Actor: John Cleese
Films: Monty Python and the Holy Grail (1975)
Not much is known about The Black Knight other than the fact that he is a persistent fellow. As guardian of a bridge, no-one can say that he didn't valiantly try to carry out his orders to stop Arthur passing. In fact, unlike Sir Robin, he didn't bravely run away but battled with honour. Unfortunately, his fighting technique is all mouth and no, err, arms. Or legs.
John Cleese has long been the darling of British comedy. He teamed up with Graham Chapman, Terry Gilliam, Eric Idle, Terry Jones, and Michael Palin to form surreal comedy group Monty Python in the late 1960's. Aside from their comedy sketch show they created three feature films about King Arthur,
Arguably John Cleese has survived longer on the comedy circuit than his colleagues thanks in the most part for his flamboyant nature in sitcom Fawlty Towers. Never before - or since - has a character performed such a beautifully caricatured Nazi march in an episode about a salad.
Later - and bizarrely - Cleese became the new gadget man in James Bond. Following on from Q (Desmond Llewelyn), Bond (Pierce Brosnan) declares this must make Cleese's character 'R'.