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PostPosted: Thu Jun 11, 2015 5:23 am    Post subject: Sir Christopher Lee 1922-2015 Reply with quote

Sir Christopher Lee, the veteran actor and star of many of the world's biggest film franchises, has died aged 93.

The English-born actor, who made his name playing Dracula and Frankenstein's monster in the Hammer horror films, appeared in more than 250 movies. He was best-known for his villainous roles - including Scaramanga in James Bond and evil wizard Saruman in The Lord of the Rings. The actor's other credits include The Wicker Man and Star Wars.

The actor is reported to have died on Sunday at Chelsea and Westminster hospital in London, after being hospitalised for respiratory problems and heart failure.

James Bond actor Roger Moore tweeted:
"It's terribly sad when you lose an old friend, and Christopher Lee was one of my oldest. We first met in 1948."
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A true legend: a very fine actor, multi-talented, a commanding presence and giant of British cinema, television, radio and audio book.

The definitive Count Dracula of style and panache - who always wanted to be faithful to Stoker's dialogue and story.

He was one of finest guest stars ever to grace an Avengers episode, Mrs Peel met her match in Sir Christopher's 'duplicate', in Never, Never Say Die. Patrick Macnee played Dr Watson co-starring with Sir Christopher Lee as Sherlock Holmes in the TV movie Sherlock Holmes and the Leading Lady (1991)

My film favourites were:
The Wicker Man (Sir Christopher's personal favourite), The Devil Rides Out, Dracula (1958) Lord of the Rings, The Man With The Golden Gun and Scott of the Antarctic. His marvellous bass operatic voice made him a superb choice for narrator of the MR James ghost stories.

RIP Sir Christopher Lee
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PostPosted: Thu Jun 11, 2015 6:13 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

A truly great actor and a very sad loss. He was always one of my favourites...

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PostPosted: Thu Jun 11, 2015 6:50 am    Post subject: Re: Sir Christopher Lee 1922-2015 Reply with quote

The Bright Memory.

Christopher Lee was one of those actors who you just can't not love, only the day before I watching the film with his participation.
He knew how to be chivalrous in any role, his appearing even in a little scene was memorable, for whole own career greatest person remained faithful to his acting style. Great talent.

Moreover, Christopher was a good friend Patrick Macnee, together they performed in some plays at Summer Fields School, and later, in several films.

He will remain in the hearts of many people forever.

Grieve and remember.


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PostPosted: Thu Jun 11, 2015 7:05 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

This is a sad day.

I remember the times when I watched the Hammer films with his as Count Dracula with my grandma and how scared I was of this powerful and evil dracula and how I admired his opposite Peter Cushing.
His Scaramanga was one my favourite Bond villians,he had style in this and was a gentleman, despite the fact that he was a killer. I love his performance as or as Saruman in LOTR, as much as I like him as Sherlock Holmes with Patrick Macnee as Watson.
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PostPosted: Thu Jun 11, 2015 9:55 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

The loss of another all time great.

Did a great amount of work including Hammer horror films, The Man With the Golden Gun, not to mention his contributions to The Avengers with Never, Never Say Die and The Interrogators.
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PostPosted: Thu Jun 11, 2015 12:27 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

A huge loss but never never say die. His duplicate is storming the English countryside now following short wave radio operators and old eccentric guys fishing. A most handsome man. He is sorely missed! RIP Christopher Lee.
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PostPosted: Thu Jun 11, 2015 1:48 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

One of my all time favourite actors, and now my kids hold him in the same high esteem. He will be greatly missed.
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PostPosted: Thu Jun 11, 2015 2:16 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The Interrogators is a brilliant episode, and that's in large part because of Christopher Lee's immense charm.

He was the film villain people loved, never mind loved to hate! (And it was nice when he got to play someone less villainous sometimes too). Charisma by the ton.

He was at school with Macnee, wasn't he? Anyway they appeare din many films together (as well as The Avengers), even as Holmes and Watson!

RIP.
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PostPosted: Fri Jun 12, 2015 9:30 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

A true film presence and from all accounts a gracious human being!

Can anyone suggest any highlight performances - horror, dramatic or otherwise - from Mr Lee?
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