Phileas Fogg

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Phileas Fogg
Around the World in Eighty Days character
Phileas Fogg by Alphonse de Neuville & Léon Benett (1873)
Phileas Fogg by Alphonse de Neuville & Léon Benett (1873)
Created by Jules Verne
Gender Male
Spouse(s) Aouda (wife)
Nationality British

Phileas Fogg is the protagonist in the 1873 Jules Verne novel Around the World in Eighty Days.

Fogg attempts to circumnavigate the late Victorian world in 80 days or fewer, for a wager of £20,000 (£2 million in 2016) with members of London's Reform Club. He is accompanied by his French servant Jean Passepartout and followed by a detective named Fix, who suspects Fogg of having robbed the Bank of England and in the second half of the book helps Fogg in order to get him back to England. While in India, Fogg saves a widowed princess, Aouda, from sati during her husband's funeral and she accompanies Fogg for the rest of his journey. She and Fogg eventually fall in love and marry at the end of the book.



In Albert Robida's Voyages très extraordinaires de Saturnin Farandoul (1879), he appears in the narrative having gone on an attempt to travel the world again, this time in 77 days. Here, he is portrayed as a serial savior of ladies, having over three hundred rescued women accompanying him on his travels (which have lasted well over 3 years by the time he is introduced).

In Philip Jose Farmer's The Other Log of Phileas Fogg, he is said to be Eridanean, a member of the (ostensibly) more benevolent of two extraterrestrial factions attempting to control the Earth. Fogg is a member of Farmer's Wold Newton family. Furthermore, in "The Lavalite World" (chapter 8), Farmer strongly implies that Paul Janus Finnegan, the hero of The World of Tiers series, is the great grandson of Fogg. Fogg is mentioned briefly in James A. Owen's novel, Here, There Be Dragons, after the characters have a run-in with Captain Nemo and the Nautilus.

Onscreen, in films and television[edit]

Fogg was played by David Niven in the 1956 film adaptation of the book; by Pierce Brosnan in the 1989 television adaptation; by Steve Coogan in the 2004 film adaptation by The Walt Disney Company; and by Michael Praed in The Secret Adventures of Jules Verne.

In the 1972 animated series, Fogg was voiced by Alastair Duncan. This version of Fogg took the bet to travel the world in eighty days in order to win the hand of Lord Maze's niece, Belinda.

An 1980s cartoon series, Around the World with Willy Fog was based on, and expanded on, the original story. The characters are anthropomorphisms of various animals.

In a television episode of Have Gun, Will Travel starring Richard Boone, Fogg was used in the episode "Fogg Bound" that first aired on 3 December 1960.[1]

On the TV show Voyagers!, Fogg is said to have been named after the main character Phineas Bogg, when the latter met Jules Verne in Montmartre.

In the 1963 movie The Three Stooges Go Around the World in a Daze, Moe, Larry, and Curly Joe circle the globe with Phileas Fogg III.[2]

Around the World in 80 Days was a BBC television travel series first broadcast in 1989. It was presented by comedian and actor Michael Palin, who followed Fogg's journey and modes of transport as closely as possible, and achieved the feat in 79 days 7 hours.

The creators of Disney's Phineas and Ferb named Phineas Flynn after Phileas Fogg, whose first name is changed to Phineas in some adaptations.[3]


  1. ^ Grams, Martin, Jr.; Les Rayburn (2001). The Have Gun – Will Travel Companion. Delta, Penn.: OTR Publishing. p. 358. ISBN 0970331002. OCLC 48537557. 
  2. ^ "The Three Stooges Go Around the World in a Daze (1963) - Overview". Retrieved 2015-05-07. 
  3. ^ "The name Phineas was inspired by the hero of the book "Around the World in Eighty Days", Phileas T. Fogg, a great inventor and adventurer." "The Creators Of "Phineas And Ferb" Answer Your Questions". Buzznet. July 8, 2009. 

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