Good Versus Evil in the Films of Christopher Lee

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About the Book

Sir Christopher Lee (1922–2015) was one of the most beloved actors of the past sixty years. He appeared in more than 200 feature films—from Hammer Horror and James Bond thrillers to Star Wars and Lord of the Rings—and more than 100 made-for-televison movies. A versatile performer, he played a menacing figure in Dracula and The Wicker Man, a tragic one in The Curse of Frankenstein and The Mummy, and a spiritual hero in The Devil Rides Out. This study explores his legacy as a film actor and his diverse interpretations of the theme of good vs. evil.

About the Author(s)

Paul Leggett is pastor of Grace Presbyterian Church in Montclair, New Jersey; a contributor to the Scarlet Film Magazine and an adjunct professor at Montclair State University.

Bibliographic Details

Paul Leggett
Format: softcover (6 x 9)
Pages: 186
Bibliographic Info: 26 photos, filmography, bibliography, index
Copyright Date: 2018
pISBN: 978-1-4766-6963-2
eISBN: 978-1-4766-3158-5
Imprint: McFarland

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments ix
Introduction 1
1. The Curse of Frankenstein (1957) 7
2. Dracula (Horror of Dracula) (1958) and Dracula, Prince of Darkness (1966) 15
3. The Mummy (1959) 33
4. Taste of Fear (Scream of Fear) (1961) 41
5. The Terror of the Tongs (1961) 48
6. Christopher Lee on Baker Street 61
7. Rasputin the Mad Monk (1966) 77
8. The Devil Rides Out (1968) 87
9. The Wicker Man (1973) 94
10. I Monster (1971) 106
11. Horror Express (1972) 120
12. The Satanic Rites of Dracula (1973) 128
13. The Man with the Golden Gun (1974) 137
14. To the Devil a Daughter (1976) 146
15. The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (2001), The Two Towers (2002), The Return of the King (2003); The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey (2013), The Battle of Five Armies (2014) 154
16. Star Wars: Episode II—Attack of the Clones (2002); Episode III—Revenge of the Sith (2005) 161
Filmography 167
Bibliography 171
Index 173