Here's some comments Christopher Lee made about working with Welles on his unfinished TV adaptation of his 1955 London stage show, MOBY DICK.
Q: I understand you once worked with Orson Welles on a film version of MOBY DICK.
CHRISTOPHER LEE: Yes, that's right. It was made for television, but I've no idea what happened to it. I don't think it was ever shown. Welles played Captain Ahab, Patrick McGoohan played Starbuck, the first mate, and I played Flask, the 2nd mate. Kenneth Williams played Elijah and Gordon Jackson played Ishmael. Joan Plowright, the present Lady Olivier, played the cabin boy. It was a version of his stage play, which was mostly done in mime, drinking from non-existent cups, throwing non-existent harpoons. The notion was that of a play within a play, where the actors step in and out of their roles, in the story of MOBY DICK. I remember one of the first lines in the film. Orson came up to me and said, "If we touch land, Mr. Flask, for God's sake, no fornication!" He was most encouraging, very helpful, appreciative and very, very funny. It's amazing we ever got any filming done, because most of the time Orson would be telling us stories about John Barrymore or Errol Flynn, people like that. He'd also talk all through your scenes, so of course they would have to be looped later on. We did MOBY DICK at two theater's in London, The Hackney-Empire and The Scala. In one scene, I had to say to Patrick McGoohan, "There's bad news from that ship," when the Pequod is approaching the Rachel. And suddenly, Orson's voice came booming from behind the camera, "There's bad news from that ship - mark my words." Well, I looked at Patrick, and Patrick looked at me, because we didn't quite know what was going on - why he was repeating our lines. On another occasion Orson came charging down the center aisle of the theater while the cast and crew were all waiting on the stage, turned to the cameraman and said "action," and the cameraman said, "Mr. Welles, I haven't got a set-up yet," and Orson said to him, "find one and surprise me!" Welles was one of the very few people in the history of the cinema to whom the word "genius" could appropriately be applied. He was a great, great filmmaker.