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Kerim Bey was Head of the British Secret Service's "Station T" in Istanbul and a prominent ally of James Bond. Portrayed by Pedro Armendariz, the character appears in the 1963 James Bond film From Russia with Love.

BiographyEdit

Kerim Bey was born in Trebizond, in north-eastern Turkey. His mother was an English governess and his father was a Turkish fisherman, famous for catching sword-fish. He was a ladies man, and so he had a large family with 15 children. The children lived a gypsy life-style and constantly argued. They lived almost on top of each other in a small, old ruin of a house. His father was strict and beat the kids if they were bad, to keep the family together.

When Kerim was 20, he got a boat of his own and made his money fishing, following in his father's footsteps. His father knew an Englishman who he sold information to, and Kerim went to work for him. The man turned out to be the Head of Station T, a Turkish intelligence branch that collaborates with MI6. and Kerim took over his position when he died. Before he got the position, Kerim had infiltrated a traveling circus, working as a strongman and wrestler. He had spied on the Russians, pretending he didn't know the language.

Tatiana Romanova had contacted him, saying that she wanted to defect to England. She had apparently seen a file photo of James Bond, and had taken a fancy to him. She said that she would hand over a Lektor decoding machine to Bond if he would go to Istanbul and take her and the machine back to England.

Kerim contacted M, who sent Bond out to meet him in Istanbul. Kerim sent a chauffeur to meet Bond at the airport, taking him back to Kerim's office to discuss the mission. Kerim said he smelt that something was fishy and that he didn't believe the girl. Bond went to rest at his hotel, and Kerim went to work at his desk. One of his 'girls' enticed him over to the sofa, and he narrowly missed an explosion caused by a limpet mine on the wall outside.

When Kerim is almost killed by a bomb planted on the outside wall of his office, he and Bond try to discover who tried to kill him. They find out it was Krilencu. When going to a Gypsy Camp, Bond and Kerim are interrupted by Krilencu's men who attempted to kill Kerim. Kerim survives and says that he must kill him even after getting shot in the arm. Kerim kills Krilencu, with Bond's sniper rifle. He then helps Bond get on the train with the Lektor device, but is killed by Red Grant on the train.

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