"A collection of scrapbooks owned by Sir Christopher Lee has given new insight into the actor’s early career and struggle to become a Hollywood star, including a fateful sword fight with Errol Flynn that left him with a nearly severed finger.

The actor’s wife Lady Birgit Lee donated the three never-before-seen scrapbooks – which contain promotional shots, stills from films and annotations, and span from 1948 to 1972 – to the BFI archive where they will be available to the public via its research access service at its Southbank location in London.

Nathalie Morris, senior curator at the BFI archive, said that the scrapbooks offer a rare glimpse into the early career trajectory of one of the UK’s most iconic actors, who would have been 97 years old on 27 May."

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