Category Archives: Characters

Sir Leigh Teabing in Da Vinci Code

Sir Leigh Teabing is one of the key characters in The Da Vinci Code, the novel by Dan Brown recently interpreted as a movie.

Teabing grasps for the keystone in the Da Vinci Code movieIn the book, Sir Leigh is a historian, an English knight, suffering from the effects of polio. In the book he’s described as follows:

“Portly and ruby-faced, Sir Leigh Teabing had bushy red hair and jovial hazel eyes that seemed to twinkle as he spoke. Despite the aluminium braces on his legs, he carried himself with a resilient, vertical dignity that seemed more a by-product of noble ancestry than any kind of conscious effort.”

In the movie Sir Leigh Teabing is played by Ian McKellen, who couldn’t be described as portly.

Leigh is an obvious reference to author Richard Leigh. Teabing is an anagram of Baigent, the last name of Leigh’s co-author Michael Baigent.

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Direction Central Police Judiciaire

Jerome Collet and Captain Bezu Fache are officers in the DCPJ – Direction Central Police Judiciaire, in Dan Brown’s novel, The Da Vinci Code.

The Direction Centrale Police Judiciaire (DCPJ) is a major French internal security service which acts as the “public face” of the DST (Direction de la Surveillance du Territoire). An essential role of the police is to search for infringements of the law, to observe them, to gather evidence, to identify the authors of crimes, and to apprehend them. Acting thus, the police becomes an ancillary to the judicial authority and takes therefore the designation, “Judicial Police.”

Most of the 7,400 officials of the Judicial Police have the rank of Judicial Police Officer, with either regional or national responsibility. They are able to act on their own initiative or by delegation of authority to magistrates.