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Christopher Lee's Military Service
« on: March 23, 2013, 10:48:43 AM »
Never knew this about Sir Christopher. Among other things he was an intelligence officer with the Long Range Desert Group.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Christopher_Lee#Service_in_World_War_II
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Re: Christopher Lee's Military Service
« Reply #1 on: March 23, 2013, 11:03:33 AM »
Cool find Mirth!

The LRDG'rs were some tough hombres. Their leader even invented a new kind of compass to let them navigate on patrols because they went so deep into the iron-rich desert that regular compasses were often faulty. They also had to make their own maps since the Libyan Desert was basically Terra Ignota back then.
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Re: Christopher Lee's Military Service
« Reply #2 on: March 23, 2013, 12:40:45 PM »
Dracula, Saruman and a real-life badass!
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Re: Christopher Lee's Military Service
« Reply #3 on: March 23, 2013, 02:38:27 PM »
Dracula, Saruman and a real-life badass!

Indeed.

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Re: Christopher Lee's Military Service
« Reply #4 on: March 23, 2013, 02:39:25 PM »
From the link:

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He has mentioned serving in Special Operations Executive[14] but has always declined to go into details.

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Re: Christopher Lee's Military Service
« Reply #5 on: March 23, 2013, 03:21:00 PM »
He starred in a '50's British war movie "Cockleshell Heroes" and I saw him comment on TV afterward that he thought it might
be the only case where someone who had been involved in the operation was in the movie dramatisation as well.
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« Reply #6 on: March 23, 2013, 03:32:06 PM »
Thanks, Dan. Cool info.

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Re: Christopher Lee's Military Service
« Reply #7 on: March 23, 2013, 03:56:38 PM »
He starred in a '50's British war movie "Cockleshell Heroes" and I saw him comment on TV afterward that he thought it might
be the only case where someone who had been involved in the operation was in the movie dramatisation as well.

I caught part of that movie many years ago. Jose Ferrer was in it as well.
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Re: Christopher Lee's Military Service
« Reply #8 on: March 23, 2013, 04:07:31 PM »
I saw it when I was a little commie and I did not know who the tall guy was, being too young for Dracula movies.  The TV interview about it was many years later.
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Re: Christopher Lee's Military Service
« Reply #9 on: March 24, 2013, 03:44:10 PM »
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He has mentioned serving in Special Operations Executive[14] but has always declined to go into details.

I remember reading of a supposed anecdote where someone (I want to say a LotR fan, but don't quote me on that) was pressing Lee to talk a little about what he did during WW2. 

Lee asked the fan if he could keep a secret.  When the guy said that he could, Lee replied, "So can I." 

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Re: Christopher Lee's Military Service
« Reply #10 on: March 24, 2013, 04:43:35 PM »
From the link:

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He has mentioned serving in Special Operations Executive[14] but has always declined to go into details.

I remember reading of a supposed anecdote where someone (I want to say a LotR fan, but don't quote me on that) was pressing Lee to talk a little about what he did during WW2. 

Lee asked the fan if he could keep a secret.  When the guy said that he could, Lee replied, "So can I."

Ha! I would expect nothing less. Too bad they won't lift the classified ban. It would be great to hear his stories.

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Re: Christopher Lee's Military Service
« Reply #11 on: March 25, 2013, 02:53:32 AM »
Maybe this explains his comfort with the topic in "Triage". He really looked natural discussing the ugliness of war. To me it was a great performance.

In the second series of "24" Elisha Cuthbert goes from running around chest heaving prettily to looking after a girl. She is really not a very good actress, not horrible, just not good. When she is taking care of the kid she loses herself in it. I was thinking aww she is so sweet, she is going to be a great mom. Sometimes the role goes away to reveal the person.

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Re: Christopher Lee's Military Service
« Reply #12 on: March 25, 2013, 04:51:06 AM »
He starred in a '50's British war movie "Cockleshell Heroes" and I saw him comment on TV afterward that he thought it might
be the only case where someone who had been involved in the operation was in the movie dramatisation as well.

longest day - wasnt one of the actors in the longest day involved in the pegasus bridge landings?

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Re: Christopher Lee's Military Service
« Reply #13 on: April 04, 2013, 07:16:14 AM »
^It appears so (if Wikipedia is correct).  Richard Todd.

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On 6 June 1944, as a captain, he participated in the British Airborne Operation Tonga during the D-Day landings.[4] Todd was among the first British officers to land in Normandy as part of Operation Overlord. His battalion were reinforcements that parachuted in after glider forces had landed and completed the main assault against Pegasus Bridge near Caen.[4] He later met up with Major John Howard on Pegasus Bridge and helped repel several German counter attacks.[5]

As an actor, Todd would later play Howard in the 1962 film The Longest Day, while Todd himself was played by another actor.
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Re: Christopher Lee's Military Service
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