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Yes, it is. Because I have anticipated every possible variation of counter-move. [...]For the simple reason that this is so obviously a trap. My reading of the British mentality is that they always treat a trap as a challenge.
~ Kronsteen after asked if his plan is fail-safe.
What is Bond compared to Kronsteen?
~ Kronsteen's last words.

Tov Kronsteen is one of the two main antagonists (alongside Rosa Klebb) in the 1963 James Bond film From Russia with Love. He is SPECTRE's Director of Planning, using his immense intellect to create many of the organization's schemes. 

He was portrayed by the late Vladek Sheybal.

History

When first seen, Kronsteen is participating in a chess tournament. During the tournament he receives a message from SPECTRE, ordering him to arrive immediately. He continues the match until his opponent gives up, then leaves the room.

He then visits a SPECTRE headquarter where he meets with Ernst Stavro Blofeld and Rosa Klebb, while the latter indirectly him for continuing his chess game instead of arriving immediately. Kronsteen then tells Blofeld that, as he was tasked, he created a plan to steal the Lektor from the Russians. He states that in order for his plan to work, they need a female member of the Russian Kryptograph Section in Turkey and the help of the Secret Service. Klebb is ordered to select the woman, in order to make the plan work. After assuring Blofeld that he has anticipated every possible outcome, Kronsteen tells Blofeld that his plan also ensures revenge for the death of SPECTRE operative Julius No, because the agent used by the Secret Service to get the Lektor will be the same one who killed Dr No, James Bond. Blofeld tells Kronsteen to ensure that Bond's death will be particularly unpleasant and humiliating.

After the failure of the mission, Blofeld calls both Klebb and Kronsteen before him, asking them what they have to say in their defense. Kronsteen blames Klebb for choosing the wrong people for the job whereas Klebb says that Kronsteen's plan was the reason for the failure. After hearing both, Blofeld has one of his henchmen stab Kronsteen with a poisoned blade hidden in his shoe. After Kronsteen has died, Blofeld remarks that his demise lasted 12 seconds and that one day they have to create a faster working venom.

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Julius No | Ernst Stavro Blofeld | Rosa Klebb | Tov Kronsteen | Auric Goldfinger | Emilio Largo | Dr. Noah | Dr. Kananga | Francisco Scaramanga | Karl Stromberg | Hugo Drax | Aris Kristatos | Kamal Khan | General Orlov | Maximillian Largo | Max Zorin | Georgi Koskov | Brad Whitaker | Franz Sanchez | Alec Trevelyan | Elliot Carver | Elektra King | Renard | Gustav Graves | Le Chiffre | Dominic Greene | Raoul Silva | Ernst Stavro Blofeld

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Video Game Villains
Nigel Bloch | Raphael Drake | Makiko "Kiko" Hayashi | Armitage Rook | Nikolai Diavolo | Katya Nadanova

Organizations
The Union | SMERSH | SPECTRE (Quantum & Greene Planet) | Auric Enterprises (Flying Circus) | Stromberg Shipping Line (Liparus Crew) | Zorin Industries | Janus Syndicate | Carver Media Group Network (Stealth Ship Crew)