Christopher Lee Passes

June 11, 2015 at 9:23 am | Posted in News | Leave a comment
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christopher leeSir Christopher Lee passed away at 8:30 Sunday morning at Chelsea and Westminster Hospital in London where he’d been hospitalized for respiratory problems and heart failure. ¬†Notice of his death was delayed until family and friends could be notified.

Lee’s career spanned 68 years, and among his many roles, Lee played the iconic Dracula, Saruman from Lord of the Rings, and Count Dooku in Star Wars.

via The Guardian

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Happy Birthday, Christopher Lee

May 27, 2014 at 12:00 am | Posted in Birthday, Star Wars | Leave a comment
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christopher-leeToday we wish a very happy birthday to actor Christopher Lee who turns 92 today. Movie fans will get to see Saruman return in December for The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies but if you’re a heavy metal fan, you might want to check out Metal Knight which will be out this week.

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Around the Web

November 15, 2013 at 12:00 am | Posted in Around the Web, Books, Fantasy, Regular Feature, Star Wars | Leave a comment
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Here’s this week’s Around the Web news roundup of Star Wars and beyond.

Books

  • Kevin J. Anderson‘s new serial The Dragon Business will be out next Tuesday and is up for pre-order now on Amazon. The eight part serial will get a new episode each week. It’s only $1.99 for all eight.
  • Kevin also has a cover reveal for his upcoming novel The Dark Between the Stars. The cover is by Stephen Youll who did the cover art for several of the Star Wars anthologies books and The Bounty Hunter Wars Trilogy.
  • Daniel Wallace has a sneak peek at his upcoming book The Iron Man Manual which will be out Tuesday.

Continue Reading Around the Web…

Happy Birthday, Christopher Lee

May 27, 2013 at 12:00 am | Posted in Birthday | Leave a comment
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Today we wish a very happy birthday to actor Christopher Lee. From Star Wars to Lord of the Rings, Lee has done it all. Mr. Lee turns 91 today.

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Happy Birthday, Christopher Lee

May 27, 2012 at 12:00 am | Posted in Birthday, Movies | 1 Comment
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We wish a very happy birthday to actor Christopher Lee. Sir Christopher Frank Carandini Lee turns 90 today. Mr. Lee has done countless roles in his career, from Count Dracula to Count Dooku. He is currently working on no less than four film projects: The Hobbit: There and Back Again, The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, Night Train to Lisbon, and Frankenweenie.

You can help celebrate by heading on over to his birthday page and wishing Mr. Lee a happy birthday.

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Happy Birthday, Christopher Lee

May 27, 2011 at 12:01 am | Posted in Birthday, Movies, Star Wars News | Leave a comment
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The master of Hammer Horror celebrates his 89th birthday today, and we here at Roqoo Depot wish him a very happy birthday. Being a fan of old horror movies, I have to say Christopher Lee is one of the greats and his work with fellow actor Peter Cushing (Grand Moff Tarkin) are timeless cinematic classics. Most of you will recognize him as Count Dooku in Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones, and Episode III: Revenge of the Sith. You’ll probably also recognize him as Saruman the White in the Lord of the Rings trilogy. What you might not have known is that Christopher Lee has also played the monster in The Curse of Frankenstein, Count Dracula in Horror of Dracula (and nine other vampire films), and the mummy in, well, what else The Mummy.

Born in London England, Christopher would later attend Wellington College and joined the RAF to fight in World War II. During the war he served as a cipher officer with the No. 260 Squadron RAF in North Africa, Sicily, and Italy. He also served as an intelligence officer for the Long Range Desert Group (a recon and raiding force) and at some point ended up in the Special Operations Executive (SOE). The SOE was a British special forces unit tasked with espionage and sabotage behind enemy lines. In other words, he was a spy. The SOE has some rather colorful names including: The Baker Street Irregulars, Churchill’s Secret Army, and my favorite The Ministry of Ungentlemanly Warfare. It’s worth noting that Christopher Lee is a cousin to Ian Fleming, the author and creator of James Bond, and according to rumor, the activities of both individuals during the war is still top secret.

After leaving the RAF in 1946 as a Flight Lieutenant, he became an actor and eventually played a small part in his first film Corridor of Mirrors in 1948. Later that year he played another role in the film Hamlet along side fellow actor Peter Cushing whom he would later become friends with and together dominate the British horror films of the 60’s and 70’s.¬† As of date, Christopher Lee has had 272 film roles in total. In the upcoming Hobbit, he will be retaking his role as Saruman.

Aside from his success in films, Mr. Lee has also had a very successful marriage. He has been married since 1961 to Danish model Birgit “Gitte” Kroencke Lee, and they have one daughter. If you would like learn more about Christopher Lee you can check out his official website here, and for some real fun you might want to read this entertaining article about him on cracked.com that includes a video of him explaining to Lord of the Rings director Peter Jackson just what sound a man makes when you stab them in the back (I told you he was a spy!).

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