Donald 'Red' Grant (Robert Shaw)
Donald 'Red' Grant played by Robert Shaw
Born in Westhoughton, Lancashire, England on 9th August 1927
Died 28th August 1978
Starred In From Russia With Love (1963)
During the pre-title sequence Grant and Bond are seen trying to track and then kill each other. After Grant successfully kills Bond using his garrotting wire watch, it is revealed that the man killed was wearing a mask to look identical to Bond, all part of a training exercise.
Grant, working for SPECTRE, is assigned the task of assassinating Bond and Tatiana Romanova after they have recovered the LEKTOR. Throughout the early scenes in From Russia With Love, Grant takes on the role of Bond's protector to make sure he could deliver the LEKTOR.
During Bond's trip back to England with Tatiana aboard the Orient Express, the train stops briefly at Zagreb where Bond meets Captain Nash. However, unknown to Bond, Grant has killed Nash and taken his identity to get closer to him. After Grant lures Bond into a false sense of security, he gains the upper hand and holds him at gunpoint promising him a slow and painful death.
Grant's downfall is when Bond cunningly gets him to open his attaché case incorrectly, exploding a tear gas cartridge in his face. During the vicious fight that ensues, Grant attempts to strangle him with his wire garrotte. Bond manages to narrowly avoid death by using one of the flat throwing knifes hidden in the case to stab Grant.
Donald 'Red' Grant is a homicidal paranoiac, convicted murderer, and after escaping from Dartmoor prison, recruited to SPECTRE as an assassin. At peak performance both physically and mentally, Grant is chosen by Rosa Klebb to track and assassinate Bond and Tatiana. He is silent throughout most of film speaking in only a few scenes. However Grant shows his ruthless and cunning side whilst holding 007 captive. He clearly enjoys taunting Bond about how much of a fool he has been, but falls foul of Bond's gadgetry. §