In the 1975 film Monty Python and the Holy Grail, King Arthur, played by Graham Chapman, receives a charge from God: The Supreme Being wants them to seek out the Holy Grail. Arthur traipses out into the British wilderness, gathers a handful of knights to help him with his quest, and soon comes upon a castle. The castle is staffed by French knights, one of whom is played by a mustachioed John Cleese. The French knights don't know where the grail is, but they pretend to, taunting Arthur and his men relentlessly. (If you haven't seen the movie, Cleese's thick-tongued use of Franglais and floppy-handed gestures make up some of the best moments in the whole flick. It's worth watching for those five minutes alone.)
When the English knights protest, the Frenchmen respond violently, launching livestock over the castle wall via trebuchet. It's ridiculous. One of the best lines in the film, however, is a throwaway that falls somewhere in the whole mess — Cleese, snickering with his men behind the castle walls, shouts, "Now go away, or I shall taunt you a second time!"
In today's Top Gear Challenge, we set a $5000 bounty for footage of the Top Gear USA pilot. Predictably, someone followed up with a claim that they had seen it, only in this case, that someone was cross-country madman and shinetop wonder Alex Roy:
Thank you, Alex, for the taunting. Whether you have a tape (or six) or not (and we suspect that you do), you made us think of John Cleese. And John Cleese always makes us laugh.