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16 OCTOBER 2003
LORD OF MISRULE: THE AUTOBIOGRAPHY OF CHRISTOPHER LEE (HB)

By: Anders Frejdh
Published:
2004-09-06
Publication of Lord of Misrule: The Autobiography of Christopher Lee (hardback) written by the man himself. The book was first published by W.H. Allen in 1977 titled "Tall, Dark and Gruesome" which was republished in 1997 with the updated title, Tall, Dark and Still Gruesome.

After several years in secondary film roles, the skeletal, menacing Christopher Lee achieved horror-flick stardom as the Creature in 1958's THE CURSE OF FRANKENSTEIN, the second of his 21 Hammer Studios films. Other Lee roles of note include the title character in 1959's THE MUMMY and the Fu Manchu series of the '60s, the bloody-thirsty Count Dracula and of course the villainous Scaramanga in the 1974 James Bond classic The Man with the Golden Gun.

Established as a legend in his own right, Lee went on to appear in films ranging from GREMLINS (1990) to Tim Burton's SLEEPY HOLLOW (1999). In 2001, after appearing in nearly 300 film and television productions, the 79-year-old actor undertook the role of Saruman, chief of all wizards, in director Peter Jackson's eagerly anticipated screen adaptation of Tolkien's LORD OF THE RINGS. Arguably one of the most demanding roles of his career, audiences marvelled at the wondrous battle between Saruman and Gandalf (Ian McKellen) atop the wizard's ominous tower.

Shortly after, wielding a lightsaber against one of the most powerful adversaries in the STAR WARS canon, Lee proved that even at 80 he still had what it takes to be a compelling and demanding screen presence. Recounted with Lee's characteristic self-deprecating wit and hilarious anecdotes, LORD OF MISRULE narrates the astonishing career of the man the GUARDIAN describes as simply 'the coolest actor on the planet'.

Book details:
Hardcover: 412 pages
Publisher: Orion Books (New revised edition)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0752857703
ISBN-13: 978-0752857701
Dimensions: 23.6 x 15.6 x 3.8 cm

About the author:
Christopher Lee is listed in the Guinness Book of Movie Facts and Feats as being the international star with the most screen credits to his name and was awarded the Film Critics' Dilys Powell Award for his work as an actor and services to the film industry. In 2001 he was awarded Commander of the British Empire (CBE) in the Queen's Birthday Honours List.

Editor's note:
The paperback edition of Christopher Lee's book "Lord of Misrule" was published in 2003.

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