Christopher Lee Releases Heavy Metal Inspired by Don Quixote


And it won't be his first heavy metal album, either. The actor, known for his roles in fantasy and sci-fi films like Dracula, Lord of the Rings and Star Wars, has been cutting symphonic metal albums since 2010, when he made his first: Charlemagne: By the Sword and the Cross. He has also released Charlemagne: The Omens of Death and two Christmas metal albums. 

One track, "Jingle Hell," made the Billboard 100, making the now-92-year-old actor the oldest living performer to make the chart. 

The new album, Metal Knight, comprises seven tracks, including "The Impossible Dream," cribbed from the 1965 Broadway musical, The Man of La Mancha.

In a statement released by Lee, the actor said the character of Don Quixote, a Spanish nobleman who has tragicomically overindulged in chivalric romances, is "the most metal fictional character that I know"—and that's saying something, considering Lee has played Francisco Scaramanga in The Man with the Golden Gun, Saruman in The Lord of the Rings and Count Dooku in Star Wars, not to mention Dracula.