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Jack Spang is a fictional character in Ian Fleming's 1957 James Bond novel Diamonds Are Forever. He does not appear in the 1971 film adaptation of the novel, which substantially revises the plot and makes Ernst Stavro Blofeld the chief villain.

Fictional character biography

Spang and his brother Serrafimo are the chief antagonists of the novel, in which they run a crime organization called the Spangled Mob, and are involved in diamond smuggling.

Under the pseudonym "Rufus B. Saye," Jack Spang operates the London branch of the House of Diamonds, a gem importer/exporter, though casual questioning reveals that "Saye" knows little of the actual stones. Spang also oversees the smuggling operations of the Spangled Mob, giving instructions to smuggler Tiffany Case and the Spangled Mob's chief enforcers, Wint and Kidd, under the identity of "A B C." After Seraffimo's death, Jack orders Wint and Kidd to kill James Bond and Case on an ocean voyage from the United States to London, and begins to close down the smuggling operation by killing the operators. Jack Spang is killed at the end of the novel when Bond shoots down his helicopter.

Analysis

Jeremy Black criticised the character of Spang as being an unexciting villain compared to many of Fleming's creations: Black calls him "little more than an effective hood" and notes the lack of megalomania or other interesting personality quirks.[1] The Rough Guide to James Bond has similar criticisms, complaining about Spang's infrequent appearances and his mundane motivation of getting rich.[2]

References

  1. Jeremy Black, The Politics of James Bond, U of Nebraska Press, 2005, pp26-7
  2. Paul Simpson (ed), The Rough Guide to James Bond, Rough Guides, 2002, pp36-7

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