Christopher Lee and Me

It was with great sadness that I heard that the legendary actor, Christopher Lee, had passed away at the age of 93. He was an actor whose presence crossed  generations, whether it was playing Saruman in LoTR, Scaramanga in The Man With the Golden Gun and Lord Summerisle in The Wicker Man. But for a lot people of my generation and older there was one role which he will eternally be tied to, and that is of the elegant and darkly brooding Dracula.

I'm a child of the 80's and so wasn't alive to witness the British horror boom of the 50's 60's and 70's, however I caught a lot of the Hammer Horror films in my formative years on late night showings on BBC2 and the Bravo Channel.

Watching Christopher Lee's towering performances (he was nearly 6 1/2 foot tall) was something to behold; not all the films he starred in were masterpieces or even good but you could always depend on him to deliver a wonderful performance. The world has lost an actor, like Leonard Nimoy, who young people but also your grandparents will know.... and not many actors have achieved that level of fame. RIP Sir Christopher Lee.