|Sir Christopher Lee|
File:Christopher Lee 2009.jpg|
Lee in 2009.
Christopher Frank Carandini Lee|
27 May 1922
Belgravia, Westminster, England
|Alma mater||Wellington College|
|Occupation||Actor, author, singer|
The Man with the Golden Gun
The Lord of the Rings film trilogy
Star Wars prequel trilogy
The Wicker Man
|Home town||London, England|
|Height||6 ft 5 in (1.96 m)|
|Spouse||Birgit Krøncke (m. 1961)|
Lee was born in Belgravia, Westminster, as the son of Lieutenant-Colonel Geoffrey Trollope Lee, of the 60th King's Royal Rifle Corps, and his wife, Contessa Estelle Marie (née Carandini di Sarzano). Lee's mother was a famous Edwardian beauty who was painted by Sir John Lavery as well as by Oswald Birley and Olive Snell, and sculpted by Clare F. Sheridan. Lee's maternal great-grandfather was an Italian political refugee, and his great-grandmother was English-born Australian singer Marie Carandini (née Burgess).
His parents separated when he was very young, and his mother took him and his sister to Switzerland. After enrolling in Miss Fisher's Academy in Wengen, he played his first villainous role as Rumpelstiltskin. The family returned to London, where Lee attended Wagner's private school. His mother then married Harcourt "Ingle" Rose, a banker and stepcousin of Ian Fleming, author of the James Bond novels. Lee spent some time at Summer Fields School, a preparatory school in Oxford (notable for sending many alumni to Eton). Lee applied unsuccessfully for a scholarship to Eton although the interview was to prove portentous because of the presence of the noted ghost story author M. R. James. Lee later claimed in his autobiography that James had cut a very impressive figure. Sixty years later Lee played the part of M.R. James for the BBC.
James was at that time nick-named 'Black Mouse', derived in part from his faintly sinister black cape and mortar board, and part from his habit of mewing unexpectedly at recalcitrant pupils. I cannot in all honesty say that at the time I was wholly displeased in failing to secure a scholarship; in many ways it was a relief. But I do know this: few men have created such a profound impression upon me, and I partially attribute my lifelong interest in the occult to my subsequent discovery of the horror stories penned by that most intriguing and intimidating of men.
Involvement in World War IIEdit
Lee volunteered to fight for the Finnish forces during the Winter War against the Soviet Union in 1939; however, he along with other British volunteers were kept away from actual fighting, although he was issued winter gear and was posted on guard duty a safe distance from the frontlines. He went on to serve in the Royal Air Force and intelligence services during World War II, including serving as an Intelligence officer with the Long Range Desert Group. He trained in South Africa as a pilot, but eyesight problems forced him to drop out. He eventually ended up in North Africa as Cipher Officer for No. 260 Squadron RAF and was with it through Sicily and Italy. Additionally, he has mentioned (including in his audio commentary on the Lord of the Rings DVD) serving in Special Operations Executive. Lee retired from the RAF after the end of the war with the rank of Flight Lieutenant.
Early career Edit
Template:BLP unsourced section In 1946, Lee gained a seven-year contract with the Rank Organisation after discussing his interest in acting with his mother's second cousin Nicolò Carandini, the Italian Ambassador. Carandini related to Lee that performance was in his blood, as his great-grandmother Marie Carandini had been a successful opera singer, a fact of which Lee was unaware. He made his film debut in Terence Young's Gothic romance Corridor of Mirrors in 1947.
Also in 1947, Lee made an uncredited appearance in Laurence Olivier's film version of Hamlet as a spear carrier (marking his first film with frequent co-star and close friend Peter Cushing, who played Osric). Throughout the next decade, he made nearly 30 films, playing mostly stock action characters.
Lee's first film for Hammer was The Curse of Frankenstein (1957), in which he played Frankenstein's monster, with Cushing as the Baron. A little later, Lee co-starred with Boris Karloff in the film Corridors of Blood (1958), but Lee's own appearance as Frankenstein's monster led to his first appearance as the Transylvanian vampire in the 1958 film Dracula (known as Horror of Dracula in the United States).
Stories vary as to why Lee did not feature in the 1960 sequel The Brides of Dracula. Some state that Hammer was unwilling to pay Lee his current fee, but mostTemplate:Who tend to believe that he simply did not wish to be typecast. However, Lee did return to the role in Hammer's Dracula: Prince of Darkness in 1965. Lee's performance is notable in that he has no lines, merely hissing his way through the film. Again, stories vary as to the reason for this: Lee states he refused to speak the poor dialogue he was given, but screenwriter Jimmy Sangster claims that the script did not contain any lines for the character. This film set the standard for most of the Dracula sequels in the sense that half the film's running time was spent on telling the story of Dracula's resurrection and the character's appearances were brief. Lee has gone on record to state that he was virtually "blackmailed" by Hammer into starring in the subsequent films; unable or unwilling to pay him his going rate, they would resort to reminding him of how many people he would put out of work if he did not take part.
His roles in the films Dracula Has Risen from the Grave (1968), Taste the Blood of Dracula (1969), and Scars of Dracula (1970) all gave the Count very little to do, but were all commercially successful. Although Lee may not have liked what Hammer was doing with the character, worldwide audiences embraced the films, which are now considered classics of the genre. Lee starred in two further Dracula films for Hammer in the early 1970s, both of which attempted to bring the character into the modern-day era. These were not commercially successful.
Lee's other work for Hammer included The Mummy (1959). Lee portrayed Rasputin in Rasputin, the Mad Monk (Lee apparently met Rasputin's assassin Felix Yussupov when he was a child) and Sir Henry Baskerville (to Cushing's Sherlock Holmes) in The Hound of the Baskervilles (1959). Lee later played Holmes himself in 1962's Sherlock Holmes and the Deadly Necklace, and returned to Holmes films with Billy Wilder's British-made The Private Life of Sherlock Holmes (1970), in which he plays Sherlock's smarter brother, Mycroft. Lee played a leading role in the German film The Puzzle of the Red Orchid (1962), speaking German, which he had learned during his education in Switzerland.
He was responsible for bringing acclaimed occult author Dennis Wheatley to Hammer. The company made two films from Wheatley's novels, both starring Lee. The first, The Devil Rides Out (1967), is generally considered to be one of Hammer's crowning achievements. According to Lee, Wheatley was so pleased with it that he offered the actor the film rights to his remaining black magic novels free of charge. However, the second film, To the Devil a Daughter (1976), was fraught with production difficulties and was disowned by its author. Although financially successful, it was Hammer's last horror film and marked the end of Lee's long association with the studio that brought him fame.
Like Cushing, Lee also appeared in horror films for other companies during the 20-year period from 1957 to 1977. Other films in which Lee performed include the series of Fu Manchu films made between 1965 and 1969, in which he starred as the villain in heavy oriental make-up; I, Monster (1971), in which he played Jekyll and Hyde; The Creeping Flesh (1972); and his personal favourite, The Wicker Man (1973), in which he played Lord Summerisle. Lee was attracted to the latter role by screenwriter Anthony Shaffer and apparently gave his services for free, as the budget was so small. Lee appeared in Eugenie (1970), unaware that it was softcore pornography, as the sex scenes were shot separately. In addition to doing films in the United Kingdom, Lee did movies in Mainland Europe: he appeared in two German films, Count Dracula, where he again played the vampire count, and The Torture Chamber of Dr. Sadism. Other films in Europe he made include Castle of the Living Dead and Horror Express.
Since the mid 1970s, Lee has eschewed horror roles almost entirely. Ian Fleming, author of the James Bond spy novels and Lee's stepcousin, had offered him the role of the titular antagonist in the first official Bond film Dr. No. Lee enthusiastically accepted, but the producers had already chosen Joseph Wiseman for the part. In 1974, Lee finally got to play a James Bond villain when he was cast as the deadly assassin Francisco Scaramanga in The Man with the Golden Gun.
Because of his filming schedule in Bangkok, film director Ken Russell was unable to sign Lee to play The Specialist in Tommy (1975). That role was eventually given to Jack Nicholson. In an AMC documentary on Halloween, John Carpenter states that he offered the role of Samuel Loomis to Peter Cushing and Christopher Lee before Donald Pleasence took the role. Years later, Lee met Carpenter and told him that the biggest regret of his career was not taking the role of Dr. Loomis.
Lee appeared on the cover of the 1973 Wings album Band on the Run, along with others including chat show host Michael Parkinson, film actor James Coburn, world boxing champion John Conteh and broadcaster Clement Freud.
In 1978, Lee surprised many people with his willingness to go along with a joke by appearing as guest host on NBC's Saturday Night Live.
In 1982, Lee appeared in The Return of Captain Invincible. In this film, Lee plays a fascist who plans to rid America (and afterwards, the world) of all non-whites. Lee sings on two tracks in the film ("Name Your Poison" and "Mister Midnight"), written by Richard O'Brien (who had written The Rocky Horror Picture Show seven years previously) and Richard Hartley.
In addition to more than a dozen feature films together for Hammer Films, Amicus Productions and other companies, Lee and Peter Cushing both appeared in Hamlet (1948) and Moulin Rouge (1952) albeit in separate scenes; and in separate installments of the Star Wars films, Cushing as Grand Moff Tarkin in the original film, Lee years later as Count Dooku. The last project which united them in person was a documentary, Flesh and Blood: The Hammer Heritage of Horror (1994), which they jointly narrated. It was the last time they saw each other as Cushing died two months later. While they frequently played off each other as mortal enemies onscreen—Lee's Count Dracula to Cushing's Professor Van Helsing—they were close friends in real life.
In 1994, Lee played the character of the Russian commandant in Police Academy: Mission to Moscow.
In 1998, Lee starred in the role of Muhammad Ali Jinnah, founder of modern Pakistan, in the film Jinnah. While talking about his favourite role in film at a press conference at the Brussels International Fantastic Film Festival, he declared that his role in Jinnah was by far his best performance.
He has had many television roles, including that of Flay in the BBC television miniseries, based on Mervyn Peake's novels, Gormenghast (2000), and Stefan Wyszyński in the CBS film John Paul the Second (2005). He played Lucas de Beaumanoir, the Grand Master of the Knights Templar, in the BBC/A&E co-production of Sir Walter Scott's Ivanhoe (1997). He played a role in the made-for-TV series La Révolution française (1989) in part 2, "Les Années Terribles", as the executioner, Sanson, who beheaded Louis XVI, Marie Antoinette, Robespierre and others.
Lee played Saruman in the The Lord of the Rings film trilogy. In the commentary, he states he had a decades-long dream to play Gandalf but that he was now too old and his physical limitations prevented his being considered. The role of Saruman, by contrast, required no horseback riding and much less fighting. Gandalf was given to Ian McKellen and Lee played Saruman. Lee had met Tolkien once (making him the only person in The Lord of the Rings film trilogy to have done so) and makes a habit of reading the novels at least once a year. In addition, he performed for the album The Lord of the Rings: Songs and Poems by J. R. R. Tolkien in 2003. Lee's appearance in the third film was cut from the theatrical release. However, the scene was reinstated in the extended edition.
The Lord of the Rings marked the beginning of a major career revival that continued in Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones (2002) and Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith (2005), in which he played Count Dooku, a name allegedly chosen to reflect his fame playing Count Dracula. His autobiography states that he did much of the swordplay himself, though a double was required for the more vigorous footwork. His good friend and frequent co-star, Peter Cushing, portrayed Grand Moff Tarkin in Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope.
Lee is one of the favourite actors of Tim Burton and has become a regular in many of Burton's films, having now worked for the director four times since 1999. He had a small role as the Burgomaster in the film Sleepy Hollow. In 2005, Lee then went on to voice the character of Pastor Galswells in Corpse Bride co-directed by Burton and Mike Johnson and play a small role in the Burton's reimagining of the Roald Dahl tale Charlie and the Chocolate Factory as Willy Wonka's strict dentist father Dr. Wilbur Wonka.
In 2007, Lee collaborated with Burton on The Demon Barber of Fleet Street playing the spirit of Sweeney Todd's victims called The Gentleman Ghost alongside Anthony Head, with both singing "The Ballad of Sweeney Todd", its reprises and the Epilogue. These songs were recorded, but eventually cut since director Tim Burton felt that the songs were too theatrical for the film. Lee's appearance was completely cut from the film, but Head still has an uncredited one-line cameo.
In late November 2009, Lee narrated the Science Fiction Festival in Trieste, Italy. Also in 2009, Lee starred in Stephen Poliakoff's British period drama Glorious 39 with Julie Christie, Bill Nighy, Romola Garai and David Tennant, Academy Award-nominated director Danis Tanović's war film Triage with Colin Farrell and Paz Vega, and Duncan Ward's comedy Boogie Woogie alongside Amanda Seyfried, Gillian Anderson, Stellan Skarsgård and Joanna Lumley.
In 2010, Lee marked his fourth collaboration with Tim Burton by voicing the Jabberwocky in Burton's adaptation of Lewis Carroll's classic book Alice in Wonderland alongside Johnny Depp, Helena Bonham Carter and Anne Hathaway. While he only had two lines, Burton said that he felt Lee to be a good match for the iconic character because he is "an iconic guy".
On 11 January 2011, Lee announced on his website that he would be reprising the role of Saruman for the prequel film The Hobbit. Lee had originally said he would have liked to have shown Saruman's corruption by Sauron, but would not be comfortable flying to New Zealand at his age. A July 2011 behind-the-scenes featurette showed Jackson at the Pinewood Studios in London and Lee in make-up and costume as Saruman, so it would seem that production has been adjusted to accommodate Lee's travel concerns and allow him to participate in the film. Lee has stated that he worked on his role for the films over the course of four days and that he is portraying Saruman as a kind and noble wizard, before his subsequent fall into darkness, which audiences have seen in The Lord of the Rings film trilogy.
Voice work Edit
With his classically-trained bass voice, Lee sings on the The Wicker Man soundtrack, performing Paul Giovanni's psych folk composition, "The Tinker of Rye". He sings the closing credits song of the 1994 horror film Funny Man. His most notable musical work on film, however, appears in the strange superhero comedy/rock musical The Return of Captain Invincible (1983) in which Lee performs with a song and dance number called "Name Your Poison", written by Richard O'Brien.
In the 1980s, during the height of Italo Disco, Lee provided vocals to Kathy Joe Daylor's "Little Witch".
Lee reprised his role as Saruman in the video game The Lord of the Rings: Battle for Middle Earth along with the other actors of the films.
Lee provided the off-camera voice of "U. N. Owen", the mysterious host who brings disparate characters together in Agatha Christie's Ten Little Indians (1965). The film was produced by Harry Alan Towers, for whom Lee had worked repeatedly in the 1960s. Even though he is not credited on the film, the voice is unmistakable.
Lee appears on Peter Knight and Bob Johnson's (of Steeleye Span) 1970s concept album The King of Elfland's Daughter. Lee provided the voices for the roles of DiZ (Ansem the Wise) in the video games Kingdom Hearts II and Kingdom Hearts 358/2 Days, but was replaced by veteran voice actor Corey Burton for Kingdom Hearts Re:Chain of Memories and Kingdom Hearts Birth by Sleep.
He contributed his voice as Death in the animated versions of Terry Pratchett's Soul Music and Wyrd Sisters and reprised the role in the Sky1 live action adaptation The Colour of Magic, taking over the role from the late Ian Richardson.
He is fluent in English, Italian, French, Spanish and German, and moderately proficient in Swedish, Russian and Greek. He was the original voice of Thor in the German dubs in the Danish 1986 animated film Valhalla, and of King Haggard in both the English and German dubs of the 1982 animated adaptation of The Last Unicorn.
Lee bridged two disparate genres of music by performing a heavy metal variation of the Toreador Song from the opera Carmen with the band Inner Terrestrials. Lee narrated and sang for the Danish musical group The Tolkien Ensemble, taking the role of Treebeard, King Théoden and others in the readings or singing of their respective poems or songs. Lee appeared as a narrator for Italian symphonic fantasy power metal band Rhapsody of Fire, playing the Wizard King in the latest four albums: Symphony of Enchanted Lands II: The Dark Secret, Triumph or Agony, The Frozen Tears of Angels and From Chaos to Eternity as well as the EP The Cold Embrace Of Fear - A Dark Romantic Symphony which is also a part of the saga in which he performs. He narrates several tracks on the albums, as well as singing a duet with lead vocalist Fabio Lione in the single "The Magic of the Wizard's Dream" from the Symphony of Enchanted Lands II album. Lee was the voice of Lucan D'Lere in the trailers for Everquest II.
In 2005, Lee provided the voice of the Pastor Galswells in The Corpse Bride co-directed by Tim Burton and Mike Johnson. He served as the narrator on The Nightmare Before Christmas's poem written by Tim Burton as well.
Lee has been signed by Falcon Picture Group to host the syndicated radio series "Mystery Theater", a nightly two-hour program featuring classic radio mystery shows. The program is distributed by Syndication Networks Corporation with a launch date of 2 March 2009.
Lee is working with Manowar while they are recording a new version of their first album, Battle Hymns. The original voice was done by Orson Welles. The new album, Battle Hymns MMXI was released on 26 November 2010.
In 2001, Lee was appointed Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) by Queen Elizabeth II and was knighted in the Queen's Birthday Honours in 2009 by Prince Charles. Lee was named 2005's 'most marketable star in the world' in a USA Today newspaper poll, after three of the films he appeared in grossed US$640 million. In 2011, Lee was awarded the BAFTA Academy Fellowship by Tim Burton.
In 2011, accompanied by his wife Birgit and on the 164th anniversary of the birth of Bram Stoker, Lee was honoured with a tribute by University College Dublin, and described his honorary life membership of the UCD Law Society as "in some ways as special as the Oscars". He was awarded the Bram Stoker Gold Medal by the Trinity College Philosophical Society, of which Stoker was President, and a copy of Collected Ghost Stories of MR James by Trinity College's School of English.
The Carandinis, Lee's maternal ancestors, were given the right to bear the coat of arms of the Holy Roman Empire by the Emperor Frederick Barbarossa. Cinemareview cites: "Cardinal Consalvi was Papal Secretary of State at the time of Napoleon and is buried at the Pantheon in Rome next to the painter Raphael. His painting, by Lawrence, hangs in Windsor Castle".
Lee is a step-cousin of Ian Fleming, author of the James Bond spy novels.
He has been married to the Danish model Birgit "Gitte" Kroencke Lee since 1961. They have a daughter named Christina Erika Carandini Lee. He is the uncle of the British actress Dame Harriet Walter.
Contrary to popular belief, Lee does not have a vast library of occult books. When giving a speech at the University College Dublin on 8 November 2011 he said: "Somebody wrote I have 20,000 books. I'd have to live in a bath! I have maybe four or five."
- Christopher Lee's Treasury of Terror, edited by Russ Jones, illustrated by Mort Drucker & others, Pyramid Books, 1966
- Christopher Lee's New Chamber of Horrors, Souvenir Press, 1974
- Christopher Lee's Archives of Terror, Warner Books, Volume I, 1975; Volume 2, 1976
- Tall, Dark and Gruesome (autobiography), W. H. Allen, 1977 and 1999
- Christopher Lee: The Authorised Screen History by Jonathan Rigby, Reynolds & Hearn, 2001 and 2003
- Lord of Misrule (autobiography, a revised and expanded edition of Tall, Dark and Gruesome), Orion Publishing Group Ltd., 2004
- Dans les griffes de la Hammer by Nicolas Stanzick, Le Bord de l'eau Editions, Paris, 2010.
- Sir Christopher Lee by Laurent Aknin, Nouveau Monde Éditions, Paris, 2011.
- Main article: Christopher Lee filmography
- The Wicker Man soundtrack (1973)
- Hammer Presents "Dracula" With Christopher Lee (EMI NTS 186 UK/Capitol ST-11340 USA, 1974)
- The Soldier's Tale by Stravinsky, with the Scottish Chamber Orchestra conducted by Lionel Friend (Nimbus, 1986)
- Peter and the Wolf by Prokofiev, with the English String Orchestra conducted by Yehudi Menuhin (Nimbus, 1989)
- Annie Get Your Gun (1995) JAY Records recording of Annie Get Your Gun
- The Rocky Horror Show (1995) JAY Records recording of The Rocky Horror Show
- Devils, Rogues & Other Villains (1998)
- Jinnah (1998)
- The King and I (1998) JAY Records recording of The King and I
- Musicality of Lerner and Loewe (2002) Christopher Lee sings Wandering Star on this recording Musicality of Lerner and Loewe
- Lord of the Rings: Songs and Poems by J. R. R. Tolkien (2003)
- Symphony of Enchanted Lands II: The Dark Secret (2004)
- Triumph or Agony (2006)
- Revelation (2006)
- Charlemagne: By the Sword and the Cross (2010)
- The Frozen Tears of Angels (2010)
- The Cold Embrace of Fear - A Dark Romantic Symphony (2010)
- Battle Hymns MMXI (2010)
- Charlemagne: The Omens of Death (2011)
- From Chaos to Eternity (2011)
- ↑ "Biography – Christopher Lee – Official Website". Christopherleeweb.com. http://christopherleeweb.com/content/biography. Retrieved 5 August 2009.
- ↑ http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0000489/bio
- ↑ "Christopher Lee Height |". Bio27.com. http://www.bio27.com/tag/christopher-lee-height. Retrieved 2011-11-15.
- ↑ "Christopher Lee Height - compare yourself to him!". Filmbug. http://www.filmbug.com/db/290917/height. Retrieved 2011-11-15.
- ↑ Christopher Lee talks about his favorite role, in press conference at Brussels International Fantastic Film Festival 21 March 2002 (YouTube video)
- ↑ "Christopher Lee Biography (1922–)". Filmreference.com. http://www.filmreference.com/film/79/Christopher-Lee.html. Retrieved 4 October 2010.
- ↑ "Merchant of menace". The Daily Telegraph (London). 19 May 2002. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/opinion/main.jhtml?xml=/opinion/2002/05/19/do1910.xml. Retrieved 30 April 2010.
- ↑ Christopher Lee playing M.R. James for the BBC in 2000, YouTube video
- ↑ "Christopher Lee talks about his favorite role". YouTube. 21 March 2002. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CE_1ofnBFos&feature=related. Retrieved 5 August 2009.
- ↑ Peter Jackson. (2002). Cameras in Middle-earth (The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring Special Extended Edition documentary). [DVD]. New Line Cinema.
- ↑ "Lord of the Rings: At Dawn in Rivendell". Amazon.com. http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000084HA0. Retrieved 4 October 2010.
- ↑ "Tim Burton – KCRW | 89.9FM". Kcrw.com. http://www.kcrw.com/etc/programs/tt/tt031210tim_burton. Retrieved 4 October 2010.
- ↑ "Science+Fiction Festival Report: Christopher Lee on Modern Horror Movies". Dreadcentral.com. 22 December 2009. http://www.dreadcentral.com/news/35078/sciencefiction-festival-report-christopher-lee-modern-horror-movies. Retrieved 4 October 2010.
- ↑ Salisbury, Mark; Burton, Tim (2010). Alice in Wonderland: A Visual Companion. Disney Editions. p. 191. ISBN [[Special:BookSources/978-1-4231-2827-8Template:Please check ISBN|978-1-4231-2827-8Template:Please check ISBN]].
- ↑ "Hi-Res Look at Hilary Swank in Hammer Films' 'The Resident'". Bloody-disgusting.com. http://www.bloody-disgusting.com/news/18048. Retrieved 4 October 2010.
- ↑ The Hobbit Team (2011-07-21). "Production Video #3". The Hobbit Blog. http://www.thehobbitblog.com/?p=3133. Retrieved 2011-08-22.
- ↑ Lindsay, Cam (September 1, 2003). "The Wicker Man soundtrack". Stylus magazine. http://www.stylusmagazine.com/reviews/various-artists/the-wicker-man.htm. Retrieved November 5, 2011.
- ↑ Steve Anderson. ""Funny Man" DVD Review". http://emol.org/emclub/taxonomy/term/15?page=4. Retrieved 29 April 2007.
- ↑ 19.0 19.1 19.2 "Extensive biography at Tiscali UK". Tiscali.co.uk. http://www.tiscali.co.uk/entertainment/film/biographies/christopher_lee_biog.html. Retrieved 4 October 2010.
- ↑ Valhalla at the Internet Movie Database
- ↑ The Last Unicorn at the Internet Movie Database
- ↑ "Video clip at christopherleeweb.com". Web.archive.org. 2007-10-11. http://web.archive.org/web/20071011183425/http://christopherleeweb.com/multimedia/showphoto.php/photo/1301/cat/535. Retrieved 2011-11-15.
- ↑ The Green Man review website. Retrieved 3 June 2006.
- ↑ The EA Games website, URL accessed 2 May 2006.
- ↑ "Christopher Lee is Metal!". Dreadcentral.com. 15 March 2010. http://www.dreadcentral.com/news/35199/christopher-lee-metal. Retrieved 4 October 2010.
- ↑ Blabbermouth. Retrieved 1 January 2010.
- ↑ "Battle Hymns 2011 – Born To Live Forevermore". Manowar.com. 4 November 2010. http://www.manowar.com/news_body.php?idnews=486. Retrieved 4 November 2010.
- ↑ British Honours, 16 June 2001. BBC website.
- ↑ Template:London Gazette
- ↑ Veteran horror actor Lee knighted 13 June 2009. BBC.
- ↑ UK Honours List 12 June 2009, BBC.
- ↑ In brief: Christopher Lee 'most bankable' star. The Guardian. Retrieved 26 April 2006.
- ↑ "Christopher Lee honoured by UCD". RTÉ Ten. 9 November 2011.
- ↑ Byrne, Luke. "Fangs for the memories as legend Lee honoured". Irish Independent. 9 November 2011.
- ↑ Duncan, Pamela. "Lee receives Bram Stoker award". The Irish Times. 9 November 2011.
- ↑ 36.0 36.1 Christopher Lee, 'Lord of Misrule'.
- ↑ Christopher Lee discusses rumours of his extensive occult library..., in appearance at University College Dublin 8 November 2011 (YouTube video)
- ↑ "Christopher Lee: You Ask The Questions – Profiles, People". The Independent (London). 11 February 2009. http://www.independent.co.uk/news/people/profiles/christopher-lee-you-ask-the-questions-735506.html. Retrieved 5 August 2009.
- ↑ "Charlemagne Music Samples | Christopher Lee – Official Website". Christopherleeweb.com. http://christopherleeweb.com/story/charlemagne-music-samples. Retrieved 4 October 2010.
- ↑ "Charlemagne – Christopher Lee op MySpace Music – Gratis gestreamde MP3's, foto's en Videoclips". Myspace.com. http://www.myspace.com/charlemagnemusical. Retrieved 4 October 2010.
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- Christopher Lee at the Internet Movie Database
- Christopher Lee at the TCM Movie Database
- Christopher Lee at the British Film Institute's Screenonline
- Christopher Lee at AllRovi
- 2006 article from The Spectator
- Christopher Lee on the making of legends and Jinnah
- Bizarre Magazine interview
- Concerning his role in The Lord of the Rings movies
- Guardian Unlimited Profile
- Starwars.com interview in which he mentions work with SOE
- Christopher Lee interview 2007
- Christopher Lee at FEARnet
- Christopher Lee Community
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