Fangs God It’s Friday: Dracula (Christopher Lee)

After news broke yesterday about Christopher Lee’s death, I knew today’s Fangs God It’s Friday needed to pay tribute his Dracula. In reading a lot of the articles circulating, I saw one story refer to him as the “second most famous Dracula of the 20th Century.” All due respect to Bela Lugosi, I’d be willing to argue that point. Lee played Dracula in at least ten films. His first appearance as Dracula came in 1958 in the film Dracula (although, in the U.S., the title was changed to Horror of Dracula).

Christopher Lee as Dracula in "Dracula: Prince of Darkness" (1966)

One detail not many may realize is that he actually passed away on Sunday, not yesterday. The family withheld the information to notify friends and relatives before making the information public.

In searching online for a picture of Lee as Dracula to use in this blog post, I also came across a great video from 2011 of Lee when he spoke at the University College Dublin. The six-minute clip provides some interesting insights into his time as the world’s most notable bloodsucker.

For me, I find it amazing that my kids will probably always remember Lee not for playing Dracula but for his role as Count Dooku in the Star Wars films and Saruman in the Lord of the Rings and Hobbit films.

Sir Christopher Frank Carandini Lee
27 May 1922-7 June 2015


About Bill Blume

Bill Blume discovered his love for the written word while in high school and has been writing ever since. His latest book Gidion's Blood is being released on August 11th by Diversion Books. His short stories have been in many fantasy anthologies and various ezines. Just like the father figure in his first novel, Bill works as a 911 dispatcher for Henrico County Police and has done so for more than a decade. He also served as the 2013 chair for James River Writers in Richmond, which produces one of the nation’s best annual conferences for educating and connecting writers.
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