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Sherlock Holmes meets Star Wars

One of the things that we enjoy about the Sherlock Holmes stories - the Canon, if you please - and those devotees who follow it, is the ability to weave in so many of life's other interests. If you've got another hobby or passion, odds are you'll find a way to incorporate it into your love of Sherlock Holmes.

Over the years, we've met Sherlockians who are also interested in horse racing, railroads, P.G. Wodehouse, pin collecting, the Titanic, antiques, handwriting analysis, coin and stamp collecting, woodworking, needlepoint, jewelry making, wine, pipe collecting, music, period firearms, Victorian attire - the list goes on and on. Really, there's no limit to the connections we can make between our interests, if we're passionate enough about them.

So it was with little surprise - but with great amusement - that we looked at the above photo sent by a colleague of the individual who is a Holmes Trooper.

We couldn't help but think:

"May the force be with you, old chap."

Star Wars and Sherlock Holmes. Hmm.

Well, if you consider that Peter Cushingand Christopher Lee appeared in the George Lucas series - albeit Cushing never made it past the first film and Lee managed to do damage in the final trilogy - and are actors who have portrayed Sherlock Holmes, there's your connection.

Of course, the more astute among you will remember that Lee also portrayed Sir Henry Baskerville in Hammer's 1959 version of The Hound of the Baskervilles. And he holds the distinction of being the only actor to portray Holmes and his stately brother Mycroft, whom he played in The Private Life of Sherlock Holmes.

Image credit: bonniegrrl (Flickr)


Anonymous said... June 1, 2007 at 9:23 AM

Sherlockians do find a way to combine their interests, for example Sherlockian bicyclists have our own scion, The Elusive Bicyclists.
(http://mysite.verizon.net/vzepmb4x/) and (http://www.sh-whoswho.com/index.php?refsociety=455)

All cycling Sherlockians and Sherlockian cyclists are invited to ride with us.

Bobby the Bike

Anonymous said... June 2, 2007 at 3:04 AM

I could argue that Richard E Grant has matched Christopher Lee's record of playing both Sherlock and Mycroft Holmes. Mycroft, definitely - in the film variously called 'Sherlock' and 'A Case of Evil'. Sherlock? Yes, in a BBC TV film called 'The Other Side', which was a fictional story about Arthur Conan Doyle and a spiritualist medium.

Roger Johnson

Ann Margaret Lewis said... June 3, 2007 at 11:03 PM

Sherlock and Star Wars isn't unusual. I'm a Star Wars author (meaning...I've written books for the license, not that I wrote the films...heh) and right now I'm working on a major Holmesian pastiche.

I love the picture. I'd love to know who the guy is...

Watson said... June 5, 2007 at 10:11 AM

Richard E. Grant also portrayed Stapleton in The Hound of the Baskerkervilles a few years ago starring Richard Roxburgh as Holmes and Ian Hart as Watson.