Before working in his full-time acting, Lee made his debut in 1948 in small, supporting and uncredited bit roles such as the spear carrier in Laurence Oliver's version of 'Hamlet'. Then in 1952, he came through his breakthrough role in John Huston's movie adaptation of 'Moulin Rouge'. In 1957, Lee joined the studio of Hammer and began playing as famous monsters such as Frankenstein's creature with Peter Cushing as his co-star in a film which led Lee to portray the legendary vampire Dracula in the next year and went on have more movies of playing the same character until 1972. This ongoing contract that he has with Hammer Films wouldn't last a decade until 19 years when his contract came to its expiration. Aside from several of his roles he done with the production company of Hammer, Chris has other films outside the studio like the 'Fu Manchu' series, 'I, Monster', 'The Creeping Flesh' and 'The Wicker Man' (which he considered the latter to be a personal favourite of his). During the mid 1970s and already had been known in the horror movie fiction, Lee was casted in what it was to be a ninth movie of the James Bond franchise.
Having once considered for the role of Dr, No in the title movie at years ago and being related to the series author Ian Fleming, Lee finally portrays as one of Bond's nemeses and soon-to-be assassin Francisco Scaramanga in 'The Man With The Golden Gun' which his performance and character were praised in touch of his charisma and the skill he rivals with his arch-foe. Lee would eventually move away from England to America in 1977 with his friend Peter Cushing while still in the film acting business before moving back in later years near the end of his life. Christopher Lee was a frequent collaborating favourite of director Tim Burton who has selected him in the supporting cast and appeared with lead actor Johnny Depp in their films such as 'Sleepy Hollow', 'Corpse Bride', 'Charlie and the Chocolate Factory', 'Alice in Wonderland' and 'Dark Shadows'. In the 2000s saw Lee as he began his career resurgence beginning with his portrayal as the dark wizard Saruman in the film trilogy of 'The Lord of the Rings' and as Darth Maul's replacement and separatist leader Count Dooku in the final two Star Wars prequels, 'Attack of the Clones' and 'Revenge of the Sith' before settling in to voice the same character in the pilot animation 'The Clone Wars'. He also appeared in 'Hugo' as the librarian and reprised his old character of Saruman in the first and final movies of 'The Hobbit' prequel series.
This is why I miss Christopher Lee and his voice, God may rest your soul as those who will pay tribute to your acting virtuosity ;-(