100 years ago, on this date, Christopher Lee was born in London. After serving in the secret service during World War II and reportedly inspiring his cousin, Ian Fleming, to create the character of James Bond, Christopher Lee went on to have a legendary acting career. Though he was best known for playing Dracula, Lee appeared in almost every genre of film and he always gave a good performance. Even when the film was bad, Lee was good.
Yesterday, for Peter Cushing’s birthday, I shared a scene of him and Lee in The Satanic Rites of Dracula. Today, for Lee’s birthday, I’m sharing a scene between him and Cushing in 1965’s The Skull. Though The Skull isn’t one of the strongest films that the pair made for Amicus, it’s worth watching for the performances of Cushing and Lee. Often cast as rivals on screen, the two were, in reality, the best of friends and Lee often said that he never really emotionally recovered from Cushing’s death.
In the scene below, Lee and Cushing are obviously having a ball trying to outact one another while playing simple game of pool and discussing slightly esoteric concerns.
Bravo for celebrating the legendary performers of cult cinema….most don’t know either of these two and that’s a shame to be sure!
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