Kung Fu no more

At the risk of sounding callous, it’s been a bad week for Davids. Fantasy writer David Eddings passed away earlier this week and this morning brought news of the death of veteran actor David Carradine.

Carradine is probably known for three things; being a Carradine, a family that could out-Baldwin the Baldwins in terms of actors per square foot, as the titular character of Quentin Tarantino’s ambitious but genius Kill Bill films, and as Caine, the forever wandering Kung Fu student in the television series of the same name.

I have to admit that Kung Fu never grabbed me. All that dour wandering about in the Wild West didn’t really interest me as a child. I thought he brought just the right mix of menace and gentility to the role of Bill in the aforementioned Tarantino films though and this was an experience that he wrote about in his 2006 book The Kill Bill diary : the making of a Tarantino classic as seen through the eyes of a screen legend.

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One thought on “Kung Fu no more

  1. robyn 8 June 2009 / 7:37 pm

    I loved David Carradine with a passion – I would even pass up going to the Gresham (this means something to those over the age of 50) on a Friday night to stay home and watch Kung Fu. Then he got together with Barbara ‘Seagull’ Hershey and they had a baby called Free. And suddenly I stopped thinking he was cool. He turned up in some real turkeys over the years (Big Stan springs instantly to mind; he was so the best thing in it) but I was generally pleased to see him and I’m sad to see him go.

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