June 11, 2015

Christopher Lee's 10 Most Memorable Roles

Rebel Staff

Screen legend, Christopher Lee, passed away this past weekend at the age of 93. He was best known for roles in Hammer Horror films, Lord of the Rings and Star Wars. The Rebel pays tribute to this acting great with 10 of his most memorable roles.

Dracula Films (1958-72)
"Count Dracula"

Lee’s career spanned nearly 70 years and is best known for his role as Count Dracula.


Lord of the Rings (2001-2003)

Lee was the only person involved in The Lord of the Rings film trilogy to have met J.R.R. Tolkien.


Captain America II: Death Too Soon (1979)

Captain America may have killed Lee's character, Miguel, but this iconic actor has just as much of a fan base as the American hero.


Gremlins 2: The New Batch (1990)
"Doctor Catheter"

Gizmo and Lee team up in this sequel where Lee plays Doctor Catheter, Chief Researcher.


Star Wars: Attack of the Clones (2002) & Revenge of the Sith (2005)
"Count Dooku"

His beheading at the hands of a young Darth Vader was the turning point in Anakin Skywalker’s dark path from a promising Jedi.


The Wicker Man (1973)
"Lord Summerisle"

Lee called this his favourite role.


The Curse of Frankenstein (1957)
"The Creature"

Lee stepped into Boris Karloff's (giant) shoes and made the role his own.


James Bond: The Man With The Golden Gun (1974)

Some fans thought he would have made a better Bond than Roger Moore. He was certainly the coolest Bond villain ever.


The Mummy (1959)
"The Mummy/Kharis"

Returned to life as the high priest of Kamak.


The Hound of the Baskervilles (1959)
"Sir Henry"

The first Sherlock Holmes film adaptation in colour.



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commented 2015-06-12 06:08:55 -0400
Richard Lindzon, thank you for posting this link to ‘Starship Invasion’, it was an eye-opener as to movie-making’s humorous dark side, to say the least.

To see Robert Vaughn (already an established TV and movie star of ‘Man from Uncle’, ‘The Magnificent Seven’ and ‘Bullit’) ; Christopher Lee (already an established star of a series of Dracula and Frankenstein films and much else); and the gorgeous Helen Shaver (yet to fully make her mark in Hollywood), being reduced to starring in this piece of ‘B’ list crapola, was an education.

When we consider that movie making technology had succeeded to the point that George Lucas’s original ‘Star Wars’ trilogy had already wowed the world with is cutting edge special effects in the early seventies, we were aware of what movie magic could be possible with a great director and story teller combined with a talented but at that time a relatively unknown cast and sufficient budget.

Thus to view ‘Starship Invasion’, with its uber primitive special effects right out of late forties early fifties, studio back lot, science fiction movie making and which was shot and released several years AFTER the ‘Star Wars Trilogy’ , one is painfully confronted by what even established and talented actors are sometimes reduced to doing for the sake of remaining in front of the camera to make their living. This malodorous offering would not voluntarily be found on anyone resume.

Roger Corman, eat your heart out.
commented 2015-06-11 14:49:46 -0400
The first time I saw Lee he was a vampire and he scared the crap out of me. I was 12 at the time and I became morbidly attracted to the undead. I ain’t alone as the vampire craze has caught a lot of female victims and male suckers.
I learned when young to carry a cross and still use garlic for more then that reason.
I have never since been bitten and I am grateful to Lee for that.
I hear he flew for the British during the Battle of Britain. Not sure if true but amazed he could fit any airplane at his height. Midgets complained of the tight fit of a Spitfire.