Private Life of Sherlock Holmes, The

Date: 1970
Director: Billy Wilder
Production Company: The Mirisch Production Co., Mirisch Films, Sir Nigel Films

Stars: Robert Stephens, Colin Blakely, Genevieve Page, Christopher Lee, Irene Handl, Clive Revill, Tamara Toumanova, Mollie Maureen
Location(s): Buckinghamshire, London, Worcestershire, Highland, Invernessshire (Scotland)

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Storyline:

When a bored Sherlock Holmes takes the case of Gabrielle Valladon after an attempt on her life, the search for her missing husband leads to Loch Ness and the legendary monster. (IMDb)

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Rumour has it that this shot may have been filmed in The Strand. (Can anyone tell where from the reflection in the brass nameplate?)

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Baker Street set (Pinewood Studios). Included for the sake of completeness.

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Ballet Theatre. Gordon Thomson advises that this was the Royal Ballet at Covent Garden with the sequences shot on a Sunday. (RL)

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Ballet Theatre. Royal Opera House, Covent Garden. See plsh03. (RL)

Somerset House, Strand in London, which also features in ’Wilde’, ‘Sleepy Hollow’, ‘Tomorrow Never Dies’, 'Burke and Hare' from 2010 and ‘GoldenEye’ amongst others.

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The same WC2 location taken by Peter.

Somerset House, London.

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Definitely Somerset House, on the Strand in London. The door is now one of the back entrances to the Courtauld Institute of Art.

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Interior Diogenes Club. Possibly Somerset House, London. No, neither are 08 or 09, Gordon Thomson who worked on the film advises that it is actually "E Stage" at Pinewood Studios. (RL)

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Interior Diogenes Club. Possibly Somerset House, London. See 07. Gordon recalls the Production Manager, Eric Rattray, saying that he had never seen such a large set built for just a walk-through shot. (RL)

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Interior Diogenes Club. Possibly Somerset House, London. See 07. (RL)

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Jon Horswell advises that this is Nairn station masquerading as Inverness. Nairn is on the Aberdeen to Inverness line so it's close enough!

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The footbridge at Nairn station identified by Jon Horswell.

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Churchyard (possibly Inverness-shire).

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Churchyard (possibly Inverness-shire).

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Churchyard (possibly Inverness-shire).

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The Caledonian Hotel may actually be a private house. After hours of poring over various maps, Alan Watt identifies this as Kilmartin Hall, a private residence on the north shore of Loch Meikle in Aberdeenshire. To add further weight to his identification, this link to Historic Environment Scotland describes the long window and cruciform arrowslit in the flue seen in this capture of the property. http://portal.historicenvironment.scot/designation/LB15002

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Broadway Tower (Worcestershire).

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Castle Stuart (Inverness-shire).

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Scottish Highland road (possibly Urquhart Bay/Loch Ness in the background).

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Scottish Highland road (same location as image 18).

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Eilean Donan Castle (Kyle of Lochalsh, Highland, Scotland).

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Time for a break. Located by Patrick Kincaid, this is looking across Loch Meiklie in Inverness-shire.

Monks cross a nearby stone bridge as the three picnic on the banks of a river. Patrick Kincaid identifies this as the bridge crossing the River Enrick at the eastern end of Loch Meiklie, Inverness-shire.

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Here's Patrick's comparison shot of the location now. See https://unbound.com/books/the-continuity-girl/updates/lakes-and-castles-on-location-with-the-continuity-girl-1-loch-meiklie for more.

Urquhart Castle, Drumnadrochit, Inverness-shire.

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Taken from higher up as it was too misty and drizzly to pay the entrance fee! SJ

Urquhart Castle, Drumnadrochit, Inverness-shire.

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A misty castle overlooks Loch Ness. SJ

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A duplicate of 24, Urquhart Castle, Drumnadrochit, Inverness-shire as Lionel and Cynthia had the added advantages of a fine day and being able to enter the site. (RL)

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In contrast to Simon's circumstances. (RL)

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Urquhart Castle, Drumnadrochit, Inverness-shire.

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The entrance as seen from the inside by Lionel and Cynthia Sear. (RL)

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Urquhart Castle, Drumnadrochit, Inverness-shire.

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Lionel and Cynthia visit The Watergate. Lock Ness can be seen beyond. (RL)

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Urquhart Castle, Drumnadrochit, Inverness-shire.

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Urquhart Castle, Drumnadrochit, Inverness-shire.

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The entrance from the inside again. Lionel and Cynthia used the same location source as for 025.

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The Caledonian Hotel again. Alan Watt locates this as Kilmartin Hall on the shore of Meikle Loch to the west of Drumnadrochit in Inverness-shire.

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Urquhart Castle, Drumnadrochit, Inverness-shire.

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Urquhart Castle, Drumnadrochit, Inverness-shire.

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Urquhart Castle, Drumnadrochit, Inverness-shire.

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The main tower. Lionel and Cynthia regret that it is not the correct spot, but they say, a revisit is not impossible! (RL)

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Kilmartin Hall again. Alan Watt tells us that it was our contributor Patrick Kincaid's identification of nearby locations that drew him to the area and adds "Last August, my brother and I peered through the entrance gates whilst on holiday nearby and we could just make out the tall window through the summer foliage".

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Alan Watt identifies this as the entrance road to Kilmartin Hall on the north shore of Loch Meikle, Aberdeenshire.