11 June 2015

Real-Life Special Forces, Heavy Metal God, Actor, Knight, Descendant of Holy Roman Emperor………

The many faces of Christopher Lee

And Fox f%$#s it up

I will never think about the song :The Little Drummer Boy" the same way again.
I am referring to the iconic British actor Christopher Lee, who died Monday at the age of 93:
Any actor who played a definitive Dracula and Saruman in "Lord of the Rings" would surely be welcomed in the realm of heavy metal fans. But Sir Christopher Lee, the estimable British actor who died Monday, is a particular hero to fans of heavy rock.

Lee, a lifelong musician, had dabbled in vocal performance and recorded a track for the score of his 1973 film "The Wicker Man." But Lee's foreboding baritone and arch screen presence turned out to lend itself perfectly to a heavy metal setting.

The actor, beloved for his turns in both classic and B-movie horror, cut his first metal album at the age of 90: "Charlemagne: By the Sword and the Cross."

The album, an operatic concept piece recounting the life of the first Holy Roman Emperor, remains a cult favorite in metal, and earned him a "Spirit of Metal" award at the 2010 Metal Hammer Golden Gods award ceremony (presented by no less a figure than Tony Iommi of Black Sabbath).

Judas Priest guitarist Richie Faulkner, a fellow legend of British metal, told the site Loudwire that Lee was "a very metal guy, he embodies the whole spirit of metal.”

Lee followed it up with a 2013 sequel, "Charlemagne: The Omens of Death." But Lee is perhaps most adored in metal for his exquisitely droll "A Heavy Metal Christmas" recordings, where he lent his gravitas to some magnificently silly holiday originals.
FYI, Lee was a direct descendant of Charlemagne.

As to the SAS bit, roll the Wiki:
Lee's stepfather served as a captain in the Intelligence Corps, but it is unlikely he had any influence over Lee's military career. Lee saw him for the last time on a bus in London in 1940, by then divorced from Lee's mother, though Lee did not speak to him. Lee mentioned that during the war he was attached to the Special Operations Executive and the Long Range Desert Patrol, the precursor of the SAS, but always declined to go into details.
“ I was attached to the SAS from time to time but we are forbidden – former, present, or future – to discuss any specific operations. Let's just say I was in Special Forces and leave it at that. People can read in to that what they like.
Here is a guy who lived an amazing life.


Stephen Montsaroff said...

To be precisely accurate, Charlemange was not a Holy Roman Emperor. That term is not used until the Ottonians.

Matthew Saroff said...

And of course, the Holy Roman Empire was none of those things.

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