Just like other great British institutions such as the Beatles, Doctor Who and James Bond, the world of Sherlock Holmes is firmly established in modern pop culture and thanks to people like Steven Moffat, shows no signs in its popularity wavering. Arthur Conan Doyle’s genius detective and his side-kick Dr John Watson have lived on over the decades since the author’s death, appearing in hundreds more new books written by various authors, television adaptations (most famously the late Jeremy Brett), film adaptations (Robert Downey Jnr. and Jude Law bringing the Baker Street sleuth to the big screen), and even, quite uniquely, Elementary, which sees Trainspotting actor Jonny Lee Miller, and Lucy Liu playing the parts of Holmes and Watson respectively on television Stateside by setting the Victorian detective in today’s Big Apple.
But let’s face it. Being portrayed by Benedict Cumberbatch or having your legacy continued thanks to authors like Anthony Horowitz are all very good and well, but I argue the case that you are not worth the tobacco in your pipe until you have been immortalised in LEGO.
Which brings me to a new title, The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes: A Scandal in Bohemia. The original story as written by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, but illustrated throughout entirely in LEGO bricks, and photographed very cleverly:
P. James Macaluso, the inspired illustrator and model-maker of the books comments in the foreword from Scandal:
The illustrations in this series of volumes reproduce, as faithfully as possible, the composition of the black-and-white drawings by Sidney Paget that accompanied the original publication of Sherlock Holmes stories appearing in The Strand Magazine. All of the models depicted in the photographs use only genuine LEGO minifigures and bricks, and are of my own creation or inspired by the designs of other LEGO enthusiasts posted on the internet. In creating many of the LEGO models, I also drew inspiration from the depictions of 221B Baker Street, and Victorian London in general, presented in the screen adaptations of Conan Doyle’s original stories produced by Britain’s Granada Television, staring the late Jeremy Brett as the definitive Sherlock Holmes.
Looking forward to seeing the next two in the series – a possible film adaptation too if The LEGO Movie’s success is anything to go by…?
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