Free Republic
Browse · Search
General/Chat
Topics · Post Article

Skip to comments.

Actors Who Served: Christopher Lee
Big Hollywood ^ | September 8, 2012 | Amelia Hamilton

Posted on 09/08/2012 9:20:43 AM PDT by Bratch

Christopher Lee is known for playing villains in movies like "The Lord of the Rings," "Revenge of the Sith" and "The Wicker Man."

Before he was the villain, he was a real-life hero with the Royal Air Force during World War II.

Sir Christopher Frank Caradini Lee, CBE, CStJ was born on May 27, 1922. His mother was a well-known Edwardian beauty and his father, Geoffrey Trollope Lee, was a Lieutenant-Colonel in the 60th King’s Royal Rifle Corps.

Lee volunteered in 1939 to fight for the Finnish forces during the Winter War against the Soviet Union. He was, however, issued winter gear and was posted on guard duty but was kept at a safe distance from the Russians.

According to Lee’s autobiography, he and his fellow Brits were only in Finland for two weeks and never saw the Russian forces. In 1941, Lee enlisted with the Royal Air Force to serve in World War II. After eye problems forced Lee to drop out of training in South Africa, he ended up in North Africa as a Cipher Officer. He spent the remainder of the war working in intelligence, including his work as an Intelligence Officer with the Long Range Desert Group.

(Excerpt) Read more at breitbart.com ...


TOPICS: History; Military/Veterans; TV/Movies
KEYWORDS: actor; hero; lee; saruman; scaramanga

1 posted on 09/08/2012 9:20:45 AM PDT by Bratch
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | View Replies]

To: Bratch

Jimmy Stuart, bomber pilot


2 posted on 09/08/2012 9:35:16 AM PDT by knarf (I say things that are true ... I have no proof ... but they're true)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: knarf

Stewart


3 posted on 09/08/2012 9:36:58 AM PDT by Always A Marine
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 2 | View Replies]

To: Always A Marine

oops ... moving too quickly ... thanx


4 posted on 09/08/2012 9:40:41 AM PDT by knarf (I say things that are true ... I have no proof ... but they're true)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 3 | View Replies]

To: Bratch

Don’t forget he was “The Man With The Golden Gun” who battled James Bond, too.

Neat story about his serving in Finland against the Soviets.
Anti-Soviet and anti-Nazi. Definitely both pluses.


5 posted on 09/08/2012 9:49:09 AM PDT by ReformationFan
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Bratch

When setting up the scene for Saurman’s Death by being stabbed in the back by Wormtounge, the Peter Jackson tried to tell him what noises to make when he got stabbed.

Lee told him that he new quite well what sounds a man makes when he gets stabbed in the back. No one questioned him beyond that.


6 posted on 09/08/2012 9:51:25 AM PDT by Conan the Librarian (The Best in Life is to crush my enemies, see them driven before me, and the Dewey Decimal System)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: knarf

This thread or the article isn’t about Jimmy Stewart.

It’s about a GREAT living actor, Christopher Lee.

A living legend.

Try reading the article before posting next time.


7 posted on 09/08/2012 9:56:22 AM PDT by wolficatZ ("We are no longer accepting comments on this article")
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 4 | View Replies]

To: Bratch
..did he die? ...truly a great actor.
fought on screen (sword) w/ Errol Flynn...developing..

8 posted on 09/08/2012 9:57:38 AM PDT by skinkinthegrass (WA DC E$tabli$hment; DNC/RNC/Unionists...Brazilian saying: "$@me Old $hit; w/ different flie$" :^)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: skinkinthegrass

No, he’s alive. The other night, we saw him in an early 60s episode of “The Alfred Hitchcock Hour”, so I got curious and looked up his Wikipedia page. He is a conservative, he’s 90 years old, and he sings and records HEAVY METAL albums, LOL! Wow.


9 posted on 09/08/2012 10:01:01 AM PDT by CatherineofAragon (Don't be afraid to see what you see. (Ronald Reagan))
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 8 | View Replies]

To: wolficatZ
The TITLE said actorS ...

I cited one

10 posted on 09/08/2012 10:04:09 AM PDT by knarf (I say things that are true ... I have no proof ... but they're true)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 7 | View Replies]

To: Bratch

I have a book about Sherlock Holmes, sort of a Sherlock Encyclopedia.

I noticed Christopher Lee had written a nice introduction, he clearly knew a lot about Sherlock.


11 posted on 09/08/2012 10:07:05 AM PDT by yarddog
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: knarf

Big Hollywood runs occasional articles about performers who served in the military.

I’m almost sure they’ve featured General Stewart already; today’s profile is about Sir Christopher.


12 posted on 09/08/2012 10:12:34 AM PDT by Bratch
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 10 | View Replies]

To: Bratch

Lee did a great job as Sherlock Holmes in The Hound of the Baskerville remake.


13 posted on 09/08/2012 10:16:05 AM PDT by Chi-townChief
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: yarddog
He's portrayed the character.

Sherlock Holmes and the Deadly Necklace (1962)

14 posted on 09/08/2012 10:16:50 AM PDT by Bratch
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 11 | View Replies]

To: Bratch

So he was with the Nazi’s before he was against them? He sounds confused.


15 posted on 09/08/2012 10:18:07 AM PDT by 03A3
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Chi-townChief
Actually, he played Sir Henry in The Hound of the Baskervilles.

It was his frequent movie partner, Peter Cushing, that portrayed the famous sleuth.

The Hound of the Baskervilles (1959)

16 posted on 09/08/2012 10:20:50 AM PDT by Bratch
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 13 | View Replies]

To: CatherineofAragon
..I read it, too...posts 34 / 35

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-chat/2925821/posts


17 posted on 09/08/2012 10:24:30 AM PDT by skinkinthegrass (WA DC E$tabli$hment; DNC/RNC/Unionists...Brazilian saying: "$@me Old $hit; w/ different flie$" :^)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 9 | View Replies]

To: 03A3

He fought the Sovs with the Finns when the Sovs and Nazis were allied.


18 posted on 09/08/2012 10:25:03 AM PDT by xone
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 15 | View Replies]

To: Chi-townChief

Good to know about Christopher Lee’s war record & that he is still with us.

IMO he was the best of the Draculas. An interviewer asked him about his Dracula teeth & Lee opened his mouth; his natural teeth were long as piano keys & makeup only had to add the long canines.


19 posted on 09/08/2012 10:26:28 AM PDT by elcid1970 (Nuke Mecca now. Death to Islam means freedom for all mankind. Deus vult!)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 13 | View Replies]

To: Bratch

“The Wicker Man” was chilling. I have it on DVD. I think I will watch it again today, before Denny Hamlin wins Richmond!


20 posted on 09/08/2012 10:30:05 AM PDT by eyedigress ((zOld storm chaser from the west)/?)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: 03A3; All
from Encyclopedic Britannic
Russo-Finnish War, also called Winter War, World War II:

Russian bombing of Helsinki, capital of Finland, 1939 [Credit: Stock footage courtesy The WPA Film Library](Nov. 30, 1939–March 12, 1940), war waged by the Soviet Union against Finland at the beginning of World War II, following the conclusion of the German-Soviet Nonaggression Pact (Aug. 23, 1939).

After Finland had refused to grant the Soviets a naval base and other concessions in the fall of 1939, Soviet troops totaling about one million men attacked Finland on several fronts. The heavily outnumbered Finns put up a skillful and effective defense that winter, and the Red Army made little progress.
they got stomped badly..the Army was still suffering from the Stalinist Purges of the 1930s..THE GREAT TERROR.

In February 1940, however, the Soviets used massive artillery bombardments to breach the Mannerheim Line (the Finns’ southern defensive barrier stretching across the Karelian Isthmus), after which they streamed northward across the isthmus to the Finnish city of Viipuri (Vyborg).

Unable to secure help from Britain and France, the exhausted Finns made peace on Soviet terms on March 12, 1940, agreeing to the cession of western Karelia and to the construction of a Soviet naval base on the Hanko Peninsula.

21 posted on 09/08/2012 10:38:41 AM PDT by skinkinthegrass (WA DC E$tabli$hment; DNC/RNC/Unionists...Brazilian saying: "$@me Old $hit; w/ different flie$" :^)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 15 | View Replies]

To: skinkinthegrass

Thank you for the link.


22 posted on 09/08/2012 10:52:10 AM PDT by CatherineofAragon (Don't be afraid to see what you see. (Ronald Reagan))
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 17 | View Replies]

To: Bratch

He was great in Space 1999.


23 posted on 09/08/2012 11:23:48 AM PDT by PetroniusMaximus
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Bratch
Along with James Coburn, he was on the cover of Macca's "Band On the Run" Album


24 posted on 09/08/2012 11:27:09 AM PDT by dfwgator (I'm voting for Ryan and that other guy.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Bratch; All
In one the of extra interviews included on the 'Lord of the Rings' collectors DVD, Brad Dourif (Grima Wormtongue) recounted how Christopher Lee showed him how to accurately portray someone dying from a stab or piercing wound to the lungs.

Knowing that Lee served in WWII, Dourif said that he did not ask him how he knew this first hand.

Classic!

25 posted on 09/08/2012 11:34:51 AM PDT by Timber Rattler (Just say NO! to RINOS and the GOP-E)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Bratch

A trick question is how many movies has Sir Christopher Lee been killed or died in? One can only guess, because as of right now, he has no fewer than *four* movies in post-production.

I don’t even have a rough estimate.


26 posted on 09/08/2012 11:43:41 AM PDT by yefragetuwrabrumuy (DIY Bumper Sticker: "THREE TIMES,/ DEMOCRATS/ REJECTED GOD")
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: yarddog

Good post yarddog, good post.


27 posted on 09/08/2012 12:14:32 PM PDT by HANG THE EXPENSE (Life's tough.It's tougher when you're stupid.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 11 | View Replies]

To: wolficatZ

Lee flew for a while in training. During the casting of the movie,”The Battle of Britain” Lee auditioned and was told he was “too tall” to look like. Fighter pilot.


28 posted on 09/08/2012 1:19:03 PM PDT by LS ("Castles Made of Sand, Fall in the Sea . . . Eventually (Hendrix))
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 7 | View Replies]

Disclaimer: Opinions posted on Free Republic are those of the individual posters and do not necessarily represent the opinion of Free Republic or its management. All materials posted herein are protected by copyright law and the exemption for fair use of copyrighted works.

Free Republic
Browse · Search
General/Chat
Topics · Post Article

FreeRepublic, LLC, PO BOX 9771, FRESNO, CA 93794
FreeRepublic.com is powered by software copyright 2000-2008 John Robinson