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The Return of the Three Musketeers was just on Channel 4... except I didn't know this until about half an hour before the end, and hence seem to have managed to miss the entirety of Christopher Lee's performance in it. Very annoying, since I've never seen it before, and would definitely have taped it if I'd known. *Grinds teeth*

I do try very hard to keep track of his appearances on TV, mainly using DigiGuide, but of course searching for the string "Christopher Lee" only brings up items where he is billed fairly high in the credits, since DigiGuide obviously can't list every single actor who appears in every film shown. Sometimes I get lucky and spot things which don't come up on a search... and sometimes I don't. :(


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Dec. 4th, 2004 11:46 am (UTC)
Oh dear, was Lee in it? I'd probably have watched it too if I'd known..
Dec. 4th, 2004 01:20 pm (UTC)
Aye, he is.

It's set 20 years after the first two films (The Three Musketeers and The Four Musketeers), and his character, Rochefort, has spent the intervening time in the Bastille. Now, he emerges, and attempts to deal with his wayward illegitimate daughter by Milady de Winter, Justine, played by a dashing and delicious Kim Cattrall (who seems to spend a pleasing proportion of the film wearing tight leather breeches and duelling with people).

But I know most of the above merely from reading about it in a book on Christopher Lee's career: not, sadly, from having seen the film.

However, it is available on video, although not yet on DVD (which the first two films are), so doubtless I will get to see it some time.
Dec. 4th, 2004 04:16 pm (UTC)
I have to say Rochefort is one of my favourite roles for him.

Kim Cattrall in tight leather britches and Christopher Lee? There should be some sort of formal alert for this kind of thing.

Deleted and re-entered due to errant apostrophe. You, of all people, will surely understand.
Dec. 5th, 2004 04:51 am (UTC)
Indeed! It is what I call a 'double-whammy': i.e. Lee alongside someone else who is nearly (though never quite, of course) as sexy as him. Other examples include Death Train with Pierce Brosnan, The Wicker Man with Britt Ekland or The Man with the Golden Gun with Roger Moore and Britt Ekland! *faints*

And of course I understand about the errant apostrophe! They happen to the best of us sometime's. ;)
Dec. 5th, 2004 01:26 pm (UTC)
Roger Moore? ROGER MOORE?

Surely not.
Dec. 6th, 2004 01:40 am (UTC)
Well, I know he's a bit wrinkly and leathery now, but as a smarmy, sarcastic James Bond there was something sexy about him: well, I certainly thought so as a thirteen-year-old, anyway!
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Dec. 5th, 2004 04:44 am (UTC)
Indeed: and I would have to manage with some very odd sleep patterns, too, since those of his films which are not shown in the afternoon tend to appear at about 1 or 2 o'clock in the morning...
Dec. 6th, 2004 01:14 am (UTC)
I've seen it before - it's not that good, to be honest. "The Three..." and "The Four Musketeers" are much better, and Rochefort is a finer character in them than he is in "Return". Lee's fine in the role, of course, the film just isn't that great...
Dec. 6th, 2004 01:35 am (UTC)
Yeah, I've heard that too, and it is some consolation. But my aim eventually is to see all Lee's films, no matter how bad (or obscure!), so when one is shown on TV that I haven't seen before, I do like to at least see it, and preferably tape it, if I can.

I still haven't seen The Four Musketeers yet, anyway, although it is on my Amazon wish-list! Since I've now drawn that list to Santa's attention (i.e. my Mum's), there's a reasonable chance I'll get it for Xmas!
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