A Tribute to Christopher Lee
Well, as it turns out, even the indestructible and invincible Christopher Lee isn’t immune to the underhanded goings on of people trying to separate him from his money. Here’s this from BBC news:
Actor Sir Christopher Lee has been ordered to pay £640,000 by a court in Spain to an illustrator for work he did for a DVD cover. Gerardo Moreno sued the 87-year-old claiming he was not properly paid for the DVD artwork on 1998 film Jinnah, Spanish paper El Pais reported. The judge ordered the actor’s assets to be frozen until the money is paid.
So with that, it only makes sense to offer up a tribute.
It’s unfortunate that far too many people only know Christopher Lee for his work in The Lord of the Rings Trilogy as Saruman and maybe the least good Star Wars Trilogy as Count Dooku/Darth Tyranus. I say unfortunate because thanks to the Hammer Horror folks, Mr. Lee reinvented what it was to know who Count Dracula was. Thanks to Lee and his towering, larger-than-life performance as the titular Vampire, he was cast over and again in as many different films as possible. He became the Count and stayed the Count for a very long time. But even beyond that was his portrayal of the sinister and sadistic Dr. Fu Manchu in nearly as many films. Now, thanks in part to the recent incarnations of what some people like to stupidly call vampires, it’s high time to reintroduce some readers to what a real vampire looks like. So let’s take a look at the masterful Christopher Lee doing what he did absolutely the best.
Christopher Lee and Peter Cushing! Now there’s a Six Degrees of Star Wars Separation.
And here are a few little bits of kitsch and whatnot featuring the likeness of one Mr. Christopher Lee:
And now, Christopher Lee as Dr. Fu Manchu
Oddly, there were no clips with Lee himself. But this is pretty funny and, mostly, from the same movie.