The anonymous blogger at HMS Defiant made me laugh out loud this morning when he posted this video montage of the "wisdom" of the legendary Chiun, the Master of Sinanju, from the "Destroyer" series of pulp novels. It's an excerpt from the only film made from the series, "Remo Williams: The Adventure Begins".
I remember those books very well. They, along with other pulp series such as Mack Bolan ("the Executioner"), the Survivalist, and others were staples in almost every military base in which I found myself, along with Westerns by Louis L'Amour, J. T. Edson and sundry other writers. Copies were circulated in barracks around the nation, many of them so worn that pages or entire chapters were missing from the beginning and/or the end. That often led to constant searching for another copy, one that held the pages one had missed in the first copy one had read! I daresay almost every military man from my generation has read far more than his fair share of such books. As literature, they're eminently forgettable, but as nostalgia, I'm sure all of us are grinning at the memories this clip evoked.
My thanks to the blogger at HMS Defiant. You made my morning!
(Oh - and for those who want to renew their acquaintance with them, most of the Remo Williams novels are now available in e-book format on Amazon at very low prices. The first one is free, too. Go on! You know you want to!)