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.