Christopher Lee

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Quotes (11)

  • Christopher Lee: I stopped appearing as Dracula in 1972 because in my opinion the presentation of the character had deteriorated to such an extent, particularly bringing him into the contemporary day and age, that it really no longer had any meaning.

  • Christopher Lee: Lon Chaney and Boris Karloff didn't like the word "horror". They, like I, went for the French description: "the theatre of the fantastique."

  • Christopher Lee: There are many vampires in the world today - you only have to think of the film business.

  • Christopher Lee: In Britain, any degree of success is met with envy and resentment.

  • Christopher Lee: (On his friendship with Peter Cushing) I don't want to sound gloomy, but, at some point of your lives, every one of you will notice that you have in your life one person, one friend whom you love and care for very much. That person is so close to you that you are able to share some things only with him. For example, you can call that friend, and from the very first maniacal laugh or some other joke you will know who is at the other end of that line. We used to do that with him so often. And then when that person is gone, there will be nothing like that in your life ever again.

  • Christopher Lee: Some of the films I've been in I regret making. I got conned into making these pictures in almost every case by people who lied to me. Some years ago I got a call from my producers saying that they were sending me a script and that five very distinguished American actors were also going to be in the film. Actors like José Ferrer, Dean Jagger and John Carradine. So I thought, "Well, that's alright by me". But it turned out it was a complete lie. Appropriately, the film was called End of the World (1977).

  • Christopher Lee: I've seen many men die right in front of me - so many in fact that I've become almost hardened to it. Having seen the worst that human beings can do to each other, the results of torture, mutilation and seeing someone blown to pieces by a bomb, you develop a kind of shell. But you had to. You had to. Otherwise we would never have won.

  • Christopher Lee: When you're involved in a war it's the old saying 'if your name's written on the bullet, there's nothing you can do about it'. So you just banished it from your mind. Of course I was scared on some occasions and anyone who says they aren't scared during an operation probably isn't telling the truth. I know about six people who had no fear. Literally none. Whether that was due to a lack of imagination or because they'd conquered it, I don't know. In fact one was Iain Duncan Smith's father, who was one of my closest friends. But during a war, people are taught to kill and they have the blessings of the authorities to do so, so if it's your life or somebody else's, you want to be quite sure it's not yours.

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Trivia (105)

  • Christopher's hobbies are travel, opera and golf.

  • Christopher consider the role of Jinnah the most important part that he's ever played as an actor.

  • Christopher never spoke a word in the second Dracula movie.

  • Christopher was completely blind when he wore the red contacts for the role of Dracula.

  • Christopher joined the Rank Organisation in 1947.

  • Christopher spent five years working for the RAF and British Intelligence during WWII. He reached the rank of Flight Lieutenant.

  • Christopher is the only actor made a member of the Honourable Company of Edinburgh Golfers, the oldest golf club in the world founded in 1744.

  • Christopher's autobiography (Tall Dark and Gruesome) was revised and expanded in 2004 was re-issued as Lord of Misrule.

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