The Nazi intelligence agent boarded the China Clipper flight headed out of the San Francisco bay, bound for Nepal in 1936, concealing his face behind an issue of Life magazine as he observed Indiana Jones. He followed Jones for some time before presumably turning the remainder of his assignment over to Arnold Toht.
Behind the scenesEdit
The Trenchcoated European Spy, as he is named in the script, was played by an uncredited Dennis Muren. As the agent wears glasses and his face is only seen fleetingly, some have assumed he was meant to be Arnold Ernst Toht. However, Muren has been quoted as saying he did not stand in for Ronald Lacey, and thus did not portray Toht. The identity of the "Toht lookalike" has yet to be established.
From the cover art, the issue of "Life" magazine being read by this agent is the November 30, 1936 issue, the second issue of the magazine ever published. Various official timelines place the search for the Ark in April 1936 or late July 1936, making the agent's reading material an anachronism.
In the Campbell Black's Raiders novelization, the novel combines this agent and Toht into one character although in the novel he boards the plane in Shanghai, not San Francisco as in the film. A sequence set in Shanghai, which was later recycled for the opening of Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom, was cut from the film during its development. In LEGO Indiana Jones: The Original Adventures, it seems that the character on board the Pan Am Clipper is indeed Toht. In the sequel, however, the European Trenchcoated Spy is absent because Jones is taken to Nepal by his friend Jock Lindsey instead.
- Raiders of the Lost Ark (First appearance)