If it hadn't been for the black and white version of King Kong, made in 1933, we might never have had the blockbuster film trilogy The Lord of the Rings.
Watch our interview with Adrien Brody
It was apparently the sight of Fay Wray being hoisted aloft the Empire State Building in New York which inspired a young New Zealander called Peter Jackson to become a film director.
Now, Jackson has come full circle, by re-making King Kong with all the benefits of twenty first century computer generated special effects.
This morning, Breakfast talked live to one of the stars of Jackson's new King Kong - the Oscar-winning actor Adrien Brody.
He explained why he enjoyed making the film so much - and how Jackson drafted in his old friend Andy Serkis - who voiced Gollum in The Lord of the Rings - to stand in for Kong during filming, to add emotional depth to their performances.