If only we could all age as gracefully and (no other word for it) as bad-assedly as consummate actor and Commander of the British Empire, Sir Christopher Lee.
And if only we could do justice here to his film career. In an almost unforgivable abbreviation, we must point to his evil domination in three of the most mighty cinema franchises of all time: Star Wars, Lord of the Rings, and the genre-defining Hammer Films Dracula series.
If it were as easy as it seems for the man to don his mantle of darkness, then it was probably only natural for him to have one of the most riff-shredding, fist-pumping second acts in history: Christopher Lee was a heavy-metal god.
As a Black Sabbath fan from way back, Lee began dabbling in metal guest performances as early as 2005, culminating in his own frontman releases, all of them metal as hell, in 2010, 2013, and finally with his valedictory EP, Metal Knight, just last year.
This classy beyond belief metal knight has left us, under what I need to assume were his own rebel yet regal terms. And wherever he is, let us imagine that he’s even now rocking out hard.