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Squire Wanted: Apply to Count Dracula

Christopher Lee

With all this talk of vampires and Dracula lately, I thought this seemed timely. It seems the count is about to become a knight. Yes, you read that right. Christopher Lee, who starred as Count Dracula in the Hammer movies in the 1960s, is to be knighted:

Dracula actor Christopher Lee and British golfer Nick Faldo will receive knighthoods in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List — and a 93-year-old station master gets a nod too.The 87-year-old Lee, famed for his role as the blood-sucking Count in the Hammer horror movie classics, has found popularity with more modern audiences by starring in the “Lord of the Rings” and “Star Wars” trilogies.

A quick perusal of his credits at yielded these roles:

Dracula (1958)  Title role (Dracula)

Crypt of the Vampire (aka Terror in the Crypt)  (1964)  as Count Ludwig Karnstein

Dracula, Prince of Darkness (1966)  as Dracula

Dracula Has Risen from the Grave  (1968)  as Count Dracula

a German version: “Nachts, wenn Dracula erwacht” ( 1970) as Count Dracula

Taste the Blood of Dracula (1970)

One More Time (1970) (uncredited as Dracula)

Scars of Dracula (1970) as Count Dracula

Dracula A.D. 1972 (1972) as Count Dracula

The Satanic Rites of Dracula (1973) as Count Dracula

Dracula père et fils (Dracula and Son) (1976)

These were the ones I could quickly id as vampire roles. Yikes, you’d think he’d be heartily sick of vampires after all that. The Karnstein role appears to have been loosely based on Carmilla by J. Sheridan Le Fanu.  He also played the Devil at least three times.

And he just had his birthday on May 27. Happy Birthday and congratulations to Sir Christopher!


8 thoughts on “Squire Wanted: Apply to Count Dracula”

  1. The universe is unfolding as it should. Maybe Hollywood will buy your vampire story and there’ll be a part in it for Sir Christopher?

    stranger things have happened.


    1. I dunno, Sir Christopher is probably over the whole vampire thing by now. But holy cow, wouldn’t I be over the moon if something like that happened??? 🙂


  2. I love vampire movies and books. It keep me on my toes just waiting to see what will happen next. I even went to Transylvania this year and had a tour of Dracuala castle in which I would like to share with you. I edited it so it is a short film of inside the castle in Romania:


  3. Hi startingoveringermany,

    Thanks for sharing your video and pics of the castle, what an amazing place it is! Come by any time, I have many posts related to vampires, and as you may have noticed I’m writing a vampire story myself 😉


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