9. Wolfenstein And... Clint Eastwood?
The mind goes into overdrive attempting to figure out the link between Clint Eastwood and the Wolfenstein franchise on paper, but in reality the supposed impact of Eastwood's, 'Where Eagles Dare' on the series is evident. It turns out the series owes a lot to the classic WWII espionage adventure film.
The Return to Castle Wolfenstein release in particular, shows striking similarities to the film, leading most to believe the impressive cinematic production serves as an initial idea for the title. Gray Matter Interactive's inspiration from the 1968 release even led them to record a special animation set for the Nazis to recreate a battle stance from the film.
Another aspect of influence comes in the way of weaponry, with the dual-wielding assault rifles representing an acknowledgement to the movie's classic scene, which featured a shoot-out involving Clint Eastwood.
With this in mind, a number of other films have been raised as potential inspirations for the historically themed franchise. Steam community user, Mantikore, suggested the opening scene of Return to Castle Wolfenstein, featuring the murder of one agent by the scientist, is reminiscent of the film Young Frankenstein, with Gene Wilder.
Interestingly, the user also highlights that the officers the player is tasked with assassinating in Paderborn share names with the officers from Hogan's Heroes, a WWII sitcom which ended in 1971.
If nothing else, what this has planted in my mind is that a fantasy collaboration between B.J Blazkowicz and Clint Eastwood is now a must in life...