Sunday, 19 July 2015

HYPNOGORIA 16 - A Tribute to Sir Christopher Lee Part IV

Continuing our epic journey through the life and works of Sir Christopher Lee, Mr Jim Moon charts his continuing work with Hammer and Amicus, looking at  I, Monster (1971) and To the Devil a Daughter (1976), and examines the only movie Lee made himself, Charlemagne Productions' Nothing But The Night (1972). We pay a visit to The Wicker Man (1973), indulge in some Bondage with The Man With the Golden Gun (1974), and hear how Lee broke the horror typecasting in movies such as The Private Life of Sherlock Holmes (1970).

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Unknown said...

Hi Jim,
I was facing the prospect of working late last night to finish a project I had little enthusiasm for but whose deadline was already starting to make that 'whooshing sound' so familiar to Douglas Adams. I finally sat down at my computer, but in one final bout of procrastination thought I'd check to see if episode 16 Hypnogoria had arrived yet.

I was in luck, so popped my headphones in and suddenly the prospect of having to stay up into the wee hours became a pleasure. It's the middle of winter here, so the fire blazed while I happily worked away listening to you taking us through this pivotal point in Lee's career.
Thanks Jim - another fascinating episode not only packed full of details about the great man's life and works (it was at this point which I first began to see his films, so it was particularly nostalgic for me) but also the history of Amicus and the sad decline of Hammer. Personally, I love 'em both!

Your background on the Man with the Golden Gun and Lee's performance was a highlight - it seems everybody remembers Scaramanga even if they struggle to recall much else about this film.
I suspect this particular series of episodes might be taking it's toll on your time and energy, chronicling such a lengthy and comprehensive career can only be a massive and probably daunting undertaking. But I just wanted to say: keep it up Mr Moon, every single episode so far has been a delight and a wealth of information. Can't wait for the next one!

In the meantime I have a quick question. I mentioned to my father that Lee had even done a Western, which prompted him to ask me about his other favourite genre - gangster films. Do you know if Christopher Lee has ever appeared in this kind of role? (I guess counting Mr Midnight might be stretching a little too far?)

Jim Moon said...

Apologies for the late reply! And many thanks for the kind words!

As for Lee as a gangster - the closest I can think of off hand is his appearance as the dodgy club owner Kenny King in Beat Girt (1960)... I'll keep digging though...