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Friday, 12 June 2015

A Brief Goodbye to Sir Christopher Lee

Author Matt N. 

I’d like to take a moment to give my respects to Sir Christopher Lee who recently passed away at the age of 93. Born May 27, 1922, Lee had lived an incredible life, with quite a military record followed by a 70 year acting career.  His military service began when he volunteered in 1939 during the Winter War, and he eventually worked his way up to officer in the Royal Air Force. His station was primarily within the African Campaign and joined the RAF Intelligence while he visited the Mazowe Dam. As the war ended, Lee was tasked with tracking down Nazi war criminals. During this mission, Lee saw first hand the concentration camps, some of which had not been completely abandoned yet.

His acting career started after his cousin Nicolo Carandini suggested that he become an actor while having lunch.  His film debut was in 1947 as an extra in Terence Young’s Corridor of Mirrors. He took part in over 200 movies; countless TV shows and recorded 4 heavy metal albums. That was not a typo, seriously look them up. They are epic (Charlemagne: By the sword and the Cross). Personal highlights of his career are his role in The Man with the Golden Gun as Francisco Scaramanga, Count Dooku in Star Wars Episode III and of course Saruman in The Lord of The Rings Trilogy.

 Lee was appointed a Commander of the Order of the British Empire for services to drama and was also knighted by Prince Charles in 2009 for his service to drama and charity.

 His impact on pop culture will withstand the tests of time, creating some of the greatest characters to ever grace the silver screen. As Dracula, he hissed his way into a generations nightmares. He was the man who held the only gun more iconic than James Bonds PPK. He assembled the confederation forces, maimed Anakin Skywalker and nearly overthrew the entire Republic.  He fought Gandalf, sent his armies to Helms Deep and brought down the mountains. So as the curtain falls for the final time in the long, incredible life and career of Sir Christopher Frank Carandini Lee, let us all strive to follow his example and live a life that leaves no stone unturned.