I think the first time I had the crap scared out of me by Christopher Lee was when I sat through Dracula A.D. 1972 (God bless Hammer Films!). I’d seen him in other movies – She (starring Ursula Andress), at least one of his Fu Manchu movies – and on television (two different roles on The Avengers, an Alfred Hitchcock Presents), but that was the first time I saw the power he capable of producing in a performance.
MR. HOLMES is a new twist on the world’s most famous detective. 1947, an aging Sherlock Holmes (Ian McKellen) returns from a journey to Japan, where, in search of a rare plant with powerful restorative qualities, he has witnessed the devastation of nuclear warfare.
Modern methods of crime fighting owe much to Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s fictional ‘World’s first consulting detective,’ Sherlock Holmes. From his method of deduction to his use of blood spatter, fingerprints and studies of such things as the types of cigar and cigarette smoke, Holmes inspired methods now used around the world in the pursuit of criminals.
‘Sherlock Holmes is the grandfather of forensic science,’ states top forensic scientist Dr. Henry Lee (pictured).
This fall, the PBS special, How Sherlock Changed the World will trace the path from Conan Doyle’s fictional detective to the modern forensics labs of Scotland Yard and the FBI. For details on the special, follow the jump.