What Richard Kiel meant to me


We lost another good one today. Richard Kiel, most famous for playing Jaws in The Spy Who Loved Me (1977) and Moonraker (1979), passed away today aged 74.

This is quite a different loss to those of Phillip Seymour Hoffman and Robin Williams. Hoffman was already one of the greatest actors of all time and we were looking forward to a couple of decades more worth of mind numbingly good acting performances. Williams was a once in a generation comedic force who brought incredible joy to so many lives and literally helped to shape childhoods like mine. But the death of Kiel affected me in a different way, as I tweeted about when I heard the news.

Just cause he was no Phillip Seymour Hoffman, does not mean Kiel was not a wonderful performer. He definitely was. And those talents of his, combined with some huge metal chompers, were a gateway for me into a life filled with appreciation for film. I might have come to this point in the end anyways. But for me, it was Richard Kiel as Jaws that brought me here, writing this little piece for you guys.

RIP Jaws

Related beermovie.net articles for you to check out: Bondfest: The Spy Who Loved Me and Bondfest: Moonraker.

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2 responses

  1. Shame, still, three score and ten plus four..

    1. Quite true. A decent run.

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