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The Coolest Count Dracula to ever wear the cape.

  • May 25, 2009
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Christopher Lee is one of my favorite actors and the best actor to ever play the role of the evil Count Dracula. Mr. Lee first wore the cape in the Hammer Films remake of Dracula a.ka. Horror of Dracula. He would return to the role several more times in Hammer sequels Dracula: Prince of Darkness, Taste the Blood of Dracula, Scars of Dracula, Dracula 1972, and The Satanic Rites of Dracula. His nemesis in most of those films was Peter Cushing. Cushing was another Hammer Films player who would appear in many of Christopher Lee's films. Often, he would play Dr. Van Helsing or one of his descendants (Peter Cushing would forever be remembered for his role in Star Wars as the man who controlled Darth Vader). Lee was so charismatic as Count Dracula that he wouldn't even need dialog (as in Dracula, Prince of Darkness). His icy stare and all around badditude was enough to carry a film.

During the late seventies, Lee grew tired of playing Dracula (he's one of the actors who's played the part so many times during the sixties and seventies that he was soon to be identified with the role). Not wanting to fall prey to the same misfortunes as Bela Lugosi, Mr. Lee took other parts and even refused to play Dracula in Hammer's last horror film (the odd collaboration between Hammer and Shaw Brothers Studios picture The Legend of the Seven Golden Vampires). Years later whilst in semi-retirement Hollywood director Tim Burton (a big fan of Hammer horror films) wanted to work with the legendary Christopher Lee as he did with Vincent Price. Lee's career took a mainstream turn and he would appear in such films as Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Sleepy Hollow, Corpse Bride, the Lord of the Rings trilogy and the last two Star Wars films.

Well into his eighties, Christopher Lee still continues to act. Despite his roles as the diabolical Fu Manchu, Sauron or Lord Dooku. He'll always be remembered as the coolest Dracula in cinema history. People want to talk about Bela Lugosi or Gary Oldman as being the best Dracula. Check out Lee's work in the Hammer films and you'll see why there is no other,

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June 29, 2009
Queen B pointed it out already but you did leave out the James Bond movie Man With the Golden Gun. Lee was the best thing of that movie and more then likely Attack of the Clones which are each weak movies in their respective francises. Any movie that might be in danger of being terrible better hire Mr. Lee so that their movies not be complete garbage. Great review.
 
June 26, 2009
Great review. Christopher is certainly "the man."
 
May 26, 2009
The Man with the Golden Gun was a pretty sweet Bond movie, though I'd say Christopher Lee played a better Dracula than he did a James Bond. I wonder how Sean Connery would do in the scenario of the interchangeable secret agent/vampire challenge?
 
May 25, 2009
I was one of those Christopher Lee fans who wound up naming there kid for him, only I had a girl and my soon-to-be-ex wanted the name to start with a "K" like mine so she became Kristine Lea. We actually pronounce it Leah though, I gave her the option of how she wanted to pronounce it. Lee also did that Bond movie, THE MAN WITH THE GOLDEN GUN, remember that one? And what was the one where he sang?  THE RETURN OF CAPTAIN INVINCIBLE.  My favorite Lee fim though is probably THE DEVIL RIDES OUT/THE DEVIL'S BRIDE. I'd always hoped they'd make another movie out one of Wheately's books about that crowd.
 
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Sir Christopher Frank Carandini Lee is an English actor. He initially portrayed villains and became famous for his role as Count Dracula in a string of Hammer Horror films. Other notable roles include Lord Summerisle in The Wicker Man (1973), Francisco Scaramanga in The Man with the Golden Gun (1974), Count Dooku in the Star Wars series, as well as Saruman in The Lord of the Rings film trilogy. Lee considers his most important role to have been his portrayal of Pakistan's founder Muhammad Ali Jinnah in the biopic Jinnah (1998). Lee has performed roles in 266 films since 1948.

Lee was knighted in the Queen's Birthday Honours in 2009.

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Filmography: Sleepy Hollow (film), Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (2005 movie), The Crimson Pirate, Innocent Blood, A Private's Progress, Scream of Fear, Bitter Victory, The Mummy (1959 movie), Airport '77, Hannie Caulder, Moulin Rouge!, Dracula A.D. 1972, Jinnah, Horror Express, The Magic Christian, The Man With the Golden Gun (film), The Curse of Frankenstein, Scott of the Antarctic, The Golden Compass, The Creeping Flesh, Raw Meat, Horror Hotel, The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring, The Wicker Man, The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers, Pursuit of the Graf Spee, The Longest Day, Star Wars: Episode II - Attack of the Clones, Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith, Horror of Dracula, The Stupids, Return from Witch Mountain, Captain Horatio Hornblower, The Gorgon, Gremlins 2: The New Batch, The Crimson Rivers II: The Angels of the Apocalypse, Greyfriars Bobby, The Oblong Box, 1941, Howling II, The Satanic Rites of Dracula (Count Dracula and His Vampire Bride), The Devil Rides Out, To the Devil a Daughter, The Blood of Fu Manchu, Scars of Dracula, Dracula Has Risen from the Grave, The Castle of Fu Manchu, Scream and Scream Again, The Vengeance of Fu Manchu, The Brides of Fu Manchu, The Face of Fu Manchu, The House That Dripped Blood, Taste the Blood of Dracula, Count Dracula (film), Season of the Witch, Hugo, The Man Who Could Cheat Death
Birth Date: May 27, 1922
Birth Place: Belgravia, London, England
Gender: Male
Height: 6' 5"
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