I have no snappy title for this guy, only the facts. Even as I watch Bond's sophomore outing From Russia With Love this silent, tacturn, no nonsense and sneaky assassin is the stalker who follows you in the dead of the night and not even chasing you as much as he's sizing you up to take you out.
Introduced as a top conditioned killer into the S.P.E.C.T.R.E. organization with aptitude in taking orders and training well his mission is simple: Kill James Bond. Yeah recovering the Lektor decoding machine is on there too but Bond is his number one target.
Played to perfection by Robert Shaw who is silent in the first two acts before coming to life and speaking in the third. Introducing himself with a high class English accent who is now talking TOO much before letting his colors show and catching Bond off guard with a false case of over confidence before his voice turns to a lower class Irish tone, completely erasing the persona he was working and coldly and confidently tells Bond that Bond doesn't have long to live and that his mission will be complete. At this point, even though we all know that Bond doesn't lose, you really have a feeling that Bond will eat a bullet any second from Grant. It was when Bond mentioned the hidden money in his case that a friend of mine watching with me suddenly realized that Bond was back in the fight, and what a fight these guys have: From Russia With Loves fist fight between Bond and Grant is my favorite fist fight in movie history.
Grant is Bonds most real and scary villian. Others are more flashy, others were more fun but for the most cold war era spying, only one man comes close to walking in Bond's shadow and keeping and eye on him so that he can accomplish his job of killing Bond and getting the Lektor back. One Donald "Red" Grant.
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