British actor Sir Christopher Lee has died, aged 93. Whether you knew him as Hammer Horror's Dracula, Star Wars' Count Dooko or The Lord of the Rings Saruman, there have been few genre actors as well-loved as Christopher Lee.
The actor passed away at the Chelsea and Westminster hospital on Sunday, after being treated for heart and respiratory problems during the prior three weeks. His wife of 50 years, Birgit Krøncke, delayed telling the public until Lee's family had been informed.
From Bond villain to vampire hunter, Lee enjoyed a remarkably varied career, and wasn't afraid of venturing into some truly mad territory. In his later life Lee (who had performed on The Wicker Man soundtrack and other musical projects) even tried his hand at heavy metal, releasing the critically acclaimed Charlemagne: By the Sword and the Cross in 2010. Check out a cut from it below:
Wherever you first encountered that booming bass voice, it's safe to say you're unlikely to find an actor quite like Christopher Lee ever again. RIP, Sir, RIP.