Kerim Bey (Pedro Armendariz)
Kerim Bey played by Pedro Armendariz
Born in Mexico City, Mexico on 9th May 1912
Died 18th June 1963
Starred In From Russia With Love (1963)
Bond travels to Istanbul to meet Tatiana Romanova and bring home the LEKTOR decoding machine. From his base of operations inside a rug bazaar, Kerim takes Bond over an underground lake where they emerge under the Russian Embassy. Kerim describes to Bond who he sees in the boardroom and invites him to take a look. Kerim provides him with the architect plans for the Embassy, and plans for Bond and Tatiana's escape with the LEKTOR.
After Kerim survives an assassination attempt, he invites Bond to visit some gypsy friends with him. Just as the well-directed fight between Vida and Zora reaches its climax, Krilencu and his men break in and cause chaos. Kerim Bey gets shot in the arm, but vows revenge. Later he does get his revenge when he kills Krilencu with Bond's Folding AR7 Rifle when Krilencu tries to escape.
After the operation to steal the LEKTOR from the Soviet Embassy is successful, Bond Tatiana and Kerim board the Orient Express. However, one of the Embassies security men spots Tatiana and boards the train. Until its time for them to leave the train to meet the transport organised by Kerim, he keeps the Embassy officer company. However as Bond later finds out Kerim is tragically killed by Donald 'Red' Grant.
One of James Bond's most charismatic allies, Kerim Bey, a former circus strongman, is head of Station T in Turkey. Operating out of a carpet shop in a rug bazaar, Kerim oversees his large spy network keeping an eye on the Russians and Bulgarians with his employees all being his sons.
Kerim is a very friendly, approachable, loyal man, with a great humour. Sharing a similar personality with Bond, a interest in beautiful women and smoking, the pair quickly become good friends. Bond is clearly moved when he learns that Kerim has been killed. Whilst only knowing Kerim for a short time, Bond feels that he has lost a valuable ally and more importantly a lifetime friend. §