Henchman Countdown: #2

(Excerpted from The Ultimate James Bond Fan Book.)

2. Donald “Red” Grant, From Russia with Love

Without strange deformities, bizarre attributes, or superhuman qualities, Robert Shaw’s Red Grant holds the screen and freezes the blood. He is the coldest of cold-blooded killers, the angriest, and the most confident. Only Grant ever suggested that James Bond should kiss his foot.

People often talk about Scaramanga as Bond’s counterpart, but Grant is Bond’s shadow. He follows Bond, anticipating his moves, and killing on his behalf before their final showdown. The most committed assassin of all, Grant, in the novel From Russia With Love, had gone over to SMERSH because the British wouldn’t let him kill for his country, and all he wanted to do was kill. This is suggested in the movie when Morzeny refers to his psychological profile.


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