Saturday, June 13, 2015

Sir Christopher Lee: May He Rest in Peace

Sir Christopher Lee: May He Rest in Peace

When I was young, I watched a lot of horror movies, especially Hammer Film Productions films. Think big-haired, bosomy damsels-in-distress, sneering, supercilious villains, and bright-eyed, guileless heroes in Gothic settings. Castles. Stormy skies. Menacing music. Lots of screams, on-screen and off. (Hey, I was young and that was a more innocent time.) Christopher Lee dominated those movies. Usually as Dracula or some other villain - but occasionally as the Good Guy - he strode his over 6 feet frame, wielded that baritone voice, and commanded our awe and attention. My sisters and I never tired of watching him on our black and white television.

BBC obituary 

Plaid Stallion tribute

Here are links showing playscale Christopher Lee action figures. (Possibly there are more, but these are the ones I have seen.)

Distinctive Dummies Duc de Richleau as mentioned in this Fangoria article by Ken W. Hanley

Hammer Films Dracula as shown in this review by Ron Hatchell

Hasbro Count Dooku as shown in this review by @lex Gen X 1:6 Hardcore of Toyhaven

Sideshow Collectibles Scaramanga

Here are photos of a Christopher Lee action figure in one of his not-Dracula roles, the villain Scaramanga from the 1974 James Bond movie, The Man with the Golden Gun.


Please note: this Sideshow Collectibles figure is NOT part of my collection so I could not debox him. However, Customikey provides a guest review on Michael Crawford site   I like how the guest reviewer posed the figure and how he compares the Sideshow figure with a Hasbro figure.

While I wish peace for the late Sir Christopher Lee, I am glad his playacting lives forever in film.