Do not underestimate me, boyThe quote is actually from an unrelated song by a friend of mine, Marian Call, but it seems somehow appropriate.
Look closer and you'll find
That if you peel back the polite
There might be something fierce inside
Sir Christopher Lee.
Sarauman, if you're my son's age.
Scaramanga, if you're mine,
Dracula, if you're older.
Actor, fencer, stuntman. Lead vocalist on a heavy metal album at the age most people (except Lemmy and Keith Richards) would be contentedly dozing off by the fire.
Special forces soldier during WW2.
Which latter is why he rates a respectful note of his passing on this blog. Two of my favourite quotes...
The first from a scene when Peter Jackson was directing Lee in the scene where Wormtongue stabs Saruman. And Lee stopped him:
‘Peter, have you ever heard the sound a man makes when he’s stabbed in the back?’
'Well, I have, and I know what to do.’The second, from when over-pushed by an interviewer on his wartime career: he leant forward in his chair and asked, conspiratorially:
"Can you keep a secret?"Cue enthusiastic and breathless agreement from interviewer. A smile from Lee.
"So can I."
If I make it to 90, I'll settle for having lived a tenth of the life he did.