92-year-old Christopher Lee goes heavy metal

By Melissa Platero, CCNN Writer

Christopher Lee as the evil Sith Lord, Count Dooku, in Star Wars.

Christopher Lee, the villainous Count Dooku from Star Wars and Saruman in Lord of the Rings, is a classically trained singer. Don’t let his harmonious voice fool you, though, because he’s apparently an accomplished heavy metal performer as well! Yes, Lee celebrated his 92nd birthday on Tuesday by releasing Metal Knight, a seven-track album with some rockin’ tunes.

Lee’s album is inspired by Don Quixote, a famous Spanish novel from 1605 about a man who fancies himself a knight, and engages in silly misadventures like battling windmills he believes are giants. The character is misguided, living in his own dream world that’s out of touch with the real one, but Lee finds that tragic and well-meaning confusion to be heartwarming.

“As far as I am concerned, Don Quixote is the most metal fictional character that I know,” explained Lee. “Single handed, he is trying to change the world, regardless of any personal consequences. It is a wonderful character to sing.”

Metal Knight’s tracks include “I, Don Quixote”, “The Impossible Dream”, and “The Toreador March”, which is a metal version of “The Toreador Song” from a classic 1875 French opera called Carmen. Talk about blending old school with modern edginess! Rock on, Lee, rock on.

Featured image courtesy of New Line Cinema. Image of Count Dooku courtesy of Lucasfilm and 20th Century Fox.