Jude Law as Dr. John Watson introduces his fiancé Mary Morstan (played by Kelly Reilly) to Sherlock Holmes while
meeting for dinner in a restaurant in the 2009 production of
Sherlock Holmes. Watson wears a military frock coat and much
of the discussion with Holmes in this scene references Watson's service during the Afghan War of 1878-80.  The coat
appears to be a costume designers simplified interpretation of an actual Medical Department frock which was a bit more
ornate with a shawl collar. A small detail that the costume designer seemed to have missed but would have been a nice touch
would have been the addition of a miniature 1881 Afghanistan Campaign Medal to Law's costume.

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's character is described as having been a surgeon attached the 66th (Berkshire) Regiment of Foot
and a survivor of the disastrous Battle of Maiwand. He was also described as having been wounded in that same battle
although the account of that wounding differs in Doyle's books. In
A Study in Scarlett Watson states: "I was struck on the
shoulder by a
Jezail bullet, which shattered the bone and grazed the subclavian artery." while later in The Sign of the Four
he says that he:
"sat nursing my wounded leg. I had had a Jezail bullet through it some time before, and though it did not
prevent me from walking it ached wearily at every change of the weather."
. Perhaps Doyle realized this discrepancy because
the third and last time he mentions Watson's battlefield injury in
The Adventure of the Noble Bachelor he simply has Watson
state:
"the Jezail bullet which I had brought back in one of my limbs as a relic of my Afghan campaign throbbed with dull
persistence."


Digital Production Still
20 Inches x 10.75 Inches (51cm x 27.5cm)
96 dpi .jpg Format
Warner Brothers Pictures
Hollywood, California, United States
2009