Tuesday, July 02, 2013

Jim Kelly

Han: We are all ready to win, just as we are born knowing only life. It is defeat that you must learn to prepare for.
Williams: I don't waste my time with it. When it comes, I won't even notice.
Han: Oh? How so?
Williams: I'll be too busy looking gooood.
RIP Jim Kelly. I am very far from clear what that dialogue from Enter the Dragon is actually intended to convey, but I still dig it. Your man was seriously cooool.

It won't mean much to you, but I remember that my school friends and I all tried to get into see his X certificate movie sensation in the Plaza on North Road in Cardiff. That would have been 1973, making us twelve years old. Unsurprisingly we were refused admission, so we went and watched The Day of the Jackal in the Monico instead.

I can conjure it up quite clearly. The the manager confiscated our catapults before he would let us in, locked them in his office, and - fair play - gave them back to us afterwards.

Halcyon days of yore. The catapult: "An elegant weapon for a more civilized age."

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