Christopher Lee, best known for his portrayal of dark and terrible characters such as Count Dracula in six Hammer House of Horror films, Saruman in the Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit films, and Count Dooku in three Star Wars films, has yielded to a power infinitely darker and more terrible than himself.

To the dismay of those that stood by, about the body of Saruman a grey mist gathered, and rising slowly to a great height like smoke from a fire, as a pale shrouded figure it loomed over the Hill. For a moment it wavered, looking to the West; but out of the West came a cold wind, and it bent away, and with a sigh dissolved into nothing.



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Sir Christopher Lee has passed away at the venerable age of 93. He was a man of incredible talent and expertise (NPR).

  • He was 6'5" tall, a world champion fencer,
  • He spoke six languages, did his own stunts,
  • Had appeared in over 250 movies and television shows
  • Had participated in more on-screen sword fights than any actor in history,
  • served for five years defending democracy from global fascism as a British Commando blowing the shit out of Nazi asses in World War II, and
  • And he was the oldest person to ever record lead vocals on a heavy metal track when, at the age of 88, he wrote, performed on, and released a progressive symphonic power metal EP about the life of Charlemagne (because why the fuck not?).

Here's an audio/transcript interview of his early career with NPR's Dave Davies in 1990.

READ a whole lot more about the legend that was Christopher Lee at: www.badassoftheweek.com/christopherlee.html


That sucks. Trivia: He was the only cast member on the Peter Jackson movies who actually knew J.R.R. Tolkien.

LAWRENCE FRENCH: You actually met J. R. R. Tolkien, didn’t you?

CHRISTOPHER LEE: Yes, quite by chance, really. I met him with a group of other people in a pub in Oxford he used to go to, The Eagle and Child. I was very much in awe of him, as you can imagine, so I just said, “how do you do?” I also met T. H. White who wrote The Once and Future King.

Source: http://cinefantastiqueonline.com/2010/06/sir-christopher-lee-on-saruman-the-white-and-the-other-great-wizards-of-the-lord-of-the-rings-trilogy/

  • Wow, I didn't know that!
    – Rand al'Thor Mod
    Jun 12, 2015 at 21:32
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    Oh, that is too cool! RIP, Mr. Lee, and say "how do you do" to Mr. Tolkien for us.
    – Martha
    Jun 12, 2015 at 21:55
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    The Eagle and Child is nice. Worth a visit if you’re in Oxford. Jun 18, 2015 at 12:47

Christopher Lee, making the Hereafter more metal since 2015. Rock on.

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