THE PRIVATE LIFE OF SHERLOCK HOLMES, 1970

Director

Billy Wilder

Cast

visit the film locations

Scotland:

Visit: Urquhart Castle, a mile-and-a-half southeast of Drumnadrochit, on the western shore of Loch Ness, about 13 miles southwest of Inverness.

Visit: Yorkshire

Visit: the Keighley and Worth Valley Railway. Keighley station is on the National Rail network, with connections to Leeds and Bradford Forster Square every 30 minutes. In Addition, Keighley is also served by longer distance trains between Leeds, Lancaster, Morecambe and Carlisle and London Kings Cross.


Trivia

The main square of Somerset House is a frequent screen location, seen in two Bond movies – GoldeneEye and , Tomorrow Never Dies

The Private Life Of Sherlock Holmes filming location: Castle Urquhart, Loch Ness, Scotland

The Private Life Of Sherlock Holmes filming location: the mysterious Scottish castle: Castle Urquhart, Loch Ness, Scotland

Photograph: iStockphoto / Rudolf Kotulán

Hugely underrated, affectionately romantic revisiting of the Sherlock Holmes myth, with a lush score by the great Miklós Rózsa. There’s no Professor Moriarty, but Holmes (Robert Stephens) does get to track down the Loch Ness monster.

Disappointingly, you can’t visit Holmes’ digs at ‘221b Baker Street’. The extremely convincing ‘Baker Street’ is a vast – and expensive – set, 150 yards long, and built in forced perspective at Pinewood Studios by veteran designer Alexander Trauner. It was subsequently much re-used.

You can, though, visit the mysterious Scottish castle – which really is on Loch Ness. One of Scotland’s largest, it’s Urquhart Castle, a mile-and-a-half southeast of Drumnadrochit, on the Loch’s western shore, about 13 miles southwest of Inverness. It’s open to the public. The castle’s history, and that of the families who held it, is told in an exhibition and audio-visual display in the visitor centre. Not surprisingly, Urquhart Castle is also featured in 1996’s Loch Ness, with Ted Danson and Joely Richardson.

The Private Life Of Sherlock Holmes filming location: Somerset House, The Strand, London

The Private Life Of Sherlock Holmes filming location: Holmes visits his brother at the ‘Diogenes Club’: Somerset House, The Strand, London

The entrance to the ‘Diogenes Club’, to which Holmes is summoned to meet his smarter, older brother Mycroft (Christopher Lee) is Somerset House in the Strand, London WC2.

The railway scenes were filmed on the Keighley and Worth Valley Railway in West Yorkshire – the same railway used in The Railway Children.

 




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