By my own account the scariest of all the actors to portray the blood-sucking villain Dracula, and a man’s whose career spanned seven decades on film, most recently in the blockbuster Lord of the Rings and Hobbit films.
Sir Christopher Lee was more than merely an actor though. Like so many Brits of his generation, he faced down the horrors of a European continent torn asunder by the atrocities of the Nazi regime.
When asked what the secret was to his then half-century marriage he replied, “Marry someone wonderful.”
He also has been called among the greatest of all the James Bond villains for his portrayal of Francisco Scaramonga in The Man with the Golden Gun. Former Bond actor Roger Moore lamented the passing of his “old friend.”
The Bond role was no doubt given to him after his take on the role of Dracula which frightened an entire generation of horror fans in the 1960’s and 70’s:
And then many years later, he found new fame with yet another generation of film goers, this time as the wizard Saruman.
The Lord of the Rings trilogy led to several other film roles and a revitalized Lee who generated a considerable social media following right up to the end of his life.
By all accounts a great actor and even greater gentleman.
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