Christopher Lee: The Authorised Screen History

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Reynolds & Hearn, 2007 - Biography & Autobiography - 272 pages
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The name Christopher Lee was for many years synonymous with the best in screen horror. His Count Dracula remains unrivaled and his performances in classics like The Mummy, The Face of Fu Manchu, and The Wicker Man are just as striking. But Lee's film and television credits outnumber those of many other stars, and stretch well beyond the confines of Hammer Horror. Jonathan Rigby, author of American Gothic and English Gothic, chronicles Lee's entire career, including his starring role as James Bond's nemesis in The Man With the Golden Gun and his recent appearances in The Lord of the Rings and Star Wars trilogies. Compiled with the cooperation of Christopher Lee, and featuring a foreword by Star Wars creator George Lucas enthusiastically commemorating Lee as "breathing life into every character he plays," this is the definitive guide to one of cinema's last true legends.

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Jonathan Rigby is a regular contributor to Shivers and Star Wars magazines. He is the author of Christopher Lee: The Authorised Screen History.

George Walton Lucas, Jr. (born May 14, 1944) is an American film director, screenwriter, producer, and entrepreneur. He founded Lucasfilm and led the company as chairman and chief executive before selling it to The Walt Disney Company on October 30, 2012. As a graduate of the prestigious Cinema Studies program of the University of Southern California, George Lucas represents the movie-educated generation of American filmmakers, which emerged in the 1970's, including Francis Ford Coppola, Steven Spielberg, Martin Scorsese, and Brian DePalma. Lucas's award-winning 20-minute student science fiction film, "THX-1138," and a student fellowship to work with Coppola, launched a career of unprecedented financial success. Backed by Coppola, he made a feature-length version of "THX-1138" (1971), then gained wide recognition with the release of "American Graffiti" (1973), a look at high school in 1962 whose rock-and-roll soundtrack set off a wave of 1950's nostalgia. Made for $750,000, "American Graffiti" grossed nearly $50 million. However, Lucas's "Star Wars" (1977) broke all box-office records and defined the basic terms of Lucas's legacy: Spectacular technical effects and a comic-book sense of adventure. Lucas wrote the scenarios for the "Star Wars" sequels, "The Empire Strikes Back" (1980) and "Return of the Jedi" (1983), and later for the "Indiana Jones" films, but he handed over directing to others. The American Film Institute awarded Lucas its Life Achievement Award on June 9, 2005. He has been nominated for four Academy Awards: Best Directing and Writing for American Graffiti, and Best Directing and Writing for Star Wars. He received the Academy's Irving G. Thalberg Award in 1991. The Discovery Channel named him one of the 100 "Greatest Americans" in September 2008. In July 2013, Lucas was awarded the National Medal of Arts by President Barack Obama for his contributions to American cinema.

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