Episode 85: Nicholas Meyer

 

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Those Sherlockians who came to the hobby from the 1970s onward will be familiar with the name Nicholas Meyer, BSI ("A Fine Moroccan Case"). His book The Seven Per-Cent Solution became a runaway hit in 1974 and 1975, eventually becoming a movie for which Meyer himself wrote the screenplay. The 2015 Baker Street Journal Christmas Annual Together Again for the First Time, which celebrates the four decades since the book and film appeared.

 

A master storytelling, Nick Meyer brings us behind the scenes of becoming a Sherlockian at the tender age of 11, followed closely with his first film, the influence of music, musicals and film in his budding career and how he lost Sherlock Holmes and found him again. We hear all about what it was like to take a manuscript from concept to publication and the challenges of agents, publishers, the Conan Doyle Estate and others along the way. And then the thrill of casting selections and adapting the book for the screen, even though writing for the screen is vastly different than for the printed page.

 

It's rare that a pastiche has as much impact as Meyer's book — or was as popular as the original stories. We explore how his early and rabid consumption of the writings about the Writings (as well as a degree of hubris) allowed him to approximate Doyle's style and be a stickler for details. His craft even granted him an invitation to the BSI dinner in 1975 — but he turned it down (!); and how his opportunity to direct Young Sherlock Holmes dissipated —  you'll find out why when you tune in.

 

Nick was also a great sport and managed to make it through our "Mental Exaltations" quiz relatively unscathed.

 

The Easter egg this time brings you Nick Meyer's secret on how wearing a tie led to an acting role for him. But which film?

 

 

Join the ranks of others and become a regular supporter our show through Patreon. You choose the amount you feel comfortable with.

 

 

A master storytelling, Nick Meyer brings us behind the scenes of becoming a Sherlockian at the tender age of 11, followed closely with his first film, the influence of music, musicals and film in his budding career and how he lost Sherlock Holmes and found him again. We hear all about what it was like to take a manuscript from concept to publication and the challenges of agents, publishers, the Conan Doyle Estate and others along the way. And then the thrill of casting selections and adapting the book for the screen, even though writing for the screen is vastly different than for the printed page.

 

It's rare that a pastiche has as much impact as Meyer's book — or was as popular as the original stories. We explore how his early and rabid consumption of the writings about the Writings (as well as a degree of hubris) allowed him to approximate Doyle's style and be a stickler for details. His craft even granted him an invitation to the BSI dinner in 1975 — but he turned it down (!); and how his opportunity to direct Young Sherlock Holmes dissipated —  you'll find out why when you tune in.

 

Nick was also a great sport and managed to make it through our "Mental Exaltations" quiz relatively unscathed.

 

The Easter egg this time brings you Nick Meyer's secret on how wearing a tie led to an acting role for him. But which film?

 

Join the ranks of others and become a regular supporter our show through Patreon. You choose the amount you feel comfortable with.

 

A special thank you to Mary Miller and Christian Mongaard for your extraordinary support!

 

 

Notes:

1:44 Welcome, friends!

4:08 Thank you

6:11 Introduction to Nicholas Meyer

10:01 Nicholas Meyer, BSI ("A Fine Moroccan Case") joins us

42:20 An important interlude

48:49 Whatever happened to Sally?

57:07 The Conan Doyle Estate again

1:03:35 The BSI Dinner invitation arrives - but with conditions

1:12:30 From page to screen

1:44:56 "Mental Exaltation"

1:50:15 Wrap up

1:53:50 A change in our status

 

 

 

 

 

Many more links, articles and images are available in our Flipboard and Scoop.it sites at ihose.co/flipsherlock and ihose.co/scoopsherlock, as well as on the The Sherlock Holmes Community on Google+ (now over 2,800 members), as well as through our accounts on FacebookTwitter and Tumblr.

 

 

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Sponsors

This episode includes our two longtime sponsors that deserve your attention:

 

Wessex Press (check out ) and The Baker Street Journal, where you should get your annual subscription in now to secure all four issues and a very special Christmas Annual about The Seven Per-Cent Solution.

 

Interested in becoming an advertiser? You can find more information here.

 

 

Image credit: Steven-Charles Jaffe (Nicholas Meyer headshot)

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Episode 84: Our Favorite Sherlockian Things

As the holiday shopping season nears, we thought it was a great time to create a shopping guide for the Sherlock Holmes fan in your life.

 

If you're into Sherlock Holmes in any way, it's likely that you have a wish list. Whether it's an early edition of the stories, a complete collection of Arthur Wontner films, a Sherlock Holmes chess set, or something else.

 

We recently asked your assistance in creating the ultimate Sherlockian gift guide, and you responded in force. We took those suggestions and ran with them, and created a show to highlight some of the many things for the Sherlock Holmes fanatic in your life, whether it's you or a loved one.

 

Of course, we cover the latest Sherlock Holmes news and enjoy a little banter to boot. We also mention a contest — leave us a review on iTunes and show us the proof (screenshot or similar) — and we'll enter you for a chance to win a 1950s-era Baker Street Journal Christmas Annual.

 

Listen closely and you may hear who our next interview guest is. And remain on the lookout for our regular Easter Egg feature.

 

As a reminder, consider supporting our show through Patreon, for as little as $1 per episode.

And thank you to Mary Miller and Christian Mongaard for your extraordinary support!

 

We've been enjoying your photos and plan to post a number of them soon, so if you want to be part of this effort, please purchase as many of of our 221B or 1895 oval stickers as you like and then send us a picture of where you've put it.

 

Notes:

1:35 Hello

3:45 Just the two of us

7:07 iTunes review and contest

8:26 The Sherlock Holmes News

21:21 Our holiday gift recommendations, powered by our readers and listeners, beginning with books.

41:50 Recommended DVDs

47:15 Ephemera: physical objects

59:56 What Burt and Scott want

1:07:02 Wrapping up

 

 

 

Links:

 

Many more links, articles and images are available in our Flipboard and Scoop.it sites at ihose.co/flipsherlock and ihose.co/scoopsherlock, as well as on the The Sherlock Holmes Community on Google+ (now over 2,800 members), as well as through our accounts on FacebookTwitter and Tumblr.

 

Please subscribe to us on iTunesSoundcloudStitcher or Spreaker and be kind enough to leave a rating or review for the show. And please tell a friend about us, in any fashion you feel comfortable.

 

Your thoughts on the show? Leave a comment below, send us an email (comment AT ihearofsherlock DOT com), call us at (774) 221-READ (7323).

 

Sponsors

This episode includes our two longtime sponsors that deserve your attention:

 

Wessex Press (check out ) and The Baker Street Journal, where you should get your annual subscription in now to secure all four issues and a very special Christmas Annual about The Seven Per-Cent Solution.

 

Interested in becoming an advertiser? You can find more information here.

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