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 Posted:   Oct 11, 2011 - 2:53 PM   
 By:   dan the man   (Member)

Chris has been in more films then any actor[except for Bollywood] who ever lived. Although he has made so many films over a span of 8 decades[WOW] he will always be known to many as a Horror star, well he has made alot of them [horror Scifi] along with alot of other films. A character actor indeed, he has played Dracula in 9 films, also a vampire in a few more, Sherlock Holmes, Fu ManChu, Rasputin, The mummy, Frankenstein's creature, DR Jekyll,Mycroft Sherlock Holmes brother,etc etc etc. After being in the film industry for a decade it was Hammer films that brought him into the limelight with big hits like Horror of Dracula, Curse of Frankenstein, The mummy etc. He made many films in Europe in different countries in the 60's, as well as films for Hammer. He came to Hollywood in the 70's, did many films of all type. Went back to Euope by the end of the 80's and has continue to make movies everywhere in the world. He is doing 4 films this year at 88 years old. A good solid actor[great in visual form] he holds not only the distinction of being prolific but also of playing so many different ethnic groups in the world.-------------------------------------------------------------------------------------He has also as well played films in more different countries probably then any star,He has made it a point that he has deep respect for the genre that is why he won't play some films that he feel is insulting him the audience and the genre. If any movie fan want a nice challenge, look up his filmography and see how long it will take to find and see every film he did, To get a finite study may not be as hard as some older stars, but it will take many many hours of film watching.Out of the genre his most known films probably are Man with the golden gun, Star wars, Lord of the rings etc etc etc.

 
 Posted:   Oct 11, 2011 - 5:11 PM   
 By:   gone   (Member)

and Mr Lee pops up unexpectedly... like in "Season Of The Witch"... where he has a rather remarkable growth upon his forehead... in need of a medieval dermatologist


 
 Posted:   Oct 11, 2011 - 5:24 PM   
 By:   Mr Greg   (Member)

A pleasant gent - was lucky enough to meet him at the promotional concert for the Revenge of the Sith launch in London....I went armed with Silver pen and the ROTS soundtrack for him to sign - he was gracious enough to apologise and say that he did not have time to do signings that day....I did not want to point out to him that it would have actually taken him less time to sign it than give the explanation....but he's Dracula.....and he's about 17 feet tall....so I just thanked him and went after Anthony Daniels instead ;o)

 
 
 Posted:   Oct 11, 2011 - 7:31 PM   
 By:   dan the man   (Member)

He was a man who while at times was considered a bit aloof, would then love to talk when you get him in the right mood.Check out some of his film commentaries.Mr Lee change Hollywood in many ways besides the obvious by turning down alot of parts[which is amusing since he landed up in more films then anyone ] He had the Airplane part Leslie Nielson got which was the defining film which change Leslie's whole career around from serious parts to comedy parts, and man did he become popular the rest of his life with that turnaround. He had the Donald Pleasence part in Halloween, which also geared Donald into a fame in his twilight years he most likely would not have gotten without the role.there were 4 other big parts in big films he also turned down which change film history, will mention those later.

 
 Posted:   Oct 11, 2011 - 9:39 PM   
 By:   Mr Greg   (Member)

I seem to remember him saying that either he was offered James Bond, or that Fleming asked him to play Bond for Doctor No.....something like that, anyway....

 
 
 Posted:   Oct 11, 2011 - 10:01 PM   
 By:   dan the man   (Member)

Yes i believe in one of his books he mention something to that effect about Fleming was interested in seeing if lee could play James Bond, You know i personally think Lee was a good actor and fine character actor, but i don't know if he would have been very good at being James Bond, somehow it just does not seem his type, Oliver Reed would have played a good James Bond i think?

 
 Posted:   Oct 12, 2011 - 2:33 AM   
 By:   Mr Greg   (Member)

....except they would have had to bring in a pile of Pint glasses for the vodka-martinis wink

 
 
 Posted:   Oct 12, 2011 - 2:36 PM   
 By:   dan the man   (Member)

Yes MR Reed had more alcohol in his body then in resturants with small bars.

 
 
 Posted:   Oct 12, 2011 - 3:08 PM   
 By:   Michael24   (Member)

A living legend. Lee is an actor who always adds a touch of class to anything he's in. It's just a bit part, but it was a delight seeing him as the magistrate in Sleepy Hollow.



I seem to remember him saying that either he was offered James Bond, or that Fleming asked him to play Bond for Doctor No.....something like that, anyway....

I thought I once read that Lee was a cousin of Ian Fleming, and that Fleming suggested him for the role of Dr. No. While many don't seem to think too much of The Man with the Golden Gun, I enjoy it and find Lee to be terrific in it.

He was also John Carpenter's second choice to play Dr. Loomis in Halloween after his first, Peter Cushing, turned it down. Producer Debra Hill used to tell the story of how they met Lee at some event years later and he told them he'd always regretted passing up the part.

 
 
 Posted:   Oct 12, 2011 - 4:10 PM   
 By:   dan the man   (Member)

What a shame Peter Cushing turned it down first, it is what Peter needed at that time, shortly before he became ill with cancer, instead he had small parts in films like Shock waves, Arabian adventure etc etc. Something tells me although i never heard it actually mention that the reason both Cushing and Lee turned it down was, remember back then the horror film was in a changing state, Horror films before the late 70's were considered often a family affair, the new wave of slice and dice films was met with much disdain back then , there was a anti genre thing going on in the late 70's and early 80's, alot of horror fans and people didn't care for the new horror, because the horror was becoming more like crime terror , not the real unknown.The older stars of the genre then wanted to stay away from that side of the genre.Of course 30 years since, you have both sides of the genre being made at a study pace.

 
 Posted:   Oct 12, 2011 - 4:48 PM   
 By:   gone   (Member)

Lee as Saruman in LOTR... he really brought a lot to the role... perfect match for Gandalf

 
 
 Posted:   Oct 12, 2011 - 4:51 PM   
 By:   dan the man   (Member)

Yes Chris always brought alot to his roles, didn't he.

 
 Posted:   Oct 12, 2011 - 4:54 PM   
 By:   msmith   (Member)

His "Nothing But The Night" is coming soon to DVD:

http://www.dvddrive-in.com/

 
 
 Posted:   Oct 12, 2011 - 5:07 PM   
 By:   dan the man   (Member)

Here was a film with a very unusual interesting plot, a nice cast[Lee, Cushing Dors etc and the director just could not give it spark, a shame.

 
 Posted:   Oct 12, 2011 - 5:25 PM   
 By:   gone   (Member)

Yes Chris always brought alot to his roles, didn't he.

and there simply is no VOICE to match his... it is as trademark as they get!

 
 Posted:   Oct 12, 2011 - 5:34 PM   
 By:   nuts_score   (Member)

Christopher Lee is a cinema god and he is also one hell of a metal music addition. Anyone heard this album?

 
 Posted:   Sep 30, 2013 - 11:36 AM   
 By:   welwynfilmstudios   (Member)

Kino Classics has revealed that it is planning to bring to Blu-ray director Mario Bava's The Whip and the Body a.k.a La frusta e il corpo (1963), starring Daliah Lavi, Christopher Lee, Tony Kendall, Ida Galli, and Jacques Herlin. The preliminary release date set by the studio is December 17th.

http://www.blu-ray.com/news/?id=12264

 
 
 Posted:   Sep 30, 2013 - 12:24 PM   
 By:   Disco Stu   (Member)

He was good in "Captain America II - Death too soon". That's the fun with Mr. Lee, he can be a bigger than life villain but he can also be a very convincing middle league runnabout as he was in "Captain America".

I don't know if it exists but if not, while he's still allive and kicking, they should do a car navigation voice set. Immagine driving at night on a deserted road and just hear "After 300 meters turn left", you'll run from the car faster than it could drive. The ultimate gimmick for a hearse.

D.S.

 
 
 Posted:   Sep 30, 2013 - 6:55 PM   
 By:   dan the man   (Member)

Of all the hours I have heard the great voice of MR LEE in my life, I get a kick how when I visit a casino often, while on the slot machines I hear his voice pop up on another slot machine down the isle[LORD OF THE RINGS] and I chuckle to myself, wherever one goes there is LEE[HA-HA]

 
 
 Posted:   Sep 30, 2013 - 7:10 PM   
 By:   Foodman   (Member)

I think it's time they released all his Dracula, Frankenstein, and Mummy Hammer films in a box set.

 
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