Thursday, 11 June 2015

In Memoriam: Sir Christopher Lee, the Bond villain Francisco Scaramanga in "The Man with the Golden Gun" (1974)

007 Travelers is saddened to hear that Sir Christopher Lee has passed away.
He died at the Chelsea and Westminster Hospital after suffering respiratory problems.

Source: The Telegraph

Who: Sir Christopher Lee
Born: 27 May 1922
Died: 7 June 2015

He was closely identified with the role of Saruman the White in "The Lord of the Rings Trilogy" (2001-3) and Count Dracula in "Dracula" (1958).

Bond fans remember him for his role as Francisco Scaramanga in "The Man with the Golden Gun" (1974). He was also a step-cousin of Ian Fleming, author of the James Bond spy novels.

Photo © EON, United Artists, Danjaq LLC

In quotes:

On the industry: "There are many vampires in the world today - you only have to think of the film business"

On fame: "In Britain, any degree of success is met with envy and resentment."

On James Bond: "Pierce Brosnan was by far the best and closest to the character."

On Hammer Horror: "They gave me this great opportunity, made me a well-known face all over the world for which I am profoundly grateful."

On his craft: "I think acting is a mixture of instinct, imagination and inventiveness. All you can learn as an actor is basic technique."

On Peter Cushing: "He really was the most gentle and generous of men. I have often said he died because he was too good for this world."

On the wider world: "There is decline in morals, ideals, manners, respect, truthfulness: just about everything, in fact."

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