns her the mission of seducing Bond and having him take her to England to deliver a LEKTOR code machine.
  • Adaptation Dye-Job: She's a brunette in the book.
  • Affectionate Nickname: Her friends call her "Tanya".
  • Fake Defector: This is what she believed her mission was, but turns out that she's a pawn on SPECTRE'S bigger plan, as seen in Unwitting Pawn.
  • Girl of the Week: The Bond Girl for this film.
  • Ms. Fanservice: Most of her screentime has her in nighties.
  • Nice Girl: Genuinely pleasant and friendly.
  • Ready for Lovemaking: Her intro to Bond (which was used to audition the Bond Girls by the producers).
  • Same Language Dub: Her English was fine, but Bianchi's thick Italian accent wasn't.
  • Sensual Slavs: A sensual Russian woman stationed in Istanbul.
  • Sex–Face Turn: Bond rogered her and she couldn't resist his charms.
  • Sexy Secretary: Sexy cipher clerk.
  • She's Got Legs:
    Bond: [checking her out via the periscope] Well from this angle, things are shaping up nicely.
  • Stocking Filler: She wears black silk stockings (as per the original scene in the novel) as part of her outfit to seduce Bond. They're only very briefly seen in the movie as released, but there are a number of photos of Daniela Bianchi (as Tatiana) wearing these stockings in the screen-test version of the scene, notably when Bond pulls the bedsheet off Tatiana to reveal her stockinged legs.
  • Trope Codifier: Her bedroom encounter with James is used to screen-test future Bonds and Bond Girls.
  • Unwitting Pawn: She carries out the mission given to her by Rosa Klebb thinking that Klebb's still from the Soviet government, without realizing that Klebb has long ago defected to SPECTRE and that she ordered Red Grant to kill her and Bond and then make it look like it was a murder-suicide.

    Red Grant 

Donald "Red" Grant

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"How does it feel, old man?"
Played by: Robert Shaw

Along with Oddjob and Jaws, he is quite an iconic Bond villain henchman. Grant is a tall, burly, blonde SPECTRE agent (SMERSH in the books) and a sadistic, ruthless and psychotic killer. Grant's backstory in the movie and book are completely different but both effectively amount to "This is a horrible person you don't want to mess with".
  • Alone with the Psycho: Again, one of the only times Bond is totally gotten the drop on by an enemy.
  • Ax-Crazy: Machine gun crazy, actually (in the book).
  • Badass Normal: Unlike later notable Bond henchmen, he doesn't have any fancy gimmicks or superhuman attributes. Unlike Giant Mook guys like Hans or Krieger, he's not even noticeably larger than Bond either (in fact, Robert Shaw was shorter than Sean Connery). He's just a ruthless, extremely efficient covert operative, just like Bond himself.
  • Bond Villain Stupidity: Robert Shaw's chilling, brilliant performance obscures the fact that Grant may be the single most egregious example in the entire series. For once, shooting Bond is the actual plan, but Grant manages to muck it up with an inexcusable bout of Evil Gloating and Just Between You and Me. Further, after revealing to Bond that he's going to kill him and Tatiana and make it look like Bond committed murder-suicide, Grant gloats, "The first one [bullet] won't kill you. Not the second. Not even the third. Not till you crawl over here and kiss my foot!" Of course, if Grant had succeeded in doing this, with four or more bullets in Bond's dead body, it wouldn't look like a suicide.
  • The Brute: Just pointing it out in case that the other tropes didn't make it clear.
  • Dirty Communists: In the book version, he defected to SMERSH just so he could become a paid assassin as compared to killing them for free like he did before.
  • Dumb Blonde: Subverted. While the book version doesn't seem like the sharpest tool in the shed (for starters, he mixed up Irish history with Russian propaganda slogans during training), he's actually able to do things that other Bond villain henchmen are completely incapable of (like use stealth or hold down a cover).
  • The Dragon: For Rosa Klebb and Blofeld in the movie, and for General G in the book.
  • Dragon-in-Chief: He's just as smart as Klebb and is a match for Bond in combat; Klebb doesn't do much other than recruit Grant and Tania, film Bond and Tania and attempt to take the Lektor herself at the end of the film, getting owned by a chair-wielding Bond in the process before Tania shoots her. After he was killed with about 20 minutes left in the film, the only obstacle left was the helicopter Mooks, while the boats were called in last-minute.
  • Evil Counterpart: To Bond. Both are highly skilled operatives who loyally serve a shadowy organization, equally skilled in combat and make good use of gadgets; Grant has a watch concealing a garrote and Bond has the suitcase, among others.
  • Faux Affably Evil: Still gregariously refers to Bond as "old man" after outing himself as an agent of SPECTRE/SMERSH.
  • Genius Bruiser: He's quite the Manipulative Bastard.
    • Sets up the entire Krilencu subplot by killing a Russian agent's driver, knowing that Krilencu would try to bomb Kerim's office.
    • Follows Bond and Kerim to the gypsy camp, where he saves Bond's life from an attack from behind. This ensures that after Kerim kills Krilencu, Bond would return to his hotel, where he would meet Tanya. They would be filmed by Klebb
    • Ensures that Bond gets Tania's map by killing the Russian agent who gets his hands on it.
    • Compromises the secrecy of Bond's escape by killing Kerim and Benz (a Russian security agent who follows Bond, Kerim and Tania onto the train and is overpowered by the former two), forcing Bond to send for another agent, whom he kills and impersonates (Captain Nash). Bond is entirely fooled until Grant has pulled a gun on him.
  • Greed: His Achilles' Heel in the film.
  • The Heavy: He drives SPECTRE's actions from when Bond arrives in Istanbul to the Orient Express.
  • Hero Killer: His task is to kill James Bond, so we already know he's going to be dangerous. Grant kills agents on both sides of the Cold War left and right, but he cements his status as a Hero Killer when he kills Kerim on the Orient Express.
  • Hoist by His Own Petard: Killed with his own garrote (film) or gun (book). This is ironic because the plan was to kill Bond with his own (Bond's) gun.
  • Karmic Death: Killed going for some gold coins.
  • Lunacy: In the book, his killing urges coincide with the full moon.
  • Made of Iron: Doesn't flinch when hit by a pair of brass knuckles. This is a slight exaggeration from the book, where he doubles over slightly and stands upright again, looking pissed, from a blow that the narration notes would have left any normal man cringing helplessly on the floor.
  • Master Actor: Impersonates a MI6 agent (Captain Nash) by adopting an upper-class accent, as well as the man's hat and traveling case. Bond is entirely fooled until Grant has him at gunpoint. Downplayed in the book, where Bond is still fooled by the impersonation, but senses something is badly wrong.
  • Mr. Fanservice: Practically alone amongst male Bond villains, Grant is actually incredibly handsome. The novel notes, however, that he's handsome in such a way that you can still tell there's something... off about him, as his masseuse notes.
  • Paper-Thin Disguise: His disguise as Captain Nash is simply Nash's hat, briefcase, and an upper-class English accent.
  • Psycho for Hire: A serial killer (stemming from advanced case of manic-depressive disorder) in the original book, and a homicidal paranoiac in the movie.
  • The Quiet One: Bordering on The Voiceless. He does not speak for most of the movie, and when he finally does, it's to imitate someone he has just murdered.
  • Red Right Hand: Almost literally—his reddish skin tone is noted in the novel as marring what are otherwise extremely handsome physical features, giving a clue to his nature.
  • Sadist: As shown with the aforementioned "Kiss my foot!" line and, if you look closely, you can see a smile on his face as he prepares to use his garrote on Bond.
  • Serial Killer: Book version.
  • Villain Protagonist: He is the viewpoint character for the first three chapters of the book.
  • Weapon of Choice: His garrote, which is concealed in his watch. Bond uses this to strangle him to death.

    Rosa Klebb 

Rosa Klebb / Number Three

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"Come, come, my dear. You're very fortunate to have been chosen for such a simple, delightful duty."
Played by: Lotte Lenya

In the movie, Rosa Klebb is depicted as a former SMERSH agent who has defected to become a member of SPECTRE (Blofeld refers to her as "Number 3"). She uses Kronsteen's plans to obtain the Lektor and kill Bond. She deceives Tatiana Romanova into helping Bond steal the Lektor, and then sends Red Grant to kill Bond and recover it.
  • The Baroness: An iconic example.
  • Big Bad: Answers to Blofeld, but is the plots Big Bad.
  • Blofeld Ploy: She's spared and given a last chance.
  • Bus Crash: She actually survives the end of the book, and is arrested by the Deuxieme Bureau. At the beginning of Dr. No, it's offhandedly mentioned she died in prison, and she is then never brought up again. Even the cause of her death is unrevealed.
  • Co-Dragons: With Kronsteen.
  • The Dark Chick
  • Depraved Bisexual: She apparently had an affair with Spanish Communist leader Andrés Nin (a historical figure), but was also pretty blatantly coming on to Tatiana.
  • Dirty Old Woman: Implied to be a depraved lesbian.
  • Evil Redhead: Evil and has red hair.
  • Fan Disservice: We get to read a description of her in her lingerie in the book. Eeeeew.
  • Gonky Femme: She is described in quite ugly terms in the book, but when Tatiana is ordered to report to Krebb's apartment for a late night briefing, Krebb is dressed in a babydoll-ish nightie and giggly tries to seduce Tatiana.
  • Hoist by His Own Petard: Shot by her own henchwoman in the climax.
  • Improbable Weapon User: The famous spring-loaded knife-tipped shoe she uses against Bond.
  • Karmic Death: Shot through the heart by her own protege, who had really fallen for the man she had groomed her to fake falling for.
  • Mean Character, Nice Actor: More than one person who worked on the movie has said that to say Lotte Lenya is the exact opposite of Klebb is a big understatement.
  • Older Than They Look: In the book, she's mentioned to be in her forties, but look much older, presumably because she's evil or something.
  • Psycho Lesbian: Her sexuality is kept ambiguous in the film but there's some hints towards it. Not so much in the book, in which... well, it's a lot more overt.
  • Red Right Hand: Not a disfigurement or anything, but she's said to look elderly despite being only middle-aged. Why is never explained.
  • Renegade Russian: In the movie. Totally loyal in the book.
  • Room Disservice/Janitor Impersonation Infiltration: Her last gambit to kill Bond and steal the McGuffin is to disguise herself as a hotel maid.
  • Torture Technician: Rumored to be this in the book, and a scarily effective one at that.

    Kronsteen 

Kronsteen / Number Five

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"Who is Bond, compared with Kronsteen?"
Played by: Vladek Sheybal

The head of planning for SPECTRE. He devised a plan to lure James Bond into Turkey and then kill him, humiliating the British government and getting revenge for the death of Dr. No. When the plan failed, he was killed with a poison-tipped knife concealed in a shoe.
  • Adaptational Villainy: He's not a nice man in the book, but he's still just a Soviet Colonel doing his job. The film makes him into a board member for the world's most powerful terrorism-for-hire organization and gives him about a million levels in smug.
  • Blofeld Ploy: Blofeld's first victim; it looks like Klebb will get the poison-knife kick, only for Morzeny to kick Kronsteen instead.
  • Bowties Are Cool: If you consider him cool.
  • The Chessmaster: Is a literal chessmaster too, in the book this aspect is more overt.
  • Co-Dragons: With Rosa Klebb.
  • Even Evil Has Loved Ones: Averted, actually; it's mentioned that he has a wife and children in the book, but his years as a merciless Soviet intelligence agent has left him unable to see them, or anyone, really, as anything other than pieces on a chessboard.
  • Evil Genius: The mastermind behind the Lektor decoder plot.
  • Jerkass Has a Point: Although he's blatantly trying to throw Klebb under the bus, Kronsteen isn't wrong when he suggests that it was the failure of Klebb's man Grant that led to the Evil Plan failing (of course, neither he nor Klebb or even Blofeld were aware of this).
  • Never My Fault: Denies any responsibility in the failure of the plot to kill Bond and obtain the Lektor. In Kronsteen's defense, it was actually Grant's fault, but all any of them knew was that Grant had been killed while Bond escaped, so the trope still applies to an extent.
  • Smart People Play Chess: A literal chessmaster and SPECTRE's chief strategist.
  • Smug Snake: Excessively arrogant, not even Klebb likes him.
  • Underestimating Badassery: Kronsteen wasn't prepared for Bond, and missing the facts about Q Branch, a part of MI6 he didn't research, earns him a poisoned dagger in the leg.
  • You Have Failed Me: Blofeld has him killed when his plan to assassinate Bond and obtain the Lektor fails.

    Number One (Ernst Stavro Blofeld) 

Number One (Ernst Stavro Blofeld)

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"Our organization did not arrange for you to come over from the Russians just for amusement, Number 3."
Played by: Anthony Dawson
Voiced by: Eric Pohlmann

The film marks the first appearance of the mysterious chief of the SPECTRE organization. His face was not seen on screen until You Only Live Twice.
  • Animal Motifs: Uses a black octopus as a symbol for the SPECTRE and enjoys making parallels between fish fights and his current evil plans.
  • Bad Boss: Does not tolerate failure.
  • Big Bad: Technically, of Sean Connery's (and George Lazenby's) entire tenure as Bond. In this film, he's the head of SPECTRE and the direct superior to Klebb, Grant, and Kronsteen.
  • Dissonant Serenity: After Kronsteen's been killed by the poisoned blade, Blofeld simply quietly comments that "one of these days we have to invent a faster working venom."
  • The Dreaded: By his subordinates, and how.
  • Evil Sounds Deep: Blofeld speaks in a deep, rich baritone that shows off his intelligence and villainy.
  • The Faceless: For the viewers only.
  • Faux Affably Evil: He's polite and calm with his subordinates, but, as Kronsteen's execution demonstrates, he has very little regard for their lives and has no tolerance for mistakes. He reacts to Kronsteen's death with the same soft tone he's been using for the entire movie, remarking that they should really invent a faster-acting venom.
  • Greater Scope Villain: Klebb and Kronsteen are the two antagonists most directly involved in the plot, nevertheless Blofeld oversees and has greater authority.
  • Karma Houdini: In this film, Bond never encounters Blofeld, and, as such, the villain is neither harmed nor brought to justice.
  • Manipulative Bastard: The forte of SPECTRE.
  • The Man Behind the Man: Blofeld orders Klebb to have Bond killed and has a much greater sway on the criminal world but is content to remain in the background while she does the work.
  • Minor Major Character: Has limited screentime, in true Greater Scope Villain fashion, he is an ominous, far off threat who only appears to occasionally order subordinates or hand out punishments.
  • Nebulous Evil Organization: SPECTRE, the Special Executive for Counter Intelligence, Terrorism, Revenge and Extortion.
  • Non-Action Big Bad: Here, Blofeld avoids direct involvement in the field, while his agents carry out his plans.
  • No Name Given: Subverted and played straight; Number One is identified as "Ernst Blofeld" in the closing credits, but the audience during the initial run of the film is only given a "?" when presented with the identity of the actor.
  • Right-Hand Cat: Cradles his beloved Persian cat for the first time in the movies. Definitely the Trope Codifier.
  • Soft-Spoken Sadist: He doesn't rise his voice, even when threatening his underlings with death.
  • You Look Familiar: invoked Not so much as look familiar (since we never see his face), but the actor who plays him is Anthony Dawson, who appeared in Dr. No as Professor Dent. Not that the audience would know as Dawson is not seen, heard or credited.

    Morzeny 

Morzeny

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"Grant's one of our best men. Homicidal paranoiac, superb material. His response to our training and indoctrination have been remarkable."
Played by: Walter Gotell

The one in charge of training the SPECTRE mooks. He will also step in for ground operations when needed.
  • Bald of Evil: Fits the criteria.
  • The Dragon: He fits this role in the villain hierarchy better than Grant does despite having less screentime.
  • Drill Sergeant Nasty: Runs the training facility for SPECTRE mooks.
  • Good Scars, Evil Scars: Has an X-shaped scar on the left side of his face.
  • Man on Fire: Dies when he and his men are engulfed in flames created by Bond during the boat chase (and the actor actually had burns while shooting).
  • Mook Lieutenant: Trains the mooks for SPECTRE.
  • We Have Reserves: Likes to use "live targets" for training. Just ask the faux James Bond in the opening sequence.

    Krilencu 

Krilencu

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Played by: Fred Haggerty

A Bulgarian who is employed by the Russians in Istanbul.
  • Arch-Enemy: To Kerim Bey.
  • Ax-Crazy: Kerim mentions he kills for pleasure.
  • Disney Villain Death: Kerim snipes him in the back and he falls 30 feet to the pavement below.
  • Everyone Has Standards: His employers, judging by the conversation Bond and Kerim see in the embassy, are not happy with him for trying to blow up Kerim.
  • Mad Bomber: Tries to blow up Kerim's office after Grant kills a Russian driver and blames it on the British.
  • Throwing Your Sword Always Works: Kills a guard at the gypsy camp by throwing a knife into his chest.

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