While two-and-change years behind, The Awl still nails it:
Christopher Lee specializes in villains. He played Dracula more times than he would have cared to in productions for Hammer, the evil doctor in Gremlins 2, and other notable roles as well. Then film geeks like Peter Jackson started getting giant budgets, and naturally wanted Lee to play villains for them, too. And so in the last decade he’s been in two Star Wars films, an as-yet-to-be-determined number of Tolkien adaptations, and five Tim Burtons, a lovely little career capstone. He’s also done a whole bunch of video games, which makes sense: his voice, so plummily malevolent that it exists nowhere else in nature, is what makes him a perfect villain.