James Bond and Indiana Jones are two of cinema’s greatest action heroes. One is a suave British secret agent and the other an all-American, tough-as-nails archaeologist. At first glance, they seem to be worlds apart. But the truth is that Indiana Jones and James Bond are the same character for all intents and purposes. Sure, they have slightly different jobs and live in completely different times (and Bond is apparently immortal), but if you take a closer look, you'll see all the Indiana Jones James Bond similarities.
This is no mere coincidence. Steven Spielberg had always wanted to direct his own James Bond movie. With the spy franchise becoming ever more fantastical and silly during the tenure of Roger Moore, he and George Lucas saw a gap in the market for their very own creation that would be heavily inspired by the secret agent. From there, they created the Indy that audiences know and love – a character that is basically just a carbon copy of the infamous spy set during the rise of the Nazis.
Whether you're all about Indiana's tomb raiding or you prefer your action flicks shaken, not stirred, there's no denying that these two figures cast a long shadow over Hollywood.
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