He also insisted on removing some of the dialogue in the original script, making the character more silent and thus adding to his mystery.
As the trilogy progressed, the character became even more silent and stoic.
Yojimbo is itself believed to have been based on Dashiell Hammett's 1929 novel Red Harvest.
Tuco from The Good, the Bad and the Ugly re-appears as a major character in A Dollar to Die For.
Once again, the Man with No Name is forced to turn him in for gold, and once again, he helps him to escape from prison because "a world without Tuco would be much less interesting".
In almost all of the books succeeding the "Dollars" trilogy (the exception being A Dollar to Die For), The Man with No Name forms temporary alliances with rival bounty-killers who share the physical image of Lee Van Cleef but with different characters: In July 2007, American comic book company Dynamite Entertainment announced that they were going to begin publishing a comic book featuring The Man With No Name.
Set after the events of The Good, the Bad and the Ugly, the comic is written by Christos Gage.
Since he never received a name in any of the films, he is conventionally known as the man with no name.When Clint Eastwood was honored with the American Film Institute's Lifetime Achievement Award in 1996 Jim Carrey held the introductory speech and said: " 'The Man With No Name' had no name, so we could fill in our own." The film's protagonist, an unconventional ronin (a Samurai with no master) played by Toshiro Mifune, bears a striking resemblance to Eastwood's character: both are quiet, gruff, eccentric strangers with a strong but unorthodox sense of justice and extraordinary proficiency with a particular weapon (in Mifune's case, a katana; for Eastwood, a revolver).Like Eastwood's western setting character, Mifune plays a ronin with no name.When pressed, he gives the pseudonym Sanjuro Kuwabatake (meaning "Thirty-year-old Mulberry-field"), a reference to his age and something he sees through a window (although regarding the age he jokes 'Closer to forty actually').The convention of hiding the character's arms from view is shared as well, with Mifune's character typically wearing his arms inside his kimono, leaving the sleeves empty.