The Iconic Movie Villain: Sir Christopher Lee

“What’s really important for me is, as an old man, I’m known by my own generation and the next generation know me, too.”

The world lost a remarkable actor on Sunday: Sir Christopher Lee passed away in London at the age of 93. Lee’s lengthy and illustrious film career included stints as Dracula and Frankenstein’s monster. His most iconic roles were as movie villains—like Fransisco Scaraman in The Man With the Golden Gun and Saruman in The Lord of the Rings—whom he played gracefully and with formidable power. Later in life, he became a heavy metal musician, releasing his first album, “Charlemagne: By the Sword and the Cross” at the age of 90, and another album of heavy metal covers on his 92nd birthday. To an iconic movie villian, we salute your work making the silver screen a scarier place.  

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