Col. Hans Landa

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Col. Hans Landa is a character in Inglourious Basterds played by Christoph Waltz

  • Nickname: The Jew Hunter
  • A colonel in the Third Reich. Landa is the main villain in the film.


  • The character of Col. Hans Landa is a professional hunter of jews during WWII. Seeing that this is essentially a "Spaghetti Western set in WWII", it is most likely that he was inspired by characters like Col. Douglas Mortimer from Sergio Leone's For A Few Dollars More. In that film, Mortimer was a wily bounty hunter who, like Landa also smoked a pipe Sherlock Holmes style. In addition, Tarantino's stories revolve around outsiders and ambiguous anti-heroes, and are influenced by the colorful banditos and bounty killers that permeated spaghetti westerns.
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