Peter Jackson says "the world will be a lesser place" following the death of Christopher Lee aged 93.
Lee appeared in more than 250 movies, taking on memorable roles such as the James Bond enemy Scaramanga, evil Count Dooku in two
prequels,and wicked wizard Saruman in
The Lord of the Rings.
Rings director Peter Jackson paid tribute to Lee on Facebook.
"I was lucky enough to work with Chris on five films all told and it never ceased to be a thrill to see him on set. I remember him saying on my 40th Birthday (he was 80 at the time), "You're half the man I am". Being half the man Christopher Lee is, is more than I could ever hope for. He was a true gentleman, in an era that no longer values gentleman.
"There will never be another Christopher Lee. He has a unique place in the history of cinema and in the hearts of millions of fans around the world," Jackson wrote.
Read his full tribute, and tributes from others, below:
"The last of his kind - a true legend - who I'm fortunate to have called a friend."
Burton directed Lee in Corpse Bride, Sleepy Hollow, Alice in Wonderland, and Dark Shadows.
Jed Brophy, NZ actor and one of the dwarfs in the Hobbit trilogy
Graham McTavish, Brit actor one of the dwarfs in Hobbit trilogy
Stephen Hunter, NZ actor and one of the dwarfs in the Hobbit trilogy
Sir Roger Moore
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