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Character information
Name(s): Tatiana Romanova
Alias(es): Tania
Age: 24 (Novel)
Hair/eye color: Blue (Eyes), Blonde (Hair)
Height/weight: -- (Height), -- (Weight)
Nationality: Russian
Occupation: Cipher clerk, Army Corporal
Affiliation: SMERSH (Novel), SPECTRE (Film)
Status: Active/Unknown
Behind the scenes
Role: Bond girl, Henchman
Portrayed By: Daniela Bianchi,
Barbara Jefford (Voice).
First Appearance: From Russia with Love (Novel)
Last Appearance: From Russia with Love (Film)
From Russia with Love (Other)

Tatiana Romanova (Татьяна Романова, known to her friends as "Tania") is a Soviet army corporal who acts as bait in a plot to exact revenge on 007. She appears in the Ian Fleming novel From Russia with Love and its 1963 film adaptation and was played by Itallian actress Daniela Bianchi. Her voice was provided by Barbara Jefford.

Novel biographyEdit

Spoiler warning: This article contains spoilers! Plot and/or ending details follow.

A corporal in the Ministry of State Security (M.G.B.), Tatiana Romanova is assigned to work in the Soviet Embassy in Istanbul, Turkey as a cipher clerk. She originally intended to be a ballerina, but she had to drop out because she was just one inch too tall to qualify. During her interrogation by Klebb it is noted that she has had three previous lovers.

For the konspiratsia, she is put under the command of Rosa Klebb, the head of Otdyel II (Department 2) of SMERSH. In a fearful interview with Klebb the girl is informed that she has been selected for a most important assignment, one which promises promotion, on completion of the mission, to the rank of Captain of State Security. The task? To seduce Bond into taking her back to England to spread misinformation when questioned. After the questioning, she would be sent to Canada and be rescued by Russian agents who would bring back to Moscow.

However, unbeknownst to Tania, SMERSH plans to have her deliver a booby-trapped cypher machine (the Spector) and be murdered as part of an elaborate sex scandal. Her superiors, in connection with SMERSH, plan to sow dissent in the intelligence community by murdering and discrediting a significant figure in western intelligence. This was to be achieved by the murder of James Bond.

Romanova is a very dedicated woman, loyal to her country and eager to participate in what she believes is an important mission. After being told that her life depends on accepting the mission, she receives her briefing, a "true labor of love", according to Klebb. These events are followed by a bizarre scene where Klebb asks Romanova to come close to her, after having put on a pink negligee, to which Romanova responds by simply storming out of Klebb's chambers in a desperate run.

Once in Istanbul, she contacts Darko Kerim Bey (Ali Kerim Bey in the film) and tells him her plans: she would willingly defect from the Soviet Union and take with her the precious Spector only if James Bond assisted the operation. She claimed that she had fallen in love with the man from a picture she had seen in a secret file and wanted to live with him.

Both M and Bond believe this to be a trap, but the prize was high enough to go for it. They react just as the mastermind behind the plot, chess champion Kronsteen, predicted. Bond then flies to Istanbul and contacts Bey. While they wait for the girl to show up, they spy on the Soviet headquarters and become involved in a racial dispute between a Gypsy tribe commanded by Vavra, and a gang of Bulgarian thieves lead by Krilencu, an old enemy of Bey.

After the riot at the camp, that is in fact motivated by the Cold War potencies in the city, Bond returns to his hotel room and finds Romanova lying in his bed, wearing only a black ribbon round her neck and black silk stockings rolled above her knees. They make love but are secretly filmed by Klebb's minions via a one-way mirror. The tape is explicitly planned to be used to embarrass MI6 as desired by the Soviet council seen in the first third of the book.

The next day Romanova meets Bond onboard the Orient Express, bringing with her the booby-trapped Spector machine she had been given by the Resident Director. The train then departs for Paris. As a part of Kronsteen's strategy, SMERSH's chief executioner Donovan 'Red' Grant had boarded the train and murdered Bey. Bond contacts Grant, who is pretending to be an agent named Nash. After sedating Romanova, Nash's identity is revealed to Bond, who then fights Grant in their train room. Bond finally defeats the murderer.

It is unclear as to what ultimately becomes of Tatiana in the novel as, after being drugged by Grant, she never makes a reappearance except in a passing mention. It is presumed that she has been arrested and/or released by the British, something that was to be part of the plan according to Klebb.

Film biographyEdit

A corporal in Soviet Army Intelligence, Tatiana Romanova is assigned to work in the Soviet Embassy in Istanbul, Turkey as a cipher clerk. She originally intended to be a ballerina, but she had to drop out because she was just one inch too tall to qualify. She has a number of friends and is very popular, though she has had only three lovers.

She likes the look of Bond, and when she sees him face-to-face she comments, "You're even nicer than your photograph", to which 007 replies "You're the most beautiful girl I have ever seen."

Her commanding officer is Rosa Klebb — in the screenplay adaptation, she is secretly an agent for SPECTRE — who manipulates her into believing that she is on an important mission for her country, when she is in fact merely a pawn in the terrorist organization's latest bid to humiliate and scandalize the British Secret service.

As with the novel, Romanova is a very dedicated woman, loyal to her country and eager to participate in what she believes is an important mission. She does, however, hesitate when she is required to meet Colonel Klebb, a mean and wicked woman who loves to play with the psyches of her prisoners by torturing them and then, when lost in pain, caressing them in a motherly way. Romanov fears Klebb and suffers when she reports to her for the first time, where she is interrogated by Klebb. After being told that her life depends on accepting the mission, she receives her briefing, a "true labor of love", according to Klebb.

Once in Istanbul, she contacts Darko Kerim Bey (Ali Kerim Bey in the film) and tells him her plans: she would willingly defect from the Soviet Union and take with her the precious Lektor only if James Bond assisted the operation. She claimed that she had fallen in love with the man from a picture she had seen in a secret file and wanted to live with him.

From Russia With Love - Bond meets Tanya

James Bond meets Tanya.

Both M and Bond believe this to be a trap, but the prize was high enough to go for it. They react just as the main brain behind the plot, chess champion Kronsteen, predicted. Bond then flies to Istanbul and contacts Bey. While they wait for the girl to show up, they spy on the Soviet headquarters and become involved in a racial dispute between a Gypsy tribe commanded by Vavra, and a gang of Bulgarian thieves lead by Krilencu, an old enemy of Bey.

After the battle at the camp, Bond returns to his hotel room and finds Romanova walking naked across the room and getting into his bed, wearing only a black velvet choker. They make love but are secretly filmed by Klebb's minions via a one-way mirror. This tape is explicitly planned to be used to embarrass MI6 and humiliate Bond in revenge for the death of Dr. No.

After meeting her again to verify the authenticity of her information, they blow up the Soviet embassy in Istanbul to cover their escape. With the help of Bey, they board the Orient Express and depart for Trieste and the Italian frontier. As a part of Kronsteen's strategy, the SPECTRE assassin Donald 'Red' Grant kills Bey and the KGB agent following them.

Bond contacts Grant, who is pretending to be an agent named Nash. After sedating Romanova, Nash's identity is revealed to Bond, who then fights Grant in their train room. Bond finally kills the murderer and manages to take Romanova to Venice. It is there they meet Klebb again who, in an attempt to retrieve the Lektor and kill Bond, disguises herself as a maid and tries to eliminate the agent with a dagger-tipped shoe poisoned with blowfish venom after she disarms Klebb and picks up the gun.

Romanova is torn between her orders to shoot Bond and her feelings for him; in the end, she turns on Klebb and shoots her dead, ultimately saving the day. Bond and Romanova soon look at the tape before Bond soon tosses it in the ocean.

Video game appearanceEdit

The character's role in the video game adaptation of From Russia With Love is more or less the same as in the novel and film, with the only major difference being that she is now an unwitting double agent for a terrorist organization called "OCTOPUS". She is voiced by Kari Wahlgren.

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