06-03-2011 03:52 AM · Post: #1 Christopher Lee
Mention the name Christopher Lee to any moviegoer before 1959 and you'd have probably got a response along the lines of "Who?". This was not because he had never appeared in a film. Quite on the contrary. His current record of having made the most films of any other living actor was helped along quite considerably by the number of times he was inserted as a one-line wonder in movies such as Hamlet and That Lady from 1947 onwards. The reason for his apparent lack of success in the British film industry was not due to his talent or otherwise for acting. It was more to do with the fact that he was a head taller than most of the leading men and too foreign-looking. While this made him an excellent candidate to play a German soldier in Ill Met By Moonlight it didn't do much else for his career. Until he found out that Hammer Films meant to remake the horror classic Frankenstein.