Report from DVD signing- London Loves Mr Lee

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My legs were shaking and my hands could hardly keep a grip of my LOTR DVD as I stood in line to get the new release signed by Saruman, chief of all wizards....

Sources: BBC Newsround Empire Magazine



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I am delighted to say that I am the very, very proud owner of the Fellowship DVD signed by Christopher Lee, undeniably a living legend. I endured great hardship to obtain this, ensuring that I arrived early by foregoing the previous night's sleep, then queing for more than five hours until the appointed time. It was however, more than worth this to see Mr. Lee in person and have a memento as fitting as a signed copy of FOTR as a memento. There are virtually none who have as much of my admiration as Mr. Lee and to have seen him in person was humbling, an honour I will never forget and something that I will be proud of for the rest of my life.



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Just another post with picture I managed to grab while my hands weren't shaking so much (others are blurred Sad ).
The people I queued with were all about my age (30+) and were exchanging fond memories of Mr. Lee's films, but when we got in there and saw him signing away we just stood and stared with jaws wide open.
There stood the great Mr. Christopher Lee, the guy who scared "the pants off me when I was younger" said the guy in front of me and I can say I felt the same way.
I was pretty quiet just trying to think of something witty to say to him, but when it came to my turn, Mr Lee was engaged in coversation with the woman behind the counter acting as assistant about the soundtrack of FOTR. In his deep voice he politely agreed with the woman and signed my DVD. I watched as he meticulously signed it. Never have I watched someone so intently sign something before me, even when I worked at the checkouts in my youth.
I managed a glimpse of him handing it over to me and squeezed out a meek "Thank You" turned and walked away, and the next guy walked up to receive his gift.
I wish I could have said something more to him but it would have sounded stupid and I was just happy to see him really.
I then joined the crowd trying to get photographs before being politely asked to move on.
Anyway enough gushing.
If he does make any more appearances in UK I will definately try to get along.



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That was a great photo of Mr. Lee at the signing in the Empire article, he looks so at ease, and I think it's one of the first I've seen of Mr. Lee without his tie on. So casual looking.Smile

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My legs were shaking and my hands could hardly keep a grip of my LOTR DVD as I stood in line to get the new release signed by Saruman, chief of all wizards.

Yup, i know what it's like.Wink



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nobby.c

Thank you for sharing your unique experience and for the great photo.

Mr Lee just explained that in two hours he signed over 1000 copies. People attended from all over Europe but unfortunately some went away empty handed. It was a great day for Mr Lee too, who enjoyed seeing children as young as 10 walk up to him with their parents. It was the biggest signing he has done in his entire career and only the second one at Forbidden Planet.



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I wish I had been there...I wanted so much to meet with him second time.My first time was here in Finland in April.And I agree that he's precense is something that you will never for- get in all your life...



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You're lucky, Anne - I'd just like to see him in person, never mind meet him! Tongue LOL

I do dread to think how I would react if I did meet him, though... his presence does seem to have a strong effect on most people. I bet he finds it quite bizarre, sometimes. Smile

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This is one of the photo's I took at the event, It's my first post so I hope it works. . . ?

If so, I will post some more of him.



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U must have a nice zoom on your camera?
What time did u get in to get your dvd signed?
ie. were you near front or back of queue?
Hope u had a good day



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ZOOM! What ZOOM! - That picture I took was standing right in front of him, and he is signing one of MY very own copies. I arrived there about 11am in the morning and there were about 10 people already there waiting outside. I joined the line sometime around 12pm and counted 46 people in front of me. Although the signing was due to start at 5pm we were let in early and it began around 4.45pm. I purchased both the DVD and the VIDEO, we were strictly told 'ONLY ONE SIGNING', however I had out the sleve of both my video and dvd. I put them both up on the counter and the lady next to him gestured to me which one I would like signed. Mr Lee then interjected 'If you have purchased TWO, then I will sign TWO!' , looking surprised she then passed them to him one at a time giving me the chance to take the picture. I don't know if they made him aware of the ONE ONLY signing rule displayed everywhere. After signing them both I thanked him and moved on to the section where all the people were taking the photo's, I got a lot more pictures of him from that position.



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d'oh I stuck to the guidelines and only bought one DVD. I wanted to get one for a friend but didn't want to run the gauntlet of Forbidden Planet staff to try and get two signed, ah well I got what I primarily went there for.
I spose if u don't try you don't get !
I thought the picture was from behind the barrier. So you were the one blocking my view !! Smile



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Wow, Andip, you were really lucky - I bet you had a fab day! Especially with getting two copies of LotR signed, both your VHS and DVD. I wanted to get down to the signing, but the only way for me was by train, and everyone in Britain knows how well the railway system works - never mind the small problem of the fare prices! Laughing out loud

Thanks for sharing that with us! Smile

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I do dread to think how I would react if I did meet him, though... his presence does seem to have a strong effect on most people. I bet he finds it quite bizarre, sometimes. Smile

Oh, I'd probably be a flighty, gibbering idiot, pretty much like I was when I met Vincent Price. However, I was 15 back then, which could at least be construed as an excuse-- at 32 the results might be more pathetic. :rolleyes:



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How does Mr Lee sign?. After taking a photo of him while he signed my DVD I watched very carefully the way he signed my video. Now I don't know if this is how he does it all the time but this is how he signed mine. With his huge hand he began writing in a very smooth and flowing way:

CHRIS (pause) TOPHER LEE.

The pause between CHRISTOPHER was longer than that between him signing his last name LEE?

Has anyone else noticed this before?



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I do dread to think how I would react if I did meet him, though... his presence does seem to have a strong effect on most people. I bet he finds it quite bizarre, sometimes. Smile

I couldn't even talk to him in a voice chat once. I was so nervous. In person? I would need a few stiff drinks first.

It isn't because he's famous. It's because I'm in awe of his talents, that is talents plural and also because he is probably the most amazing actor of the film era. Who else could have played the slapstick comedic tones of A FEAST AT MIDNIGHT and the smooth brutality of Scaramanga? The answer is...there is no answer. He's the only one.

In the course of my career, I've met and interviewed lots of famous people (including a few who thought they were more important than they actually were) and even one who now has a SIR in front of his name, but I don't think I could carry on a conversation with Mr. Lee without saying, "Uhhhhhh...." all too often.

Once I had about two weeks to think up a good question to ask Mr. Lee in voice chat. All I could think to ask was a golf question. How lame was that? Pretty lame.



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I think for me the problem would be more like the running thoughts of 'omigodI'mahappilymarriedwomanwhosgotacrushonahappilymarriedmanoldenoughtobemygrandpajesusit'dbecooltokisshimshutupbrainandquittwitchingheprobablythinksyour'repsychoticalready...'



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I think for me the problem would be more like the running thoughts of............

I don't think I would have that problem Brandi, but lots of the women around here sure do. By the way I'm 6-03, 197 lbs with graying hair and I sound a lot like a redneck Jeremy Irons....Wink



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At least you've got the guts to admit it, Brandi! Tongue

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I probably shouldn't post at 5 in the morning. Shock

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Meeting Mr.lee would be a true challenge for me...
don't think he'd ever come to Ohio though...

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