Was it wise to cast Sherlock Holmes with an actor so well known for playing suave spy James Bond in the movies and, before that, suave thief Simon Templar on TV’s The Saint? Was it wise to cast Dr. John Watson with an actor so well known for playing suave agent John Steed on TV’s The Avengers? Do Arthur Conan Doyle’s iconic yet hardly suave characters stand a chance of being seen when played by actors famous for other roles almost as iconic? These are questions likely to arise when sitting down to watch Sherlock Holmes in New York, a made-for-TV movie first broadcast in 1976.
There certainly are wince-inducing missteps in this film. Several of them. Still, the casting of Roger Moore as Holmes and Patrick Macnee as Watson — along with the mystery written by Alvin Sapinsley — are fun enough to compensate. Overall, Sherlock Holmes in New York is an enjoyable, if decidedly minor, addition to the post-Rathbone parade of Holmes films.