Incident at Victoria Falls
Based onCharacters
by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
Directed byBill Corcoran
StarringChristopher Lee
Patrick Macnee
Jenny Seagrove
Joss Ackland
Richard Todd
ComposerEric Allaman
Original languageEnglish
ProducersFrank Agrama
Riccardo Coccia
Daniele Lorenzano
Mirjana Mijojlic
Alessandro Tasca
Harry Alan Towers
CinematographyRod Stewart
EditorsJane Morrison
Corinne Villa
Running time180 minutes
Production companiesHarmony Gold Finance Luxembourg S.A. (as Harmony Gold), Banquet et Caisse D'Epargne de l'etat, Banque Paribas Luxembourg, Silvio Berlusconi Communications (in association with)
Original release
Release12 January 1992 (1992-01-12)

Incident at Victoria Falls (also known as Sherlock Holmes and the Incident at Victoria Falls and Sherlock Holmes: The Star of Africa) is the 1992 sequel to Sherlock Holmes and the Leading Lady, and the second and final film in the proposed series of television films Sherlock Holmes the Golden Years written by Bob Shayne. It starred Christopher Lee and Patrick Macnee as Holmes and Watson in old age. Watson mentions that he is in his mid-50s and twice says he is getting too old for this sort of adventure. Both Lee and Macnee were 69 years old when this series was filmed. This does not, however, prevent Lee and fellow actor Claude Akins from achieving a remarkable stunt, sitting on the cowcatcher on the front of a moving steam train for several minutes of dialogue.


In the film, Holmes is about to retire to Sussex and keep bees when King Edward (Joss Ackland) sends him on a mission to South Africa to retrieve the Star of Africa diamond.[1] Complications arise and Holmes meets several historical people including ex-President Theodore Roosevelt (Claude Akins),[2] and Lillie Langtry (Jenny Seagrove).[3] He also encounters the fictional character A. J. Raffles.[4]



  1. ^ Kelley, Gordon E. (1994). Sherlock Holmes. Scarecrow Press. p. 96. ISBN 978-0-8108-2859-9.
  2. ^ "Roosevelt, Holmes to join forces". The Washington Times. 25 December 1990. Retrieved 7 September 2008.
  3. ^ Pitts, Michael R. (2004). Famous Movie Detectives III. Scarecrow Press. p. 223. ISBN 978-0-8108-3690-7. Retrieved 7 September 2008.
  4. ^ Hardy, Phil (1997). The BFI Companion to Crime. Continuum International Publishing Group. p. 173. ISBN 978-0-304-33215-1. Retrieved 7 September 2008.