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Re: Christopher Lee's Military Service
« Reply #15 on: January 04, 2015, 10:44:50 PM »
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Re: Christopher Lee's Military Service
« Reply #16 on: January 05, 2015, 10:31:38 AM »
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Re: Christopher Lee's Military Service
« Reply #17 on: January 14, 2015, 07:19:08 AM »
Bond fans have long known he used to work with Ian Fleming in the wartime secret service doing late-war espionage missions to recover Nazi super-science tech before the Russians could get it.

In other words, he was part of the direct inspiration for James Bond. So it was a real coup when he was able to play Scaramanga: essentially the 'real' James Bond vs the 'cinema' James Bond. (The novel, which isn't much like the movie, or rather vice versa of course, would have made that even more interesting, so I've read in a series of articles comparing the films with the books back around when Skyfall was on the way.)

Imagine if the Broccolis had embraced the fan theory that "JB" was a code name for subsequent operatives based on a WW2 agent, and had gotten Lee to play the 'original' JB for a movie's plot. :)

(Also, he was the only person on PJ's LotR production who had actually met Tolkien.)
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Re: Christopher Lee's Military Service
« Reply #18 on: January 14, 2015, 07:37:56 AM »
longest day - wasnt one of the actors in the longest day involved in the pegasus bridge landings?

The same thing happened even more importantly and ironically in Attenborough's A Bridge Too Far. Dirk Bogarde who plays General Browning, was part of Browning's staff in real life and ended up having to fight some of the armor the General felt pressured into denying or minimizing the existence of. The actor's opinion of the General was much higher than the story portrayed him, and he balked at the overly negative film portrayal, doing his best to soften the cuts. (In real life, Browning reportedly told Monty the "bridge too far" line before the battle, trying to warn him; the film presents him trying to save face at the end by replying to Monty's claim of 90% success with the line "Well, I always felt we were trying to go a bridge too far." That change encapsulates a lot of the problems Bogarde, and Browning's widow for that matter, thought the script saddled Browning with.)

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