Yesterday, I received the news of the passing of Sir Christopher Lee after his long life of 93 years…and a life well-lived it was! I saw him in his Hammer film roles, recently in the title role in a televising of Horror of Dracula, and as the wizard Saruman in the Lord of The Rings and the Hobbit films.
I remember him as Sith lord Darth Tyrannus — Count Dooku in the Star Wars prequels — seeing the priceless look on his face when Palpatine orders the future Darth Vader to kill him. He was a James Bond villain, a real-life Allied agent in WWII, played both Sherlock and Mycroft Holmes, and even had his own heavy-metal band! How kick-ass is that?
Here’s a clip of his appearance on This is Your Life:
The world is made a poorer place with his passing, but brighter by his legacy. May he rest peacefully in the endless, dreamless night. Peace out, Sir Christopher.