The Christopher Lee Filmography

All Theatrical Releases, 1948–2003

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About the Book

The career of Christopher Lee has stretched over half a century in every sort of film from comedy to horror and in such diverse roles as the Man With the Golden Gun, Frankenstein’s monster, Fu Manchu and Sherlock Holmes. From Corridor of Mirrors in 1948 to Star Wars: Episode II–Attack of the Clones in 2002, this reference book covers 166 theatrical feature films: all production information, full cast and crew credits, a synopsis, and a critical analysis, with a detailed account of its making and commentary drawn from some thirty hours of interviews with Lee himself. Two appendices list Lee’s television feature films and miniseries and his short films. The work concludes with an afterword by Christopher Lee himself. Photographs from the actor’s private collection are included.

About the Author(s)

Tom Johnson, author of several books on horror cinema, taught and coached cross country and track for 30 years. He is still involved in the school system and lives in Shillington, Pennsylvania.

The late Mark A. Miller (1956–2014) wrote for many periodicals, including Filmfax and Shivers. He taught English in Gahanna, Ohio.

Bibliographic Details

Tom Johnson and Mark A. Miller

Forewords by Jimmy Sangster, Veronica Carlson, and Joe Dante

Afterword by Christopher Lee

Format: softcover (7 x 10)
Pages: 480
Bibliographic Info: 161 photos, appendices, bibliography, index
Copyright Date: 2009 [2004]
pISBN: 978-0-7864-4691-9
eISBN: 978-1-4766-0896-9
Imprint: McFarland

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments      vii
Foreword by Jimmy Sangster: One of the Old Gang      xv
Foreword by Veronica Carlson: The Truth About Christopher Lee      vii
Foreword by Joe Dante: The Curse of Frankenstein will haunt you forever!      xix
Preface      1
Filmography      5
End of the Book … But Not the Story!      421
Afterword by Christopher Lee: Message to My Fans      423
Appendix A: Television Feature Films and Miniseries      425
Appendix B: Short Films      427
Bibliography      429
Index      431

Book Reviews & Awards

  • Honorable Mention, Rondo Hatton Award
  • “the first filmography of Lee’s prodigious output…great for fans”—Library Journal
  • “fascinating…hugely enjoyable read…well-balanced…excellent”—Film Review
  • “superior…detailed…essential…highly recommended”—ARBA
  • “massive…essential reading…masterful job…insightful…fresh, intelligent insight…a wonderful legacy to the enduring career of Christopher Lee”—Midnight Marquee
  • “thorough, comprehensive, and entirely enjoyable…superior”—Monsters from the Vault
  • “exhaustive…monumental. Lee’s comments are quite valuable…fascinating insights”—Reviewing The Evidence
  • “this monumental effort is worth every moment of waiting…the definitive book on Lee’s career…I can’t recommend this book any more highly…you gotta have it”—Little Shoppe of Horrors
  • “immensely satisfying…each film is thoroughly synopsized”—Video Watchdog
  • “superb…valuable”—VideoScope
  • “Christopher Lee’s sad passing last year was a huge loss to the world of cinema but until I read this fine book, I didn’t realize just how much of a loss…I wholeheartedly recommend this superb book”— Destructive Music
  • “handsomely produced…lively and succinct…judicious commentary…the finest and most thorough examination of Lee’s film work ever published…rich in information, informed opinion, and reminiscence. Its utility as a reference work is obvious, and it also will whet readers’ appetites for some of the lesser-known Lee pictures”—Filmfax