Films Christopher Lee SHOULD Have been In. - Fantasy casting

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OK, everyone, let's do some 'fantasy casting.'  What films should Mr. Lee have been in (and wasn't) or roles Mr. Lee should have played (but didn't).  Now, don't someone go saying "everything!"  ::laugh::

Here's a short starter list from me:

1.   DR. ZHIVAGO -- as 'Yevgraf,' Zhivago's Bolshevik half-brother (originally played by Alec Guinness).

2.   JOURNEY TO THE CENTER OF THE EARTH -- as 'Professor Lindenbrook,' leader of the subterranean expedition (originally played by James Mason).

3.   20,000 LEAGUES UNDER THE SEA -- as 'Captain Nemo,' submarine 'pacifist' with an attitude (also, originally played by James Mason).

4.   X-FILES, FIGHT THE FUTURE -- as a member of 'the Consortium' (Sylvain will agree with this one).

5.  THE ISLAND OF DR. MOREAU -- as 'Dr. Moreau,' Barbara Woodhouse with a gene splicer (Charles Laughton, Burt Lancaster, Marlon Brando, take your pick).

6.   I, CLAUDIUS -- as 'Tiberius,' the bitter emperor (originally played by George Baker).

I'll stop here and give everyone else a chance.
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(Edited by Alfonso at 6:31 am on Nov. 23, 2000)



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Okay, being the resident Sherlock Holmes freak, I have one odd piece of Fantasy casting that should have been!

In 1993, Granada television released their version of The Susse.x Vampire as The Last Vampyre with Jeremy Brett in the role of Holmes. In their version they added an odd character by the name of Stockton who may or may not have been a vampire. The part was played by Roy Marsden. The same episode featured a rather wizened old cleric named Merridew who brings the case to Holmes attention, he was played by Maurice Denham. The episode had just a touch of the old Hammer tone to it.

Now, the fantasy casting is for Mr. Lee to have played the ambiguous Mr. Stockton and to have had Peter Cushing as Reverend Merridew. I have read in two different articles that the Merridew role was in fact offered to Peter Cushing, but he would not or could not (for health reasons) accept it. Whether there is any truth to that I have no means of verifying, but it sure would have made a great final outing for our favorite screen team!

If only...

(Edited by Charles at 11:19 pm on Nov. 22, 2000)

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What a difficult topic !!!!!!

Hhmmmm....there are many movies in which he would done a great job !!!

Let me think.....

Yes ...I think at first comes to my mind .......

THE OLD MAN AND THE SEA (1990).....It would have been great ,if Mr.Lee had took the part of SANTIAGO (originally played by Anthony Quinn)

THE RUSSIA HOUSE (1990)........the part of BARTHOLOMEW "BARLEY" SCOTT BLAIR (originally played by Sean Connery).

Doctor Zhivago (1965)......Omar Sharif was great as Zhivago....but I think Christopher Lee would have been also fantastic in this part .

GONE BY THE WIND (1939)........Yes I know Mr.Lee was at this time still too young......but nevertheless....today I think he would have been a wonderful RHETT BUTLER (originally played by Clark Gable)

the same with the movie , MR.SMITH GOES TO WASHINGTON (1939)......the part of SENATOR JEFFERSON SMITH (originally played by James Stewart)

Another movie which comes to my mind is THE LEGEND OF PINOCCHIO (1996)......last year I saw the movie !!!
The part of GEPPETTO,the cobbler and puppet-maker (originally played by Martin Landau).....would have been a great part for Christopher Lee ,as well !!!!

Warmest Regards.....Steffi



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Wel, I think he should deffinetely of played Doctor who, because all the Doctors have had great original personalities and CL will add another great doctor to the list!!! I also think he would make a great police officer on Midsommer Murders as well as The Demon Headmaster in the Childrens series on the BBC!



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They should have made a movie of Daphne du Maurier's 'Flight of the falcon.' Mr. Lee would have been a great Aldo Donati.
He would be very convincing in Joseph Sheridan LeFanu's 'Uncle Silas.'
Merlin in something about King Arthur. Mary Stewart's trilogy would be great.
And of course a 'Mephisto' in a 'Faust' adaption.
Something that would be fun is a movie made after a novel by Harry Kressing, 'The cook.'



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Christopher Lee would have made a great Maxim DeWinter in REBECCA.  He would have also been good as Edward Rochester in JANE EYRE. I would also like to have seen him as Mr. Darcy in PRIDE AND PREJUDICE.



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The one film which I think Mr Lee should have been in and which stands out above all others at this time (1967) is "Witchfinder General" (known in the US as The Conqueror Worm).

This fim tells the true story of Matthew Hopkins who was a witchfinder in Cromwells England set during the English Civil War.

The role of Matthew Hopkins was played by one of Mr Lee's very good friends, Vincent Price who gave an outstanding performance in what was undoubtedly the best film he ever made in England for AIP.

Had Mr Lee also been given the opportunity to play this role, I think he too would have given an outstanding performance and would have portrayed the evil and menace which is present throughout the whole of the film to great effect.

If anyone does get the opportunity to see this film I would highly recommend it as it is probably one of the best British film of this genre that was produced at the time.    



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Hi Alfonso, thank you for your welcome mail... well, lets see. Apart from Gandalf in the Lord of the Rings, I think he would have been a great Don Quijote ( or Quixote as you might say). Can you imagine? Thin as he is , with  his sense of honour and the madness in his eyes. Only an actor with his experience in fantastic movies can portrait the visons of a madman fighting giants,etc.



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And he doesn't have to go to Spain for making that movie. Here in the Netherlands are windmill's enough to fight with.



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I bought Dawn Of the Dead today on dvd.
And while watching that one i thought of a movie where Mr Lee would be perfect for.
If he would like the script is another story
Anyway the movie would be Bad Taste from Peter Jackson.
Mr Lee could have played the alien leaders.
It's a great part is very funny.  :vader1:



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I agree with Chacho, CL would have been excellent as the CABALLERO CRUZADO from La Mancha.  Alas, studio executives, in their wisdom decided to cast John Lithgow in the recent DON QUIXOTE made-for-TV film.  Not to disparage Mr. Lithgow, I think he's a very talented, versatile actor -- his turn as Franklin D. Roosevelt in WORLD WAR TWO:  WHEN LIONS ROARED was superb!  But Christopher Lee would have been tailor-made for the role.

Oh, Peter, I was in Volendam last summer and only saw one windmill!  I was so disappointed.  :Laughing out loud:
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Personally, I would like to have seen CL in the Gregory Peck role of Captain Mallory in The Guns of Navarone. Peck was excellant in the part, but CL would have made him more the "British" officer. Also it would have been interesting to see what he could have done with the Lee Van Cleef roles in Fist Full of Dollars and The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly.
   Just a thought.



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I was named after Gregory Peck!!! So I'm sure it would have been a great role for CL!!!



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How would He be in 'The boys from Brazil' as Josef Mengele, talking about Gregory Peck? That one was great.



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Another film, or maybe another film version of BLUEBEARD would be  entertaining. I've always enjoyed the John Carradine and Richard Burton versions myself. Speaking of Burton, I would enjoy seeing a CL version of his performances in WHERE EAGLES DARE and THE WILD GEESE.



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Talking about Bluebearsd, it would be a wonderful thing when he did a filmversion of Béla Bartok's opera 'Duke Bluebeard's castle.' That would be thrilling. One of the most beautiful and terrifying opera's ever made and one of the most terrifying actor together; that must be great. But who is going to do his Judith?



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Now that you mention it Joe i think that Mr Lee would be great in the Wild Geese even though i thought that Richard Burton was excellent in it too.
I also wouldn't mind seeing how he would potray Edward Fox's part in the Day Of The Jackal.

Andre



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Andre,

I couldn't agree with youmore.  I've always said Mr. Lee's screen persona loans itself admirably to the 'political-thriller' genre.
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Charles(not often I get to begin a post that way),
I love Matheson's I Am Legend, but personally I'd love to see a modern adaptation of it geared towards a current audience. While I firmly believe that Mr. Lee is capable of a great many roles yet to come, I find that I'm inclined to see a younger actor in the particular role of the last man on Earth.

35 years ago or more; I suppose my opinion might have been different.

As to The Boys From Brazil, well, better get it on film as soon as possible. Mr. Lee would have, and still could be, incredible in the role of Dr. Mengele! As much as I like Gregory Peck, I've always felt that he was not correctly cast in that particular story. One hell of a story it is too! Ira Levin if memory serves...

(Edited by Charles at 3:15 am on Dec. 23, 2000)

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Speaking of contemporary films, I think CL would have been excellent in GLADIATOR as Marcus Aurelius.  I think Mr. Lee would have brought out the dignity and melancholy of that tragic emperor beautifully.

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Wow. There are so many that should be mentioned. But off the top of my head, I would say "Something Wicked This Way Comes". When I read the book, all I could envision was Christopher Lee as Mr. Dark. Jonathan Pryce did an outstanding job, but no one could have done it better than Mr. Lee.



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Randy,

I agree with you about Dr. No.  I'm sure you know Ian Fleming was CL's cousin and had suggested him for role to Saltzman and Broccoli.(sp?)  Instead, they decided to go with Joseph Wiseman -- who I always thought did a good job.



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Mr. Lee talks about his relationship with Ian Fleming and the first Bond film at lenght in his autobiography. I f you haven't read it yet I highly suggest you do. It's one of the most informative books you'll come across and a great deal of fun to read. CL's writing style is more like having a lengthy monolouge then reading a life's story.



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You haven't heard of TALL, DARK, & GRUESOME??? It is still available thru www.midmar.com
You might say that it's required reading. Invest the time and the money and you'll be forever happy.

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He would also have to compete with Trevor Howard and Anthony Hopkins. Actually that's a set of screen tests I'd like to see. I can almost picture a younger CL in the role of Fletcher Christian. He rarely got to play the good guy in the early days.



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Darth Vader.  I would have redesigned the mask, though, to show off his eyes...after seeing him in "The Mummy", you know he can give a complete performance using only his eyes.  Added bonus: instead of using James Earl Jones for the voice and David Prowse for the body, you could just have used Christopher's body AND voice.

And hearing him delivering that line "Luke, I am your father," later having the mask removed by Luke.  And it would still be Christopher, instead of Sebastian Shaw, a THIRD actor, portraying Vader!  

Peter and Christopher working together as Moff Tarkin and Darth would have been icing on the cake.  

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