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Christopher Lee, Actor Who Made Dracula Count Again, Dies at 93

Christopher Lee, Actor Who Made Dracula Count Again, Dies at 93
Christopher Lee, the second most famous Dracula of the 20th century — an impressive feat — and a memorably irrepressible villain in James Bond film “The Man With the Golden Gun,” in the Star Wars films and in “The Lord of the Rings” pics, has died. He was 93.

Lee appeared in 10 films as Count Dracula (nine if his uncredited role in the comedy “One More Time” is excluded).

His first role for famed British horror factory Hammer Films was not the Transylvanian vampire, however, but Frankenstein’s Monster in 1957’s “The Curse of Frankenstein.” His close friend Peter Cushing, with whom he would co-star in horror films frequently, starred as the Baron.

Lee made his first appearance as the sharp-toothed Count in 1958’s “Horror of Dracula.”

For reasons not quite certain, he skipped the 1960 sequel “Brides of Dracula,” but he returned to the role for 1965’s “Dracula: Prince of Darkness” — a movie
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Baftas 2011: Live blog

The King's Speech sweeps the board with seven Baftas – but David Fincher wins best director

Natalie Portman takes best actress award

Read Xan Brooks's liveblog from London's Royal Opera House and find out how the 2011 British Academy Film Awards unfolded at the scene

. In pictures: The winners

6.33pm: It's the Orange British Academy Film Awards, live as you like from London's Royal Opera House. Outside the stage door, the rain is falling and the chauffers cup their hands to light their fags. Two starlets pick their way through the puddles while over on the corner, the busker is keening his way through the Eagles' back catalogue. "And in the master's chamber, they gather for the feast," he sings at the starlets. "They stab it with their steely knives but they just can't kill the beast." I'm guessing this refrain will run like a loop through my brain until the last prize is dolled out.
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