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James Bond was a fictional spy.

In 1992, when an elderly Indiana Jones mentioned to a mail carrier that he had been a spy, the woman dismissively compared him with James Bond which prompted Jones into telling her about his undercover involvement with the Sixtus Letter in 1917.[1]

Behind the scenes[]

James Bond was created by British author Sir Ian Fleming and the series has influenced the Indiana Jones franchise in several ways. Steven Spielberg's desire to make a James Bond movie was part of the impetus that led to the creation of Raiders of the Lost Ark and the opening sequence in Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom is a homage to the Bond film series' tradition of beginning the story with the close of another, with Indiana Jones himself wearing a white tuxedo a la Bond.[2] Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull would also find some inspiration in the James Bond characters by having Irina Spalko's stern looks and behavior reminiscent to that of Rosa Klebb from the Bond film From Russia with Love (1963).[3]


Sean Connery's James Bond in Goldfinger and Harrison Ford's Indiana Jones in Temple of Doom.

Bond was played by the late Sir Sean Connery in seven films, the role which gave Spielberg the idea to cast him as Henry Jones, the father of Indiana Jones, for Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade.[2]

Daniel Craig, who had a role in The Young Indiana Jones Chronicles episode "Palestine, October 1917"/Daredevils of the Desert, played James Bond between 2006 and 2021. Jeffrey Wright, who played Sidney Bechet in "Young Indiana Jones and the Mystery of the Blues" and "Young Indiana Jones and the Scandal of 1920", also played Felix Leiter in Casino Royale, Quantum of Solace and No Time to Die.

Additional crossover actors include Fleming's cousin Christopher Lee (Count Ottokar Graf Czernin) in The Man with the Golden Gun (1974), Julian Glover (Walter Donovan) in For Your Eyes Only (1981), Alison Doody (Dr. Elsa Schneider) and David Yip (Wu Han) in A View to a Kill (1985), John Rhys-Davies (Sallah) and Jeroen Krabbe (Brockdorff) in The Living Daylights (1987), Billy J. Mitchell (Mulbray) in GoldenEye, Michael Byrne (Vogel) and Julian Fellowes (Winston Churchill) in Tomorrow Never Dies (1997), Mads Mikkelsen in Casino Royale (2006) and Phoebe Waller-Bridge in No Time to Die (2021). A photo of Thomas Kretschmann was briefly used in Spectre (2015) to portray Bond's foster-father Hannes Oberhauser.

Stunt performers who crossed over into the 007 saga include Vic Armstrong, Derek Lea, Wayne Michaels, Wendy Leech, Jim Dowdall, Peter Diamond, Terry Richards, Stuart Clark, Nick Gillard, Simon Crane, Gary Powell, Martin Grace and Richard Graydon. Writer Jez Butterworth has penned scripts for both Bond and Indiana Jones.

As a spy in Young Indiana Jones and the Attack of the Hawkmen, Indiana Jones gets his mission briefing from "Major M" before being supplied with an array of gadgets,[4] a likely reference to the long-running M and Q Branch scenes in the Bond series.[5] Sidney Reilly, the British "Ace of Spies", has been cited as an inspiration for James Bond.[6] Indiana Jones was to meet and work with Reilly in the unproduced "Moscow, July 1919" episode of The Young Indiana Jones Chronicles.[7]



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