Foreword by Roy Ward Baker
Since the beginning of the 20th century, Sherlock Holmes has captured the imagination of readers and, after his move to both television and the cinema, generations of viewers. While many distinguished actors have portrayed Holmes, few have done it with the class, humour and aplomb that Peter Cushing brought to the role.
An Actor and a Rare One details Cushing’s remarkable career as Holmes through the anecdotes and reminiscences of his co-stars, directors and writers, as well as Cushing himself. It delves deep into the making of Hammer’s The Hound of the Baskervilles, the acclaimed 1968 BBC series Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s Sherlock Holmes, and the 1980s TV special The Masks of Death.
The foreword is written by Roy Ward Baker, the excellent filmmaker responsible for A Night to Remember, The One That Got Away, Quatermass and the Pit, The Vampire Lovers and The Masks of Death.
“…long awaited … highly recommended…” – The Hammer Films Website
“…admirable … a long-awaited study … a very welcome book…” – The Sherlock Holmes Society of London (Roger Johnson)
“…a strong, well-paced and worthy read…” – Dreamwatch
“I read your book, by the way, which is terrific.” – Curtis Armstrong
“I am just dropping you a note to tell you how much I enjoyed your Cushing book, which I found surprisingly informative, and gracefully written. I got a real feel for Cushing’s personality and learned a lot about his oeuvre.” – Nicholas Meyer
An Actor and a Rare One received the “Special Sherlock Award” from Sherlock magazine in 2002.