Friday, 12 June 2015

Sir Christopher Lee dies at 93 - latest reaction and tributes

Screen legend famous for roles in Hammer Horror films, Lord of the Rings and Star Wars dies in hospital after suffering heart and respiratory problems 

• Film legend Sir Christopher Lee dies aged 93
• Actor passes away in hospital at 8.30am on Sunday
• Prime Minister leads tributes to Hammer Horror star
Obituary: 'It was all about the power of suggestion'
Robbie Collin: 'Lee could turn schlock into Shakespeare'
• In pictures: A career that spanned Dracula to Star Wars

That's the end of our rolling coverage of tributes to Sir Christopher Lee, after he died at 93. As one of Britain's greatest actors, his career spanned genres, generations - and an impressive seven decades. You can read more about his life and career here. Thanks for following.
It's emerged Sir Christopher died as he prepared to start filming for his latest movie, co-starring Uma Thurman. In one of his last interviews, he declared: “When I die, I want to die with my boots on.” He certainly stayed true to his word...

Bafta chief executive Amanda Barry described Sir Christopher as a "truly talented and versatile actor".
I am deeply saddened by the death of Sir Christopher Lee, a truly talented and versatile actor. His biography, and therefore his legacy, is one that many in the film industry can only dream of.
"He appeared in over 200 films, including some of the most iconic of our times. Throughout his career, which stretched from the 1940s to date, there were so many outstanding performances - in Dracula, The Wicker Man, The Man with the Golden Gun, to name just a few of his many credits, and more recently, the Bafta and Oscar-winning Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit.
"Sir Christopher received the Academy Fellowship, the highest honour Bafta can bestow, at the Film Awards in 2011; at the time he described it as a very unexpected but very great honour."
Tim Burton, the director who worked with Sir Christopher on five films, described him as "the last of his kind - a true legend".

Christopher has been an enormous inspiration to me my entire life. I had the honour and pleasure to work with him on five films (Sleepy Hollow, Charlie And The Chocolate Factory, Corpse Bride, Alice In Wonderland and Dark Shadows). 
 
"He was the last of his kind - a true legend - who I'm fortunate to have called a friend. He will continue to inspire me and I'm sure countless others for generations to come."
 
 
He started out as the master of horror, but Sir Christopher went on to become one of the highest grossing actors of all time. And his superb eyebrow acting, many fans say, was always to be applauded.





Academics at De Montfort University in Leicester, home to the Hammer Film Archive, expressed their sadness at Sir Christopher's death.
Professor Steve Chibnall, director of the Cinema And Television History Research Centre at at the university, said:
As custodians of Hammer's Script Archives we were sad to learn of the death of the last of the company's most iconic stars.
"Christopher Lee and Peter Cushing were the most recognised faces of Hammer films and now we have lost both of these great actors.
"Lee was the most disturbingly believable embodiment of Count Dracula with a chilling screen presence that has never been rivalled. Vampires live beyond death and the collective memory of Lee's portrayal of Dracula will be immortal."