Top 10 Things You Probably Didn't Know About Sir Christopher Lee

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1 He was a massive fan of heavy metal music and even released metal albums

He was a classically trained singer and started rocking out in metal bands in his 80s as a metal singer. - Metal_Treasure

2 He was a descendant of Charlemagne V 1 Comment
3 He once met the supposed assassins of Grigori Rasputin. Coincidence: later he played Rasputin in a movie

As a young boy, in the 1920s, his mother introduced him to Prince Yusupov and Grand Duke Dmitri Pavlovich. In 1966, Sir Christopher played their victim, Rasputin, in the movie Rasputin the Mad Monk. - Metal_Treasure

4 He was the step-cousin of James Bond author Ian Fleming

That's just awesome!

5 Tolkien gave him his blessing to play Gandalf in any future Lord of the Rings movie

Unfortunately, Lee’s advanced age and his natural ability to play villains made him an even better choice for Saruman.
But when he heard Peter Jackson would direct the films, he sent Jackson a personal letter asking to be in the movies, along with a picture of him dressed up as a wizard. - Metal_Treasure

6 Lee had to get the blessing of the King of Sweden to marry Henriette von Rosen

In the ‘50s, Lee was engaged to Henriette von Rosen, daughter of Count Fritz von Rosen. The Count apparently didn’t like Lee, because after hiring private detectives to investigate the actor and demanding references, he also refused to allow his daughter to marry him unless Lee got the blessing of the King of Sweden. Lee got it. - Metal_Treasure

7 He volunteered for the Finnish army in 1939

At the outbreak of the Winter War in 1939, Sir Christopher volunteered for the Finnish forces before heading back to London and joining the RAF to fight the Nazis, becoming a distinguished flight lieutenant. - Metal_Treasure

8 He witnessed the last execution by guillotine in France V 1 Comment
9 Christopher Lee was the only Lord of the Rings star to meet J.R.R. Tolkien
10 While filming a swordfight, Errol Flynn accidentally cut Lee’s hand so badly his finger nearly came off, and permanently injured

Errol Flynn was drunk and this happened during the filming of The Dark Avengers in 1955. - Metal_Treasure

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11 He held several Guinness World Records V 1 Comment
12 In 2010 he was honoured with the Spirit of Metal award at the Metal Hammer Golden God awards ceremony, at the age of 87
13 He was multilingual

Sir Christopher was reputed to have spoken several languages including English, Italian, French, German and Spanish fluently, and a little Swedish, Russian, and Greek. - Metal_Treasure

14 He was a fan of the macabre

This one might be self-evident given his career, but Sir Christopher was fascinated by public executions and reportedly, according to his friend Norman Lloyd, knew the name of every executioner in England from the 15th century onwards. - Metal_Treasure

15 His 2013 song “Jingle Hell” hit the Billboard Hot Track list at number 22, making him the oldest artist to do so, at the age of 91 V 1 Comment
16 Lee was a world champion fencer, an opera singer and was a hell of a golfer
17 According to his friend Norman Lloyd, Lee knew the name of every executioner in England from the 15th century onwards
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