Seeking to exact revenge for James Bond’s killing of agent Dr. No, SPECTRE begins training the agents who will be sent to kill Bond. Their number 1 hope is Donald “Red” Grant, an assassin who proves his mettle by killing a Bond impostor in one minute and fifty-two seconds on a training course with a wire concealed in his wristwatch.
Meanwhile, Chief Planner and chess grandmaster Kronsteen, devises a plan to play British and Soviet intelligence against each other in order to procure a Lektor cryptographic device from the Soviets.
SPECTRE’s Chief Executive, Number 1, puts Rosa Klebb Number 3, in charge of the mission as Chief of Operations. Klebb chooses Grant to protect Bond until he acquires the Lektor, he is then to eliminate 007 and steal the cipher machine for SPECTRE. Klebb recruits the beautiful Tatiana Romanova, a cipher clerk at the Soviet consulate, who believes the ex-Colonel to still be working for SMERSH.
Eventually, Bond and Tatiana reach a hotel in Venice, they believe is a safehouse. Rosa Klebb, disguised as a maid, still has a few tricks of her own, and makes a final attempt on Bond’s life.