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Lord of Misrule

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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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Rosemarie Short
Feb 22, 2016 Rosemarie Short rated it it was amazing
I think it is important that I precursor this review with a disclaimer. Christopher Lee was a hero of mine - inspiration, role model...the whole shebang. So please be prepared for a completely nonobjective view on this, his autobiography.

Christopher Lee lived an incredible life. The commonly know details are startling enough - the star of not only the Hammer Horror Universe during its heyday (Dracula, Fu Manchu and The Mummy being perhaps his most well known roles) but also a key character in s
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
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.
Nov 22, 2011 Mandy rated it really liked it
Dos Equis got it wrong. Christopher Lee is The Most Interesting Man in the World.
Dec 08, 2010 Michael rated it it was ok
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
Nov 30, 2010 Dave rated it it was amazing
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
Jul 12, 2015 Samantha rated it it was ok
Very sad that the great Christopher Lee died just as I was half way through this. He clearly had an amazing life but, although this is an interesting enough collection of anecdotes, there isn't much in the way of depth or soul-searching or insight. Not a problem if you want to recreate a fairly superficial conversation with a great actor (which would still be amazing!) but, as someone else said below, a biography is probably more what I was hoping for. This becomes a bit of a slog after a while.
Rachel Rogers
Jul 06, 2015 Rachel Rogers rated it liked it
If you enjoy golf or horror films (the classics, not slasher variety) then you will probably enjoy this. Same with anecdotes about British public school and the African then Italian campaign during WWII. Lee led a fascinating life full of mishaps, practical jokes, disappointed family members, type casting and wonderful acting. He was part of the intelligence office during WWII but the bios published of him immediately following his death last month made it sound as though he was a mover and shak ...more
Matt Gallo
Jun 15, 2013 Matt Gallo rated it really liked it
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
Jan 10, 2013 Colin Skinner rated it did not like it
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.
Jun 18, 2015 Garrett rated it really liked it
When you're 93, and have led a life that ranges over as much time and ground and achievement as Christopher Lee's did, you can be forgiven some repetition and meandering. And there is some. There is also quite a bit more golf and schoolboy beatings than I felt I had signed up for. LotR and Star Wars are kind of blips at the end. On the whole, though, once the reader adjusts his (my) expectations as to the content, the tone and pacing are brisk, and Lee is smart, honest, and critical about his ow ...more
Aug 12, 2014 Jonathan rated it liked it
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
Oct 16, 2013 Tracey rated it liked it
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
Feb 04, 2015 Allison rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was really cool to read, I like that he wrote it himself and didn't just talk about Lord of the Rings or things he's done recently, you get to hear his whole story up until that point and it was really interesting to read about him from before he went into movies. (I actually preferred that part more than when he was talking about films.)

Great read and fantastically written.
Dec 28, 2013 Karen rated it liked it
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
Oct 21, 2014 Nathan rated it liked it
Christopher Lee's life playing golf, and the movies that let him pay for it.

Actually, there is more to it than that. He's actually had a fairly busy time of it, and done some quite interesting things, and witnessed a few others.

All of which would be irrelevant if he didn't also write quite well, which he does. There are quite a few nice turns of phrase here, and he comes across as quite clever.

This is certainly a better actor-memoir than some others I've read. He is not as hollow as some of his
Brian Schwartz
Jan 21, 2013 Brian Schwartz rated it really liked it
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
Jul 30, 2015 Nick rated it really liked it
A fascinating man with a life equal parts military and artist. I felt like reading this book was like sitting down with Lee and having a chat with him about whatever he felt like talking about from his life. It wasn't a stale biography. It was a conversation.
Jan 01, 2015 Matthew rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: biography-read
Masterful autobiography of a screen legend

Good to see an autobiography and not another biography for this screen icon, Christopher Lee takes us through his screen and personal life in awesome detail, from his action in the war right up to the LOTR and Star Wars, his encounters and friendships read like a who's who of Hollywood stars throughout the ages of film, and he holds his own with the best of them, must read for any budding actor, you could do a lot worse than following this man's example,
Wonderful book.
Aug 10, 2015 Bean rated it really liked it
Intelligent and charming. He lived a remarkable life.
May 15, 2014 Lulu rated it it was amazing
Luke Walker
Mar 24, 2014 Luke Walker rated it really liked it
Very enjoyable. Reads as if Mr Lee is being interviewed and he has as many anecdotes as the reader want to hear.
Ben Lovegrove
Jul 20, 2013 Ben Lovegrove rated it really liked it
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.
May 20, 2007 Julie rated it it was amazing
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.
Aug 31, 2014 Margaret rated it really liked it
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
Jun 12, 2013 Chris Wilkes rated it liked it
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 Badgley
Oct 04, 2013 Aaron Badgley rated it liked it
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.
Oct 23, 2015 Libby rated it it was ok
Shelves: bios-memoir
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
Aug 02, 2012 Panu Litmanen rated it it was amazing
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 was an English actor and musician who first became famous for his roles in Hammer Horror films and, latterly, for his roles as Saruman in The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit movie trilogies, and Count Dooku in the Star Wars film franchise.
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“I learned early that the one truly international quality among people of all races is xenophobia.” 7 likes
“Outside the cinema I had not yet learned to live, but within it I had most certainly learned to die. I could die for you in every way known to man, and in a few ways known only to scriptwriters. I could see now that provided that I remained fit, the future held many more deaths yet. I could only hope that they would serve some purpose, and that perhaps a reputation may come in the same way as a coral formation, which is made up of a deposit of countless tiny corpses.” 3 likes
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