Characters specific to From Russia with Love
. For those in the entire film franchise
, see here
Ali Karim Bey
Played by: Pedro Armendáriz
A former circus strongman, he is MI6' head of Station T in Istanbul. He is a wise, good natured man whom Bond immediately takes a liking to.
Tatiana "Tanya" Romanova
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.
Donald "Red" Grant
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).
- Blond Guys Are Evil
- 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.
- Bonus stupidity points: 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!" Yeah, Grant, if Bond has four or more bullets in his body, it won't look like a suicide.
- Justified in that its mentioned he used to be in an insane asylum- beneath his seemingly professional exterior, he's just a homicidal lunatic.
- The Brute
- Dirty Communists: In the book version, he's hired by SMERSH because they need someone who loves killing.
- Dumb Blonde: Subverted. While the book version doesn't seem like the sharpest tool in the shed, 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: Rosa Klebb's or Blofeld's in the movie, and General G's in the book.
- Fountain of Expies: Red has been imitated with Hans, Necros, Mister Stamper, and other Aryan-looking villains. It's arguable that Rocky IV's Ivan Drago is also meant to evoke Red Grant.
- Greed: His Achilles' Heel in the film.
- Hoist by His Own Petard: Killed with his own garrote.
- Iconic Character
- Karmic Death: Killed going for some gold coins.
- 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 from a blow that the narration notes would have left any normal man cringing on the floor.
- Name's the Same: His first name in the film is Donald, and thus he is a namesake of another British traitor, although the real one was a Nazi rather than a Communist.
- 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: He's asexual. More 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.
- Weapon of Choice: His garrote, which is concealed in his watch.
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.
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.
Number One (Ernst Stavro Blofeld)
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
- Big Bad
- The Chessmaster
- Dissonant Serenity: After Kronsteen's been killed by the poisoned blade he (Blofeld) simply quietly comments that "one of these days we have to invent a faster working venom."
- The Dreaded: By his subordinates, and how.
- The Faceless: For the viewers only.
- Fountain of Expies: If your story has a shady leader of a super villain organization, played straight or parodied, chances are they were based on Blofeld. Dr. Claw from Inspector Gadget and Giovanni in his early appearances in the Pokémon animé are among the more obvious imitators and an episode of The Powerpuff Girls has another one as a one-off villain (which later reveals that the cat was the actual villain). And let's not get started with Dr. Evil.
- Karma Houdini
- Manipulative Bastard
- The Man Behind the Man
- Minor Major Character
- Nebulous Evil Organization: SPECTRE, the Special Executive for Counter Intelligence, Terrorism, Revenge and Extortion.
- 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
- You Look Familiar: 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.
The one in charge of training the SPECTRE mooks. He will also step in for ground operations when needed.
- Bald of Evil
- The Dragon: He fits this role in the villain hierarchy better than Grant does despite having less screentime.
- 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
- You Look Familiar: Walter Gotell went on to play KGB chief General Gogol in the Moore era.