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Flight 714: Inspiration for Spielberg’s CE3K?

#1 · Posted: 24 Feb 2005 13:31 · Edited by: Moderator
On the previous thread Flight 714: why can't people accept it for what it is?, Bashi Bazouk commented about Close Encounters of the Third Kind.
This got me thinking if Speilberg was inspired by Flight 714 when he was preparing and making Close Encounters?
Flight 714 was published as a book in 1968, and almost 10 years later Speilberg produces Close Encounters.
We all know of Speilberg being probably our most famous comrade in Tintin fandom, so it could be feasible that a little influence was there.
Form the fact that he was inspired by the books when making Raiders, and with his hopefully forth coming Tintin movie, I believe this is a reasonable question.
Anybody think the same, disagree, or have an examples?

Moderator Note: As has been discussed elsewhere, Mr. Spielberg was apparently unaware of Tintin until the books were brought to his attention by an interviewer after Raiders of the Lost Ark came out; furthermore, as he didn’t create Indiana Jones, or write any of the movies, the inspiration might have been to others, but not to him.
It would probably be more accurate to say that Hergé and Spielberg both were influenced by a fascination with space and UFOs popular at that time, and as typified by the works of Erich von Däniken - see here for a discussion of this topic.

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