Type: Cipher machine
User: Soviet Union Soviet Union
Appearances: From Russia, with Love

The Spektor decoder was a highly sought-after decoding machine, used by Soviet Intelligence to de-compile coded and highly sensitive documents.


The Spektor appears in From Russia, with Love and was in fact part of a trap in which a cipher clerk, Tatiana, and Bond would steal the decoder. After it was stolen, SMERSH came after them in an assassination attempt to get the Spektor and sell it back to the Soviets.

The machine was so valuable to MI6 that they tried to get their hands on it. The Spektor was the same size as a typewriter; the unit was in a brown leather case. Inside it contained small buttons, a coded data strip was inserted into a slot, and out of another slot came the decoded message on a strip of paper.