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"Ask yourself, why do you seek the Cup of Christ? Is it for His glory, or for yours?"
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Kazim was a descendant of Christian Byzantium royalty.[2] Leader of the Brotherhood of the Cruciform Sword as of 1938, Kazim and his men swore to keep the Holy Grail safe and hidden. Like many of his secret society, he had a tattoo of the cruciform sword on his chest, and often wore a fez.

BiographyEdit

Kazim was the leader of the Brotherhood of the Cruciform Sword in 1938. He led a team of Brotherhood members in Venice to stop Indiana Jones, Marcus Brody, and Elsa Schneider from finding the tomb of the Grail Knight and the second marker.

When Jones discovered the entrance to the catacombs in the library, Kazim used his pistol to knock out Brody, then followed Jones and Schneider into the catacombs. Seeing the oily seep in the water of the tombs, Kazim threw a match into it, igniting the oil in an attempt to stop Jones.

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Kazim and the Brotherhood pursue Jones and Schneider.

Kazim and his men left the library, only to discover Jones and Schneider escaping through a manhole cover. Kazim summoned more of his men to chase the pair via motorboat through the canals and harbor of Venice. During the chase, Kazim was the only of his men to survive, reaching a truce with Indy just prior to the boat being destroyed by a ship's propeller.

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Kazim warns Elsa before passing away.

Kazim revealed the existence and purpose of the Brotherhood, and when Indy revealed that he was not seeking the Grail, but instead looking for his father, Kazim told him that his father was held at Castle Brunwald and then left.

Later, as the Nazis mounted their expedition in Hatay to find the Grail, Kazim spied on their attempt to compensate the Sultan of Hatay in Iskenderun. When the Nazi caravan entered the desert, searching for the Canyon of the Crescent Moon, Kazim and the Brotherhood mounted an attack from the hillside, using rifles. During the attack, Kazim was mortally wounded. Before expiring, he gave a final warning to Donovan and Schneider.

Behind the scenesEdit

Kazim was portrayed by Armenian actor Kevork Malikyan and doubled by Dickey Beer in Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade. Malikyan later portrayed the Armenian Agent in Masks of Evil (Istanbul, September 1918). Malikyan originally tried to audition for the role of Sallah in Raiders of the Lost Ark, but arrived late to his meeting with Steven Spielberg due to a traffic jam.[3]

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Kazim is killed by Walter Donovan with a shot in the back.

During the development of the Last Crusade script, Jeffrey Boam introduced the Kazim character as Kemal, an agent of Hatay seeking the Holy Grail and an ally of the Nazis who ultimately meets what became Walter Donovan's fate in the final film. In a rewrite, he attempts to destroy the Grail Temple, but is ultimately killed by Indy. However, during his revisions, Tom Stoppard changed Kemal's name to Kazim and the character's motivation to that of Grail protector.[4] Kazim and his men are referred to as "Turkish Agents" in the published script.[1]

In the Last Crusade comic book adaptation, Kazim is shot in the back by Donovan himself. In LEGO Indiana Jones: The Original Adventures, Kazim and other members of the Brotherhood actually survive.

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