Thursday, February 24, 2011

Sir Christopher Lee // Movie Legends

Sir Christopher Lee is certainly one of the biggest movie legends that are still among us. With an amazing amount of 269 titles that he acted in, he only proves that even more. He was born in London, England all the way back in 1922.

As Saruman in LOTR
In some way, his trade mark is his very deep melodic voice, and the fact that he usually plays villainous characters. Another fact that makes him what he is, is that he is 6'5" , almost as tall as me! In a few interviews he mentioned that at the start of his career he could hardly find any work because he was way higher than any of the other actors, which made some difficulties to the directors.

Count Dracula
As I said, his performance list is quite impressive. Most people know him for his roles in the movies Horror of Dracula, The Mummy, The Curse of Frankenstein. Those were mostly in his early career, later on he appeared in movies such as Fu Manchu, Nothing But the Night, The Private Life of Sherlock Holmes, The Three Musketeers: The Queen's Diamonds, The Man with the Golden Gun. However, a lot of the younger audience knows him from his recent blockbusters that he played in, such as Star Wars prequels, where he played Count Dooku and LoTR where he had been amazing as Saruman.

Count Dooku in Star Wars
When they asked him in a interview what was his own favorite movie that he acted in he said Jinnah, which is a story about the founder of Pakistan. I still haven't seen that movie, however, I'm on the look for it wherever I go.

As Francisco Scaramanga in James Bond
Some interesting trivia facts I found on IMDB:
"During the Second World War, he served in the Royal Air Force and in British Intelligence."

"Although he has been in over 250 films, he has very rarely played a hero, having been a villain in perhaps about 85% of his films (even his bit parts lean towards the unsympathetic)"

Count Dracula
"A distant cousin and frequent golfing partner of Bond creator Ian Fleming, Lee was the author's personal pick for the role of Dr. No (1962) in the first 007 film. The part, of course, went to actor Joseph Wiseman, who was brilliant. However, fans of the literary Bond might want to check out Lee's portrayal of Chinese master criminal Fu Manchu, for an idea of how Ian Fleming himself envisioned Dr. No."

"According to his official website: He speaks French, Italian, Spanish and German and can "get along" in Swedish, Russian and Greek."


2001 Ceremony when he was titled a Sir
"As a veritable J.R.R. Tolkien expert and the only member of the cast who had met Tolkien himself, he often visited the Production department on the sets of the various "Lord of the Rings" movies to give advice and tips on the various attributes of the films."

Oh and I forgot to say, he SINGS. He even has his own symphonic metal band! And at the age of 88 he released an album! His voice is just wonderful!



I could write 10 blog posts about him but I should stop. What more to say about this legend. All I can add is that I hope his health serves him well so that we can see him in "The Hobbit" when it comes out.

P.S. Sorry for not posting it earlier, had some issues, solved them pretty much now. Will get to your posts when I come home! Enjoy

27 comments:

  1. Christopher Lee has one of the most epic voices ever! My favorite role of him has to be Saruman! I heard him in this band but it's too cheesy for me >_<

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  2. I fell in love with him when I was about ten and I saw him in Count Dracula - and I've been in love with him ever since.

    I didn't know he spoke so many languages! He's awesome.

    Sarah xxx

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  3. He is a legend for sure! Good post, you have my support.

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  4. Metal is truely interesting music medium for charlemagne's tale.

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  5. he's done so many great films, such a great actor...and he only get Charly to knight him and not the Queen - shocking!

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  6. he has had some memorable and epic roles over the years.

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  7. The man exists in a whole new realm of awesomeness.

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  8. Wow...I didn't realize Mr. Lee played in so many movies. I mainly know him from LOTR

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  9. Nice post! His photos as Count Dracula is indeed gave me the creeps.

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  10. So you would like Winklevoss twins as well as guess they are 6"5' too. Didnt knew that Saurmon acted in so many movies.

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  11. I didn't know he knew so many languages. A brilliant man, and a legend indeed.

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  12. He will always be Scaramenga to me.
    Also, you should have a section/post series named Movie Doo's and Don'ts. Not too sure what would be in it, just throwing that out there.
    Sorry, it sounded neat.

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  13. Only 269 films? Wow. He's a busy dude and I always love to see him in the cast.

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  14. Christopher Lee is a very good actor. Very interesting blog, thanks for information about it, very good post.

    + followed:)

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  15. Hello lovely :)!

    thanks so much for your comment :)!

    oh wow the first photo is so crazy....hehe old man....

    Wish you a great start in the weekend :)

    with love
    Mariza
    http://mar-iza.blogspot.com

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  16. If you've played a badass in both lotr and star wars, you are ok in my book.

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  17. I must admit I first saw him in LOTR, I heard about him before that and knew his name, but have never seen him before LOTR. And in LOTR I prefered Ian McKellan.

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  18. Totally awesome, this man is great!

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  19. I had no idea that he was so epic--maybe you should have titled this article: "Christopher Lee FTW" or something super trendy like that, heh.

    I hope to see him in the Hobbit as well, he was amazing as Saruman, and he's a linguist as well? I like this guy. What a well-rounded guy!

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  20. if u r looking for the movie "jinnah", it wasnt released on DVD or in the cinemas outside of pakistan out of fear of security concerns. u CAN find torrents of it online. just enter "jinnah movie torrent" in google. hope that helps :)

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