We don’t always get the kind of work we want, but we always have a choice of whether to do it with good grace or not.

Sir Christopher Lee  (1922 – 2015)

This week we lost a legend. A true maverick of the film industry.

Christopher Lee, best known from such films as Star Wars, The Wickerman, James Bond and Lord of the Rings, led an exceptional life. From playing Bond villain to the most famous vampire of all time, Count Dracula, Lee wowed audiences all around the world with his scintillating performances.

I remember the first time I saw him on screen. It was his appearance in my all time favourite saga; Star Wars. His performance of Count Dooku in Attack of the Clones left me with shivers. He was able to command the scenes that he was in with ease. The actors had a respect for him that it takes many a lifetime to cultivate. It gave me the inspiration to go back and watch his earlier works.

His most notable role of the modern day was as Saruman the White in the onscreen adaptations of J.R.R Tolkien’s ‘The Lord of the Rings’ trilogy. The Return of the King was the first and only of the three that I saw on the big screen. But his appearances in all three were of real power and overwhelming elegance.

Something that most people didn’t know about him was his passion for heavy metal music. In 2010 and 2013 he released albums under the moniker ‘Charlamagne’. In 2012 and 2013 he released back to back Christmas albums; A Heavy Metal Christmas & A Heavy Metal Christmas Too. He became the oldest living performer to feature in the music charts with Jingle Hell at the age of 91.

He was a man that in films we loved to hate. He was a man that in life we loved to love. He was a pure genius. One that the world will grieve for years to come.

Christopher Lee