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Sherlock: A seven-per-cent solution

“…for days on end he would lie upon the sofa in the sitting-room, hardly uttering a word or moving a muscle from morning to night. On these occasions I have noticed such a dreamy, vacant expression in his eyes, that I might have suspected him of being addicted to the use of some narcotic, had not the temperance and cleanliness of his whole life forbidden such a notion." /A Study in Scarlet/

” …Sherlock Holmes took his bottle from the corner of the mantel-piece and his hypodermic syringe from its neat morocco case. With his long, white, nervous fingers he adjusted the delicate needle, and rolled back his left shirt-cuff. For some little time his eyes rested thoughtfully upon the sinewy forearm and wrist all dotted and scarred with innumerable puncture-marks. Finally he thrust the sharp point home, pressed down the tiny piston, and sank back into the velvet-lined arm-chair with a long sigh of satisfaction.“  /The Sign of Four/

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SHERLOCK HOLMES PORTRAYERS (PART TWO): Arthur Wontner (who played him five times in the thirties), Basil Rathbone (who played him 14 times from 1939-1946), Ronald Howard (son of Leslie, who played him on British TV in the fifties), Peter Cushing (who played him on British TV and in The Hound of the Baskervilles, 1959), Christopher Lee (who played him in the early sixties and in the early nineties), Robert Stephens (The Private Life of Sherlock Holmes, 1970) and Nicol Williamson (The Seven Per-Cent Solution, 1976).

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Excalibur Aluminum Prop Sword From 1981 Film Excalibur

LOT 1630

Seller’s Estimate: USD 8,000 - 12,000 / Auction 1st October 2015

1630. Excalibur aluminum sword with LOA from supervising armorer. (Orion, 1981) Vintage screen used 49 in. “Excalibur” sword. While the 39 in. solid aluminum blade was screen used, the gold metal hilt, silver braid wrapped grip, and gold metal cross-hatched pommel have been expertly recreated for display. The sword can be seen in the film’s opening battle sequences. With nicks and production distress to blade. Overall in fine condition. Includes a certificate of authenticity from Alan Whibley, supervising armorer for the film.

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Nicol Williamson has died. He was my first Sherlock Holmes. In fact, The Seven Per-cent Solution (movie) was my first exposure to Holmes. I liked it so much, I read the book by Nicholas Meyer, and then finally started in on the Canon. Mr. Williamson turned out not to be my favorite Holmes, but being my first he always had a special place in my heart.

I nearly forgot that January is Holmes month for my Tumblr. The rest of the month will be dedicated to the Master. 

Chapter 1: An Unexpected Party
  • Chapter 1: An Unexpected Party
  • The Hobbit
  • The Hobbit
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In 1974, J.R.R. Tolkien made audio recordings of his work, “The Hobbit,” which featured the dramatic voicework of Scottish actor Nicol Williamson.

To give you a taste, here’s the first part of the first chapter, “An Unexpected Party.” All of the chapters are available for streaming or for legal download here at archive.org. Enjoy!