Christopher Lee, Dracula, Dooku and Adorer of Death Metal, Dies at 93
2. He Loved to Count
More specifically, Christopher Lee loved to portray on-screen Counts. Lee’s first claim to fame was his portrayal of the title character in the 1958 Hammer horror flick “Dracula,” a role he reprised in other Hammer vampire films throughout the 1960s. This likely made him the first person to say “It’s Hammer time.”
Christopher Lee also played another count, with perhaps more alias’ than a rap artist. I’m talking about Count Dooku, also known as Darth Tyranus aka Lord Tyranus aka I got my head scissored off by an angsty Anakin, the main antagonist of “Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones” and a minor antagonist in “Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith.” This surely makes Lee a “Force” to be reckoned with… (I know, I can’t help it).
Lee also assumed the numeral accruing title as Count Drago in “Castle of the Living Dead” (1964) and as Count Ludwig Karnstein in “Crypt of the Vampire” (1964). Oh no, I’ve lost count… (sorry).