|Died:|| 1963 |
|Hair/eye color:||Brown (Eyes), Blond (Hair)|
|Height/weight:||5'11" (Height), -- (Weight)|
|Status:||Deceased, strangled with garotte by James Bond|
|Behind the scenes|
|Portrayed By:||Robert Shaw|
|First Appearance:|| From Russia with Love (Film)|
|Last Appearance:|| From Russia with Love (Film)|
Red Grant is an assassin from the Ian Fleming novel From Russia with Love and its 1963 film adaptation. The character's full name differs slightly between the novel and film; in the novel he is Donovan Grant, whereas the film renames him Donald Grant. In both, Grant is a henchman for the villain Rosa Klebb. He was portrayed by actor Robert Shaw.
Red Grant, aka Donald Grant, works for SPECTRE and is assigned the task of assassinating James Bond to avenge the death of Dr. Julius No. The pre-title sequence in From Russia with Love shows Bond and Grant searching for one another. In the end Grant kills Bond, before a mask is removed from "Bond's" face to reveal that the whole thing was a training mission for Grant.
Grant is described as being a homicidal maniac, who escaped from Dartmoor prison (where he was presumably incarcerated for Life) and was recruited by SPECTRE in Tangier, whilst on the run from the law. He has been intensively trained by the organisation and when not on a mission, he is resident on SPECTRE Island (Location unknown)
Although it's Grant's mission to kill Bond, the early part of the film shows Grant taking on the role of Bond's protector to ensure Bond delivers (unknowingly) the Lektor encoding device into SPECTRE's hands. Grant is killed on the Orient Express when Bond outsmarts him with the use of Q-branch's attaché case, and strangles Grant with his own garotte.
Behind the scenes
In the video game based on the novel and film, Red Grant is the chief enforcer for the terrorist organization OCTOPUS. He has a female assistant named Eva. Grant does most of OCTOPUS' dirty work, but his primary mission is to kill 007 and acquire the Russian Lektor decoding device. He catches up with Bond on the Orient Express and attempts to kill him. Unlike the novel and film, he survives the confrontation unbeknownst to Bond. During the agent's final assault on OCTOPUS' island headquarters, he attacks Bond again, but this time is killed.