11 June 2015
The Legend Christopher Lee has died at the age of 93.
Lee initially portrayed villains and became best known for his role as Count Dracula in a sequence of Hammer Horror films. His other notable roles include Francisco Scaramanga in the James Bond film The Man with the Golden Gun (1974), Saruman in The Lord of the Rings film trilogy (2001–2003) and The Hobbit film trilogy (2012–2014), and Count Dooku in the final two films of the Star Warsprequel trilogy (2002 and 2005).
Always noted as an actor for his deep strong voice, Lee was also known for his singing ability, recording various opera and musical pieces between 1986 and 1998 and the symphonic metal album Charlemagne: By the Sword and the Cross in 2010 after having worked with several metal bands since 2005. The heavy metal follow-up titled Charlemagne: The Omens of Death was released on 27 May 2013. He was honoured with the “Spirit of Metal” award in the 2010 Metal Hammer Golden God awards ceremony.
Lee passed away in Chelsea and Westminster Hospital, London, on Sunday after being treated for respiratory problems.
The actor made his name playing Dracula in the Hammer Horror films, as well as Scaramanga in classic Bond film The Man With The Golden Gun.
Lee was knighted in 2009 for services to acting, but also branched out into music in his later life.