Sunday, 18 September 2016

NO TIME FOR RETIREMENT : ONCE AGAIN THE GAME IS AFOOT AND GIFS


CHRISTOPHER LEE PLAYED Sherlock Holmes three times in his career first in Sherlock Holmes and the Deadly Necklace (1962) in which he was unfortunately dubbed by another actor, and twice more in the TV films Sherlock Holmes and the Leading Lady (1991) and Incident at Victoria Falls (1992) Not discussed as often as other roles in Lee's career, how do you rate his performances as Holmes?


CHRISTOPHER LEE as Sherlock Holmes with Morgan Fairchild and with Patrick MacNee as Dr Watson in TV film "Sherlock Holmes and the Leading Lady" (1991)




PETER CUSHING AS HIS OLDER SHERLOCK and Jenny Laird as Mrs Hudson..... proving even Sherlock Holmes gets stressed! And talking of stress, This 1984 film, The Masks of Death, Peter Cushing last performance as Sherlock, originally started as a project kick started by Tyburn films producer, Kevin Francis... it was to have been a new version of The Hound of the Baskervilles. Francis intended to cast Peter as Holmes, which would have been Cushing's third take on the Doyle tale, after the 1959 Hammer production and the two-part production for the 1968 television series..it was to have featured a stop-motion dog created by Ray Harryhausen!


However, STRESS....funding for the proposed film collapsed, and that led to Francis discussing an original tale with Hammer films writer Anthony Hinds. Peter Cushing considered Sherlock Holmes to be his favorite role but now with his age, Cushing being in his 70s, it required the part to be written for a much older Holmes....so Holmes was brought out of retirement and 'The Masks of Death' was born!

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