This week, when Christopher Lee passed away aged 93, the world didn't exactly mourn - what was there to feel sad about when this man had managed to do all the things that he did in his life? Instead, the world appeared to be celebrating Lee's many, many achievements. Though he was a star for seven decades - who arguably was still reaching peak fame in later life, thanks to major roles in The Lord Of The Rings and Star Wars - a lot of the talk wasn't even about Lee's performances yesterday. That's because the world lost not just a great, prolific actor on Thursday morning, but a movie great with one of the most fascinating life stories of them all. On-screen he was an icon of the horror and fantasy genres, one just as comfortable playing vampires and mummies for Hammer as he was Sith Lords and wizards for the major Hollywood studios. Off-screen, however, Sir Christopher Lee earned that knighthood simply by living one of the most interesting, fundamentally badass lives of any actor living or dead. Christopher Lee may no longer be with us, but that's OK, because he did more living to last ten regular lifetimes. Here, in tribute, are ten insane facts that testify to Lee's inherent awesomeness.
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