Christopher Lee is one badass thespian. Whereas most 92 year-olds celebrate their birthdays with a nice piece of cake and sit down in their favorite chair, Lee does things a bit differently - he releases a heavy metal album called Metal Knight.
What's even more impressive is that this isn't even the first time he's done this. A decade ago he collaborated with Italian symphonic metal band Rhapsody of Fire, while in 2010 he released Charlemagne: By the Sword and the Cross, and followed it up on his 90th birthday with Charlemagne: The Omens of Death. Both of these albums are based on the life and times of the Holy Roman Empire's Charlemagne - to whom Lee is indirectly related.
Furthermore, last Christmas his parody of Jingle Bells (titled Jingle Hell) reached number 18 on the Billboard Charts - also making him the oldest performer to ever chart on the Billboard. Plus at 92, he's still as sparky as ever. Check him out discussing the album below:
Still not convinced Christopher Lee is one of the greatest living human beings? Well, according to the Guinness Book of World Records, he's appeared in more movies than anyone else ever (279), while his movies have grossed more than anyone else ever (his top five amounted to $4.4 billion at the last count). Oh, he was also a judge at the 1995 Miss World beauty pageant. And that's not all. How about this paragraph from his entry on Badass Of The Week?
He's also a 6'5" tall world champion fencer, speaks six languages, does all of his own stunts, has participated in more on-screen sword fights than any actor in history, served for five years defending democracy from global fascism as a British Commando blowing the shit out of Nazi asses in World War II, and became the oldest person to ever record lead vocals on a heavy metal track when, at the age of 88, he wrote, performed on, and released a progressive symphonic power metal EP about the life of Charlemagne (because why the fuck not?).
Metal Knight features seven new tracks, two of which are covers from The Man of La Mancha musical.
You can grab it on Amazon for $4.99 right now.
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