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Chantecoq. Chantecoq was created by the French author Arthur Bernède (Germaine Aubry, Belphegor, Judex, Vampiria) and appeared in six novels and story collections and one movie from 1912 to 1930, beginning with Coeur de Française.
Before and during World War One Chantecoq is a French counter-espionage agent, fighting the schemes of German spies. During the War he takes on a variety of German spies, aided by his friend, the scholar and scientist John Asbury, who creates for Chantecoq a variety of technologically-advanced gadgets. After the war ends Chantecoq becomes a private detective and earns the title “the King of Detectives.” He is witty and patriotic. In the film Belphégor (1927) Chantecoq helps defeat Belphégor.
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