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Hello, Frank, that was Victoria, wasn't it? Telling you that I was some sort of a monster who once wanted to destroy the Soviet Empire.
~ Dr. Edward Bailey, revealing his true intentions.

Dr. Edward Bailey is the true main antagonist in the 2013 movie RED 2.

He was portrayed by Anthony Hopkins who also portrayed Hannibal Lecter and Dr. Robert Ford.

In The Movie


Bailey is a highly intelligent physicist who designed a bomb during the Cold War era for a secret operation codenamed Nightshade. The operation involved smuggling a nuclear weapon into Russia piece by piece. Frank Moses was the head of Bailey's security team who was tasked with smuggling Bailey out of the USSR, however he was supposedly killed by a car bomb by the Soviets. Bailey was however still alive as the British government merely faked his death and sent him to an asylum for the criminally insane and held there for thirty-two years and heard his wife and his son died.

Meeting Frank Moses and Victoria and Reveal

Frank Moses and Victoria Winslow gain entry to the asylum to question Bailey about the bomb, and though he is unhelpful at first, mostly due to the drugs administered by the doctors dulling his short term memory, Bailey does reveal that the Red Mercury is still in Moscow. Bailey then accompanies the pair and after retrieving the bomb from within the Kremlin, Frank learns that Bailey had actually been imprisoned not because he built the bomb, but because he had wanted to detonate it to destroy the Soviet Union. Bailey ends up shooting Katya (who had once had a relationship with Frank), and frames him for her murder before departing. As Bailey escapes to the Iranian embassy in London, Frank convinces top contract killer Han Cho-Bai to help him stop Bailey and retrieve the bomb from him.


Later, Bailey sets off the bomb timer and kidnaps Frank's girlfriend Sarah Moses before travelling to an airport to escape the explosion. Frank and his companions follow and Frank manages to save Sarah, but Bailey forces him to take the bomb with him before departing in a private plane. Unbeknownst to him, Frank had managed to sneak the bomb on board the plane before disembarking, and as Bailey is flying away, he hears the bomb beeping in a hidden compartment. Accepting his fate and claiming that he "didn't see that one coming", the bomb explodes and kills him.


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