The Complete History of Bond Villains

Boris Grishenko

Appeared In: GoldenEye (1995)
Played By: Alan Cumming
Diabolical Weapon: Computers
Killed By: Liquid nitrogen freezing him

Boris Grishenko is the perfect example of a role being elevated by the actor playing it. In GoldenEye, Grishenko is a computer programmer who helps operate Alec Trevelyan’s weapons satellites. He’s incredibly egotistical, misogynistic, and a whole hell of a lot of fun to hate. He's seen shouting “I am invincible!” whenever he succeeds at any of his tasks. And like the wormiest of villains, he’s about as physically unintimidating as they come, often relying on his brains to help him out.

In the hands of any other actor this role could have just been obnoxious, but Cumming made it work. In the end he’s frozen in liquid nitrogen with his arms up in the air in a victory pose. It’s a poetic ending for one of Bond’s more repugnant foes.

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