Tatiana’s Apartment

In Chapter eight of From Russia With Love, Tatiana Romanova is in her Moscow apartment, reflecting on her life. Little does she realize that her life as she knows it will never be the same.

The room was a tiny box in the huge modern apartment building on the Sadovaya-Chernogriazskay Ulitza that is the women’s barracks of the State Security Departments. Built by prison labour, and finished in 1939, the fine eight-storey building contains two thousand rooms, some, like hers on the third floor, nothing but square boxes with a telephone, hot and cold water, a single electric light and a share of the central bathrooms and lavatories, others, on the two top floors, consisting of two- and three-room flats with bathrooms. These were for high-ranking women.

The street mentioned by Fleming is one of the major roads encircling the center of Moscow.

Sadovaya-Chernogryazskaya Ulitza (Garden -Chernogryazskaya Street) road indicated by the marker.
Sadovaya-Chernogryazskaya Ulitza (Garden -Chernogryazskaya Street) road indicated by the marker.

Let’s take a few vintage views down this street:

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Sadovaya-Chernogriazskay Street, 1950's
Sadovaya-Chernogriazskay Street, 1950’s

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On this last picture the building in the middle with the high tower and extending down the rest of the block is Garden-Chernogryazskaya Street. 13/3. (Here is another view of the building/street from 1954,)

Other than that tower, the building is eight stories high and was finished in 1939. I’m not going to 100% say that this was the building that Fleming was referencing in the description above, but it seems to fit. Even if it isn’t at least we’ve gotten a good look at the street that Tatiana Romanova would’ve been frequenting during her time away from the M.G.B. Central Index.

Here are some other buildings from that street.


Red Grant’s Villa

From Russia With Love opens at Red Grant’s villa – one that even he knew he was “immensely privileged” to be living in.

Behind the drowsy noise of the bees the sea boomed softly at the bottom of the cliff at the end of the garden. There was no view of the sea from the garden—no view of anything except of the sky and the clouds above the twelve-foot wall. In fact you could only see out of the property from the two upstairs bedrooms of the villa that formed the fourth side of this very private enclosure. From them you could see a great expanse of blue water in front of you and, on either side, the upper windows of neighbouring villas and the tops of the trees in their garden—Mediterranean-type evergreen oaks, stone pines, casuarinas and an occasional palm tree.

We’re also told that the villa itself was simply a “a squat elongated box without ornament.”

We further learn that The villa was on the south-eastern coast of the Cremia, about half way between Feodosiya and Yalta

You can see the villa was located on the Black Sea, a little further down from Sudak. The house is on the edge of the cliff, overlooking the sea.

That region has a lot of views looking like this:

When they left the villa to head for the airport at Simferopol they likely traveled upon roads looking much like this:

They passed through alternating fields of roses and vineyards.