In memoriam: Sir Christopher Lee 1922-2015.

“Legend” is an overused word these days, but not when it comes to the wonderful Christopher Lee.

Famous for his roles The Man With The Golden Gun and Lord Of The Rings and Hammer’s string of horror films, and beloved for his sonorous voice and commanding persona, Lee was a constant presence on the small and silver screen.

But it’s our sad duty to report that Sir Christopher Lee has died at the age of 93.

His departure brings to a close one of the most extraordinary careers in screen history. He’s starred in some of the films that Den Of Geek loves to write about on a daily basis – his work for Hammer (most famously the 1958 classic Dracula) could fill a lengthy and fascinating volume. His performance in Robin Hardy’s folk horror classic, The Wicker Man, was unforgettable.

Lee lit up George Lucas’s Star Wars prequels with his glowering magnetism. He once again played Saruman in Peter Jackson’s Hobbit trilogy. And we haven’t even mentioned his TV work, which began in the mid-1950s and took in things like The Avengers, Space: 1999 and the 2000 miniseries, Gormenghast.

Then there was his voice-over work for Tim Burton’s Corpse Bride, numerous videogames (including, most recently, Lego The Hobbit), and his lengthy music career.

It’s safe to say, without hyperbole, that Sir Christopher Lee was a true one-off. The world of entertainment simply won’t be the same without him.

The Telegraph reports that Sir Christopher passed away on Sunday at London’s Chelsea and Westminster hospital. Our thoughts are with his family at such a sad time. ( via denofgeek.com )

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