Friday, June 12, 2015

His Secrets Guard Themselves: Sir Christopher Lee (1922-2015)

It wasn't enough to lose Terry Pratchett, Leonard Nimoy, and Tanith Lee so far this year, oh no. Now Death has come and claimed all-rounder Christopher Lee. There have been many tributes to the man who played Dracula, Scaramanga, Saruman, Dooku, Summerisle, etc., etc. The Lee performance I want to single out, though, is his turn as King Haggard in the 1982 adaptation of Peter S. Beagle's The Last Unicorn.

This was my introduction to Lee as an actor, and it's thus no surprise that it has always been his voice that most thrills me. I still consider this monologue of his one of the highlights of his career:

Rest in peace, Sir Christopher.