Category: emilio salgari

Steve Reeves as Sandokan, the Malaysian Pirate, foe of all Englishmen. 

Though he is identified with the role of Hercules, Steve Reeves only played Herc twice, and most of his 60+ film career was in other roles like this one. 

The Sandokan movies were based on a pirate-adventure book series set in Malaysia by author Emilio Salgari. He is not as well known in the English-speaking world as he is in the Italian and Spanish speaking world, possibly because his novels were anti-imperialist. For that reason, Salgari was a favorite of figures like Che Guevara and Isabel Allende (who wrote a few Salgari-esque stories herself).