BBC News
March 3, 2001

Count of the Silver Screen
Tim Masters

With an acting career spanning more than five decades and some 250 films to his name, one might expect Christopher Lee to be taking things easy.

However nothing could be further from the truth.

"I'm getting offered more scripts now than I have been in my entire career," says Lee, whose latest projects are set to be among the biggest box office smashes of all time.

Lee, who etched himself into the public consciousness as Hammer's Count Dracula in the 50s, 60s and 70s, is still an imposing and distinguished figure.

He will be 80 next year - at about the time his latest project Star Wars: Episode II hits the big screen.

Lee plays Count Dooku, following in the footsteps of his old Hammer sparring partner, the late Peter Cushing - who appeared in 1977's Star Wars: A New Hope.

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