Nothing makes me sadder than the loss of a creative genius, when a great talent shall add nothing further to a great body of work. Last week on June 7th, we lost one of the great icons of cinema, Sir Christopher Lee.
As Dracula, he fascinated and terrified me at the same time. He brought a presence to the big screen that I have rarely seen emulated. Though those great movies are dated in comparison to that which is produced in the modern era, he brought an anger and intensity to his depiction of Dracula that no one else has since produced. In doing this, he inspired me to embark on my dream and create The Dracula Chronicles and my own unique version of Dracula the vampire.
His passing is desperately sad news for me, with Lee being one of the people I would have liked most to meet in my lifetime. But the legacy he leaves us will transcend death. To me, he is a true immortal.
He achieved so many things in his life and had talent in abundance. He was a veteran of World War 2, serving in the RAF and being tasked with hunting Nazi war criminals after the war. He starred in movies that grossed $8.3 billion at the box office, and had a great voice too, both speaking and singing. In the video below, he can be seen performing at the age of 88. RIP Sir Christopher Frank Carandini Lee, a genius of our times.