22 Fantastic Photos of Christopher Lee As Count Dracula Through The Years

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In all, Christopher Lee played Dracula ten times. After his appearance as Frankenstein’s monster in The Curse of Frankenstein (1957), he was cast as the Transylvanian vampire Count Dracula in the film Dracula (1958, known as Horror of Dracula in the US). The film received critical acclaim, and Lee’s appearance fixed the image of the fanged vampire in popular culture.

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Lee returned to the role of Dracula in Hammer’s Dracula: Prince of Darkness (1965). His role, however, had no lines, and he merely hisses his way through the film. His roles in the subsequent films Dracula Has Risen from the Grave (1968), Taste the Blood of Dracula (1969), and Scars of Dracula (1970) all continued to give the Count very little to do. Lee went on record to state that he was virtually “blackmailed” by Hammer into starring in the subsequent films; unable or unwilling to pay him his going rate, they would resort to reminding him of how many people he would put out of work if he did not take part. Although Lee may not have liked what Hammer was doing with the character, audiences clearly embraced the films, as they were all commercially successful.
Lee starred in two further Dracula films for Hammer in the early 1970s: Dracula A.D. 1972 (1972) and The Satanic Rites of Dracula (1973); both of which attempted to bring the character into the modern-day era and were not commercially successful. The Satanic Rites of Dracula was the last Dracula film that Lee played the Dracula role in, as he felt he had played the part too many times and that the Dracula films had deteriorated in quality.
Take a look back at Lee’s portrayal of the vampire through the years through these 22 fantastic vintage photographs:

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