British Institute Fellowship for Christopher Lee

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British acting legend Sir Christopher Lee has received a fellowship from the British Film Institute. The fellowship is the highest honour the BFI presents.

Lee, who is 91, was presented with the honour at the 57th BFI London Film Festival recently. Other actors who have received fellowships from BFI includeHelena Bonham CarterTim BurtonDavid Cronenberg and Ralph Fiennes. He said it was a privilege to be included in the group of actors who have won awards from the BFI.

Sir Christopher is one of the legends of film, starring in old horror films alongside Peter Cushing among others. He has been in more than 200 films as well as television and starred in his first film – 1948’s “Corridor of Mirrors”. He made his name starring as Dracula in the 1960’s series of films.

The tall actor has also played Lord Summerisle in the 1973 movie “The Wicker Man” and with Sir Roger Moore in the James Bond film “The Man With the Golden Gun”.

In recent times Sir Christopher enticed a new generation playing Saruman the White in the “The Lord ofthe Rings” and “The Hobbit” series. He received a knighthood in 2009. The actor has many talents as he recorded a metal album back in 2012.

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Sir Ian McKellan to play Sherlock Holmes

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Aging English knight Sir Ian McKellan has signed on to play the world’s most famous detective Sherlock Holmes.

McKellan will play Holmes who has retired to a sleepy village in Sussex with his housekeeper and son who is an amateur sleuth.

McKellan, who has had recent renown in the “X-Men” franchise as well as “The Lord of the Rings”, will star as Holmes in the movie “A Slight Trick of the Mind” which will be directed by “Dreamgirls” and “Kinsey” director Bill Condon. The two worked together in the 1998 movie “Gods and Monsters”.

The plot sees Holmes haunted by a 50-year-old case and coming out of retirement to try to solve it.

Holmes has been played by numerous actors the most recent being AmericanRobert Downey Jr.Basil Hawthorne has also played the fictional detective created by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.

According to the press information: “He remembers only fragments: a confrontation with an angry husband, a secret bond with his beautiful but unstable wife.
“With his legendary mental powers on the wane, and without his old sidekick Watson, Holmes is faced with the toughest case of his life – a case that might finally reveal to him the mysteries of the human heart”.

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