Sad Day: Sir Christopher Lee passes at 93

J.M. Aucoin . Movies/TV, Musketeer 1139 1 Comment

Christopher Lee Rochefort

Sir Christopher Lee made the eye patch a must-have for all actors playing Rochefort

It’s a sad day for cinema and a sad day for Three Musketeers fans. The great Sir Christopher Lee has died today at the age of 93 after being hospitalized for respiratory problems and heart failure.

Lee was a cinematic monster — both literally and metaphorically — playing such roles as Dracula and Saruman. Of course, we’ll remember him fondly as the Comte de Rochefort in the Richard Lester version of The Three Musketeers and the Four Musketeers and later, The Return of the Musketeers. He was the first to give Rochefort an eye patch and almost every actor taking up the role has followed suit.

He was also an apt swordsman, as the above video demonstrates.

He’ll be missed but clearly never forgotten.

J.M. Aucoin

Author. Fencer. Sometimes actor. Full-time nerd. I write swashbucklers & historical adventure novels.

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  • Nan Sampson

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    I know he lived to a ripe old age, but still so sad to see a luminary like Lee cross over. I had to write a post for our social media sites at work today about this and it broke my heart. Your post is a beautiful tribute, Mssr. Aucoin.

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