Christopher Lee/Fun Facts
From The Grindhouse Cinema Database
- Turned down Donald Pleasence's role in Halloween (1978). (He later remarked that this was his biggest mistake.)
- A distant cousin and frequent golfing partner of Bond creator Ian Fleming, Lee was the author's personal pick for the role of Dr. No (1962) in the first 007 film. The part, of course, went to actor Joseph Wiseman, who was brilliant. However, fans of the literary Bond might want to check out Lee's portrayal of Chinese master criminal Fu Manchu, for an idea of how Ian Fleming himself envisioned Dr. No.
- Served in British Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve from 1941 to 1946. During that time he was an active member of the Special Forces.
- He appears in a scene from The Curse of Frankenstein (1957) on screen during the drive-in sequence in Stanley Kubrick's Lolita (1962).
- Sustained an injury to his hand while filming a swordfight with a slightly drunk Errol Flynn for The Dark Avenger (1955).
- Was originally offered the role of Grand Moff Tarkin in Star Wars (1977). He turned it down and the role eventually went to his good friend Peter Cushing.
- In his role as the title character, The Mummy (1959), in which he co-starred with Peter Cushing, Lee got severely injured in the course of the filming. All that smashing through real glass windows and doors had dislocated his shoulder and pulled his neck muscles, especially when he had to carry an actress with arms fully extended across a swamp, walking as much as 87 yards, which damaged his shoulders considerably.
- In Dracula (1958), Lee in the title role had to drop a woman into a grave, but when he carried her, she was unexpectedly heavy and in trying to drop her into the grave, Lee also fell in with her.
- Salary for Dracula (1958) 1,360 USD
- Some footage planned for an unfinished film was sold to Group One Productions that was used in Revenge of the Living Dead, a film that's known better as The Meat Cleaver Massacre. For years, he never knew about the film