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Jack Spang
Jack Spang
Name: Jack Spang
Alias(es): "Rufus B. Saye", ABC
Died: 15 August, 1953
Affiliation: Spangled Mob
Nationality: United States American
Sibling(s): Seraffimo Spang
Occupation: Jewel expert
First appearance: Diamonds Are Forever
Last appearance: Goldfinger (mentioned)

Jack Spang is a jewel expert and brother of Las Vegas casino tycoon Seraffimo Spang. Together the two run a crime organization called the Spangled Mob, and are involved in diamond smuggling.

HistoryEdit

Twin brothers Jack and Seraffimo Spang are the controllers of the Spangled Mob; a crime syndicate which operates widely in the United States. Together with Seraffimo, Jack establishes a diamond smuggling 'pipeline' reaching from Africa to North America via Europe.

Under the pseudonym "Rufus B. Saye," Jack operates the London branch of the House of Diamonds, a gem importer/exporter purchased by the brothers in the early 1950's. Casual questioning by James Bond, however, reveals that "Saye" knows little of the actual stones. Spang also oversees the smuggling operations of the Spangled Mob at the middle of the pipeline, giving instructions to smugglers such as Tiffany Case and the Spangled Mob's chief enforcers, Mr. Wint & Mr. Kidd, under the identity of "ABC".

After Seraffimo Spang had been killed by Bond in Nevada and the Spangled Mob's operations in America had been destroyed, Jack left London for Sierra Leone to close whatever traces of the pipeline he could. Bond had been closing the smuggling ring, eliminating everyone involved. When he arrives at the beginning arm of the smuggling ring Bond encounters Jack there. He tries to escape by air, however Bond stops him by shooting down his helicopter, ending the smuggling ring once and for all.

Behind the scenesEdit

Jeremy Black criticised the characters of the Spang brothers as being unexciting villains compared to many of Fleming's other creations. Black called 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]

ReferencesEdit

  1. Black, Jeremy (2005). The Politics of James Bond. University of Nebraska Press, pp.26-7. 
  2. Simpson, Paul (2002). The Rough Guide to James Bond. Rough Guides, pp.36-7. 

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