A LEE MISCELLANY
Five things you probably didn’t know about Christopher Lee
1 As a young boy, Lee was hauled out of bed to meet two of rasputin’s assassins: Prince Yusupov and Grand Duke Pavlovich. Decades later, he played the Tsar’s adviser for Hammer.
2 Lee attended the same prep school as Avengers star Patrick Macnee. The pair trod the boards together in Henry V and Richard III.
3 Lee lost his virginity at the age of 25, at the Savoy. “I was amazed by the amount of energy produced… more than once I fell off the bed.”
4 Lee once lived next door to fellow horror icon Boris Karloff. He joked that when they left their houses simultaneously, “people expected to see body- bags dumped on the pavement”.
5 Two parts which Lee turned down were Leslie Nielsen’s role in Airplane!, and Dr Loomis in Halloween.