Incredibly sad news for fans of The Lord of the Rings, James Bond, horror films or just cinema, in general - screen legend Sir Christopher Lee has sadly died at the age of 93.
Lee was a man whose nearly 70-year-career is quite possibly the least most exciting aspect about him (I will not begin to list off all of his achievements, but the Air Force, his film career and being an octogenarian heavy metal star are all pretty impressive on their own- but together, they're something else entirely).
Sir Christopher was most known for his performances in cult horror film The Wicker Man, the titular count in Dracula and of course as Saruman in The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit trilogies. Known for his distinctive look and menacing voice, and his ability to command the screen like no other actor has ever been able to do, Christopher Lee was one of the most endearing and brilliant performers to ever live.
Lee died on Sunday from respiratory problems and heart failure. His widow, former Danish model and painter, Bridget Krøncke, chose to disclose the news only after informing close family members. The couple had been married since 1961.
Lee still has two final films coming out, Angels in Notting Hill and The 11th. The former is due for release this year, the latter for next year.
I personally feel that the world of cinema is a little bit darker now that Sir Christopher has sadly departed, but his legacy and brilliance as a performer will never be forgotten.