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Faces of Holmes: Peter Cushing

Faces of Holmes: Peter Cushing

“… this man here – is an actor.”

– The Adventure of Shoscombe Old Place (SHOS)

John Mills as Watson, Peter Cushing as Holmes in The Masks of Death (1984). This would be Cushing’s last role as Holmes.

My first introduction to Peter Cushing was as Grand Moff Tarkin in a 1976 movie Star Wars. I would later become familiar with his horror movies and much later as Sherlock Holmes. You can read more about Cushing on his Wikipedia page and would definitely recommend checking out the Peter Cushing Appreciation Society for more detailed information about his career and life.

Cushing would first portray Sherlock Holmes in the 1959 Hammer version of The Hound of the Baskervilles. He would don the deerstalker again in 1968, when he took the role over from Douglas Wilmer for the second season of BBC’s Sherlock Holmes series. The Sherlock Holmes Society of London goes into more detail about Cushing’s Sherlockian career as well.

In January 2017, we discussed how this Japanese phone card looked very similar to Cushing and Nigel Stock from the television series. What do you think?

Cushing would last portray Holmes in the 1984 television movie The Masks of Death, with John Mills as Dr. Watson.

In 1989, Cushing would be honored as an Officer of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (OBE).

Cushing would later be quoted when asked about receiving the honour, “I suppose I am an incurable romantic, because I would like to have slain a dragon or saved the Queen’s life, or done some other brave deed which would make me feel I really deserve this honour. But I love this country of ours and it’s people so very much indeed annd am deeply proud of this recognition.”

The badge for the OBE is in the form of a cross patonce (having the arms growing broader and floriated toward the end), the obverse of which bears the left facing busts of King George V and Queen Mary; the reverse bears George V’s Royal and Imperial Cypher. Both are within a ring bearing the motto of the Order. The badges are plain gold (unlike the enamelled CBE badge), and is suspended from a ribbon that is rose-pink with pearl-grey edges, with the addition of a pearl-grey central stripe for the military division.

Here is the trailer for the 1959 Hammer version of The Hound of the Baskervilles. Notice Christopher Lee as Sir Henry Baskerville in this film.

 

 

 

 

 

Peter Cushing as Holmes in The Sign of Four from the 1968 BBC series Sherlock Holmes.

Cushing would make a guest appearance in July 1969 on the Morecambe & Wise variety program. While Cushing would portray King Arthur in the sketch, there was some Sherlockian intrigue during the introduction.

Cushing in his last performance as Holmes in the 1984 film The Masks of Death.

The Bank of Cumberland Elevener Fan Art

The Bank of Cumberland Elevener Fan Art

“But at length some sense came back to their crazed minds …” – The Hound of The Baskervilles (HOUN) Back in November 2015, we posted Can Anyone Lend Me A Benner? that featured fan art that was replacing Jane Austen on the (then) soon-to-be-issued ten pound note with Benedict Cumberbatch. I say we put Cumberbatch on the £10… Continue Reading

Sherlock Hound – The Sovereign Gold Coins (1985)

Sherlock Hound – The Sovereign Gold Coins (1985)

“Holmes held up a sovereign.” – The Adventure of the Priory School (PRIO) Between November 6, 1984 and May 21, 1985, 26 episodes of the animated series Sherlock Hound aired in Japan. Based on the Sherlock Holmes stories, the characters were portrayed by anthropormorphic dogs. Sherlock Hound was the title given to the series when syndicated in the United… Continue Reading

A Few Covers of the Sherlock: The Blind Banker Comic Book Series

A Few Covers of the Sherlock: The Blind Banker Comic Book Series

“… I have been over the drawings again …” – The Adventure of the Bruce-Partington Plans (BRUC) In 2012n, the Japanese company of Kadokawa Comics produced a series of manga graphic novels, or comic books, based on the first season of the BBC television series Sherlock. Beginning in 2016, there was an English version printed by Titan Comics. Beginning in… Continue Reading

Transcript of 3GAR Segment of Sherlock’s The Final Problem Episode

Transcript of 3GAR Segment of Sherlock’s The Final Problem Episode

“… an interesting story to tell…” – The Adventure of the Veiled Lodger (VEIL) In addition to the numismatics of Sherlock Holmes, we do like to celebrate items that relate to our namesake story, The Adventure of the Three Garridebs. In this post, we will feature a transcription of The Final Problem, the third episode of… Continue Reading

Jeremy Brett and Edward Hardwicke on a Phone Card

Jeremy Brett and Edward Hardwicke on a Phone Card

“Thanks to the telephone…” – The Adenture of the Retired Colourman (RETI) Many of the visitors to this website probably recall the days when pay phones were a common site when walking down a city sidewalk or inside a hotel lobby. You would drop a few coins into the phone, dial the number and make… Continue Reading

Sherlock Hound – A Small Client (1984)

Sherlock Hound – A Small Client (1984)

“… the counterfeiter stands in a class by himself …” – The Adventure of the Three Garridebs (3GAR) Between November 6, 1984 and May 21, 1985, 26 episodes of the animated series Sherlock Hound aired in Japan. Based on the Sherlock Holmes stories, the characters were portrayed by anthropormorphic dogs. Sherlock Hound was the title… Continue Reading

Elementary Episode Plot To Rob the EROC

Elementary Episode Plot To Rob the EROC

“… we have never had occasion to unpack the money …” – The Red-Headed League (REDH) In the 19th epsiode of Elementary’s first season, titled Snow Angels, the program begins with a robbery and murder taking prior to a heavy snowstorm hitting New York. The robbery is an attempt at misdirection and the criminal’s main objective is to break… Continue Reading

Mary Morstan Shoots a 50 Pence Coin in “His Last Vow”

Mary Morstan Shoots a 50 Pence Coin in “His Last Vow”

“… one of the best shots in the world …” – The Adventure of the Empty House (EMPT) When reading the sixty stories of the Canon, there are numerous references to coins and/or money through out the stories. However, when viewing the 13 episodes of the BBC television series, Sherlock, the references to money is somewhat limited. In… Continue Reading

Paddington Bear & Sherlock Holmes

Paddington Bear & Sherlock Holmes

“…  two men had come from Paddington …” – The Adventure of the Engineer’s Thumb (ENGR) On October 13, 1958, the children’s book A Bear Called Paddington by Michael Bond and illustrated by Peggy Fortnum was published. This was the introduction of Paddington Bear, a very polite and anthropomorphised bear. In 2014, a animated film Paddington was released. As part of… Continue Reading