I've seen many men die right in front of me - so many in fact that I've become almost hardened to it. Having seen the worst that human beings can do to each other, the results of torture, mutilation and seeing someone blown to pieces by a bomb, you develop a kind of shell. But you had to. You had to. Otherwise, we would never have won.— Christopher Lee
The most spectacular Christopher Lee quotes that will inspire your inner self
When the Second World War finished, I was 23 and already I had seen enough horror to last me a lifetime. I'd seen dreadful, dreadful things, without saying a word. Seeing horror depicted on film doesn't affect me much.
I associate heavy metal with fantasy because of the tremendous power that the music delivers.
Making films has never just been a job to me, it is my life.
I have some interests outside of acting - I sing and I've written books, for instance - but acting is what keeps me going, it's what I do, it gives life purpose.
I was always fascinated by fairy stories, fantasy, you know, demons, necromancers, gods and goddesses, everything that is out of our kin and out of our everyday world. I was always interested in enchantment and magicians and still am.
My favourite country is Finland because once you get to a certain point, you can drive for hours without seeing a single person. I love peace and quiet - something I don't get very often.
Acting is like a snowstorm or perhaps a large empty vacuum.
I`m not deluded by the fact that I'm getting all these offers for work, I'm very happy about it, but I know also that there is the other side and who knows, next year, they may not offer me anything. You never know.
As far as I am concerned, Don Quixote is the most metal fictional character that I know. Single handed, he is trying to change the world, regardless of any personal consequences.
When I first read Lord of the Rings I wanted to see a film of it.
But at that time the technology wasn't there, there was no such thing as CGI.
I lived for 10 years in Los Angeles, and the one element that surpasses everything else - that you are very conscious of - is fear. You can smell it.
There was a gap of seven years between the first and second Dracula movies.
In the second one as everybody knows, I didn't speak, because I said I couldn't say the lines.
Comedy is the most difficult thing to do. Easily the most difficult.
What's really important for me is, as an old man, I'm known by my own generation and the next generation know me, too.
I didn't want to be known as a man who only made horror films. I made some - very few.
Once asked if he felt wearied by the constant onslaught of autograph seekers, actor Gregory Peck replied that he would be more worried when they stopped asking.
The secret to a long marriage in the film industry? Marry someone wonderful, as I did. And always have her come along on location.
The saddest country I went to was Romania, years ago, during Ceausescu's rule.
I've been for 10 years trying to make something out of my life as an actor.
I've learned a lot but I haven't done much that's worthwhile. So maybe if I make people wonder what I really do look like and make myself unrecognizable, they will be interested and intrigued, which eventually, of course, happened.
Acting as a profession came to me by chance: in 1946, after the war, I was having lunch with my cousin, who was the Italian ambassador, and he asked, 'What are you going to do now you're out of uniform?' I said, 'I'm pretty inventive, and I can imitate people,' and he said, 'Have you thought about being an actor?'
Every actor has to make terrible films from time to time, but the trick is never to be terrible in them.
The Dracula movies are probably some of the most famous and enduring ones there are and I am very grateful to them, for sure.
I've done a lot of films that have become iconic, not necessarily because of me.
I'm much softer than people think. I don't present to the world an emotional face. I'm pretty good at self-control, but I am easily moved.
Peter Jackson's instincts are extraordinary, as is his stamina.
Johnny Depp, as far as I'm concerned, is number one.
Of his generation, there's no one who can touch him. Some performers, today, it's like looking at holes in the air.
If I had any deadly secrets, I wouldn't still be alive.
To be a legend, you've either got to be dead or excessively old.
I've always acknowledged my debt to Hammer.
I've always said I'm very grateful to them. They gave me this great opportunity, made me a well known face all over the world for which I am profoundly grateful.
I have been metal all my life, only I did not know about it.
The people in this album (Charlemagne) and I, share the same values.
The thing I have always tried to do is surprise people, to present them with something they didn't expect.
In Britain, any degree of success is met with envy and resentment.
Someone asked me yesterday if Dracula met Saruman and there was a fight, who would win. I just looked at this man. What an idiotic thing to say. I mean, really, it was half-witted.
I don't play long parts. They must be short parts, but they've got to be parts that mean something, that matter, where people will notice when I'm on the screen, and people will remember the character after they've seen the film.
People should not pass judgment until they have seen the film.
I thought that people should know about the dangers of Satanism, and diabolism does exist - there's no question about it.
There are many vampires in the world today - you only have to think of the film business.
I haven't spent my entire career playing the guy in the bad hat, although I have to say that the bad guy is frequently much more interesting than the good guy.
I did radio, I did television, I did opera, I did films in which I had very, very little to say. But I had a lot of experience in front of the camera, and that's what really counts.
I was once asked what I thought was the most disquieting thing you could see on the screen and I said, "An open door".
We don't always get the kind of work we want, but we always have a choice of whether to do it with good grace or not.
Films are now made by accountants. They pick a pretty young female or male face out of the air and give them a part - not because they think that person is right for it or is ready for it, but because they think that person will make them money.
I wasn't a spy. I'd have been spotted in five seconds. Yes, I was in intelligence, but that covered a multitude of things.
You can learn Elvish, if you want. It's a language like Italian and English. You can learn to read it, you can learn to write it, and you can learn to speak it.
I love Chicago. It is my new favorite city. It is the perfect place to do any kind of theater.
The song "My Way" is a very remarkable song.
It is also difficult to sing because you've got to convince people that what you're singing about is the truth. It's a man who is very proud of having achieved everything that he's achieved his way.
I think acting is a mixture of instinct, imagination and inventiveness.
All you can learn as an actor is basic technique.