In Memory of Christopher Lee

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From AP: Christopher Lee, an actor who brought dramatic gravitas and aristocratic bearing to screen villains from Dracula to James Bond enemy Scaramanga, has died at age 93.

Lee appeared in more than 250 movies, including memorable roles as the wicked wizard Saruman in “The Lord of the Rings” trilogy and the evil Count Dooku in two of George Lucas’ “Star Wars” prequels. But for many he will forever be known as the vampire Count Dracula in a slew of “Hammer Horror” movies — the gory, gothic thrillers churned out by the British studio in the 1950s and 1960s that became hugely popular. (2015 The Associated Press)

Christopher Lee portrayed some of the most legendary characters in Western literature with style, grace and seeming ease. He will be remembered for his roles mentioned above, the James Bond franchise and the Lord of the Rings. While Lee is rightly recalled for adding his particular solemnness to “Hugo,” “Alice in Wonderland,” and “The Golden Compass,” he honed his craft in early classics such as “A Tale of Two Cities,” (1958) and “The Hound of The Baskervilles,” (1959)

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Here are a few of Lee’s readings: 

The Ring Poem by JRR Tolkien

 

Tell Tale Heart by Edgar Allan Poe

 

The Raven by Edgar Allan Poe

 

The Adventure of the Sussex Vampire (Sherlock Holmes) by Arthur Conan Doyle

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