Christopher Lee 1922 – 2015

Today we learned of the passing last Sunday of Sir Christopher Lee. The legendary horror icon was 93. He and Timothy never made any films together, unfortunately. But there was a period in the mid-1970s where, if you caught him just right, Tim looked an awful lot like Lee.

The Adventure of Caesar's Last Sleep - 1976Ellery Queen, “The Adventure of Caesar’s Last Sleep” (3.14.76)

Angels on Ice - 1977Charlie’s Angels, “Angels on Ice” (9.21.77)

Today is a very sad day. There will never be another quite like Christopher Lee. We here at the TCE wish him peaceful rest.

Christopher Lee

Video of the Week: “The Adventure of Caesar’s Last Sleep”

This week’s video is another one from the archives. It’s the full-length episode of Ellery Queen known as “The Adventure of Caesar’s Last Sleep”. It first aired on March 14, 1976. It’s brought to you by the good folks at Hulu, so I apologize in advance for the ads.

Timothy mostly skulks around throwing dynamite and looking menacing, but of course he does it his way. Enjoy!

Pic of the Day: “The Adventure of Caesar’s Last Sleep” revisited

Let’s kick off the week with another look at Bonner, the dapper freelance hit man of the Ellery Queen episode “The Adventure of Caesar’s Last Sleep”. It was first broadcast on March 14, 1976.

The Adventure of Caesar's Last Sleep - 1976

Is it just me, or does Timothy very much look like Christopher Lee in this shot?

Video of the Week: “The Adventure of Caesar’s Last Sleep”

Our video for this week is the full-length episode of Ellery Queen, “The Adventure of Caesar’s Last Sleep”. It was first broadcast on March 14, 1976. It’s presented by the good folks at Hulu, so I apologize in advance for the ads.

Timothy mostly skulks around throwing dynamite and looking menacing, but of course he does it his way. Enjoy!

Pic of the Day: “The Adventure of Caesar’s Last Sleep” revisited

Better late than never for today’s pic, which is another from the Ellery Queen episode “The Adventure of Caesar’s Last Sleep”. It was first broadcast on March 14, 1976. Timothy gets to skulk around as snazzily dressed freelance hit man Jay Bonner.

The Adventure of Caesar's Last Sleep - 1976

He also played a bad guy named Bonner in The Second Time Around (1961). Character names tend to get recycled a lot in Hollywood, don’t they? Check out the episode right here (sorry about the ads).

Pic of the Day: “Big Jessie” revisited

Ending the work week is another look at Lobo, the scarred henchman of “Big Jessie,” the Cimarron Strip episode that first aired on February 8, 1968. Lobo likes to while away the time throwing knives at things.

Big Jessie - 1968

The star of Cimarron Strip, Stuart Whitman, was a frequent co-star of Tim’s. They both appeared in Convicts 4 (1962), Shock Treatment (1964), Rio Conchos (1964), and the Ellery Queen episode “The Adventure of Caesar’s Last Sleep” (1976). I do believe they were friends off-screen as well.

Pic of the Day: “The Adventure of Caesar’s Last Sleep” revisited

We continue our death scene theme with “The Adventure of Caesar’s Last Sleep,” the episode of the short-lived Ellery Queen detective series that first aired on March 14, 1976. Timothy’s hired hit man Jay Bonner bites the dust, but not before declaring his innocence in the death of mobster Ralph Caesar (Jan Murray).

The Adventure of Caesar's Last Sleep - 1976

This episode was directed by fellow Brooklynite Richard Michaels, who was partially responsible for the break-up of the marriage of William Asher (who brought Tim’s South Dakota Slim to the screen in two beach party movies in the Sixties) and Elizabeth Montgomery. He directed Montgomery in several episodes of the eighth season of Bewitched, and they ended up having an affair. They moved in together after their respective divorces, but the relationship only lasted two and a half years.

Pic of the Day: “The Adventure of Caesar’s Last Sleep” revisited

Let’s start off the week with another look at the Ellery Queen episode “The Adventure of Caesar’s Last Sleep,” first broadcast on March 14, 1976. Tim is thug-for-hire Jay Bonner, about to cause some serious mayhem.

The Adventure of Caesar's Last Sleep

Seen as well in this episode is Timothy’s frequent co-star Stuart Whitman. They also appeared together in Convicts 4 (1962), Shock Treatment (1964), Rio Conchos (1964), and an episode of the television Western series Cimarron Strip (1968).

Pic of the Day: “The Adventure of Caesar’s Last Sleep”

Our pic for this Saturday (let me remind you about clicking to embiggen) is a shot from the TV series Ellery Queen, which only ran for one season in 1975-76 and starred Jim Hutton as the sleuthing title character. Tim appeared in the episode “The Adventure of Caesar’s Last Sleep” as a freelancing torpedo by the name of Jay Bonner. The episode first aired on March 14, 1976.

Ellery Queen
He has little to do but toss some dynamite and skulk around looking menacing in his snappy 1940s attire. He looks a lot like Christopher Lee in this shot, don’t you think?