Today’s post is not book related. Instead it is a tribute to the great actor, Sir Christopher Lee, who has passed away at the age of 93 in a hospital, after suffering heart and respiratory problems. This has come as a massive shock to me, and I’m sure everyone else. Even though he was at such an age which would have most people in wheelchairs and sitting in their lounge all day, he never exhibited any signs of himself becoming weaker or older, and carried on doing what he loved until the very day he died.
It was only last year that we saw Christopher in The Hobbit: Battle of The Five Armies, as well as him releasing a heavy metal Christmas song. I tell no word of a lie when I say: I expected him to be around for a lot longer than he was. Nevertheless, 93 is a fantastic age, and those 93 years have been filled with so much knowledge, and experience, and admiration, and love. He lived life to the fullest, and lived that fullest for a very long time.
While I imagine most people will now think back to Christopher’s oldest works and biggest successes, I think back to the character that helped bring my most favourite story to life. His part as Saruman in The Lord of The Rings is and will remain a huge part of my life. Those movies have essentially been my life, for my entire life so far; and every person and piece that is a part of them, holds a place in my heart.
May we also not forget his role of this character in The Hobbit, too. The fact that he managed to play the same character in three different ways, amazes me. However not as much as the skill of said acting. His role as Saruman in The Hobbit was the good side of his character, and we then saw the conflicted Saruman in Lord of The Rings: Fellowship of The Ring, and lastly we saw his dark side in Lord of The Rings: The Two Towers, and Return of The king.
Speaking of the dark side, I will also remember Sir Christopher Lee well for his work as Count Dooku in Star Wars: Attack of The Clones, and Revenge of The Sith.
Yet another character he played so marvelously; Count Dooku was one of the last unique roles he played as an actor, and we all have the privilege of keeping that forever. He seems to have had an act for playing the villain over the years… Count Dracula; Count Dooku; Saruman; heck! even his role as Willy Wonka’s dad wasn’t exactly a good character. Perhaps it is his powerful and distinct voice that suits the evil so well, or perhaps the sinister look he has about him for such roles. Whatever it was, I am thankful for it.
I may not have seen many of his movies, but what I have seen has had such an impact on my life, and so I have no less of right to claim to be a humongous fan of his, and to have had him and his work mean a lot to me. The same goes for any of his fans out there that are like me.
From all us who have enjoyed your work and or admired you for years, and from all of us who are going to miss you and your gifts, thank you for years of amazing work, fantastic roles, and for being a part of our lives. Hopefully your villainous tendencies will be forgiven, and you may RIP. You’ll live on through your work, your friends, your family, and your fans.
Sir Christoper Lee
May 27 1922 – June 7 2015