Choose your word: "inspired" or "influenced".
I'd go for "coincidence" myself - and even then, your choices are often, truthfully, rather tenuous: the fact that there is a motor bike and side-car in Lotus
and one in Last Crusade
is certainly true, but not remarkable or notable, as, firstly it's a period correct piece of military kit, and secondly, used in pursuits amongst other things - so there is no reason to suggest that you'd need to use Lotus
as a reference to include it (and that's overlooking the fact that Tintin, as you say, was on a bicycle, being pursued by a motor-cycle and side car, and Indy and Henry Sr. were on the motor-cycle combo, being pursued), especially when there are other films with chases involving such vehicles - Where Eagles Dare
Look at it another way (and putting aside the fact that Spielberg was not the source of much of the Indiana Jones material, and Lucas, Kasdan, et al., (who did
write Indiana Jones) haven't been shown to have read, seen or known about Tintin
and were not involved in the Tintin
movie), there are far more compelling sources than Tintin
for influence on the Indiana Jones
series, starting with the movie serials that Lucas openly states he wished to pay homage to in his movies.
The photo blow-up on the wall at Lucasfilm, of the man leaping from horse to truck, taken from a frame of an old Hollywood film is a far
more straightforward - and acknowledged - inspiration, than trying to make a case for someone in
Hollywood having to use a series of Belgian comics in which an artist reused elements of the same old films he saw at the cinema in Brussels.
There are far better candidates for speculative influence upon Indiana Jones
within the realms of cinema itself than any Tintin
book: take the early Charlton Heston vehicle, Secret of the Incas
, which itself was inspired by the 1948 book by Hiram Bingham, Lost City of the Incas
and - possibly more importantly - a pragmatic decision by the film studio that movies shot in exotic locations were in vogue, and nobody had shot a Hollywood studio film in Peru before.
To allay any suspicions that the Bingham book was inspired by Hergé having written Seven Crystal Balls
/ Prisoners of the Sun
earlier in the forties, it has to be pointed out that Bingham was an explorer and archaeologist who had been writing about the Inca people and Machu Picchu in particular from 1911 onward in books and magazine articles, and is far more likely to have been a source of information used by Hergé than vice versa.
Anyway, Heston's Harry Steele wears what to modern audiences is the Indiana Jones costume of brown fedora, leather jacket, shirt, putty-coloured trousers, boots, and carries a service revolver; Deborah Nadoolman, the movie's costume designer, acknowledges that it was seeing this film several times during preparation for Raiders
that she used as her template for what Indy wears in the field.
The film also has a scene where the location of a treasure is located by a beam of light - in the manner in which the jeweled head of the Staff of Ra is used by Indy in the Map Room to locate the Well of Souls. However, that to me also sounds very similar to how the Lidenbrock party use a shaft of light and a shadow to locate the entrance to the subterranean realm used by Arne Saknussemm in Verne's Journey to the Centre of the Earth
; Verne has been cited by some as another influence upon Hergé, showing again that there is a large "soup" of ideas which popular culture draws on.
So, anyway, I just am trying to get across that the ability to make a link or association between incidents isn't enough to join Tintin
to Indiana Jones
, nor is it even necessarily significant.King Solomon's Mines
by H. Rider-Haggard, published in 1885 has a plot which hinges on the heroes being in possession of the date of an eclipse, and using it to their advantage.A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court
by Mark Twain, published in 1889 has a plot which hinges on the hero being in possession of the date of an eclipse, and using it to his advantage.Prisoners of the Sun
has as a plot which hinges on the hero being in possession of the date of an eclipse, etc. etc.
What can one say? Twain took from Haggard? Hergé took from Haggard? Hergé took from Twain? Maybe nobody took from anyone of the three, but drew on another
source, which also used an eclipse - or maybe they came up with the idea independently. There's no question that the concepts are similar, but nothing to make a case of there being a tie between them, and at the end of the day it doesn't really matter as each stands in its own right as a work of popular fiction.
I thought it was just a "staple" of pulp/interbellum adventure
I'd be inclined to agree.