Chris Adams (character)
|Portrayed by||Yul Brynner
Lee Van Cleef
|Occupation||United States Marshals Service|
Chris Adams is a fictional character in the 1960 western film The Magnificent Seven, originally played by Yul Brynner, whose portrayal of Chris Adams resembles Takashi Shimura's representation of Kambei.
Chris, and to a lesser extent the others of the Seven, are examples of the "western hero"-archetypes who is resolute, "single minded", "independent", "strong", "loyal", and "honorable" as well as having various other positive characteristics. "The key lesson that Chris teaches is the distinction between law and ethics, laid out in 1924 by the British jurist Lord Moulton, who distinguished between the realms of law and of ethics. Law requires obedience to the enforceable, while ethics requires 'obedience to the unenforceable'". Hence, Chris and the other members of the Seven "help the locals focus on the survival skills they will need" and their "leadership is necessary", even though it is essentially transient. They are "desperate for money, but equally in need of self-esteem, of belonging and a sense of worth." Chris is not as cruel as Calvera, but like Calvera represents a way of life that is antithetical to humane civilization. Nevertheless, Chris and Calvera are morally equivalent and Calvera is in some ways preferable or at least, seems to be the more powerful and inescapable of the two. As a result, Chris has been called "a black-clad Shane".
Larabee is closely based on the "Chris Adams" character played by Yul Brynner in the original film. His wife and son were murdered before the start of the series and this has turned him into a reserved but deadly individual. He is on a personal quest to find out who killed his wife and son. This is a recurring theme through several episodes in the series.
- The Magnificent Seven (1960)
- Return of the Seven (1966)
- Guns of the Magnificent Seven (1969)
- The Magnificent Seven Ride (1972)
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