YES! I am invincible!
~ Boris Grishenko's most famous line and last words.

Boris Ivanovitch Grishenko (also known as Boris Grishenko) is a supporting antagonist in the Bond film Goldeneye. He is a computer wiz, even able to hack into the U.S. Department of Justice. He also uses his skills to hack into the computer of his co-workers, annoying them with the vulgar terms that he changes their passwords to. He is shown to be quite corny and sentimental, so he often displays inappropriate images on Simonova's computer, making her ask for the password to erase it constantly.

He was portrayed by Alan Cumming, who also played Fegan Floop in the Spy Kids film franchise, and Loki from the Son of the Mask movie.


He started working for the Janus crime syndicate, thus revealing to them the location of the Russian bunker where the controller for the GoldenEye EMP satellite weapon is located. Just moments before the attack on his base, he hacks into the U.S. Department of Justice which even impresses Natalya Simonova. He reveals to her that he wrote a virus which deactivates the security of anyone who tries to track him virtually. After leaving an insulting message on the FBI website, Boris heads out of the bunker claiming that he is taking a smoking break. Once outside, the helicopter of General Ourumov lands next to him. Ourumov and his associate enter the bunker. After ordering a demonstration of the GoldenEye satelite, claiming that it is merely an exercise, Ourumov and Onatopp start shooting up the bunker and killing soldiers and technicians alike. The only survivors are Boris, who as their accomplice wasn't inside the bunker, and Simonova who managed to hide.

Ourumov later reports to the Russian Defense Minister, passing off Grishenko as a lucky survivor. Natalya eventually contacts Grishenko via the internet, believing him to be a friend. After telling him that Ourumov shot everyone at the bunker, Boris tells her to meet him at a nearby church and to trust no one. At the church, Boris and Onatopp capture Natalya.

After saving Natalya and killing Onatopp, Bond does not know how to locate Alec Trevelyan within his base. By accessing the computer inside the train Natalya manages to hack inside Boris' network. Although Boris tries to rip out his servers, Natalya finds out that the base is at Cuba.

At the base, Alec tells Boris to heave the base out of the lake. Boris claims that he is not ready but Alec urges him to do it. After the base has emerged, Alec hands Boris the GoldenEye, threateningly telling Boris that it better be working. While Boris makes the final preparations Alex is handed a tablet by one of his henchman and watches footage of Bond and Natalya sneaking onto the base. He sends his men to deal with Bond and orders Boris to have the GoldenEye satellite target London. Eventually, Bond and Natalya are captured and brought before Alec. Boris is delighted to see Natalya but she furiously slaps him and continues to attack until she is restrained by guards. He picks up Bond's explosive pen that had fallen to the ground and starts to click it. Natalya tells him of her disgust by his betrayal and that millions of people may die because of his sick games.

He furiously raises a clenched fist to her face, but Trevelyan stops him and sends Boris back to his computer to check whether Natalya has done any harm hacking before she was captured. Big-mouthed, Boris brags that Natalya does not have his skills and would be unable to hack into the GoldenEye but is proven a liar when an alarm goes off, stating that GoldenEye is about to reenter earth's atmosphere which would cause the satellite to ignite and explode. Boris tries to hack back into the system, viciously clicking the pen, whilst Bond counts the many times it is clicked knowing that three clicks arm it, whilst three more disarm it. Bond senses an opportunity and knocks the pen from Boris' hand which falls near the gasoline canister, causing it to blow up. Fueled by the gasoline and the explosive charge Bond set earlier, the explosion destroys almost the entire control room. However, Boris' computer equipment survives. Alec dispatches a guard to kill Boris should he fail to encrypt Natalya's code or try to escape and then sets off to hunt down Bond.

Eventually, Boris manages to hack into the system and resets the antenna. However, Bond, who has meanwhile reached the antenna disables the mechanism, causing grave harm to the system. This eventually results in a giant explosion that destroys the remainder of the base and kills Trevelyan. Miraculously, Boris survives. Emerging from the ruins, he loudly exclaims that he is invincible. But he celebrates too soon as at the same moment, the canisters behind him that contain liquid nitrogen explode, covering and freezing Boris to death.


Though a brilliant and intellectual computer programmer, Boris is known to be extremely amoral, perverted, and conservative, mostly by the way he uses female body bits as his access codes and passwords and also shown to be fully arrogant, egocentric, and self-confident, especially when he shouted "I am invincible!" whenever he succeeded in finishing a task. He later becomes a backstabbing, vituperative, and traitorous person who has sided with Janus to steal a dangerous electronic satellite that was used to murder his fellow programmers at Severnaya to leave no witnesses of the theft.

He is also shown to be friendly and demonstrative with Natalya, who sees him just as an annoying and rebarbative little brother, and is a bit more patient and empathetic with his wayward antics, but then her friendship with him turned to hatred when she realized that he was partly responsible for the murder of Anna and all the other people at the Severnaya observatory as well as him being willing to kill more people for personal profit.




  • Despite the fact that Xenia Onatopp is the overall secondary antagonist, after she and Ourumov are defeated Boris fills the position, but only during the final act.
  • Like Stamper in the following Bond film, Tomorrow Never Dies, Boris outlives his boss during the final act.


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