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Python-opoly board game was must-have for Corner Brook resident

Gary Millbrand poses for a picture with his prized board game in this submitted photo.
Gary Millbrand poses for a picture with his prized board game in this submitted photo.

We all have movies we can just watch and watch without getting sick of them.

They’re the flicks we ruin for others because we can recite every line before it comes on screen.

For me, those movies are "Blazing Saddles," "Major League" and "The Replacements" — a little known football movie. It doesn’t matter how many times I’ve watched them, I just can’t get enough of them.

Every time I hear someone say badges, I instantly follow with ‘Badges, we don’t need no stinking badges.’

I can’t help myself, really.

For Corner Brook resident Gary Millbrand, that film is “Monty Python and the Holy Grail.” For those that don’t know — not many of those exist — it’s a British slapstick comedy steeped in the Arthurian legend released in 1975.

The English ex-pat — Millbrand met a Corner Brook girl while on vacation a number of years ago and stuck around — figures he has seen the classic film 70 times or more and has no trouble playing back certain scenes in his head.

He can probably recite the script at this point. That includes his favourite scene when the film’s heroes storm a French-occupied castle in an attempt to oust them from inside.

“I was weaned on Monty Python,” Millbrand told The Western Star.

It’s this love for it that sent him on a frantic search for Python-opoly, a game similar to Monopoly but produced by Toy Vault. They’ve also got a “Princess Bride”-themed game, which is sure to result in a couple of Inigo Montoya moments.

Toy Vault did a first edition run of the game in 2008. There were only a small number of them made and Millbrand wanted to secure one of his own.

There was just one catch. He couldn’t find it in any of the toy stores he scoured on this side of the pond.

However, his sister back home in England managed to secure on even though they were likewise as hard to find.

Like the special editions of Monopoly you can find from Hasbro, the game changes to reflect what it’s based one. Whether that’s “Star Wars,” James Bond, Pokemon or the Liverpool F.C edition, they all have different characteristics to separate them from the original.

Python-opoly doesn’t stray from the formula.

Everything in the game is related to the film in some way. From the game pieces, which feature the holy hand grenade, the black knight and even half a coconut (you’d have to watch the movie to understand)

Houses are based on the Monty Python hoses.

Millbrand could never bring himself to unwrap it and play the game. He wanted to play it, but wouldn’t take the plunge.

It’s part of the reason he’s selling it now.

“It’s time to pass it on,” said Millbrand. “I never had the gall to play it, but maybe the next person will.”

— Nicholas Mercer is the online editor with The Western Star. He lives in Corner Brook, has an affinity for Axis & Allies and can be reached at nmercer@thewesternstar.com

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