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Celebrate Sir Christopher Lee's Career With His Many Cinematic Deaths

I’m devastated at the loss of the great Sir Christopher Lee, arguably cinema’s finest screen villain and certainly one of its most prolific. But as we mourn the man, we should also celebrate his incredible body of work — including this compilation of his many, many fantastic death scenes.

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I think one of my favorite Christopher Lee stories is found (I think) in the director’s commentary on The Return of the King during the death of Saruman. I think that Peter Jackson tried to give Lee some direction on how the death scene would go, and Lee corrected him, saying, “No, if a person were stabbed like this, he would have a sharp intake of breath (gasp!) like this.”

And then everyone was like, “We’ll take your word for it, Sir Christopher.”