Your First Time

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Since there are so many new members, I wondered if they would like to share their first time seeing a Christopher Lee film...where you were, what it was, and how you reacted? I was about ten myself when I saw my first one, and it happened to be "Dracula Has Risen From the Grave". I had slunk down as far as I could in the seat at the Majestic Theatre in Beloit, Wi., and when the girl fell out of the bell I let out a shriek that brought the usher down the aisle. In those days scary films were rated GP or PG, you could get in without an adult. I certainly learned my lesson, seeing it alone! I still have a soft spot for that film, and had a good laugh reading the archived thread where people speculated on how the girl got up in the bell in the first place! Laughing out loud



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I was seven years of age when The Curse Of Frankenstein scared me silly .

I stayed up late to see it on a cold winters night and loved every minute .
33 Years later and it's still a firm favourite of mine .



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I saw a photograph of him in the newspaper movie section promoting In Search of Dracula (looking off into the distance and holding a pair of binoculars -- promo still from Golden Gun?). The actor in the picture interested me, so I began to look for other films featuring his work. I'm proud to say that my "first time" was either The Man with the Golden Gun or The Three Musketeers. I saw the Hammer films much later.
What can I say? It was fascination at first sight!

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I was 5 years old when I saw Horror of Dracula and it was the first time I saw Chris Lee, from that moment I fell in love with him believe or not!, it is a little hard to explain, because instead of scare me, I loved him! his strong personality, his gracefulness, his deep brown eyes!, gosh! I was and I am still crazy about him.
My father was impressed when I saw the movie and he told me that was a little strong for a 5-year old girl, but I remember that I told my dad, "Daddy he is my boyfriend"! my dad asked me aren't you scared about the movie? and actually I was not! since then, I became a Christopher Lee fan!

And now I still enjoy his movies.

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I was about 10 when I first saw the Curse of Frankenstein, I enjoyed it.
Based on the topics at this site, I would have to say I am not a very good "fan". There are many of his movies I haven't seen, because I just don't like the subject matter (for instance, I don't like Bond movies). I have my favorite movies; The Hound of the Baskervilles, The Wickerman, The 3 Musketeers, The 4 Musketeers, LOTR, that I watch when I have the time. But I really like listening to him speak and sing. Which is why I like the albums and books on tape that he has done (which I can listen to more often). Although Mr. Lee is an exceptional multi-faceted performer, and I enjoy his performances and characterizations in film, I am actually more interested in Mr. Lee as a "person". His likes and dislikes, his thoughts and opinions, his literary and music interests, and what he likes to do when he has the chance to relax (other than golf). I have learned some of these things at this website, which is why I like reading everyone else's thoughts and experiences with Mr. Lee.

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[=2]Hello everybody,

Well, Patty, I have been fascinated by Mr Lee for as long as I can remember. I am not absolutely certain as to which was the first film I saw starring Mr Lee, but I strongly believe it was Hammer's, Dracula - Prince of Darkness (1966). I could be wrong, but, in my mind at least, this film seemed to be the one most often screened on British television out of all the Hammer "Dracula" cycle with Mr Lee as Count Dracula, certainly throughout the 1980s, which is the period relevant to my own experience for your question.

What I am certain of is that my first was a "Dracula" film, and, to this day, I would argue that Mr Lee, more than any other actor on the screen that I have seen, really defined the role of Count Dracula for me. The film in question, Dracula - Prince of Darkness, is memorable for several reasons. I think, in terms of narrative, it stands as one of Hammer

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I learn something new every time you post, Andres. Now I'm going to get Dracula Prince of Darkness out again and re-watch it. I must have seen that film twenty times and missed the blooper with the cross. And I know this is getting away from the topic at hand, but whatever happened to the character of Jeremy at the end of Taste the Blood of Dracula? We are supposed to believe he's in jail, I guess, but a vampire behind bars....? I always wondered this. Anybody care to comment? :confused:

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probably nothing littleb. Just another plothole that is sadly typical of the later dracula sequels.which is a shame as taste the blood is on the whole is the best non Fisher sequel. the same can be said for all of jessica van helsings crew in AD 1972 apart from anna Bryant (the blonde girl) young michael kitchen and the others just vanish after they talk about the seance they performed the night before with johnny alucard.

Funny how most fans i speak to Prince Of Darkness was first film they saw as poeraven quite rightly stated is was the most screened Dracula film in the 1980s in the Uk. Can only recollect one time when the first Dracula was screened about 15 yrs ago and has NEVER been screened on british TV since not even on the cable channels.why is this? does anyone know?



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For me I got hooked on Hammer films first.

There were times I walked in the room in the middle of the movie watched it for a while then said oh I bet this is a Hammer film, and sure enough it was. I liked the quality of the movies this studio made; it was later that I started to pay attention to the actors. I think it was because of my fondness of The Hound of the Baskervilles that I recognized Mr. Lee

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Anna Bryant and Greg Puller are still at Joe Mitchum's place! lol Laughing out loud



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Hmm, I'm like PoeRaven and cannot pin down precisely when it was that I first saw Mr. Lee and knew I greatly admired him. I am one of the younger fans, my sister and I (21 and 25 respectively) both have seen him in numerous films. For some reason it wasn't until we saw him in Lord of the Rings that we absolutely desired to see more.

Since then I think we have seen quite a lot more of his films. Just this weekend we saw Airplane '77, Sherlock Holmes and the Hound of the Baskervilles, The Skull and one with Raquel Welch where he is a gun manufacturer - pardon my brain for forgetting! :confused:

Anyhow I'm glad to have found out about this great actor when I did and to see four or five of his movies a week - even the same ones - is fun.

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The first time I saw Christopher Lee was a TV film he did called "Poor Devil" with the late Sammy Davis,Jr. I was about 12 or 13 at the time. I saw "Dracula,Prince of Darkness" in a hotel room in Mephis,Tenn---ironically just before my family and I went to the "funeral home" for a "viewing"(My great-grandmother had died)----I had started watching it just at the part where "Charles&Diana" were making their escape from "The Count" and a "vampirized" Barbra Shelley----I've since seen the entire film "more than once". The ONLY Chris Lee Dracula film that I EVER got to see in the movie theater was "Count Dracula and his Vampire Bride"(AKA Satanic Rites),all the others I've seen on "cable" or "Video" My dog "busted" the "Dracula A.D. 1972" tape,now I'm scared to play the tape,as I don't want it to "get stuck" in the machine. Cross your fingers that it doesn't,as I'm going to try it when I get home from band practice. Happy Valentine's Day everyone!!!!!!!



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My first time was "Mio in the land of far away" on cable. How ever I will never forget when I taped "Horror of Dracula" I had two videos on. One at my house and one over at a friends house in the area. It was fun.=).

In the cinema "Sleepy Hollow". The cinemas here in Sweden has rarely shown films with Mr Lee it's only since LOTR and Star Wars they've done it. Not before.
Crimson Rivers 2 for example is availble as rental not in the cinema.
And most sad of all. Not one CD availble with Mr Lee in the store. Not even Rhapsody or the Tolkien cd. Nothing.



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I have no idea what my very first Christopher Lee movie was. The first one I can remember watching was The Man with the Golden Gun. I have always loved Bond movies--I find them highly entertaining. There's usually a decent, yet highly unbeliveable storyline. I also love watching the sexual escapades of James Bond!! Hehehe....he's so arrogant, so full of himself--and he always gets the girl!!!

Thinking back to the first time I watched Man with the Golden Gun, I remember not paying as much attention to James Bond as I normally did. I was too busy watching Scaramanga instead. I thought he was a perfect rival for James Bond--Scaramanga was just as cocky, and even more full of himself than James Bond!! I remember wanting Scramanga to win the duel at the end. Even though I knew James Bond would win the duel and get the girl, I was a little disappointed that Scaramanga had to die--it's James Bond, LOL, the villian never escapes!!

Now, I have seen more Christopher Lee movies than I can count. I can quote and do impressions of more Christopher Lee characters than any one else I know. Well...at least more than other female I've ever met. Smile

And it's mostly due to watching all these Christopher Lee movies over and over---especially LOTR and the Wicker Man--I pretty much know them by heart and can mimic any character--that I can do a British accent well enough to actually convince someone that I'm from England, when in fact, I've never been to England! LOL!!!!

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Hello TessieGirl,

You brought up being able to do a Christopher Lee impression and a believable English accent. I too do a pretty good impression of Mr. Lee, don't ask why, of course Mr. Lee himself did impressions of Looney Tunes characters with Peter Cushing . . .
It is rather fun, but at the same time I am an anglophile and can hold my own in an English conversation, it's important to know the slang because if you do an English person without using the Queen's English - it becomes sort of obvious.
Speaking of cocky this thread is starting to have an air of 'uppitiness' isn't it?

So I shall end it here

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That's one fiiiine photo...thanks. It made my day! Smile



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My first Christopher Lee movie, as far as I can remember, was also "The Man with the Golden Gun". I loved most of the James Bond movies - but so far, this was the only one where I hated Mr Bond for killing the villain! No, he didn't deserve that victory. Scaramanga has the upper hand throughout the movie, and rightly so, while Bond blunders on and on. Scaramanga is one of the finest movie villains ever: he's got style, he's got nerve, he's got a first-class brain, and, if I may say, he's got good looks as well. He left a lasting impression. To this day, "The Man with the Golden Gun" and "Goldfinger" are my two favorite Bond movies - and I have seen them all.

However, that wasn't enough. If Germans weren't so stupid to dub their movies, or if DVDs had been invented earlier, it might have been. I think I like Mr Lee's voice at least as much as his acting, if not more. What made me finally come here was "The Lord of the Rings". I usually watch my DVDs in the original English language, and now that I know Mr Lee's voice, I can't stand the dubbed German version any more. The German who's dubbing Mr Lee is doing a fine job, but he just doesn't have the voice of Saruman. Mr Lee does. In fact, if he had played Gandalf, he would also have been great, but who could have played Saruman, then? I don't know of anyone else who has the right voice for a wizard whose power lies mainly in his voice.
I keep saying that Mr Lee should have done the German Saruman, if they really need a German dubbed version. The only one fit to dub Christopher Lee is Christopher Lee. He did "The Last Unicorn" in German as well as English, and also "The Return of Captain Invincible", I think. It's a pity it didn't work out for Saruman. Sad

The Lord of the Rings is also indirectly responsible for my discovery of The Wicker Man. Brad Dourif, who plays Gríma Wormtongue in the movies, was a guest at the first RingCon in Germany (in 2002, but yet before The Two Towers was out), and of course he was asked "what was it like to work with Christopher Lee?" He talked about his experiences on and off the set, and when it came to other movies, he mentioned The Wicker Man. That movie isn't really available in Germany, and very few people had seen it. Mr Dourif was shocked that nobody had seen it, and practically ordered us to see it: "If you like Christopher Lee, go and get a hold of The Wicker Man". Well, I felt obliged Wink , got it from the UK ebay, and I absolutely love the movie. Now I keep spreading it around, showing it to other people. Unfortunately, it doesn't have subtitles at all (neither English nor anything else), so it's sometimes quite hard for non-native speakers of English to understand all the dialogue.

So, I can't say I grew up with Christopher Lee (my parents didn't have a TV, otherwise I would probably have seen at least The Land of Faraway; I love the book), but I'm trying to make up for that now. Smile



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your first time.

still remember seeing the first dracula ,the 58 one in the cinema,when i was a kid,

it was the scariest film i had ever seen,never forget that experience!!!!!      the dvd cover of the 1st dracula movie in 58,also was called,the horror of dracula!!



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For me it was Scaramanga as

For me it was Scaramanga as well, being all deadly with his immensely expensive sidearm.

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For me, it was The Mummy. I

For me, it was The Mummy. I have always been interested in AE, so seeing the stills at the cinema encouraged me to go in. I loved the scenes with Kharis before he was caught. I didn't really take much notice (I'm ashamed to say) of who the actors were in the film. I only knew I liked it very much and took every opportunity of seeing it again when it was on TV. Eventually I got a DVD of it......it is still a favourite.

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