Sir Christopher Lee has already last Sunday, the 7. June, aged 93 Died years in a hospital in London. be Dracula is and remains by far the best of all bloodsuckers. In star wars He was Count Dooku and the Lord of the Rings he played Saruman. Now he is gone from us, the gentlemen of the old school, where he gave private and he will be missed, the best of all bad guys!
the 1922 born son of a British officer and an Italian countess decided after 2. World War II from a beer idea out for acting, „without natural talent“, as he always candidly admitted. Ten years he had to hassle with small performances and extras roles and used this his motto: „You can watch the roles do not always pick - but still have the freedom, to interpret them with dignity.“ Soon he was offered a to bloodthirsty horror specialized company called Hammer, which hired him as Count Dracula, he then gave seven more times. „Dracula gave me a name, a fan club and a used car“, Lee noted gratefully in his autobiography „Lord of Misrule“.
The long now legendary „Hammer Horror“ is inextricably linked to his face: A narrow, elegant face, the good fit to the undead from old noble family, a stoic, fast steifes Mienenspiel, the psychological dimensions of the vampire role - could sound out anyway - loneliness and sexual greed. However, Lee played for the hammer and the mummy, Frankensteins Monster and five times the villain Fu Manchu. he was early at an excellent villain in film history. Among the best known figures of Scaramanga is one of „The Man With the Golden Gun“ and Bond creator Ian Fleming a distant kinship relations connected him.
Vampire, it is said, may become detached from their shadow. Christopher Lee knew better, because the bloodthirsty Count, he was never quite going. Lee has ridiculed this lifelong identification. He really never complains. more 2002 was Johnny Depp, a good friend of recent years: „You play on the side of Christopher and can not help but think: Oh my god, it is he - Dracula!“ In the films, the Lee were particularly dear, certainly looked towards hardly anyone. He was proud, In „Jinnah“ (1998) to have embodied the founder of the same name Pakistan. As his best work of the actor himself described in the mass relatively unknown British Horror „The Wicker Man“ (1973) a macabre pagan ritual.
Together with his wife Gitte and daughter Christina he lived, the already part of his childhood in the Switzerland had spent, for a few years on Lake Geneva. From there, he traveled the whole continent: The voice talent was Italian, French, Spanish, German and of course his native language English fluently and was happy working anywhere. He himself went to all these commitments conscientiously, to make too great illusions without over her film history Rank. Thus, the top performance also remained rather then a different nature, hardly anyone has probably starred in more movies than Lee - depending on the source swings the number oscillates between 250 And over 300. 17 He has fought in front of the camera sword fights - Errol Flynn came to only 9. Even Lee's body length was repeatedly stressed: 1,96 Meter, at least in the bloom years.
aged 63 Years, had the opera lovers, passionate golfers and cigar smokers undergo heart surgery. At the end of the millennium he befriended with the passionate B-movie devotee Tim Burton, Lee now regularly engaged, for instance for „Sleepy Hollow“ and „Charlie and the Chocolate Factory“. George Lucas gave him a blockbuster appearance in Episode II and III of „star wars“ And are we Ehrlich, Count Dooku is the best thing about these episodes and a barely disguised reminiscence of his most famous role. Lee was a great admirer of Tolkien and had the opportunity, to meet him even more personally. the „Lord of the Rings“ he read once a year and so it is not surprising, that the role of the evil wizard Saruman very to his heart. The greater was his disappointment, as its part of the theatrical version of the third part, „The Return of the King“, was deleted – when „Hobbit“ He was then back again.
Thanks Christopher, thank you for all the great monsters and tell Peter Cushing and Vincent Price a nice greeting.