The metal-as-hell moment Christopher Lee warned us all about black magic: “You don’t just lose your mind… you lose your soul”

Throughout his storied career, Sir Christopher Lee has established himself as one of Britain’s greatest comedians. From the 1950s to the 1970s, Lee became one of Hollywood’s go-to villains in horror films such as Frankenstein’s curse (1957), Horror of Dracula (1958), Dracula: Prince of Darkness (1966) and The wicker man (1973). In his later years, Lee reached a new generation when he played Saruman in the The Lord of the Rings series, as well as Count Dooku in the star wars prequel movies.

But Christopher Lee will forever hold a special place in the hearts of headbangers everywhere for his enduring support of heavy metal – a passion he discovered late in life. In 2014, he tells metal hammer“About ten years ago I was approached by a group called Rhapsody because they wanted me to do storytelling. The stories were very The Lord of the Rings-as. It is, of course, fantasy, which I love.

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