Sherlock: Season 3, Episode 3

His Last Vow (2 Feb. 2014)

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Sherlock goes up against the notorious blackmailer Charles Augustus Magnussen.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Lady Smallwood
Yasmine Akram ...
Calvin Demba ...
Isaac Whitney


Lady Elizabeth Smallwood is one of many victims of master blackmailer and media tycoon Charles Augustus Magnussen and asks Holmes to retrieve some incriminating letters for her. Having cultivated Magnussen's secretary Janine, Holmes breaks into Magnussen's office but is confronted by a mysterious black-clad woman, who shoots him. He recovers in hospital and goes after her to discover her identity and reason for wanting the blackmailer dead before he and Watson visit Magnussen at his country house for a confrontation and shoot-out. Written by don @ minifie-1

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Sherlock (at around 36 minutes) is seen falling backwards. In the background of the shot, a plant moves across the room. If it was following the regular laws of gravity, this shouldn't happen. Production designer Arwel Jones has said at least twice on his Twitter account that the plant moved to give the effect that the room was spinning. "The plant moving was just us playing with you guys! Just for that split second to make it seem like the whole room rotated." He posted on January 25. The room itself did not tilt. A rig was built for when Sherlock fell. Actor Benedict Cumberbatch laid on the rig and it lowered him to the ground. That, combined with tilting the camera and slow motion, created the overall effect. See more »


After Sherlock comes back from Barts, he tilts the door knocker to the right before entering the flat. When they come back down to leave the flat after Magnussen's visit, Watson pulls the door shut holding the knocker and, when he leaves it, it is now tilted to the left, but in the last frame in that scene just when Sherlock's taxi leaves, the knocker is straight again. See more »


Sherlock Holmes: You know Magnussen as a newspaper owner, but he is so much more than that. He uses his power and wealth to gain information. The more he acquires, the greater his wealth and power, and I'm not exaggerating when I say that he knows the critical pressure point on every person of note or influence in the whole of the Western world and probably beyond. He is the Napoleon of blackmail, and he's created an unassailable architecture of forbidden knowledge. Its name is Appledore.
Dr. John Watson: Dinner.
Sherlock Holmes: Sorry, what? ...
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During the credits, certain letters of people's names are red instead of white - I will indicate via parentheses where the red letter is: "Location Managers . . . Ben Mangha(m)" "Production Accountant . . . Dav(i)d Jones" "Production Manager . . . Claire Hi(l)dred" "Unit Managers . . . Da(v)id Gunkle" "Assistant Grip . . . Ow(e)n Charnley" "Production Buyer . . . Blaanid Madd(r)ell" "Construction Manager . . . Mark Pain(t)er" "Dubbing Mixer . . . H(o)ward Bargroff" "Executive Producer for MASTERPIECE . . . Rebecca Eato(n)" The red letters spell out MILVERTON, a reference to the Sherlock Holmes Adventure "The Adventure of Charles Augustus Milverton," which is a significant source of inspiration for this episode. See more »


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Written by David Arnold and Michael Price
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Epic ending of the season
12 January 2014 | by (India) – See all my reviews

After watching for about one and a half hour, I was thinking that this was like a usual sherlock episode (you know usually a great one). But then I saw the last two minutes to realize that it was an epic one.

As usual the concept and the story was great. And the direction was superb. The thing I hate a bit was that they show sherlock a bit emotional. But its also good some times. The writer had done justice to the season opener. I hope he will do the same for the next season. You will know what I meant if you see this episode.

Really waiting for the next season to come. Highly recommended for watching.

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