"I am extremely grateful for everyone's congratulations and support on me receiving my CBE. I would have liked to have thanked every one of you individually, but as you can understand it's impossible".
In an hour long conversation and after reading comments from his forums and e-mails, Mr. Lee talked about his immediate future. He has no plans to retire and hopes to be in a few more blockbusters and other film classics.
Dateline Berlin: On the 2nd of December he will be traveling to Berlin and will appear in a TV program about AIDS, in which he will be starring alongside Sting and Nelson Mandela. It has been his ambition for a long time to meet with Mr. Mandela, whom he considers to be one of the greatest men of our time. On the 3rd he will be interviewed on LOTR.
German fans should keep a lookout for this TV event. This looks like the perfect opportunity for the German website administrator, Steffi Meyer to report on Mr. Lee's activities in the Country..
Dateline London: On the 7th, will be giving closed door interviews on LOTR at the Dorchester Hotel.
On the 10th he has The World Premiere of LOTR kicking off at the Odeon Cinema in Leicester Square. His comments and other interviews prior to the film will be captured on camera in an exclusive production for his website. Afterwards Mr. Lee will
talk about his reaction to the film and how it compares with how he thought it would have turned out, although his comments may not be published until the film gets its public release. There is a private party afterwards at the London Docklands where all the filming ends.
Star Wars: On being asked about the speed at which he waves his saber and the similarity between the shape with "The Sword of Charlemagne" Mr. Lee said that the real name of that sword was "Joyeuse". Below is an extract from "The Legends of Charlemagne" in which the same sword is mentioned:
The combat now became general, and was more terrible than ever. Charlemagne had overthrown Corsuble, the commander of the Saracens, and had drawn his famous sword, Joyeuse, to cut off his head, when two Saracen knights set upon him at once, one of whom slew his horse, and the other overthrew the Emperor on the sand.
The light saber was created differently on purpose, however the shape is so close to "Joyese" that a coincidence seems very unlikely. The question that remains unanswered is, did Lucas film create that shape knowing Mr. Lee was an ancestor of Charlemange or is that a real coincidence?
Filmography: Before announcing officially the number of screen credits that Mr. Lee has to his name, he will check them all individually and compare them with his own records. There is one credit which has wrongly been attributed to him during the years and that is:- Meatcleaver Massacre / aka Evil Force (UK: video title) / aka The Hollywood Meatcleaver Massacre / aka Revenge of the Dead. He did not agree to appear in that production and the time he is on screen was taken from an interview done for other media and later inserted without his knowledge or permission. We have a count which is close to 300, but we are sure there may be more. For example, "Mohammed Ali: Truth Victorious" and "Dare to Dream" were not on our records. Ali being one of Mr Lee closest friends and who share a mutual admiration.
This year, Mr. Lee's Christmas speech will take a whole new form. On the 25th of December, Mr. Lee will be presenting for the very first time, an exclusive one hour long special web production so that fans all over the world can enjoy his Christma's stories.
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For Site Members: Your input into Mr Lee's site is as important as the time he dedicates to it. Writen word in the form of articles, film reviews, etc... are always more than welcome as is artwork based on his more recent film characters. Saruman anyone?