A Tribute to Christopher Lee
Editor’s Note : Christopher Lee is one of our favorite actors, so we saw fit to write a tribute to him while he was still alive. Now that he has passed, we are re-publishing this article from 2010.
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.
1958) Dracula (Horror of Dracula)
Christopher Lee and Peter Cushing! Now there’s a Six Degrees of Star Wars Separation.
1966) Dracula : Prince of Darkness
1968) Dracula Has Risen From The Grave
1970) Count Dracula
1970) Taste The Blood Of Dracula
1970) One More Time
1970) Scars Of Dracula
1972) Dracula A.D. 1972
1973) The Satanic Rites of Dracula
1976) Dracula And Son
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
1965) The Face Of Fu Manchu
1966) The Brides Of Fu Manchu
1967) The Vengeance Of Fu Manchu
1968) The Blood Of Fu Manchu
1969) The Castle Of Fu Manchu
And finally, some Fu Manchu posters.