Contributed by: The James Bond Movie Encyclopedia by Steven Jay Rubin

Egyptian black-market trader, portrayed by Nadim Sawalha in The Spy Who Loved Me, who is one of the mysterious characters involved in the peddling of a nuclear submarine tracking system. James Bond (Roger Moore) learns of Fekkesh’s identity from Sheik Hosein (Edward de Souza), a British agent masquerading as a desert chieftain outside Cairo.

Unfortunately, Fekkesh is murdered by Jaws (Richard Kiel) during a huge outdoor show at the pyramids. Inside the dead man’s coat, Bond finds a datebook that indicates a meeting with Max Kalba (Vernon Dobtcheff), a Cairo nightclub owner who may or may not have the missing microfilm copy of the tracking system.

In an early draft screenplay of The Spy Who Loved Me, Fekkesh was first identified as a curator for the Cairo Museum of Antiquities, and Bond goes to the museum instead of to the pyramids for his first rendezvous. In the museum, he encounters two Russian agents, and a big fight occurs in the mummy room. Glass cases are smashed, mummies disintegrate, and inane one-liners prevail. In one sequence, after one of the Russians hurls a bust of King Tutankhamen at Bond and misses, Bond quips, “Tut Tut.” Bond is eventually overpowered by the Russians and knocked out. The idea of fighting in such a delicate environment was later used in Moonraker, in which Bond fights Chang (Toshiro Suga) in the Venice Glass Museum.


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