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From spoofs to point-and-click adventure games, here are 10 of the most memorable unusual incarnations of Sherlock Holmes...
We don’t know a great deal about the content of the 90-minute Sherlock special set to air later this year, but one thing has emerged from the set photos and tantalising titbits of information we’ve seen so far. Sherlock Holmes and John Watson will be in nineteenth-century garb, pitching them back into the setting of the legendary detective’s original adventures: 1895, to be precise. Why that happens is as yet unclear, but all will be revealed.
For those still craving their Holmes fix in the meantime, the new film Mr. Holmes offers us Ian McKellen’s take on the character, musing upon an old case as he looks back on his long career from the vantage point of retirement. Jonny Lee Miller’s ultra-modern, Us-based Sherlock will be entering his fourth »
We bid a fond farewell to the wonderful Christopher Lee, and salute some of his best roles...
Christopher Lee crammed a dozen lives into one. His Special Forces work in the Second World War remains shrouded in mystery. We do know that, in 1944, he climbed Vesuvius three days before it erupted. A fine, operatic singer, he famously released a heavy metal album in his later 80s. A skilled fencer, he performed all his own sword fights and has been killed on screen more than any actor in cinematic history. As a child Lee briefly encountered Prince Felix Yusupov, murderer of Rasputin, a part Lee would later of course play. Ian Fleming was a cousin, Muhammed Ali a friend and once dedicated a victory to Lee. Fluent in five languages, passable in another four, people like Lee don’t really exist anymore. In truth they probably never did.
One could write a lengthy, »
Christopher Lee — Sir Christopher in his final years — was the last living horror icon in the mode of Lon Chaney Sr., Boris Karloff, Bela Lugosi, Vincent Price, and Lee’s frequent co-star, Peter Cushing, and it was an association with which he only reluctantly made his peace. His Count Dracula in the 1958 Horror of Dracula (British title: Dracula) remains an indelible portrait, alternately totemlike and bestial, with a penchant for nuzzling his buxom female victims before savagely sinking his fangs into their throats, and it made him an international star — but in the sorts of films he always longed to escape. In interviews, he took every opportunity to quote artists on his versatility, among them Billy Wilder (for whom he appeared as Mycroft in The Private Life of Sherlock Holmes) and his The Lord of the Rings antagonist Sir Ian McKellen, who reportedly said that Lee’s avoidance »
- David Edelstein
The British Film Institute has paid tribute to the "unforgettable legacy" of movie icon Sir Christopher Lee.
The iconic Dracula star - who received a BFI Fellowship in 2013 - has passed away at the age of 93 in London after suffering heart failure.
Christopher Lee 1922-2015: 6 of the acting icon's greatest movie roles
Christopher Lee: 10 blistering tracks from his heavy metal career
The BFI is now joining Lee's fans, friends and co-stars the world over in paying tribute to the star, whose career stretched all the way back to the 1940s.
Amanda Nevill of the BFI said today (June 11): "Sir Christopher Lee, a BFI Fellow, was a distinctive and enduring presence in British and international cinema for almost 70 years. He leaves behind an unforgettable legacy of film and television performance.
"His contribution to cinema history spans such films as the definitive Dracula for Hammer Films through Billy Wilder »
The day monster kids have dreaded for some time has arrived. Mournful, nostalgic, and melancholy – it’s the end of an era for more than one generation of horror fans. It seemed like Christopher Lee would live through all eternity, but unlike some of the characters he played, there’s no bringing him back to life this time. He made it to 93 and went out on a high note, appearing in the final Hobbit film just this past winter. He had an amazing career of fantastic performances and remains the greatest villain actor in film history. Rip to the last classic horror star and thank you for all the monster memories.
Christopher Lee was married to his wife Birgit (Gitte) for 54 years.
Here, according to Movie Geeks Jim Batts, Dana Jung, Sam Moffitt, and myself, are Christopher Lee’s ten best roles.
It’s only fitting that The Curse Of Frankenstein, »
- Tom Stockman
Sir Christopher Lee, one of the world's most celebrated actors, has died at the age of 93.
In a career spanning seven decades, Sir Christopher had over 280 screen credits in film and TV, and brought some of cinema's most iconic characters to life - Dracula, Saruman, Mycroft Holmes, Count Dooku, Frankenstein's monster, The Wicker Man's Lord Summerisle and James Bond villain Scaramanga, to name just a few.
Take a look back at some of his most memorable career moments below:
1940s: Career beginnings with Rank
Sir Christopher Lee started his film career in the late 1940s following service in the Raf during World War II.
After the war ended, he turned down his old job at pharmaceutical company Beechams to train at the Rank Organisation's Company of Youth - nicknamed the 'Rank Charm School'.
He made his debut with gothic horror producers Hammer Films in The Curse of Frankenstein. »
The veteran actor died on Sunday after being hospitalised for respiratory problems and heart failure.
Sir Christopher Lee has died, according to sources close to his family. He was 93.
The veteran actor died on Sunday (June 7) at Chelsea and Westminster Hospital in London following respiratory problems and heart failure.
Lee had more than 280 film and television credits to his name but was best known for his role as Count Dracula in a string of popular Hammer Horror films, James Bond villain Scaramanga in The Man With The Golden Gun (1974) and more recently Saruman in The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit film trilogies. He also featured in the final two films of the Star Wars prequel trilogy.
The decision to release the news days after was based on his wife’s desire to inform family members first. The couple had been married for more than 50 years.
Lee still has one film yet to be released, fantasy »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Michael Rosser)
Christopher Lee, the second most famous Dracula of the 20th century — an impressive feat — and a memorably irrepressible villain in James Bond film “The Man With the Golden Gun,” in the Star Wars films and in “The Lord of the Rings” pics, has died. He was 93.
His first role for famed British horror factory Hammer Films was not the Transylvanian vampire, however, but Frankenstein’s Monster in 1957’s “The Curse of Frankenstein.” His close friend Peter Cushing, with whom he would co-star in horror films frequently, starred as the Baron.
Lee made his first appearance as the sharp-toothed Count in 1958’s “Horror of Dracula.”
For reasons not quite certain, he skipped the 1960 sequel “Brides of Dracula,” but he returned to the role for 1965’s “Dracula: Prince of Darkness” — a movie »
- Carmel Dagan
Sir Christopher Lee as Dracula
He's still the first person many people think of when they hear the name 'Dracula', but Sir Christopher Lee's acting achievements went far beyond his work for Hammer Studios, taking in The Lord Of The Rings, the James Bond franchise and more. Now he has died at the age of 93.
Starring in over 200 films, Lee delivered many iconic performances. He was first seen as the Count in Horror Of Dracula and he later became one of James Bond's most dangerous foes, The Man With The Golden Gun. To Lord Of The Rings fans, he was Saruman; to Star Wars fans, Darth Tyranus. He also featured in The Wicker Man, made a memorable Rasputin, and played the hero's smarter older brother in The Private Life Of Sherlock Holmes. Despite all this, he still found room to appear in numerous independent horror films and »
- Jennie Kermode
Sir Christopher Lee has died at the age of 93.
Lee died at 8.30am on Sunday (June 7) at London's Chelsea and Westminster Hospital, The Telegraph reports.
He had been undergoing treatment for respiratory problems and heart failure over the last few weeks.
Born in London in 1922, Lee worked as an office clerk before enlisting in the Raf in World War II.
He trained as an actor in the Rank Organisation, and appeared in several films before his breakthrough role in 1958's Hammer Horror Dracula.
Christopher Lee 1922-2015: 6 of the acting icon's greatest movie roles
Other key Lee roles included The Private Life of Sherlock Holmes »
We've seen Arthur Conan Doyle's Sherlock Holmes on screen dozens of times in myriad different forms; from Billy Wilder's "The Private Life of Sherlock Holmes," to Guy Ritchie's more "Maxim"-friendly versions with Robert Downey Jr., to the comedic “Without A Clue” in 1988 with Ben Kingsley (to name a few). But never have we seen Holmes retired and in the winter of his life. Is that interesting? It is a movie? We kind of had our doubts, but Bill Condon’s “Mr. Holmes” premiered in Berlin this past February and it turns out it’s pretty damn good (here’s our review). Maybe it has to do something with the excellent lead actor: Ian McKellen who apparently puts in a terrific performance. Here’s the longform synopsis released during Berlin: England in 1947. The famous detective Sherlock Holmes, now 93 years old, lives in his Sussex country house. When »
- Edward Davis
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