Mr. Holmes

From The Arthur Conan Doyle Encyclopedia
Mr. Holmes (2015)

Mr. Holmes is a British movie produced by BBC Films, adapted by Jeffrey Hatcher (based on Mitch Cullin's novel A Slight Trick of the Mind) and directed by Bill Condon, released on 17 july 2015, starring Ian McKellen as Sherlock Holmes.

In 1947, Sherlock Holmes, retired since long, is trying to write the story of his last case but he suffers troubles of memory and has to rebuild the puzzle.

Far from the usual clichés, Sherlock Holmes is even mocking the adaptations with actors wearing a deerstalker, describing them as totally rubbish. And he says he didn't like the pipe, preferring the cigar.

Some sherlockian "easter eggs" :




Teaser (4 march 2015)

Clip (4 february 2015)



  • Director : Bill Condon
  • Screenplay : Jeffrey Hatcher, Mitch Cullin (novel)
  • Producers : Iain Canning, Anne Carey, Emile Sherman
  • Co-Producers : Luca Borghese, Jack Morrissey, Paul Ritchie, Greg Yolen
  • Executive Producers : Aviv Giladi, Amy Nauiokas
  • Associative Producer : Shani Geva
  • Music : Carter Burwell
  • Cinematography : Tobias A. Schliessler
  • Film Editor : Virginia Katz
  • Casting : Lucy Bevan
  • Production Design : Martin Childs
  • Art Direction : Jonathan Houlding, James Wakefield
  • Set Decoration : Charlotte Watts
  • Costume Design : Keith Madden
  • Makeup Artist : Sophie Ashworth
  • Hair Stylist : Joseph Koniak

Plot Summary

1947. The long-retired Sherlock Holmes, now 93, lives in a remote Sussex farmhouse with his housekeeper and her young son. He tends to his bees, writes in his journal, and grapples with the diminishing powers of his mind. But in the twilight of his life, as people continue to look to him for answers, Holmes revisits a case that may provide him with answers of his own to questions he didn't even know he was asking–about life, about love, and about the limits of the mind's ability to know...