I’ve become so desperate for some sword & sorcery, that I’ve been playing the Elder Scrolls: Skyrim. I was pleased to find this homage to the classic tale of stealing the eye of the temple statue. In Skyrim, the thief is Mercer of the Thieve’s Guild, stealing the eye of the Falmer.
The first movie with this sort of scene was “The Thief of Baghdad” (1924), with Douglas Fairbanks Sr. He climbs up the statue and pries the eye from the statue. The sets in that movie were fantastic, as was the acrobatics.
Wikipedia reports that the idea of stealing a statue from the god’s eye in a temple came from Robert E. Howard’s “The Tower of the Elephant” (1933) about his hero Conan, and while that’s a great tale, Conan does not pull the gem from a statue in that story, and the idea was obviously around before that. Anyone know of an earlier version than 1924?