The coffin dragging hero first appeared in Sergio Corbucci's 1966 film of the same name, played by Franco Nero. Dressed in quasi-Union uniform complete with fingerless gloves and scarf, his motivation is revenge for his wife's murder at the hands of the Confederate Major Jackson and his band of redneck klansmen. Less prone to one-on-one confrontations, Django is more likely to mow down an entire army with a machine gun.

Unfortunately Nero's character suffers from poor dubbing on the English soundtrack, losing much of the stylish dialogue of the Italian release, and the voice seems inappropriate.

Such was the popularity of Corbucci's film on the continent that it led to countless unofficial Django sequels. Other films had their titles changed purely to cash-in on the Django name - in many of these films there is no-one called Django. This was particularly evident in Germany where any film staring Franco Nero went under the Django label. All in all the most prolific Spaghetti Western character.

In 1987 Franco Nero made a long awaited return to play Django once more in the only sequel officially endorsed by Corbucci - Ted Archer's 'Django Strikes Again'. The film appears to be set in the Amazon and makes for a very odd entry to the genre.

Other movies worthy of the Django name are:
'Viva Django' (aka 'Get the Coffin Ready') with Terence Hill (1968)
'Django the Bastard' with 'Anthony Steffen' (1969)