History Literature / TheDayOfTheJackal

10th Dec '15 4:10:12 PM LeedsKing
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* HistoricalDomainCharacter: UsefulNotes/CharlesDeGaulle obviously; he's a constant presence, and has a scene where he's briefed about the Jackal's plot against him. British Prime Minister Harold Macmillan, [=DeGaulle=]'s Interior Minister Roger Frey and Colonel Bastien-Thiry (leader of the Petit-Clarmont assassination plot) also appear.
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* HistoricalDomainCharacter: UsefulNotes/CharlesDeGaulle obviously; he's a constant presence, and has a scene where he's briefed about the Jackal's plot against him. British Prime Minister Harold Macmillan, [=DeGaulle=]'s Interior Minister Roger Frey and Colonel Bastien-Thiry (leader of the Petit-Clarmont Petit-Clamart assassination plot) attempt) also appear.
31st Oct '15 3:27:03 AM MrPink
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* MasterOfDisguise: The character (along with [[Literature/TheBourneSeries Jason Bourne]]) is heavily influenced by the real life terrorist Carlos "The Jackal", who was a Master of Disguise. This is carried over into the remake film, ''Film/TheJackal''.
5th Oct '15 7:14:32 AM Aurelian
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* MandatoryUnretirement: Lebel is abruptly dismissed by the cabinet in the belief that they can now find the Jackal without his help, but within days they are forced to recall him, as they have been unable to find the Jackal.
5th Oct '15 2:06:23 AM Aurelian
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* YouHaveNoIdeaWhoYoureDealingWith: Lebel remarks that the cabinet ministers he has to deal with think the Jackal is just some common criminal who keeps getting lucky. They have no idea how smart and dangerous he is. They learn this the hard way when they dismiss Lebel, thinking they can now catch the Jackal easily, only to find he has completely disappeared. They have to enlist Lebel's aid again.
4th Oct '15 9:22:28 AM Aurelian
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* BlackAndGrayMorality: The OAS are far-right terrorists who tortured during the war in Algeria. Their opposition are more than capable of being bastards in return, torturing an OAS member just to get information. * {{Blackmail}}: A forger tries to blackmail the Jackal. [[spoiler:[[GroinAttack It doesn't end]] [[NeckSnap well for him]].]] * BlackmailBackfire: The documents forger tries to swindle more money out of The Jackal, and follows up by not bowing to the Jackal's one request (that they don't meet at the forger's apartment for payment) when the Jackal accepts. The Jackal [[NeckSnap breaks his neck]] and stuffs his body in a trunk in response.

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* BlackAndGrayMorality: The OAS are far-right terrorists who tortured during the war in Algeria. Their opposition Algeria and are more than capable plotting to murder the President of being bastards in return, torturing an OAS member just France. The French security forces trying to get information. thwart them employ brutal and illegal tactics, including kidnapping and torture. * {{Blackmail}}: A forger tries to blackmail the Jackal. [[spoiler:[[GroinAttack It doesn't end]] [[NeckSnap well for him]].]] * BlackmailBackfire: The documents forger tries to swindle more money out of The Jackal, and follows up by not bowing to the Jackal's one request (that they don't meet at the forger's apartment for payment) when the Jackal accepts. The Jackal [[NeckSnap breaks his neck]] and stuffs his body in a trunk in response.
4th Oct '15 9:06:21 AM Aurelian
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[[caption-width-right:219:The plot.]]
30th Aug '15 9:18:01 AM AllenbysEyes
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* NotEvenBotheringWithTheAccent: The English actors playing French characters, mostly noticeable when they play scenes opposite actual French actors.
22nd Aug '15 7:48:23 AM Odon
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* TheDeterminator: The Jackal carries out his plan despite his cover identities being blown and the massive manhunt for him. From this Lebel deduces that he not only has a foolproof plan of assassination, but that it must take place on a particular date (otherwise he'd simply lay low until the heat dies off).
22nd Aug '15 7:45:20 AM Odon
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** The leader of the OAS uses the Jackal's codename in front of his bodyguard, who is later captured by the Action Service. From this one mistake, the head of the Action Service deduces that the OAS have hired a ProfessionalKiller and that De Gaulle must be the target.
18th Aug '15 10:21:54 AM Laurus
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* EvenEvilHasLovedOnes: Kowalski, the OAS courier, spends much of the novel fretting over his sister, dying of leukemia. Ultimately [[spoiler:he's captured by Action Services while trying to visit her in hospital.]]
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* EvenEvilHasLovedOnes: Kowalski, the OAS courier, spends much of the novel fretting over his sister, daughter, dying of leukemia. Ultimately [[spoiler:he's captured by Action Services while trying to visit her in hospital.]]
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