There are many legendary tales from years gone by, legends that have been handed down to generation after generation.
Some have managed to become a little convoluted over time as they ultimately change as society and culture changes around them, whereas other legends have caught the imagination and even helped inspire some memorable moments in film, television and even the world of gaming.
One such Arthurian legend revolves around the divine vessel known as the Holy Grail, and the apparently epic quest to uncover it.
Here’s a look at just some of the shows, movies, literature and games that have been inspired and spun off from this cup of eternal youth.
MONTY PYTHON AND THE HOLY GRAIL (1975)
To kick things off we just have to make sure that this incredible comedic gem is where it belongs, right at the top. From the surreal minds of the world famous Monty Python team they were able to collectively draw from the Arthurian legend of the Holy Grail in their first feature film outing.
It was 90 minutes of absurdity and hilarity and in spite of its budgetary restrictions it still bought an incredible amount of historical accuracy and realism to the proceedings focusing on King Arthur (played by the late Graham Chapman) and his loyal knights as they embark on their legendary Grail quest.
INDIANA JONES AND THE LAST CRUSADE (1989)
In what should have been the final feature in an Indiana Jones trilogy, which was sadly followed up with an extremely unsatisfactory and almost ridiculous sequel involving aliens and crystal skulls, Indie’s final crusade involved plenty of action and adventure as he teamed up with his Holy Grail scholar father as they set out to track down the legendary cup before those pesky Nazis get their hands on it.
In the final moments of the movie Indiana must face a series of challenges in order to reach the cup only to face a vast selection of various cups, false Grails and an ageing knight sworn to protect the chamber.
He must choose the correct one in order for it to give healing powers, needed to help his injured father.
In this follow up to the original popular slot game the fun and medieval theme flows around the quest for the grail. Avalon 2 is a 5-reel game that requires the player to help King Arthur retrieve the grail and return it to Avalon.
It includes a special Grail Bonus feature that includes an impressive line-up of 8 additional bonus games to enjoy. It’s triggered when 3 or more random Grail symbols appear anywhere on the reels and there’s plenty there to keep most gamers interested.
THE DA VINCI CODE (2003)
In Dan Brown’s bestselling mystery thriller novel ‘The Da Vinci Code’ it’s Professor Robert Langdon who races around on his hunt for the legendary Grail.
Along with police cryptographer, Sophie Neveu, the pair must solve a number of cyptic clues that will lead them to the hailed cup which is revealed to not actually be a cup at all, but a tomb containing the bones of Mary Magdalene.