Sir Christopher Lee is perhaps the only actor of his generation to have starred in almost 300 films. Mr. Lee began his legendary career in horror movies in the 1950s. He gained fame playing a variety of villains and creatures, among them Frankenstein's Monster, the Mummy and Dracula, the latter in several uncontestable classics of the genre. Mr. Lee's first legendary Hammer film was "The Curse of Frankenstein" (1957) and the following year he made his first of many appearances as Dracula in "Horror of Dracula." Later, he reprised his role as the legendary vampire as well as headlining dozens of other Hammer productions. He starred in nearly 50 horror films from 1956 to 1976, often reprising the character of Dracula. Memorable horror films of this era include "Corridors of Blood," "The Two Faces of Doctor Jekyll," "Dracula-Prince of Darkness" and "Taste the Blood of Dracula." His roles as Fu Manchu, Sherlock Holmes, Scaramanga in the James Bond film "The Man with the Golden Gun," and Rochefort in both "The Three Musketeers," and "The Four Musketeers: Milady's Revenge," have all contributed to his legendary status as one of the greatest actors of all time. In addition, Mr. Lee has recently become known to a whole new generation of filmgoers as Saruman in Peter Jackson's "The Lord of the Rings" franchise and as Count Dooku in the "Star Wars" prequels. Christopher Lee was born in London in 1922 to one of the oldest families in Europe. He attended Eton College and Wellington College, where he studied Greek and Latin. During World War II, he served in the Royal Air Force and Special Forces and was decorated for distinguished service. Mr. Lee was knighted by the Queen in 2009 for services to drama and charity. This rare interview is a tribute to his long standing contribution to the cinematic arts.
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