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Meet an iconic figure from American pop culture

It is undoubtedly one of the sagas that had the greatest impact on the 80s and 90s, and on the imagination of an entire generation, between the X and the Millenials. With its emblematic adventurer/archaeologist/professor, Henry alias Indiana, it has become a benchmark, almost a legend, of American pop culture. Imbued in the collective imagination as the archetypal hard-headed hero, ready to do anything to defy evil, Indy leaves no one indifferent (especially not with his famous whip and the most stylish hat in cinematic history)! Haven't had the chance to embark on his countless adventures yet? We'll give you a sneak preview here...

Henry Walton Jones Jr, better known as Indiana Jones, is a daring archaeology professor and adventurer who travels the world in search of lost treasures with supernatural powers. He begins his journey on the trail of the Ark of the Covenant. A sacred chest containing the Tables of the Law, coveted by the Nazis, themselves supported by his long-time rival, the Frenchman René Belloq. He sets off for Nepal and then Cairo to accomplish his mission. After a wild ride, countless adventures and a host of memorable encounters, Indy finally gets his hands on the Ark and brings it back to safety in the United States.

That's the synopsis.

But who's hiding underneath the leather jacket and Fedora hat?

Indiana Jones, underneath his brown Fedora hat, whip on his belt, worn leather jacket and khaki shirts, is characterised by a natural go-getter, an ability to get out in the field and pull his punches (rather easily). And behind the superhero armour lies ophiophobia, the fear of snakes. His oldest Achilles' heel, dating back to childhood when he fell into a tub full of snakes. Macho the Indy? A little... a tad... Just enough to seduce. This leather-skinned hero was born in the creative mind of George Lucas and then improved by Steven Spielberg, even before the release of Star Wars. The serials of Lucas's youth (sequels to the films of the time) had already left their mark on him. A timeless adventurer who stops at nothing, intrepid and curious. His greatest quests? Treasures with supernatural powers

Little secrets behind the scenes

  • Did you know that Harrison Ford was not originally considered for the role of Indiana Jones? Indeed, George Lucas (despite Spielberg's recommendations) was not convinced by the choice, fearing confusion with his Han Solo character in Star Wars. So he went ahead and selected Tom Selleck (not yet a household name), after successively approaching Nick Nolte, Jeff Bridges and Bill Murray. Unfortunately (and fortunately for Harry), Tom, who was working on Magnum at the time, turned down the offer.
  • Another fun fact: the nickname Indiana is not inspired by Hergé, Hiram Binghma (the discoverer of Machu Picchu), Harry Steele in The Secret of the Incas, or even Yakima Canutt in The Return of Zorro, but by Lucas's dog. She was also responsible for the character of Chewbacca in Star Wars (a creature with thick fur).
  • You don't know the woman who plays Willie, the second Indy Girl? Hundreds of actresses auditioned for the role, including the sultry Sharon Stone. But it was Kate Capshaw, a previously unknown actress, who had the honour of donning the costume. It has to be said that her career never really took off... although her name never lost its lustre. It was artistic love at first sight that linked the actress to the director, Steven Spielberg, before turning into love at first sight. In 1991, the two lovebirds said "I do" for life, never to part again.

From Hawaiian beach to merchandising

It was on a Hawaiian beach, while Steven Spielberg and Georges Lucas patiently awaited the box-office results for the release of Star Wars, that the project came to life. As Spielberg whispered to his sidekick about his desire to direct a James Bond film, Lucas whispered "I've got something better, I've got Raiders of the Lost Ark". Far from imagining the smashing success of the saga, the two friends signed up for one of the biggest hits in the history of cinema in the 80s. As soon as the first film was released, Indiana Jones became an iconic figure in American popular culture. In the space of four decades, he has gone from being a film hero to the hero of novels, video games, comic books, TV series, toys, geek figurines... and theme parks. You'll find all these products in our geek shop. Don't hesitate to conquer your favourite hero!