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- and I always thought it strange that the filmmakers did not credit it later as the inspiration for the series" and referred to the film as "almost a shot for shot Raiders of the Lost Ark."
I don't find it strange at all.
Why should these gigantic sick egos admit they aren't gods who create things from nothing?
You are probably right, Jones had more in common with Heston's characters than with James Bond. But I suppose they wanted to give Jones a sort of "arysthocratic" background and invented an academic father who was almost an English Lord. I liked the Connery character a lot, indeed.
The Jones in the Obi-Wan Club in the prologue of "Temple of Doom" and Jones in Venecia in "Last Crusade" was the closer thing to James Bond, with elegance, sofistication, conspiracy and romance. Then he puts the leatherjacket on and turns into a Charlton Heston type, dirty adventurer who drinks, has bar-fights and uses any kind of gun he can find against his enemies without remorse.
Spielberg, as we all know, turned into a so ridiculously moralist ala Hollywood-style that he opted for becoming an anti-gun filmaker. Wich is absolutely ridiculous, you can be as pacifist as you want in your personal life but man, making "pacifist action-movies" is just SILLY! From about two decades to today, in his movies never a gun is properly used: that means they can be fired but they will never hit anything
There are other stupid rules on his cinema that I was enjoying reading yesterday on a quite funny "Jurassic Park II" review. There the characters are all moralistically superior to the "bad guys", because heroes are super cool pacifists pro-nature and "bad guys" are capitalists. Therefore, heroes have the right to sabotage the villains' order, even if that cause accidents and deaths. It doesn't matter, because since the heroes are the heroes, they aren't responsible of any death caused by their good-hearted inspired actions. Capitalists on the other hand deserve to die.
It's so amazingly idiot that these Hollywood filmakers turn being anti-capitalists into a mode, when they are the biggest monsters in the world: George Lucas for example has money enough in one of his saturday pants to erradicate the hunger in the whole Third World. He won more money in the first weeks of the release of "The Phantom Menace" ONLY in the box office (wich was 100% totally for him, 0% for the cinemas, and this is a true fact!!!!!!!) than what other filmakers win in his whole career. And then they came with heroes who only care about loving the Earth and combate this so evil capitalist world... LOL
So Indy was slowly turning more and more like this. Remember the "Young Indiana Jones Chronicles", where he already was a pacifist and NEVER used a gun, not even was involved in a fight? (One wondered how the hell this cute nerd would become into the total bad-ass killing-machine he will be on his 30's, lol). Sooner or later that disgusting fake morality had to arrive to the movies, and this is why the "Crystal Skull" is so soft. Honestly I don't remember it too much right now, since I watched on cinema and then I never re-watched it because I don't want to puke again. But I am sure Indy wasn't using his 45 caliber too much, or if he did, he missed all of the shots
I remember at one point he grabs a bazooka and that was something like HEY!! HEY OH YES!!! because one feels Spielberg is going to ignore his own rules and let Indy blow some villains into pieces... but I really don't remember if he finally uses it or not. I just can remember frustration as a viewer. Man, they even invented a retarded fencing fight in order to have some action without needing to fire any gun...