There were no surprises at the BAFTA Awards when it came to the accolades for the selected films, their production teams, the actors and the actresses, who all excelled in their roles. I am happy that I saw three of the films that were feted. That is not easy for me, as we do not have a cinema within 120 miles.

There was one surprise, the 2011 award of the Fellowship of the British Acting Federation. When Christopher Lee took to the stage, my memories of him as a strong erect man were brought up-to-date. Christopher Lee is an elegant elderly gentleman, who is now quite frail. Nevertheless, he was able to summon good energy to make a gracious acceptance speech,which had a rallying quality in its delivery. All his stage skills were in evidence; his timing, his use and projection of his voice, and above all, Lee’s diction was clear. At the end of his speech, Lee was determined to lift a quite solid masque award. He was not, however, able to carry it off the stage and at the same time, support himself with his walking stick.

Posthumous awards may bring comfort and be pleasing for close relatives of a departed award winner. It is even better, indeed, it is great to see that a major achievement and appreciation award from ones peers can be given during a person’s lifetime, and while that person can enjoy the pleasure of it.



  1. I always held the opinion that he and Peter Cushing were typecasted in stone. Later on after seeing Lee in The Wicker Man playing a similar part just confirmed my views then I saw him in a few other films which weren’t horror or Dracula and I changed my bias a bit. He must have been suited to the roles he played but it’s a pity he didn’t branch out to less serious stuff, he certainly had and still has the talent.

  2. Do you see Lord Of The Rings as serious? It was a latter day Harry Potter, a story of its period. I agree the role demanded an ability to portray a certain persona and Lee was the person that could do it. He could equally as well played Dumbledore or Gandulf, both characters with benign elements, but nevertheless powerful.

    I can’t comment on Lee’s other surreal roles as I have not seen the performances. He was, I believe, a theatre actor in the mould of Olivier. Film supplemented his love of theatre work and earned him a living.

    Without the advent of film, some of the great actors and actresses of our time, would not have been known to the audiences who were able to enjoy and criticise the entertainment they gave us.

    Lee’s presentation and speech was inclusive of everyone who was involved with his career, it was the speech of a caring and educated man who still had a talent for rising appropriately to an occasion.

  3. Matchless…..Christopher Lee…..certainly NO modern equal! He was superb in ‘Rings’ and ‘Potter’….. I am an unashamed ‘Admirer’….:lalala: 🙂

  4. Absolutely, appreciation for what is done by the majority of unsung heroes and heroines and the self-effacing people of our society is very important, and should be key to any underpinning of what is effected and affected by it.

  5. :yes: He has certainly had to work very hard at gaining ‘recognition’….Always awkward when one has been ‘type-cast’ or ‘stereotyped’ in Life! 🙂

  6. I was very moved by his speech which was, as you say, both gracious and well delivered. He has always seemed to be someone who never aged and I was shocked to see how frail that he had become. What must it feel like to see images of you as a younger man projected onto a giant screen behind you and to know that the award that you have recieved could only have been given to you because that life is nearly over?

  7. Two immediate thoughts arise; if Lee did see those clips of those masterful roles he played, he had something to be proud of…..the award would certainly have confirmed him in his honourable place.

    I am disinclined to think Lee would have struggled emotionally with the contemplations of his remaining time of life. Lee strikes me as being a person who would gain pleasure from the acting experiences he has had and the life it allowed him to enjoy. I think Lee would feel a sense of fulfilment, (that is additional to his CBE and Knighthood), not least by being around to know how his peers have appreciated his works.

    A different personality may have struggled with the fragility of life. Perhaps, just perhaps, this is an age,(89 years in May) a time of life, when a person may be more realistic, taking every day as a bonus.

    It is fantastic that Lee can demonstrate a good mind at his age, when we hear so much about loss of mental faculties in old age.

    As a relevant aside, Clement Freud invited a number of people to his 85th birthday party due in April 2009, with the proviso that they should check the newspapers for his obituary before they turned up. Never a truer word….. as it turned out.

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