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From the cult classic The Wicker Man to the blood–thirsty Count Dracula, Christopher Lee has been the face of cinema villainy for decades. In Lord of Misrule, Lee tells the story of his exceptional career, in films like The Curse of Frankenstein, the James Bond classic The Man with the Golden Gun, and more recently, in Tim Burton’s Sleepy Hollow. After appearing in more th...more
Paperback, 448 pages
Published November 1st 2004 by Orion Publishing (first published October 1st 2003)
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Rita
Looking forward to read the autobiography of the coolest actor on the planet! :-)

Feb. 14th, 2012:

Imagine sitting on your grandfathers lap when you are 6 years old and you listen to him while he tells you the tales of his youth. That pretty much sums up a bit what I felt while reading this living cinema legends autobiography.

It was fun to read about his youth, Italian background, times during WWII (which I'm sure has been heavily self-censored), his modest beginning in the field of acting and ho...more
Mrs. Musrum's Mum Keleher
I'm not quite done, but I got it through inter library loan and it's due back. Christopher Lee is dryly funny and very intelligent.
Michael
This book helped me realize that, generally speaking, I like biographies more than auto-biographies. When a person writes about their own life, they naturally re-live their memories. That's cool for them, but not necessarily for us. Perhaps these memories and references may have more meaning to my friends that grew up in England. I didn't know about Christopher Lee until he played the wizard Saruman in the "Lord of the Rings" movies. I did learn a few things that interested me, because I had som...more
Dave
It was very refreshing to read a great autobiography by a respected actor who has appeared in over 250 movies albeit not all box office successes. Mr. Lee keeps his chapters short, but packs a lot of information into each one which he doesn't number, but gives a few important words to such as "short sharp shock", "Swiss time", and "Spellbinder" to name a few.
He talks about his upbringing and I wasn't aware that he was half Italian like myself. I enjoyed his stories about working and meeting su...more
Matt Gallo
Certainly worth it if you are a fan of the vast and dense history of Christopher Lee, the best 91 year about in this, the year 2013. It gets a b it wordy at times, and is certainly very dense with detail, but nevertheless fascinating, and it is just amazing how much this guy has done in his long, full life.
I only wish there was something to fill the time between this last revision and now.
Colin Skinner
I really looked forward to this book as I had been a long-time fan of Christopher Lee. I was sorely disappointed by the book which, for me, was like wading through treacle so slow was the narrative. One day, when I have a lot more time on my hands, I may give it another try but it's not something that, at the moment, I relish.
Mandy
Dos Equis got it wrong. Christopher Lee is The Most Interesting Man in the World.
Jonathan Kirton
This autobiography is not the best I have read. Christopher Lee tells a rattling good tale at a rattling pace. This is not a kiss and tell and no tales are told out of school. The people that Lee has met and worked with is breathtaking as is his range of work. There are occasional quotes and anecdotes from some of the obvious suspects but the book is like a whistlestop tour. Sadly it doesn't mention his recent forays into heavy metal and you won't learn a huge amount about other actors.
A great t...more
Tracey
In honor of the upcoming Halloween holiday, I've been somewhat theming my reading appropriately, starting with this memoir, which I picked up from the library while searching to see what films of his they had available.

It was published in 2004, so it includes his thoughts on playing Saruman and Count Dooku. He doesn't appear to be a terribly humble man, and is quite prone to name dropping, but he certainly has been a hard-working actor.

I have a feeling there was more to his role in WWII than h...more
Karen
Just purchased this book, this morning & found it by chance, while looking for a completely different biography book!!! So excited, cannot wait to finish some of the other books that I'm currently working on. Christopher Lee is an outstanding actor with various characters throughout the last 50 years & am excited to have found this!!!! More to follow!!! Truly amazed at all the info I found within the first chapter!!!! 2 more other books I'm trying to finish real quick so I can dive into...more
Brian Schwartz
While his commentary on costars Peter Cushing and Vincent Price is somewhat lacking, he is more detailed in describing his relationship with horror greats Boris Karloff and Bela Lugosi. His admiration for those pioneers of movie horror is well stated.

Lee tells his life story in anecdotes which seems to be a European style of story telling. His references to European history are often obscure and requires Wikipedia to get the context. The book is obviously a book written by a European for a Europ...more
Luke Walker
Very enjoyable. Reads as if Mr Lee is being interviewed and he has as many anecdotes as the reader want to hear.
Ben Lovegrove
Loved the part where he tells the anecdote about meeting Rasputin's killers at a family party. He's obviously proud of his Russian aristocratic background and almost inherited the title of Count in real life. Supposedly his family can be traced back to cart makers in Ancient Rome.
Julie
May 20, 2007 Julie rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: anyone who likes biogs.
Shelves: biography
This book starts,of course, with Christopber lee's birth and tells of his life and career up to Lord of the rings and beyond, including how he managed to be forever linked with his most famous role - "Dracula".
a good read for anyone interested in cinema and actors.
Margaret
The autobiography of wonderful English actor Sir Christopher Lee.

Not the best theatrical memoir I have read, but certainly one of the better ones.

A must for any Hammer House of Horror fan, fan of European cinema or cinema in general.

Well worth reading.
Chris Wilkes
As an updated version of Tall, Dark and Gruesome this is a welcome revision. A great fan of the actor, I was struck not by the prose style and inevitable name dropping, but as last hurrah for an older version of society.
Aaron
I love Christopher Lee. This book was a bit of a daunting read at times, given the detail into his family tree, but I love Christopher Lee.
Libby
If you are not into old films, this might not be the right fit for you. He has lived a very full life, that's for sure.
Panu Litmanen
Just saw it in the bookshelf. Still remembered some twists of his career. Amazing and blazing.
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Sir Christopher Frank Carandini Lee, CBE, CStJ is an English actor and musician who first became famous for his roles in Hammer Horror films.
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